Germany borders the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea to the north; Poland and Czech Republic to the east; Austria and Switzerland to the south; and France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Netherlands to the west. Germany is strategically located in the centre of Europe.
Ethnic Groups: German (91.5%), Turkish (2.4%), other (6.1%) (Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish)
Religions: Protestant (34%), Roman Catholic (34%), Muslim (3.7%), unaffiliated or other (28.3%)
Germans In Toronto
In Canada: 3,179,425
In the GTA: 259,015
In the City of Toronto: 94,695
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Milton, Oakville, Halton Hills, Caledon, King, Aurora, Whitchurch-Stoufville, East Gwillimbury, City of Toronto (Parkdale-High Park, Beaches-East York, Scarborough East)
The end of Hitler and the Second World War was followed by a split into East and West Germany. The two states did not reunite until after Communism collapsed. The dismal state of East Germany hampered progress, but robust economic and social reforms in the past decade resulted in a strong economic recovery in Germany. Today, Germany enjoys political stability and the strongest economy in Europe. It is also beginning to re-assert itself on the international stage. Religious freedom is guaranteed in the constitution. The Catholic and Lutheran churches are both well established, but are not state churches. Christianity has been on the decline in Germany as thousands are formally disaffiliating to avoid the church tax. As a result, many churches are closing down.
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