Nelson Mandela Remembered for Message of Reconciliation, Peace
Germany’s leaders remembered former South African President Nelson Mandela as a great leader whose message of reconciliation and peace changed not only his homeland but influenced the world. Mandela’s impact will remain an inspiration and source of encouragement for all people who work for freedom, for human rights and for human dignity, Federal President Joachim Gauck said in Berlin.
Welcome to the Germany.info Advent Calendar. Open a new window each day through December 24 and discover music, recipes, stories, crafts and even a few games that we hope will bring a touch of German Christmas tradition to your holiday season. Enjoy!
Germany.info Advent Calendar
“You can see from these demonstrations in the streets that the hearts of the people of Ukraine beat for the European Union," said Foreign Minister Westerwelle, who traveled to Ukraine on December 4.
Westerwelle in Ukraine
Just in time for the holiday season, the market research firm GfK has reported a seven year high for consumer confidence levels. Consumers also have high income expectations for the month of December, which makes their willingness to spend much higher, too.
GfK Consumer Climate Report
Each year, the Vatican chooses its official Christmas tree from a different European region, displaying it on St. Peter's Square during the holidays. This year, the chosen tree came from Regensburg, Germany.
Vatican Christmas Tree
The 2012/13 FC Bayern team broke record after record all year last year. The 2013/14 team is on a quest to prove that they still have it. This past weekend, they broke the record for number of wins in a calendar year. They are currently ranked number one in the Bundesliga, and number one in their group for the UEFA Champions League.
FC Bayern Breaks Record
The 2013 German Youth Words of the Year have been announced: in first place is the word "Babo", followed by the words "fame" and "gediegen."
The Nation Brands Index expresses how attractive a country is in numerical terms, based on extensive surveys conducted in more than 20 countries. The outcome is that Germany is ranked second, right behind the United States.
Nation Brands Index
What do you call a tiny little kid in German? A Dreikäsehoch! Literally translated, this colloquial German word means “three-cheeses-tall,” but has little to do with cheese and instead defines a child (usually a boy) that we would refer to in English as a “tiny tot.”
Word of the Week