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Starting with the country's pastime: What would Germany be without its soccer? A whopping eight percent of the population is a member of one of the 27,000 German soccer clubs. Also, the national team has previously won seven titles - it has won the European Championship three times and the World Cup four times. This makes Germany the record holder in Europe. Since 1954, the national team has always been able to achieve a place in the top 7 rankings - apart from 2018, when "Die Mannschaft" was knocked out in the preliminary round.
It is also impossible to imagine Germany without beer. Germans drink 8 billion liters of over 5,000 different types of beer every year. That is enough to drink a new beer every day for 13.5 years. Beer, of course, is also an integral part of the Munich Oktoberfest. The festival, which was originally started in 1810 because of a wedding, attracts more than 6 million visitors to Bavaria every year. In 1896, the "Wies'n" even had a celebrity collaborator: Albert Einstein helped install lighting at the 82nd Oktoberfest.
The German language is the most widely spoken in the European Union - even ahead of English. It is an official language in Germany itself, Austria, and Liechtenstein, and is among the official languages in Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Belgium. The ß is characteristic for the German language and unique - the letter does not exist in any other language. It is pronounced as a double S.