Germany has had a female political leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel, since 2005. She is Germany’s first female chancellor.
Fashion king Karl Lagerfeld was born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt in Hamburg, Germany.
Baseball legend Babe Ruth was the grandson of German-American immigrants. His maternal grandfather, Pius Schamberger, came from Oberarlberg in Rheinland-Pfalz.
During a visit to Germany in 1963 President John F. Kennedy was greeted with rapturous approval when he said "Ich bin ein Berliner" (the translation is "I am a Berliner"). Later, this caused some amusement because a "Berliner" is also a popular name for a type of doughnut.
Facts About Germany & Europe
Since the first wind turbines were built at the beginning of the 90s, power generation from wind energy has seen dynamic growth thanks to state-supported programmes. With more than a third of the world's installed capacity, no other country has more wind turbines than Germany.
According to figures from the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), 18,685 plants with a capacity of 20,622 megawatts were in operation at the end of 2006. They generated 30.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2006. This corresponds to a share of around five percent in Germany's total electricity consumption and provides the largest contribution to power generation from renewable energy sources (sources: AGEE-Stat, industry figures; as of April 2007).
According to the IKEE (Information Campaign for Renewable Energy), the wind energy industry has developed into an enormous economic factor, with a 5.64 billion euro turnover in Germany in 2006 and more than 73,800 people employed in the sector. Services provided by German manufacturers of wind turbines include planning, construction, equipment, systems engineering, plant supervision, finance packages and training.
Exports are already playing a very important and ever-increasing role in the German wind industry. The export rate lies at 71 percent and the revenue from foreign business amounts to nearly 3.5 billion euros. One reason for the increasing international demand for wind turbines is their increasing cost-efficiency. The costs for this eco-friendly method of energy generation have more than halved since the beginning of the 90s.
Source: German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
Learn more: German WindEnergy Association
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