Germany is a modern, cosmopolitan country with about 82 million inhabitants, 19 percent of whom have an immigrant background. Its society is shaped by a plurality of lifestyles and truly different ethnocultural diversity. Most people – both young and old – are well-educated and enjoy a high standard of living as well as sufficient freedom to plan their lives as they themselves see fit. Young people are continuously reinventing how things are done, from the latest technology to the newest forms of music or most popular fashions. 

Where German People Live

Deutschlandkarte im Kohlfeld

A glance at the map of Europe's most populous country shows that Germany's 82 million inhabitants live in a multitude of different towns and communities.

Where German People Live

Jewish Life in Modern Germany

New Synagogue

Germany's multicultural capital is becoming a thriving center for Jewish life. With thousands of young Israelis choosing to settle in Berlin, Jewish culture is once again flourishing in the city's majestic synagogues and vibrant community gatherings, enriching its art scene and turning it into a popular destination for the Jewish traveler.

Jewish Life

Parenting in Germany: An Introduction

Young family

Every country is host to a unique set of traditions and quirks when it comes to having and raising children. So what do you need to know about parenting in Germany? This list of “parenting vocabulary” introduces some of the concepts that make the experience in Germany unique.

Parenting in Germany

History of the Guest Workers – Immigration of Foreign Workers

Guest workers reading the Remscheider Generalanzeiger newspaper, which in 1965 was also published in Italian and Spanish. © picture-alliance/ dpa

In 1960, the Federal Republic of Germany entered into a recruitment agreement for foreign workers. Social and political factors, such as a reduction in working hours, low-birth years, and later the construction of the Berlin Wall, contributed to the labor shortage.

History of the Guest Workers

Youth and Social Networks

Young Internet Users © Colourbox

The Internet has long become an integral part of the daily lives of most children and young people. Researching online for homework, looking up unfamiliar concepts on Wikipedia, and chatting with friends via social networks like SchülerVZ and StudiVZ are the norm.

Youth and Social Networks

Germany: Integrating Refugees

Germany: Integrating Refugees

Germany is a country shaped by immigration. Between 1950 and 2014, 44 million migrants came to Germany. During the same period, 32 million people emigrated from Germany. Migrants make up a slightly bigger share of the population in Germany than in the United States. As a result, integration is an important topic in Germany.

Exhibit

Immigration Has Many Faces

People © Colourbox

Many different kinds of people immigrate to Germany each year. Their reasons for leaving their home countries are as varied as their life stories. Agu Agustian, Sandra Carreras, Alexander Reiser, and Arfasse Gamada give us a glimpse into a few of these reasons.

Immigration Has Many Faces

Jewish Life in Germany Today

Schoolchildren, © picture-alliance/ dpa

While the number of Jewish residents in Germany is only a fraction of what it was before the Shoah, Jewish life in Germany is active, vibrant and gaining momentum. Jewish communities in large cities to smaller towns are restoring historic sites of worship and opening new synagogues, schools and community centers.

Jewish Life

Life Links: DW launches multimedia documentary series

Logo Life Links

"What holds you back" - that question is the starting point for Life Links. Young people around the world represent both the target audience and protagonists for DW's new documentary-style format.

Further information on the new documentary-style format
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