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Practical Information

Capital City

Berlin

Official Language

German

Population

83 million people

Currency

Euro (EUR)

Country Code

+49

Voltage

230 volt, 50 hertz

Higher Education

A total of 426 higher education institutions, including 106 universities and 216 universities of applied sciences

Neighboring Countries

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Poland, Switzerland, and the Netherlands

Time zone

Central European Time
(UTC +01:00): October–March
Central European Summer Time
(UTC +02:00): March–October

Temperature

Varies according to the four seasons—for example, winter temperatures range -10°C to 5°C and summer temperatures range from 20°C to 35°C

Speed Limit

Within the city: 50 km/h
Outside the city: 100 km/h
Highway: no speed limit

Emergency services

Police: 110
Ambulance: 112
Fire Brigade: 112

Food and drinks

Typical German foods include sausages, pretzels, and a great variety of breads. Potato dishes, fish dishes, and soups are also popular, along with German beer and wine.

International Airports

Berlin, Bremen, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Friedrichshafen, Hamburg, Hannover, Köln/Bonn, Leipzig/Halle, München, Münster/Osnabrück, Nürnberg, Saarbrücken, and Stuttgart

Business opening hours

Varies according to the day of the week and the city—for example, on weekdays, supermarkets are open from 08h to 20h or from 07h to 22h, banks from 09h to 18h, and government authorities from 08h to 13h. Times may vary on Saturdays. All shops are closed on Sundays (exceptions apply).

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