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Religions of Religion in GermanyThe population density in 2019 was 232 residents per km 2, with the highest concentration by far in the Rhine-Ruhr area. According to Countryaah data, high density is also high in the area around the rivers Mains and Neckar's connections to the Rhine, in a band from the Ruhr area via Hanover to Dresden and in the metropolitan regions of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Nuremberg. Large areas in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg in the northeast are sparsely populated.

In the largest urban regions and in Bavaria, there is a sharp increase in population, mainly through immigration, while the population decline is most noticeable in the rural areas of eastern Germany. Generally, the largest current of migration is from east to west, and in it is an overweight of young women. In 2019, 77 percent of the population lived in cities and there were just over 80 cities with more than 100,000 residents. The largest are, besides Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt.

Religions of Germany

Since the 1970s, West Germany, East Germany and later Germany had low birth rates and the proportion of older people in the population increased gradually. As a result, the death toll rose and the natural increase in population eventually became a reduction in population. For several years, immigration has exceeded emigration, but this was not enough to prevent a population decline in the latter part of the 1990s.

For information on life expectancy and other demographic statistics, see Country facts.

In Germany there are four national minorities: about 60,000 Sorbs (a Slavic population) in Saxony and Brandenburg, about 50,000 Danes and 20,000 Frisians in Schleswig-Holstein and Roma scattered throughout the country.

In 2010, 9 percent were foreign nationals. Among them, the Turks constituted the largest group, followed by Italians, Kurds and Poles. The majority of immigrants live in western Germany including Berlin.


German is completely dominant. Regardless of the standard language, the regional varieties and dialects have a strong position in everyday communication. South of the Danish-German border there is a Danish-speaking and a Frisian-speaking minority. At the Polish-German border southeast of Berlin, there is a minority with a West Slavic language, Sorbian. These people groups are bilingual. As a result of modern immigration, there are many other languages ​​with large groups of speakers. Turkish, Serbo-Croatian and Greek.


In the Rhine country there are traces of Christianity from the first centuries AD. A large part of Germany was Christianized during the 700–800s, first through the Anglo-Saxon mission, later through Karl the Great's mission and conquest train among the German tribes. In the German-Roman Empire, the church gained a strong political position, mainly through the so-called spiritual priestesses, archbishops of Mainz, Cologne and Trier. The Benedictine monasteries became important spiritual and cultural centers. When the German emperor placed his candidates in ecclesiastical offices, the pope claimed that it was a violation of canon law, which triggered the investiture struggle.

The Reformation started from Germany with Martin Luther as its most important representative. By the religious peace in Augsburg (1555) it was recognized that Germany was confessionally divided, and that it was the religion of the local prince that would prevail in each country. The division into Roman Catholic and Protestant states was reinforced by the Thirty Years War. Pietism originated in Germany and got its breakthrough with Philipp Jacob Spener's "Pia desideria" (1675), where he among other things. criticized the church's worldly spirit. Herrnhutism conveyed the idea of the individual's personal responsibility for his salvation.

The so-called Febronianism of the 18th century wanted to create a free Catholic national church, but after 1830 ultramontanism, which on the contrary wanted to strengthen the papal authority, increasingly influential, beginning with the universities. The cultural struggle in the 1870s between the state and the Roman Catholic Church concerned the power of Roman Catholicism. The Catholic Center Party (founded in 1870) and the Christian Social Workers Party (founded in 1878) helped to give the various confessions a political profile.

At the beginning of the 19th century German Protestantism was divided into 28 country churches. The first step towards a Protestant national church was taken in 1903, when Deutscher evangelicals Kirchenausschuss were formed. In 1922, the land churches joined the Deutscher evangelischer Kirchenbund. While the Weimar Republic was in principle based on a divorce between church and state, national socialism sought to found a German Protestant Unity Church, supported by the Deutsche Christen movement. This aroused strong opposition, and as a backlash, Die Confessing Church was formed (see Confession Church). After the Second World War, the Lutheran and Reformed Churches joined the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD).

In 2009, the EKD had 24.2 million members and the Roman Catholic Church 24.9 million members. The total number of Orthodox Christians was about 1.3 million, including Greek Orthodox 450,000, Romanian Orthodox 300,000 and Serbian Orthodox 250,000. The New Apostolic Church has over 370,000 members. Among smaller faiths are mentioned the Old Catholic Church (25,000 members), Baptists (85,000), Methodists (65,000) and Mennonites (6,000). In 2009, the Christian population in Germany made up a total of 62% of the population. Of non-Christian communities, Muslims are most numerous. Today there are between 3 and 4 million Muslims in Germany, of which about 1 million are German citizens. A majority of Muslims in Germany are of Turkish origin. Of the Jewish population, the majority, about 100,000, are members of any Jewish congregation.

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