Germany was one of the founders of European Union (1957). It is a parliamentary republic within a federal system. It is divided into 16 federal states (Bundesländer). The capital and also the largest city is Berlin. The country has a high level of living standards, and there is a full system of social security.
Germany is a member of the European Union. In the north, Germany borders the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea; in the east Poland and the Czech Republic; in the south, Austria and Switzerland; in the west, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands. With 82 million people, Germany is the most populated country of the European Union.