What are the German-speaking countries

The situation of the German-speaking countries in Europe

German is the official language in four countries. The German-speaking countries are ___________________, __________________, the _________________ and the small principality ___________________, which lies between Switzerland and Austria.

In addition to German, ________________, _______________ and Romansh are also spoken in ___________________.

These German-speaking countries are all in ___________ Europe and therefore border on many different countries. Germany is the country in Europe ____ has the most direct neighbors. Overall, it borders on ______ European countries.

In the north Germany borders on Denmark, in the north-west on the _________________, ________________ and _________________. To the west of Germany is __________________.

In the south-west __________ Germany to the _____________ and in the south-east to _______________. Poland and the _______________________ are east of Germany.

Germany has around 80 million Residents, Austria about 8.5 million and Switzerland about 7.5 million people, of which about half are German-speaking. The population of Liechtenstein is around 40,000. In total, around 100 million Europeans speak German as their mother tongue.

With the exception of the Principality of Liechtenstein, these countries have one more thing in common besides the language. They are all states. In other words, they have a federal regime in which the federal states or, in Switzerland, the cantons have a certain degree of autonomy with regard to central power.

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