German is spoken by over 100 million people worldwide and, in Saskatchewan, it is second only to English in terms of Saskatchewan’s heritage language speakers. It is spoken in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and South Tirol (Italy). German is the language most commonly used in Europe and the 6th most commonly spoken language in the world. It is also the third most commonly taught language worldwide. Students whose mother tongue is English are frequently surprised to learn that many of the elements of the German language are similar to those of English.
Apart from Russia, Germany is the most populous European country with a population of 82 million. It is also Europe’s largest economy and the second largest exporting nation in the world. Germany borders 9 countries (Austria, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxemburg, Holland, Czech Republic, and Poland) and occupies a central position in knowledge and culture through its many contributions to a very wide array of domains. Many of the world’s most prominent thinkers and artists fields ranging from Philosophy and Psychology to Classical music have been German speakers. Germany’s inventiveness and contributions to science are equally impressive.