The Hesse citizenship test: the answers
Wondering how you fared in Hesse's now-infamous citizenship test? Check your answers with Expatica's crib sheet.
Have you got what it takes to become a German citizen? See how you did in the Hesse "knowledge and values" citizenship test (see The great German citizenship trivia challenge) with our answer guide.
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- Round 1: Germany and the Germans
- Round 2: Fundamentals of German history
- Round 3: Constitution and fundamental rights
- Round 4: Voting, parties and lobby groups
- Round 5: Parliament, government, armed forces
- Round 6: Bundesstaat, Rechtsstaat, Sozialstaat
(Federal state, state under the rule of law, social state)
- Round 7: Germany and Europe
- Round 8: Culture and science
- Round 9: German national symbols
1. What is the population of Germany?
Answer: 82 million. (Or 82,460,000 to be more precise.)
2. Name three rivers which flow through Germany.
Answer: Choose from e.g. Rhine, Danube, Elbe, Oder, Mosel, Main, Spree, Isar. See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rivers_of_Germany
3. Name three German Mittelgebirge (low mountain ranges).
Answer: Choose from e.g. Schwarzwald (Black Forest), Bayerischer Wald (Bavarian Forest), Harz or Erzgebirge (Erz Mountains).
4. What is the capital of Germany?
5. How many federal states does Germany have? Name seven federal states and their capitals.
Lower Saxony, Hanover
North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany#Geography for a complete list.
6. Name three countries that have a border with Germany.
Answer: choose from Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands.
7. Which pre-conditions does someone need to fulfil in order to become a German citizen?
Answer: they must have
- lived in Germany for at least 8 years
- have an adequate command of the German language
- be able to support themselves without recourse to welfare.
8. Give three reasons why you want to become a German citizen.