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The New Germany Quiz: Ready for the Challenge?

You need to answer 70 percent of these fifteen questions correctly to pass. There are no new dishwashers to win. But you will get all the fame you ever wanted. Your friends, family and even your dog will admire you. If you pass.

Berlin, April 19th, 2022 (The Berlin Spectator) — We finally have a New Germany Quiz. Are you ready to rumble? Here we go:


Congrats! You passed the quiz. The bad news: There is no prize. No BMW. No washing machine.

You did not pass this time. Don’t worry. You are not the only one. You can always try again.

#1. Which of the following is not a German dairy product?

It would have been Qualle, which stands for jellyfish. Don’t worry. There are plenty of questions.

#2. What city was Olaf Scholz First Mayor of, years before he became Chancellor?

Scholz was Finance Senator and First Mayor in Hamburg.

#3. How many vehicles did Porsche hand over to customers in 2021?

The answer would have been 301,915. We wouldn’t have known either, had we not done research.

#4. Which of the following is a specialty from southwestern Germany?

There is nothing better than Onion Cake.

#5. Where was this photo taken?

Only one city in the world looks this way. The right answer would have been Heidelberg.

#6. The names of dozens of German towns start with the word "Bad". Examples: Bad Homburg, Bad Tölz and Bad Pyrmont. What does the "Bad" part mean?

“Bad” stands for bath or health spa. Try the next question.

#7. In Germany, what does "Back Shop" or "Backshop" stand for?

“Back Shop” or “Backshop” stands for a bakery. Here, the anglicism “shop” meets the first part of the verb “backen” (= to bake).

#8. What German city is known for this surfing spot?

It’s Munich, the Bavarian capital. As you can see, this spot is very popular.

#9. How many intercontinental flight routes (longer than 5,000 km or 3,106 miles) does Berlin's BER Airport offer?

BER offers only three intercontinental routes. The airports in Frankfurt and Munich are a lot more important than the one in the Berlin Brandenburg region.

#10. Where is the 'TV Asahi Cherry Blossoms Avenue' located?

It is in Teltow, Brandenburg, just a few steps away from Berlin’s Lichterfelde neighborhood.

#11. How many kilometers/miles of coast does Germany have?

Not quite as long. The length of the North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts combined is 2,389 kilometers (1,484 miles).

#12. Which German city, apart from Berlin, has a Brandenburg Gate?

Potsdam is the capital of Brandenburg. Like neighboring Berlin, it has a Brandenburg Gate.

#13. How many Muslims live in Germany today?

A lot more than that. There are now 5.5 million Muslims in Germany. Their number almost doubled since 1995.

#14. How many buildings in Germany are higher than 200 meters (656 feet) and where are they located?

There are five. And all of them were erected in Frankfurt am Main.

#15. Who was not a German inventor or engineer?

There are lots of weird names in Germany, but Geschirrspüler is not one of them.

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