States o Germany

admeenistrative diveesion o Germany

Germany is made up o saxteen Länder (singular Land, colloquially (but rarely in a legal context) cried Bundesland, fae "federatit state") which are pairtly sovereign constituent states o the Federal Republic o Germany. Land literally translates as "kintra", an constitutionally speakin, thay are constituent kintras. Aften referred tae in Inglis an Scots bi German speakers as "states", the term "Land" (wi an uppercase 'L') is uised in the offeecial Inglis version o the Basic Law[1] an in UK parliamentary proceedings.[2] Housomeivver, it is whiles translatit as "federal states" in ither publications.[3]

Awtho the term Land applees tae aw states, some are an aw describit as "states" in German. Each o the states o Bavarie, Saxony, an Thuringie offeecially describes itsel as a "state" (Staat) an mair specifically as a "free state" (Freistaat). Berlin, Hamburgh an Bremen are frequently cried Stadtstaaten (city-states).

The remainin 13 states are cried Flächenländer (literally: aurie kintras).


  1. Christian Tomuschat, David P. Currie (Apryle 2010). "Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany" (PDF). Deutscher Bundestag Public Relations Division. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  2. House of Commons of the United Kingdom (28 Februar 1991). "House of Commons debates (Welsh affairs)". UK parliament. Retrieved 19 Apryle 2011.
  3. "Perspectives for Germany: Our Strategy for Sustainable Development". The Press and Information Office of the Federal Government. April 2010. Archived frae the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 15 October 2010. Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help)

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