Area: 357,042 sq km
Strategically placed in the centre of Europe and of the expanding EU.
Population: 82,056,775 Annual Growth: -0.09%
Official language: German. There are over 95 million German-speakers worldwide Languages: 69 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The EKD is a federation of 23 Lutheran, Reformed and United Protestant regional/national churches, but it suffers deep divisions on many levels. The more evangelical/conservative groups and congregations are concentrated in Württemberg, Siegerland and south Saxony. Steadily declining attendance and therefore income translates into not only low morale for congregations, but also increasingly empty and crumbling physical structures. Many of the Lutheran clergy do not even believe in life after death; it is often difficult for born-again ministers in the EKD to openly minister in their own churches! Since 2001, the need for evangelization is recognized, and new church-development concepts enjoy popularity; without a return to genuine faith in the Bible, however, new concepts and programmes will never replace the need for renewal.
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