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This article is about Germans as an ethnic group. For other uses, see Germans (disambiguation). For the population of Germany, see Demographics of Germany. For an analysis of German nationality and citizenship, see German nationality law. For the term "Germans" as used in a context of antiquity (pre AD 500), see Germanic peoples.

Germans (German: Deutsche) are a Germanic ethnic group native to Central Europe, who share a common German ancestry, culture and history, and speak the German language as their mother tongue.

The English term Germans has historically referred to the German-speaking population of the Holy Roman Empire since the Late Middle Ages. Before the collapse of communism and the reunification of Germany in 1990, Germans constituted the largest divided nation in Europe by far. Ever since the outbreak of the Protestant Reformation within the Holy Roman Empire, German society has been characterized by a Catholic-Protestant divide.

Of approximately 100 million native speakers of German in the world, roughly 70 million consider themselves Germans. There are an additional 80 million people of German ancestry mainly in the United States, Brazil (almost all in the South Region of the country), Argentina, Canada, South Africa, the post-Soviet states (mainly in Russia and Kazakhstan), and France, each accounting for at least 1 million. Thus, the total number of Germans lies somewhere between 66 and more than 150 million, depending on the criteria applied (native speakers, single-ancestry ethnic Germans, partial German ancestry, etc.).

Today, people from countries with a German-speaking majority such as Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and other historically-tied countries like Luxembourg, have developed their own national identity (not ethnic identity), and since the end of World War II, have not referred to themselves as "Germans" in a modern context.

  1. ^ Germans and foreigners with an immigrant background. 156 is the estimate which counts all people claiming ethnic German ancestry in the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, and elsewhere.
  2. ^ "The Emergence Of A German Ethnic Identity History Essay". Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ethnic Groups of Europe: An Encyclopedia" by Jeffrey Cole (2011), p. 171; "Estimates of the total number of Germans in the world range from 100 million to 150 million, depending on how German is defined, ..."
  4. ^ "Report on German population". Histclo.com. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Detailed estimates" (PDF). p. 64. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  6. ^ "Slightly higher proportion of people with a migration background" (in German). Destatis.de. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Press releases – For the first time more than 16 million people with migration background in Germany". Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). 14 July 2010. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  8. ^ "Pressemitteilungen – Ein Fünftel der Bevölkerung in Deutschland hatte 2010 einen Migrationshintergrund – Statistisches Bundesamt (Destatis)" (in German). Destatis.de. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  9. ^ 66.42 million is the number of Germans without immigrant background, 75 million is the number of German citizens Germans and foreigners with an immigrant background
  10. ^ "Deutsche Welle: 2005 German Census figures". Dw-world.de. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  11. ^ 2011 "Zensus Ergebnisse", p. 7
  12. ^ "Germany - The Lutheran World Federation". Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  13. ^ http://hpgl.stanford.edu/publications/EJHG_2002_v10_521-529.pdf
  14. ^ Minahan, James (2000). One Europe, many nations: a historical dictionary of European national groups. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 769. ISBN 0-313-30984-1. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ alongside the slightly earlier term Almayns; John of Trevisa's 1387 translation of Ranulf Higdon's Polychronicon has: Þe empere passede from þe Grees to þe Frenschemen and to þe Germans, þat beeþ Almayns. During the 15th and 16th centuries, Dutch was the adjective used in the sense "pertaining to Germans". Use of German as an adjective dates to ca. 1550. The adjective Dutch narrowed its sense to "of the Netherlands" during the 17th century.
  16. ^ Europe's Rising Regionalism
  17. ^ Germany and German Minorities in Europe
  18. ^ "Germany". Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "German 'should be a working language of EU', says Merkel's party". Telegraph.co.uk. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  20. ^ Ethnic Groups of Europe. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "Austria: Tough choice of self-determination". English pravda.ru. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  22. ^ LIFE. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "Austria - AUSTRIAN NATIONAL IDENTITY". Retrieved 29 March 2015. 

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