Many German Namibians are prominent in business, farming, and tourism or as governmental officials. Among them are small groups (such as those in Namibia) and many very large groups (such as the almost 1 million non-evacuated Germans in Russia and Kazakhstan or the near 500,000 Germans in Brazil (see Riograndenser Hunsrückisch German)), groups that have been greatly "folklorised" and almost completely linguistically assimilated (such as most people of German descent in the US, Canada, Australia, Argentina and Brazil), and others, such as the true linguistic minorities (like the still German-speaking minorities in the US, Argentina and Brazil, in western Siberia or in Romania and Hungary); other groups, which are classified as religio-cultural groups rather than ethnic minorities, (such as the Eastern-Low German-speaking Mennonites in Paraguay, Mexico, Belize or in the Altay region of Siberia) and the groups who maintain their status thanks to strong identification with their ethnicity and their religious sentiment (such as the groups in Upper Silesia, Poland or in South Jutland in Denmark). German is spoken by only 0.3% of the rural Namibians as compared to 1.7% of the urban Namibians. From 1942 their British citizenship, afforded to them in 1923, was revoked. [2] According to a 2012 survey, ca. South Africa entered World War I when Britain’s ultimatum to Germany expired on 4 August 1914. Johannesburg is the largest with a population of 4.4 million, located in the Gauteng Province. [37], Today German, together with French, is a common second foreign language in the western world, with English well established as a first foreign language. Change currency (USD) The statistics used to build this comparison are calculated using data from users just like you. The original 58 German communities of the early 19th century Brazil, grew today to over 250 towns where Germans are a majority, and German-speaking is encouraged. German Namibians retain a fully-fledged culture in German within Namibia, with German-medium schools, churches, and broadcasting. 1) Namibia 2) Botswana 3) Malawi 4) Tanzania 5) Togo. Regional concentrations can be found in the provinces of Entre Ríos and Buenos Aires (with around 500,000 to 600,000) as well as Misiones and in the general area of the Chaco and the Pampas. Documented immigration of Germans to Mexico began in 1856, though historical research suggest as many as 1.2 million German speaking immigrants arrived in Mexico during the colonial period likely as agricultural laborers. This is especially true for younger German-Brazilians. miles). [56] Despite groggy heritage claims to the language, German is slightly ahead of French as the second most studied foreign language in Mexico behind only English. In some South American countries the war period and immediately afterwards was a time of massive assimilation to the local culture (for example during the Getúlio Vargas period in Brazil). From 1805 the Albrecht brothers, followed by a number of other missionaries, settled in Southwest Africa. Welcome to this outpost of sunny South Africa ! [citation needed]. Capetown and Ethekwini are a close second and third, with populations of 3.7 million and 3.4 million, respectively. The priority for the young Union was to protect its borders and realise the expansionist desires each of the Union’s constituent parts had had from before union. Between 1843 and 1910, more than 5 million Germans emigrated overseas,[64] mostly to the United States. [30] German, Afrikaans and several indigenous languages became "national languages" by law, identifying them as cultural heritages of the nation and ensuring the state to acknowledge and support their presence in the country. Many of these people settled in Antioquia, and el Eje Cafetero. [38] This number has remained relatively stable since 2005 (± 1 million) and roughly 75–100 million people able to communicate in German as a foreign language can be inferred, assuming an average course duration of three years and other estimated parameters. Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek, a German international school, is in the country's capital, Windhoek. [65] German remained an important language in churches, schools, newspapers, and even the administration of the United States Brewers' Association[66] through the early 20th century, but was severely repressed during World War I. German is slowly disappearing elsewhere, but a number of communities still have a large number of speakers and some even have German language schools, such as the Hermannsburg German School. There are about 500,000 German speakers and around 320,000 Volga-Germans alone, of which 200,000 hold German citizenship. Due to pro-nationalistic propagation by the federal government which encouraged the “mestijaze” or ambiguously mixed-race identification, many Mexicans do not know their ancestral origins and demographic numbers of German Mexicans are sourced on recent and limited data. Australians of German ancestry constitute the fourth largest ethnic group in Australia, numbering around 811,540. Most of the current German Namibians are descendants of farmers, officials, craftsmen and relatives of the so-called Schutztruppe (protection troops) as well as descendants of the migration waves following both of the world wars. When East Germany and West Germany were reunited in 1990, the population of East Germany was around 16.1 million people. Therefore it is predicted that there will be more immigrants coming in to South Africa, as opposed to emigrants, leaving South Africa in 2016. In addition to the German-speaking area (German: Deutscher Sprachraum) in Europe, German-speaking minorities are present in many countries and on all six inhabited continents. The maximum concentration can be found at Erongo (2.8%), Khomas (2.6%) and Otjozondjupa (1.4%).[6]. The main road in the capital city, Windhoek retained the name Kaiserstrasse ("Emperor Street") until Namibian independence in 1990. The first wave of Germans immigrated from northern Prussia under the reign of Princess Carlota during the 2nd French Mexican empire. German rule over this territory was punctuated … Alma Durán-Merk (2007). Neue Ergebnisse zur Migrationsforschung während des Zweiten mexikanischen Kaiserreiches. The German government, eager to gain overseas possessions, annexed the territory soon after, proclaiming it German South West Africa (German: Deutsch-Südwestafrika). In 1883, the German trader Adolf Lüderitz bought what would become the southern coast of Namibia from Josef Frederiks II, a chief of the local Oorlam people, and founded the city of Lüderitz. German immigration as well as the spread of the German language were also expressively encouraged. In the United States, the states of North Dakota and South Dakota are the only states where German is the most common language spoken at home after English. It peaked in the years following World War I, to around 90 thousand, and again in the 1940s to around 50,000. [46] Villa Carlota attracted a total of 443 German-speaking immigrant families, most of them were farmers and artisans who emigrated with their families: the majority came from Prussia and many among them were Protestants. Many German-speakers live in the capital, Windhoek (German: Windhuk), and in smaller towns such as Swakopmund, Lüderitz and Otjiwarongo, where German architecture, too, is highly visible. The German settlers were allowed to remain and, until independence in 1990, German remained an official language of the territory alongside Afrikaans and English. The interests of the community are frequently voiced through Africa's only German-speaking daily, Die Allgemeine Zeitung. The Goethe-Institut in Windhoek lobbies on behalf of the German community. The European countries with German-speaking majorities are Germany (95%, 78.3 million), Austria (89%, 8.9 million), and Switzerland (65%, 4.6 million), also known as the "D-A-CH" countries. 2. [62] German geographical names can be found throughout the Midwest region of the country, such as New Ulm and many other towns in Minnesota; Bismarck (North Dakota's state capital), Munich, Karlsruhe, and Strasburg (named after a town near Odessa in Ukraine)[63] in North Dakota; New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, Weimar, and Muenster in Texas; Corn (formerly Korn), Kiefer and Berlin in Oklahoma; and Kiel, Berlin, and Germantown in Wisconsin. Since around 1980, an increase in tourism has led to a rise in ownership of holiday and retirement homes by Germans. [36], In the Early Modern period, German varieties were a lingua franca of Central, Eastern and Northern Europe (Hanseatic League). [2] Today, German is used in a wide variety of spheres, especially business and tourism, as well as churches (most notably the German-speaking Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (GELK)), schools (e.g. Unlike in South Africa, German Namibians have not been absorbed into the larger Afrikaans and English speaking communities. Most German-speaking or self identifying German-Mexicans today are descended from the these two events as well as around 20,000 ethnic Germans from Russia and around 100,000 Mennonites from Canada. The group itself is made up of many different indigenous African groups that speak Bantu languages. Chile (with a population of 19 million) has an estimated 40,000 German-speakers. There are currently German schools in various major cities around the country. [4] Unlike other southern African white groups, emigration to Europe, Australia or North America is not common. PopulationPyramid.net Population Pyramids of the World from 1950 to 2100. 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[30], Mostly originating from different waves of immigration during the 19th and 20th centuries, an estimated 12,000 people speak German or a German variety as a first language in South Africa. Since 2004, there has been an annual informal meeting of the heads of state of German-speaking countries including the Presidents of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and the Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein. Although Riograndenser Hunsrückisch has long been the most widely spoken German dialect in southern Brazil, like all other minority languages in the region, it is experiencing very strong decline – especially in the last three or four decades. ... South Africa. Another place where the German language continues alive is in some of the more of four thousand Brazilian Lutheran churches, in which some of the services continue to be in German. [47]The second wave was during Porfirio Diaz’s open settlement policy in the Yucatan Peninsula that favored and attracted many Europeans. Here, one of the largest communities are the speakers of "Nataler Deutsch", a variety of Low German, who are concentrated in and around Wartburg and to a lesser extent around Winterton. Many place names in Namibia carry names of German origin. Ease your move to South Africa with InterNations — the world's trusted expat network. Get the answers to those important questions on our friendly expat forums as well as asking other German expats for their advice at our exclusive events in cities like Johannesburg or Cape Town. [57] Population Pyramids: Germany - 2100. Barossa German, a dialect of German, was once common in and around the German-settled Barossa Valley in South Australia. Other indicators visualized on maps: (In English only, for now) Adolescent fertility rate (births per 1,000 women ages 15-19) Later traders arrived and after the landing of the ship Tilly in Lüderitz Bay in 1883, a rising number of German officials, settles, workman and soldiers. In the Amana Colonies in the state of Iowa, Amana German is spoken. German South Africans refers to South Africans who have full or partial German heritage. South Africa and Germany living comparison. Costa Rica has a population of 4.9 million, and a German speaker population of 8,000 people. [citation needed]. We average the price of thousands of data points entered by users across the world. This page is dedicated to various issues relating to German South Africans, including genealogy, local history and church matters. The population density of the Southern Cone countries is relatively low (Brazil has 17 inhabitants/km2, Chile has 15/km2, Argentina and Paraguay both have 10/km2, data from 1993), but there are major differences in the areas settled by Germans: Buenos Aires Province, which was settled by Germans, has a far higher population density than that of the Chaco in northern Paraguay (with 1 inhabitant/km2). The cities of Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, and Nelson Mandela Bay also have populations exceeding one million. Definition: This entry provides the distribution of the population according to age. German is the main language of approximately 95 to 100 million people in Europe, or 13.3% of all Europeans, being the second most spoken native language in Europe after Russian (with 144 million speakers), above French (with 66.5 million), and English (with 64.2 million). [2] Today[update] many Germans in Namibia are small and medium entrepreneurs.[3]. Southern Africa. In 1939 those in Southwest Africa of German origin were put under house or farm arrest and then in 1940 transferred to South Africa to be interned in camps, where they would remain until 1946. The semiarid territory was more than twice as large as Germany, yet it had only a fraction of the population—approximately 250,000 people. According to Deutsche Welle, there are some twelve million people of German ancestry in Brazil. German immigrants built the Bavaria, Pilsen, and Club soda Klausen factories in Cali, Barranquilla, Pereira, Medellin, and other cities. While Argentina and Chile have a far greater proportion of city dwellers (86% and 84% respectively), in contrast, Brazil and Paraguay are 82% and 47% urbanized, respectively. During the 1880s, during the wave of mass emigration, this figure was reached annually. Many of these people are immigrants or native German speakers from Germany or Switzerland and 18th, 19th and 20th centuries massive immigration descendants. This, together with a request from Britain to put the wireless stations in German South West Africa (GSWA) - Namibia - out of action, saw South Africans set out to subdue their neighbouring German colony. Texas German is a dialect spoken in the areas of Texas settled by the Adelsverein, such as New Braunfels and Fredericksburg. An estimated 80.48% of the population self-identifies as black South African making this the most populous ethnic group in the country. This German-Costa Rican community is one of the most important and biggest collectivities of German speakers in Central America and the Caribbean, and has a lot of cultural and social institutions, churches, farms, business companies and schools. Many of these ethnic Germans now speak primarily Spanish at home. According to the 2001 Census, only 1.1% of all Namibian households use German as a home language (3,654 households), which is much less than that for Afrikaans (39,481 or 11.4%) or English (6,522 or 1.9%). During the subsequent 'south-africanisation' of Southwest Africa, around half of the remaining 15 000 German residents were deported with their farms being handed over to South Africans. South Africa. Sri Lanka. 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The Handbuch des Deutschtums im Ausland (The Germans Abroad Handbook) from 1906 puts a figure of 11 million people in North and South America with a knowledge of the German language, of which 9 million were in the US. Southern Asia. This is a common feature among the German minorities in Latin America and those in Central and Eastern Europe: the majority of countries where German minorities lived had fought against the Germans during the war. With this change in situation, the members of the German minorities, previously communities of status and prestige, were turned into undesirable minorities (though there were widespread elements of sympathy for Germany in many South American countries as well). [67][citation needed] A significant group of German Pietists in Iowa formed the Amana Colonies and continue to practice speaking their heritage language. There are about 2,000,000 Mexicans with recent German ancestry, without counting the ones with partial or unknown German ancestry. South Africa’s youthful population is gradually aging, as the country’s total fertility rate (TFR) has declined dramatically from about 6 children per woman in the 1960s to roughly 2.2 in 2014. From the start of the 20th century until 1946 80% of Jews lived in Europe but by the end of World War II this was reduced to 25%, however after the war over 50% of Jews now lived in the Americas. In 2019, over 66 percent of South Africa's total population lived in urban areas and cities. [2][5] This would imply approximately 175–220 million German speakers worldwide. The first Germans in Namibia were missionaries, initially sent through the London Missionary Society and then later also the Rheinish Missionary Society. Another version is DACHS (with Dachs meaning "Badger" in German) with the inclusion of the German-speaking region of South Tyrol in Italy. Early twentieth century immigration was often to St. Louis, Chicago, New York, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Learn more about our data sources. Looking back, in the year of 1960, South Africa had a population of 17.5 million people. Although living standards have improved dramatically in the East over the past 20 years, it still lags behind in economic development, and as a result, many people head west in search of better job opportunities. Today, English is the country's sole official language, but about 30,000 Namibians of German descent (around 2% of the country's overall population) and possibly 15,000 black Namibians (many of whom returned from East Germany after Namibian independence) still speak German or Namibian Black German, respectively. Inter- und übernationale Beziehungen", "Deutsch als Fremdsprache weltweit. They engaged in cultural work, but also laid the groundwork for later colonisation. The amount of people, who move into South Africa, will be more than the amount of people who leaves the country. In the 1930s there were about 700,000 people of German descent. The percentage of the population of Namibia formed by Germans has declined recently, spurring speculation that the overall number of German Namibians is decreasing. During the Nazi period – until the ban on emigration came into effect in 1941 – some 100,000 Jews from Central Europe, the vast majority of which were German-speaking, moved to South America with 90% of these moving to the Cono Sur or Southern Cone. These German passengers’ names are given in Esme Bull’s book, ‘Aided Emigration to the Cape’. Incorrect Response 1) DRCongo 2) Nigeria 3) Kenya 4) Ghana 5) South Africa. Their settlement was made possible by a genocidal war that the German army … The total population in South Africa was estimated at 58.8 million people in 2019, according to the latest census figures. South Sudan. Initially, in the eighteenth century, only isolated or small groups of German emigrants left for Latin America; however, at the start of the last century, this pattern was reversed as a tidal wave of German emigration totaling some 200,000 people began. That number has risen to almost 40,000 in 2020. Mostly originating from different waves of immigration during the 19th and 20th centuries, an estimated 12,000 people speak German or a German variety as a first language in South Africa. In Mexico there are also large populations of German ancestry, mainly in the cities of: Mexico City,[59] Puebla, Mazatlán, Tapachula, Ecatepec de Morelos, and larger populations scattered in the states of Chihuahua, Durango, and Zacatecas.[60][61]. Most of the immigration occurred during World War I until the end of the Cold War. There are an additional 80 million people of German ancestry mainly in the United States, Brazil (mainly 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. [39] In terms of student numbers across all levels of education, German ranks third in the EU (after English and French)[40] as well as in the United States (after Spanish and French). Often German Namibian youth attend university or technical school in Germany. Germany; Australia; Brazil; South Africa; Ukraine; Hungary; Mexico; When considering the enlarged Jewish population – that is, including individuals with partial Jewish heritage – the order of these nations changes a bit. Its speakers belong to some Schmiedleit, Lehrerleit, and Dariusleit Hutterite groups, but there are also speakers among the older generations of Prairieleit (the descendants of those Hutterites who chose not to settle in colonies). [38] In association with the Goethe Institute, the German foreign broadcasting service, Deutsche Welle, offers a range of online German courses[43] and worldwide television as well as radio broadcasts produced with non-native German speakers in mind. German East Africa, German Deutsch-Ostafrika, former dependency of imperial Germany, corresponding to present-day Rwanda and Burundi, the continental portion of Tanzania, and a small section of Mozambique.Penetration of the area was begun in 1884 by German commercial agents, and German claims were recognized by the other European powers in the period 1885–94. Further details may exist on the. In Canada, there are 622,650 speakers of German according to the most recent census in 2006,[58] with people of German ancestry (German Canadians) found throughout the country. Currently, 66.3 % of the population of South Africa is urban (38,820,239 people in 2019) Population Density The 2019 population density in South Africa is 48 people per Km 2 (125 people per mi 2 ), calculated on a total land area of 1,213,090 Km2 (468,376 sq. [1] However, the numbers of German Namibians, rather than of Namibian speakers of German, are uncertain. Australia has an estimated population of around 75,600 German speakers. In all the vast majority of German descended Brazilians speaks Portuguese as their mother tongue today, and German is known only as a second or third language, if at all, to the point of initiatives to preserve the language being started recently in areas with strong German-descended presence, with government sponsored Gemeindeschulen. About 30,000 ethnic Germans arrived in Chile. At this time relations between the South African government and the German population were warming, leading to an increase in migration from Germany being viewed more favourably. Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Paraguay show some clear demographic differences that affect the minority situation of the German language: Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina are massive countries and offer large amounts of land for immigrants to settle. In 1652, Dutch emigrants first settled in South Africa near the Cape of Good Hope to establish a station where ships traveling to the Dutch East Indies (currently Indonesia) could rest and resupply. This was during the era of assisted emigration to the Cape between 1857 and 1862. The main variety of German in Brazil is Riograndenser Hunsrückisch which is to be found in the southern states. German South West Africa was a colony of the German Empire from 1884 until 1915, though Germany did not officially recognise its loss of this territory until the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Germany compared to South Africa . The now-independent country that once was a German colony named South West Africa is _____. In 1915, during the course of World War I, Germany lost its colonial possessions, including South West Africa (see History of Namibia); after the war, the former German colony was administered as a South African mandate. German Namibians (German: Deutschnamibier) are a community of people descended from ethnic German colonists who settled in present-day Namibia. [48] During the first flux of German immigration (between 1846 and 1875) German colonies were primarily set up in the "Frontera" region. German immigrants played a significant role in settling the states of South Australia and Queensland. 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