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Citizens of Germany[change | change source]
The term Germans is used to describe a person who is a citizen of the county. This is true no matter what their ethnicity. As long as they meet the requirements of German laws to be a citizen of Germany, they are Germans.
Ethnic Germans[change | change source]
Descendants (children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren) of Germans in other countries are often called "ethnic Germans". There are many ethnic Germans in Belgium, Denmark, Russia, Poland and France. There are also many of them living in the United States Brazil and Canada. There are about 100 million Germans in the world. Most Germans speak the German language (Hochdeutsch is Standard German) and dialects such as Low German and Upper German. Most people in Switzerland and Austria are native speakers of the German language.