Federal Republic of Germany


Alternative formsEdit

  • FRG (initialism)


Calque of German Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

Proper nounEdit

Federal Republic of Germany

  1. (since 1949) The official name of a German-speaking country in Europe.
    1. (1949–1990) The official name of West Germany.
      Synonym: West Germany
    2. (1990–today) The official name of reunified Germany.
      Synonym: Germany

Usage notesEdit

  • In 1990, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) ceased to exist and its territories joined the Federal Republic. The latter, therefore, has existed continuously since 1949. Reunification meant nothing other than the extension of its territories.


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