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Capital: BerlinArea: 357,168 km2 (63rd),137,847 sq miPopulation: 80,716,000Government: Federal parliamentary constitutional republic
Following the fall of Napoleon, the Congress of Vienna convened in 1814 and founded the German Confederation (Deutscher Bund), a loose league of 39 sovereign states. Disagreement with restoration politics partly led to the rise of liberal movements, followed by new measures of repression by Austrian statesman Metternich. The Zollverein, a tariff union, furthered economic unity in the German states.
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