Politics & Society

How Voting Works in Germany

How do Germans fill out their ballot on election day? How does the ballot impact the composition of the Bundestag? Check out our latest animation on how voting in Germany works to find out more!

With 83 million inhabitants, Germany is the largest democracy in the European Union. Every four years, Germans participate in a parliamentary election to determine the composition of the Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament. This animation provides a better understanding of how Germans go to the ballot box and participate in their country’s notably complex electoral system.

The 2021 also sets the stage for a new governing coalition, chancellor, and cabinet. Given the complexity of Germany’s electoral process, the Bertelsmann Foundation and Transatlantic Outreach Program have created a guide to help provide a better understanding of its ins and outs. Click here to download German Federal Elections Education Guide.


Brandon Bohrn

Manager, Transatlantic Relations
Bertelsmann Foundation