Germany is the largest national economy in Europe & third largest by nominal GDP in the world. The export of goods "Made in Germany" is one of the main factors of the country's wealth. Germany is often called Das Land der Dichter und Denker (the land of poets and thinkers). German culture began long before the rise of Germany as a nation-state and spanned the entire German-speaking world. From its roots, culture in Germany has been shaped by major intellectual and popular currents in Europe, both religious and secular.