German Unity Day Celebrations

Enlarge image Rome, 2 October 2017 - The Permanent Representation of Germany in Rome celebrated at the Residence "Villa Drusiana" the German Day of Unity, our National Day on 3 October. 

300 guests, representing the multilateral community in Rome, attended the celebrations. 

  • Enlarge image Ambassador Thoelken and the President of IFAD, Gilbert Houngbo, addressed the audience.

Background Information

The German Unity Day is a national holiday commemorating the reunification, which occurred in 1990, where the former GDR (East Germany) joined the Federal Republic of Germany.

  • The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, paved the way towards this national big day. 

At first, this date was proposed to be the national German Unity Day as it remarked a huge step toward Germany’s unification.

Therefore, the unification treaty signed on September 20, 1990, declared 3 October as the official national holiday, ending the division of Germany.  

It marks the dissolution of the GDR (East Germany), which in accordance with Article 23 of the German Basic Law, required the vote of the five eastern Bundesländer to join the Federal Republic of Germany as a speedy unification, which was considered vital during these economically unstable times.  

  • In this way, October 3, 1990, marks the last East German government.

Celebration Speech

Read here Ambassador Thölken's speech to mark the Day of German Unity.