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Why Germany is the most economically-developed country
Transcript of Why Germany is the most economically-developed country
Even though you will try to deny it :)
Starting from the bottom
Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe.
All these factors contribute to one of the most developed nations in our world.
It is evident that Germany is indeed the best economically-developed country.
How Germany fares in rankings
GDP is the value of all final goods and services produced within a state in a given year. The GDP dollar (INT$) estimates are derived from purchasing power parity (PPP) calculations. PPP is a technique used to determine the relative value of different currencies by calculating the "purchasing power" of a country.
Living in Germany
Small dependency ratio
Equal number of men and women,
Life expectancy at birth is currently at 77 years for men and 82 for women
Most populous country in EU
With 81 million inhabitants, Germany is the most populous member state in the European Union.
After the United States, it is the second most popular migration destination in the world.
It is the largest contributor to the budget of the European Union and the third largest contributor to the UN.
Germany is well known for folk festival traditions as Oktoberfest and Christmas customs, which include Advent wreaths, Christmas pageants and Christmas trees.
As of 2015 the UNESCO inscribed 40 properties in Germany on the World Heritage List.
In the 21st century Berlin has emerged as a major international creative center. According to the Anholt–GfK Nation Brands Index, in 2014 Germany was the world's most respected nation among 50 countries (ahead of USA, UK, and France). A global opinion poll for the BBC revealed that Germany is recognised for having the most positive influence in the world in 2013 and 2014.
Culture - Music
German classical music includes works by some of the world's most well-known composers:
Johann Sebastian Bach
Georg Friedrich Händel
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ludwig van Beethoven
Carl Maria von Weber
Modern classical composers:
Culture - Literature
Culture - Philosophy
Germany is the second largest music market in Europe, and fourth largest in the world.
German popular music of the 20th and 21st century includes the movements of Neue Deutsche Welle (Nena, Trio), heavy metal/rock (Rammstein,
DJs and artists of the techno and house music scenes of Germany have also become well known (e.g. Paul van Dyk, Paul Kalkbrenner, and Scooter).
German literature can be traced back to the Middle Ages, & well-known German authors include
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
& Friedrich Schiller.
The collections of folk tales published by the
popularised German folklore on an international level.
Influential authors of the 20th century include Gerhart Hauptmann,
. German-speaking book publishers produce some
books every year, with about 80,000 titles, nearly 60,000 of them new. Germany comes
in quantity of books published, after the English and Chinese speaking book markets.
German philosophy is historically significant:
's contributions to rationalism; the enlightenment philosophy by
's composition of metaphysical pessimism; the formulation of communist theory by
's development of perspectivism;
's works on Being, have been particularly influential.
Healthcare in Germany
Germany's system of hospices, called spitals, dates from medieval times, and today, Germany has the world's oldest universal health care system.
Currently the population is covered by a health insurance plan provided by statute, with criteria allowing some groups to opt for a private health insurance contract. In 2005, Germany spends 11.3% of its GDP on health care. Germany ranked 20th in the world in life expectancy with 77 years for men and 82 years for women, and it had a very low infant mortality rate (4 per 1,000 live births).
In 2010, the principal cause of death was cardiovascular disease, at 41%, followed by malignant tumours, at 26%.
In 2008, about 82,000 Germans had been infected with HIV/AIDS and 26,000 had died from the disease (cumulatively, since 1982).
According to a 2005 survey, 27% of German adults are smokers.
Social market economy (a type of mixed economy)
Highly skilled labour force
Large capital stock
Low level of corruption
High level of innovation.
World's third largest exporter of goods and largest national economy in Europe.
Highest credit rating in the world:
Germany is a transport hub for the Europe, and Germany's road network is amongst the densest in the world. The motorway (Autobahn) network ranks as the third-largest worldwide in length and is known for its lack of a general speed limit. Germany has also established a polycentric network of high-speed trains.
Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport are both large international airports, of the largest in the world, and the Port of Hamburg is one of the top twenty largest container ports in the world.
Science & Technology
Germany's achievements in the sciences have been significant, and research and development efforts form an integral part of the economy. The Nobel Prize has been awarded to 104 German laureates.
Notable Scientists, Inventors & Engineers:
Count Ferdinand von
Wernher von Braun
The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is granted to
is one of highest endowed research prizes in the world.
ten scientists and academics every year.
With a maximum of €2.5 million per award it
th on the Corruption Perception Index, with 79/100.
th on the Press Freedom Index
Being home to the modern car, the automotive industry in Germany is regarded as one of the most competitive and innovative in the world, and is the fourth largest by production.
The top 10 exports of Germany are vehicles, machineries, chemical goods, electronic products, electrical equipments, pharmaceuticals, transport equipments, basic metals, food products, and rubber and plastics.
Germany was the country which introduced the common European currency, the Euro in 2002.
The German government and the nuclear power industry agreed to phase out all nuclear power plants by 2021.
It also enforces energy conservation, green technologies, emission reduction activities, and aims to meet the country's electricity demands using 40% renewable sources by 2020.
Germany is committed to the Kyoto protocol and several other treaties promoting biodiversity, low emission standards, water management, and the renewable energy commercialisation.
The country's household recycling rate is among the highest in the world - at around 65%. The German energy transition (Energiewende) is the recognised move to a sustainable economy by means of energy efficiency.
Why is it important for governments to actively participate in the effort to save water?
This is less than 4 Olympic swimming pools
70% of industrial wastewater is directly spilled back into freshwater... this is 2 million tons of waste... PER DAY
Germany is recognised for its large portion of specialised small and medium enterprises, known as the Mittelstand model. Around 1,000 of these companies are global market leaders in their segment and are labelled hidden champions.
Of the world's 500 largest stock-market-listed companies measured by revenue in 2014, the Fortune Global 500, 28 are headquartered in Germany.
30 Germany-based companies are included in the DAX, the German stock market index. Well-known international brands include Mercedes-Benz, BMW, SAP, Volkswagen, Audi, Siemens, Allianz, Adidas, Porsche, and DHL.
Berlin developed a thriving, cosmopolitan hub for startup companies and became a leading location for venture capital funded firms in the European Union.