Prepared by Tuere Marshall
When we think of the culture of Germany the first thing that comes to mind is World War
We think about the rise and fall of Hitler, but there is more to Germany’s culture than those
In this section we will explore the Government, Economy, Education, Religion and
Technology Status of Germany.
The official name of Germany is the Federal Republic of Germany.
Its constitution was
promulgated on May 23, 1949.
The Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic
Republic unified in accordance with Article 23 of the FRG Basic Law on October 3, 1990.
There are 3 branches of government:
--President (titular chief of state), Chancellor
(executive head of government);
--bicameral parliament; J
Federal Constitutional Court. (Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, 2011)
political parties are the Social Democratic Party (SPD); Christian Democratic Union (CDU);
Christian Social Union (CSU); Alliance 90/Greens; Free Democratic Party (FDP); The Left (Die
Germany’s economy is the 5
largest in the world in purchasing power parity (PPP)
terms and Europe's largest.
It is a one of the leading exporters of
machinery, vehicles, chemicals
and household equipment.
gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 3.6%, and the
German economy experienced its strongest rate of growth since reunification. It was expected to
grow by 2.6% in 2011, with exports to emerging markets to play an important role.
ne of the problems facing Germany’s economy today is the economic crisis in Europe.
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Industrial orders from the euro zone plunged by 12.1% in September of this year.
fastest growing markets in Asia and Eastern Europe have decreased its demand and the exports
market make up almost half of Germany’s GDP.
On November 9th the government’s advisory
council of economic “wise men” predicted that growth would shrink from 3% this year to 0.9%
in 2012. (The Economist, 2011)
The deficit decreased from 3.7% of GDP in 2010, declining to
2.7% of GDP during the first part of 2011. It is expected to be as low as 2.5% of GDP by the end
of 2011. (Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, 2011)
As far as education in Germany, it begins with kindergarten education being optional and
it is provided for all children between 3 and six years old.
After 6 years old, school attendance is
required for at least nine years. Primary education usually lasts for four years.
The literacy rate
in Germany is 99%.
Meaning those who are 15 years old or older can read and write.
Germany's universities are recognized internationally; in the Academic Ranking of World
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