Society

A high standard of living and great individual freedom shape quality of life in Germany
A high standard of living and great individual freedom shape quality of life in Germany Altrendo Images

Enriching diversity

Germany is a cosmopolitan country shaped by a pluralism of lifestyles. Demographic change is set to play a major role in the coming years.
In Germany the Basic Law guarantees religious freedom; there are more than 2,000 mosques
In Germany the Basic Law guarantees religious freedom; there are more than 2,000 mosques Boris Roessler/dpa
Topic
Freedom of religion is enshrined in the German Basic Law, while the religious landscape is marked by increasing plurality.
With a monthly child allowance, the state specifically promotes families – pre-school childcare provision has been broadened
With a monthly child allowance, the state specifically promotes families – pre-school childcare provision has been broadened Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
Topic
A dense web of state insurances protects citizens against existential risks. The tradition of the welfare system goes back to the 19th century.
Great importance is attached to family – a great many fathers now also take parental leave
Great importance is attached to family – a great many fathers now also take parental leave Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Topic
New living arrangements are shaping German society. Targeted measures are being introduced to improve the reconcilability of career and family.
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Shell Youth Study

What makes young people in Germany “tick”? What is im-portant to them, how do they spend their spare time, what is their relationship like to their parents and friends? Since 1953 the oil-and-gas company Shell has regularly commissioned independent research institutes to paint a portrait of young people. The 17th Shell Youth Study is 
due to be published in October 2015.

Timeline
Environmental protection is an issue many people actively work for in their spare time
Environmental protection is an issue many people actively work for in their spare time picture-alliance/Andreas Franke
Topic
Civil commitment in Germany is high. Lots of people volunteer and the importance of foundations is growing.
From a foreign policy of states towards a foreign policy of societies: In a world of upheaval, things rearrange. How can the Foreign Office - working together with foundations - achieve better and more stable results? That is the topic of a strategic dialogue between both sides.

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Number

m is the number of employees subject to mandatory social insurance contributions that the Federal Employment Agency counted in December 2014. This equates to 75 to 80 percent of all employees. The figure does not include those not subject to mandatory social insurance contributions, i.e. civil servants, the self-employed, unpaid family workers and mini-jobbers.

Minister of State Aydan Özoğuz is the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration
Minister of State Aydan Özoğuz is the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration Martin Stoever/Bongarts/Getty Images
Topic
Germany has become a popular destination for immigrants; integration is an important topic. There are 16.4 million people with a migratory background living here.

List

Catholic diocese with the most 
members
Archdiocese of Cologne with 2,035,000 Catholics
Evangelical regional church with 
the most members
Hanover with 2,763,633 Protestants
Major mosques
Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque/Mannheim; Şehitlik Mosque/Berlin, Fatih Mosque/Bremen
Largest Jewish community
Jewish Community of Berlin (10,009)
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and guests debated how to create a new welcome culture for Germany at a podium discussion in Stuttgart.
Andrea Enderlein
Topic
More information in the brief overview on the topic of Society, plus related links.
„Germany will live up to its international responsibilities...“ These words, and additional funding of 400 million euros, are how the German lower house of parliament is responding to the emergency in international crisis regions. Most of that funding will be spent on humanitarian aid.

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