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Living in Germany

Society in the Federal Republic is diverse and cosmopolitan. Many people are actively involved in public life.

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Enriching Diversity

People from all around the world live together in Germany, bringing together highly diverse beliefs, ideals and aspirations.
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Shaping society together

How German people live today – and how they contribute to the common good.

Medizinische Versorgung für alle
Medical care for all

Everyone in Germany has access to medical care, regardless of their income. For this to work, health insurance is compulsory.

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Diverse Living Arrangements

New living arrangements are shaping German society. Targeted measures are being introduced to improve the reconcilability of career and family.

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Strong Welfare State

A dense web of state insurances protects citizens against existential risks.

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Families and equality

Thanks to parental leave, parental allowances and high quality childcare services, Germany supports families and helps parents to participate equally in working life.

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Committed Civil Society

Civil commitment in Germany is high. Lots of people volunteer and the importance of foundations is growing.

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Freedom of Religious Worship

Freedom of religion is enshrined in the German Basic Law, while the religious landscape is marked by increasing plurality.

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Vibrant Culture of Remembrance

The memory of the crimes committed by the Nazis and of the injustice of the system in the German Democratic Republic is kept alive by numerous memorials.
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Living and leisure

Around three quarters of German people live in towns and cities, where there are many different sports and cultural facilities as well as hospitality offerings.

Wellenreiten in der City: Die Eisbachwelle in München begeistert Surfer.
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Urban Quality of Life

German cities do very well in the urban quality-of-life rankings. More and more people are now wanting to live in an urban environment.

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Sporting Challenges

Germany is highly successful in top-class sports disciplines, but grassroots sport also plays an important role.

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Leisurely Enjoyment

German cuisine and German wines are among the finest Europe has to offer. Regional and healthy dishes are particularly in vogue.

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Around 70%
Married couples with children under 18 are still the most common family unit in Germany today.
2.6 million single parents
Over 80% of single parents in Germany are women.
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Ehe für alle
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65,000 same-sex married couples
Since 2017, homosexual couples have had the right to full marriage.
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Familie liest zusammen
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Up to 14 months
Mothers and fathers can claim parental allowance during this period. The level depends on parents’ incomes before the birth of their child.
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1.19 billion euros
was used for public social spending in 2020.

Religious affiliation in Germany 2021 (in million)

Source: EKD, DBK

Security in Germany

The rates of criminality are comparatively low in Germany, and there are well-established investigation authorities that are networked world-wide.
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Getting around in Germany

From visa to voltage: Useful information and important telephone numbers for travellers in Germany.
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