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  • Stepping-stone to a successful career: a university degree
    Stepping-stone to a successful career: a university degree Wolfgang Stahr/laif
    Germany is well positioned as an academic hub. The reforms of recent years have taken effect, research has a more international focus than ever before.
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    Germany is one of the most sustainable industrial countries. Companies are committing to their social responsibility.
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    16 national parks and 15 biosphere reserves between the North Sea and the Alps afford many rare animal and plant species special protection.
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    Germany is a highly diverse country in which it is pleasant to live. Exciting cities and a variety of countryside as different as the North Sea coast and the Alps never cease to fascinate its many visitors.
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    Germany is a parliamentary democracy. Its constitutional bodies are the Bundestag, the Bundesrat, the Federal President, the Federal Government, and the Federal Constitutional Court.

The Federal Republic of Germany lies in the heart of Europe and is a cosmopolitan, democratic country with a great tradition and a lively present. Germany is the European Union’s most populous nation with 81.2 million inhabitants. Facts and figures at a glance.

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Germany lies at the heart of Europe. It shares its borders with nine other nations. No other European country has more neighbours.

Germany is a value-based, democratic, economically successful, and cosmopolitan country. The democratic parties compete against one another – but they also have mutual respect for one another and form coalitions at various political levels. Together, the people in Germany have made the gradual fusion of east and west Germany, a major issue since 1990, into a success story.

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Germany is a parliamentary democracy. Its constitutional bodies are the Bundestag, the Bundesrat, the Federal President, the Federal Government, and the Federal Constitutional Court.

The primary objective of German foreign policy is to ensure peace and security in the world. Since the end of the East-West conflict, new opportunities and challenges have emerged for German foreign policy. On the basis of its multilateral relations, Germany has accepted the increased responsibility it has been accorded since reunification in 1990.

The Human Rights Council in Geneva is the United Nations’ most important human rights committee
The Human Rights Council in Geneva is the United Nations’ most important human rights committee EPA/Valentin Flauraud
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The respect of human rights in enshrined in the Basic Law. Germany is also committed to protecting people worldwide from violations of their rights and basic freedom.

Facts about Germany for young adults

How do young people in Germany spend their free time? What topics are important in German politics? How does the education and university system work? Everything you could possibly want to know about Germany today.

Germany is the largest economy in the European Union (EU) and the fourth largest in the world after the USA, China, and Japan. The German economy has its great innovativeness and strong focus on exports to thank for its competitiveness and global networking.

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German business is squaring up to a fourth industrial revolution. The Federal Government is driving digital change.

Internationally, Germany leads the way in climate protection and is a pioneer in the development of renewable energy sources. With the changes to the energy sector, referred to as the Energy Reform, Germany is leaving the age of fossil and nuclear energy clearly behind it and heading fast for a future that hinges on sustainable energy sources.

In Germany, wind power and solar energy are the most important and inexpensive renewable sources of energy
In Germany, wind power and solar energy are the most important and inexpensive renewable sources of energy picture-alliance/Keystone
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Internationally, Germany leads the way in climate protection and is a pioneer in the development of renewable energies. The exit from nuclear power is already under way.

Germany is well positioned as an academic hub. The reforms of recent years have taken effect, research has a more international focus than ever before. With numerous measures and reforms, the government and higher education institutions took the initiative to advance Germany as a hub of knowledge and place it on a more international footing.

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The German research landscape has an international focus, is well networked and open to academics from abroad.

With some 81.2 million inhabitants, Germany is the most populous nation in the European Union. The modern, cosmopolitan country has developed into an important immigration country. A good 16.4 million people in Germany have a migratory background. Germany is now among those nations with the most liberal immigration rules. 

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

Germany’s reputation as a major cultural nation rests on the great names of the past, such as Bach, Beethoven and Brahms in music, Goethe, Schiller and Thomas Mann in literature. Moreover, there are exceptional examples of German Modernists in all art genres. It bears noting that the country has  embraced outside influences and developed a new narrative. 

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Germany has a free media world characterised by an array of voices. Digitisation has triggered profound structural change.

A love of nature and cities alike, healthy food and gourmet restaurants, a strong sense of tradition and a cosmopolitan mind-set – Germany is one of the countries with the highest standards of living in the world. The 2014 United Nations’ Human Develop-ment Index (HDI) puts Germany sixth out of a total of 187 countries.

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As a travel destination Germany is becoming more and more popular among international tourists – in addition to cities, nature parks and biosphere reserves are attractive destinations.

Germany’s path to a liberal constitutional democracy and a functioning parliamentary system involved many historical ruptures: particularism in the early years of the Modern age, the failure of the March Revolution and the Weimar Republic through to the “flaw in history” caused by National Socialism. Unity and liberty, key concepts since the 19th century, also occupied Germans during the nation’s division after the Second World War. Not until reunification in 1990 was the “German issue” resolved.

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The reunification process is without historical precedent and a national tour de force that cannnot be completed in a few years.

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