Resources/Profile – Germany
Country Profile – FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY
State Democratic parliamentary federal democracy since 1949
Capital City Berlin, 3.4 million inhabitants
Parliament Bundestag (16th legislative period: 614MPs)
Currency Germany is a member of the Eurozone, EUR 1=100 cents
Location Central Europe
Size 357,021 sq km
Largest cities Berlin 3.4 million inhabitants, Hamburg (1.7m), Munich (1.2m), Cologne (1.0m), Frankfurt/ Main (655,000 )
Population 82.5 million
Federal President Prof Dr. Horst Köhler (CDU) since 2004
Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel (CDU) since 2005
European Union The Federal Republic of Germany is a founding member of the European Union (EU). Germany holds the presidency of the council of the European Union from January, 2007.
Economic prowess Germany is the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world. With the highest GDP and the largest number of inhabitants in the EU, Germany is Europe’s most important market.
Key sectors Car making, Mechanical, Electrical and Precision Engineering, Chemical, Environmental Technology, Optics Medical Technology, Biotech and Genetic Engineering, Nanotechnology, Aerospace, Logistics.
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Trade Fairs About two thirds of all the world’s keynote trade fairs take place in Germany (About 140 international trade fairs)
Phone dials code +49
State Holiday October 3, Day of German Unity
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