Germany compact

Germany is a democratic country in the heart of Europe and member of the European Union (EU). The country is governed by the Federal Government with the head of government (Chancellor) and the German Parliament (Bundestag) in Berlin (capital) and is divided into 16 federal states, each with its own state government.

The country covers an area of 357,578 km2, populated by 82.8 million people. About half of the land is used for agriculture, and one third is wooded. With an average of 232 people per km2, the country is relatively densely populated.

In contrast to other countries, Germany has a large number of larger cities (Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Bremen, Cologne, Bonn, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Essen, Dortmund ...), so that "life" is not limited to one central capital and its own Concentrated environment. Germany has a widespread transport network - public local and long-distance traffic via roads (highways), rail (road and rail) and over 14 international airports.

With an approximate 22 percent share of German gross domestic product, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is the state with the highest economic output in Germany, with a total of 272 larger and smaller cities in the NRW region alone. There is a generally good security situation, corruption usually plays no role and is not only punishable, but is also consistently prosecuted by the authorities.

Germany has a strong economic position within Europe and the world. For years, Germany was the world export champion, with automobiles, electrical engineering and machinery in particular, but also chemical products being sold all over the world. Currently, Germany ranks third in exports after China and the USA.

In Germany, German is spoken, with young people in particular also having good English language skills. Different dialects can be spoken in the individual regions of the country, which can also be difficult to understand even for non-native Germans - for example in Bavaria.

Payment in Germany is made in Euro (one Euro = approx. 80 Indian Rupees - please inform yourself about possible, current changes). Banks use the account opening to create cash cards with a chip, which you can use to make cashless payments. Also credit cards are common. Overall, however, much is still paid in cash, as this is convenient and not all shops (for example, at the local weekly markets) offer electronic payment. Coins are available in 2, 1, 0.50, 0.20, 0.10, 0.05, 0.02 and 0.01 cent pieces. Banknotes at 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 €. If you have a bank card, you can withdraw cash at many supermarkets with a minimum purchase of 10 or 20 € with this card.

The labor market in Germany requires immigration, because many vacancies can not be filled because of a shortage of skilled workers. This will not change in the future either, as many people in Germany will reach the retirement age and retire in the coming years. Since not enough children were born for a long time, many workers are missing now and in the future. Currently, 1.6 million jobs in various occupations are not filled. This state has now moved the politicians to design an immigration law, which will facilitate the immigration of wanted workers to Germany in the future.

The German social system is structured in such a way that all the people who work here contribute to it. Thus, in addition to the wage tax, partial amounts for health insurance, unemployment insurance, pension and long term care insurance are deducted from an agreed wage. The employer pays proportionally the same amount in these insurances. If you then get sick or hospitalization is necessary, the health insurance carries all costs except for a small contribution. Your salary or salary will be paid up to 6 weeks in case of illness.

The German social system also provides for the protection of the family. It should be noted that "supportive" primarily means the spouse and the biological children. This also shows in the family reunification. Spouses and biological children can accompany the "employed" to Germany under certain conditions. Find out here which prerequisites must be fulfilled.

Unlike other states, the normal holiday entitlement in Germany is between 20 and 30 days a year, depending on age, industry and company. During the holiday period, the salary or salary is paid by the employer. So there is the opportunity to schedule regular home leave.

The climate in Germany is divided into four seasons - spring (March, April, May), summer (June, July, August), autumn (September, October, November) and winter December, January, February). In every season it can rain in part richly. In winter, especially in the southern parts of the country, snow falls and it freezes. Then you can ski where there is snow. In the spring it gets warmer and the trees and plants get new leaves. In summer it is sometimes as hot as in India - but in Germany is usually a much higher humidity. In autumn, the trees and plants lose their leaves and the temperatures fall again.

Germany is undoubtedly a country where life is good. 

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