For 2012 as a whole, foreign trade was very robust, with exports up 4.1% on 2011. Imports grew by 2.3%. The positive trade balance was once again the main driving force for economic growth in Germany. Household expenditure increased by 0.8%, while government spending was up 1%.
The figures also showed that while the service sector of the economy expanded, industry and construction contracted. Germany has a welcoming attitude towards foreign direct investment.
The German market is open for investment in practically all industry sectors, and business activities are free from regulations restricting day-to-day business. German law makes no distinction between Germans and foreign nationals regarding investments or the establishment of companies. This shows that the economy is stable and there are a lot of job and business opportunities in the economy.
Through the help of this chart above you can understand that the whole economy is more involved with the services sector, manufacturing, commerce and all the business that involve services, which has made Germany flourish exceedingly.
This shows that any student considering or having graduated related to the services sector or interested in banking or manufacturing will have no difficulties in finding jobs or settling down in Germany.
European Services the German branch has requested applications from Spanish engineers, medics, teachers and tourism professionals. Other skilled workers, who speak German, can also apply. There are many students from Spain shifting to Germany due to the increase in the unemployment rate in Spain.
|Sales Administrative||2,056 EUR|
|Customer Services||2,150 EUR|
|Health and Medical||2,681 EUR|
|Consulting/ Building/Installation||3,000 EUR|
|Quality Control||3,583 EUR|
|Accounting and Finance||4,057 EUR|
This table shows you roughly, how much a fresh graduate can achieve to get working in one of these positions. But the salary might also vary depending on the company .In Germany graduates can aim for a higher salary because they know that their skills will be valued and they will be paid fairly. If students can adapt the language skills they will be open to all job opportunities and they can apply and have such a wide range of options for their future, with well-paid salaries.
Basically there are 16 states in Germany of which three are cities: Berlin (the nation’s capital), Hamburg and Bremen, each of them with a population more than a million. Furthermore every of the remainder 13 states has a federal capital of which you might know a few:
It is important to mention that every city has a unique character with sights, which are worth visiting. If you want, you can use the highway and visit several of them within a week.
Germany is famous for its highway with no speed limit. Yes, it is true. On quite a few parts of the German highway you can drive as fast as you want. However, you definitely need to take care of the other participants on the road and strictly abide certain rules. Otherwise you need to pay huge fines.
Besides Germany is well-known for its cars. You certainly know BMW, Mercedes, Porsche or Volkswagen. The latter one is by the way world’s second biggest car manufacturer worldwide right after GM (US). During the last decades the Germany’s car industry has shaped Germany’s reputation and is one major economic growth factor.
Germans are often described as serious and structured. Indeed, this is true. Many international people, who work with Germans can confirm both of these traits and you can rely on the fact that there’s no corruption. The CPI (Corruptions Perceptions Index) ranked Germany on world rank 13 and is therefore one of the countries with the lowest corruption.
However, if you consider Germany as a boring country, you’re wrong. Just take a look at the Oktoberfest in Munich – a festival starting at the end of October and ending two weeks later at the beginning of October. You can drink a lot of beer, eat huge bretzels or have a ride on the rollercoaster while wearing a “Lederhosen” - a guy’s traditional dress - or a “Dirndl” – the famous dress for girls. Millions of people attend this event and a large amount of visitors come from abroad.
Every major city in Germany has bars and clubs. Especially in cities like Cologne or Dresden you find many students who want to enjoy their student life on the weekend. In Hamburg and Berlin on the other hand you find many bars, which are comfortable to sit in, have a chit-chat and drink a beer or wine. However, you should know that Germany is the country of beers and not miss the opportunity to drink a cold one.
If you expect somebody in Germany to speak English with you – don’t be too shocked because they tend to be a bit shy. Usually Germans are quite good in English because they start studying it from the fifth grade. However, they prefer speaking German and hence they’re a bit shy when it comes to English. Nevertheless it is always worth giving a shot because most of the time it is seen as a practice for them to improve.
Most of Germany’s population belongs to the religion Christianity. However, it is barely seen today that Germans go to Church on a regular basis and more and more Christians decide to leave Church because they don’t believe in it anymore.
Singaporeans participate in a wide variety of sports like football (soccer), cricket, rugby union, swimming, badminton, basketball, cycling or table tennis. It is quite common that public residential areas provide amenities including swimming pools, outdoor basketball courts as well as indoor sport centres which provide facilities for badminton, squash, table tennis, american football, gymnastics, indoor basketball and volleyball, among others.
Singapore is surrounded by water and has an average temperature from 24° to 32°. Hence, people enjoy water activities that include sailing, kayaking and water-skiing. There are also a number of avid recreational scuba divers and you might find amazing places like Pulau Hantu, known for their coral reefs.
Be it the room in a dormitory, the pizza in a restaurant or the bottle of beer in a student club - everything costs money. Prices differ a lot not only in the big cities but all across Germany. While life and study in Munich is rather expensive, staying in Leipzig for example is much cheaper.
The table above shows the prices of the general items that can give students an idea of roughly how much they would need to pay for a certain things in the United States on average. These costs might have to be paid monthly or daily by individuals, but then at the same time chances are that they can be shared for instance the electricity bill or the internet bills can all be shared by a group of people 4 to 5 people.
Germany has been named as the most supportive country for overseas students, in an international league table. Among the attractions for international students is the increasing availability in Germany of courses taught entirely in English, so much so that students can complete degrees without ever having to speak German.
The Chinese are the most academically mobile population on the planet with more Chinese students studying abroad than any other nationality. Their top preferences are the United States and Great Britain, with Germany coming in third place. In fact, there are so many Chinese students in Germany that they make up the biggest group of foreigners.
Students from all over the world come to Germany to study, as you can see in the above chart the highest number of students come from China, Turkey and Russian. The Chinese are the most academically mobile population on the planet with more Chinese students studying abroad than any other nationality. Their top preferences are the United States and Great Britain, with Germany coming in third place. In fact, there are so many Chinese students in Germany that they make up the biggest group of foreigners, but mostly students come to Germany from all over the world.