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  • ... that with a jobseeker’s visa, you can to come to Germany for up to six months and look for a job while in the country?
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  • ... many of the universities in Germany offer career services which help you get a foot on the career ladder?
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  • ... it is estimated that German companies voluntarily put 11.2 billion euros into society every year?
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  • ... thanks to the billions of euros that they invest, German SMEs are the main driving force of the German economy?
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  • ... it is estimated that Germany has some 1,300 hidden champions among its SMEs?
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  • ... small and medium-sized enterprises offer nearly 85 percent of all apprenticeships in Germany?
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  • ... around 99 percent of German companies are small and medium-sized enterprises?
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  • ... with exports worth 142 billion euros in 201,1 the German mechanical and systems engineering sector is the world’s top exporter?
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  • ... in terms of turnover, mechanical and systems engineering is Germany’s second-largest industrial sector?
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  • ... companies in the aerospace industry invest around 17 percent of their turnover in research and development?
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  • ... Germany is the number 2 space nation in Europe?
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  • ... the largest international IT trade fair, CEBIT, is held in Germany every year?
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  • ... Germany is the world number 3 in terms of the number of patents filed for chemical products?
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  • ... some 90 percent of the more than 2,000 chemical companies are small or medium-sized enterprises?
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  • ... in 2011 the electrical industry generated turnover of 178 billion euros?
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  • ... in terms of turnover, the German foundry industry occupies first place in the European rankings?
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  • ... around 10 percent of German gross domestic product is spent on construction projects every year?
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  • ... with 2.2 million employees, the construction industry is currently one of Germany’s largest employers?
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  • ... Germany carries out foreign construction projects worth more than 20 billion euros every year?
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  • ... around 5.6 million cars were produced in 2012, which makes Germany the fourth-largest vehicle-manufacturing nation in the world?
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  • ... vehicles and automotive parts were Germany’s largest export in 2011?
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  • ... German automakers lead the field in developing innovative drives, with 10 patents filed every day?
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  • ... in 2011 the German automotive industry posted record turnover of 351 billion euros?
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  • ... nearly one in nine workers in Germany works in the health sector?
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  • ... at 21.4 billion euros in 2011, the German medical engineering market is the largest in Europe?
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  • ... around 62 percent of all optical and precision engineering technologies and products were exported in 2011?
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  • ... businesses in the precision engineering and optics sectors generated total turnover of 47 billion euros in 2011?
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  • ... with 1.66 million solar thermal systems installed, Germany has the largest solar thermal market?
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  • ... the wind-power industry exports around 80 percent of its production?
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  • ... nationwide there are more than 2,500 foreign-language newspapers and magazines, radio and TV programmes?
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  • ... you can receive all international channels via satellite?
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  • ... in Germany, you can buy international daily newspapers at some 5,000 points of sale?
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  • ... with around 350 daily newspapers, Germany has the most diverse news offer in Europe?
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  • ... in Germany there are up to 15 statutory public holidays a year?
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  • ... in the major cities especially, cinemas also show foreign films in the original language?
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  • ... the Chocolate Museum in Cologne is one of the most-visited museums in Germany?
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  • ... nationwide, 10,000 popular festivals are held in Germany over the course of the year?
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  • ... in Germany, more than 23 million people are actively involved in some 600,000 different associations or voluntary activity?
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  • ... in Germany you can view more than 100 national and international TV channels over the Internet?
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  • ... in Germany, you have a large number of landline phone operators to choose from?
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  • ... 82 percent of households in Germany surf the Internet using DSL?
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  • ... in Germany, substances which are harmful to health are prohibited, especially in regard to toys?
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  • ... in Germany, when you purchase something you have the right to cancel and return your purchase?
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  • ... in Germany there is consumer protection legislation to safeguard customers’ interests?
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  • ... people from nearly every country in the world live in Berlin? It is home to 910,000 people from 184 different countries.
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  • ... three German cities are on the list of “the world’s ten most livable cities”: Duesseldorf, Munich and Frankfurt?
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  • ... the Federal Republic of Germany isn’t very old? It was founded in 1949.
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  • ... small, highly specialised companies are a crucial part of Germany’s economy?
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  • ... one-fourth of all of the inventions in the field of environmental technology that are registered with the European Patent Office come from Germany?
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  • ... nearly half of all products manufactured by German companies find their way to customers in other countries, making Germany the world’s top exporter?
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  • ... Germany is the home of hidden champions? It is estimated that 1,200 German enterprises are world leaders in their respective sectors.
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  • ... Germany holds the world’s largest book fair every year, in Frankfurt am Main?
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  • ... the Bayreuth Festival is so popular all over the world that tickets are always hard to come by?
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  • ... freedom of religion and the practice of religious traditions are protected by the German constitution?
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  • ... you will find more than 70 different religious communities in Germany?
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  • ... Germany has approximately 300 kinds of bread and 1,300 breweries, producing over 5,000 different kinds of beer?
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  • ... Germans’ favorite foods are Italian? Most people love spaghetti Bolognese and pizza.
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  • ... Germans eat some 800 million curry sausages every year?
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  • ... with 6.4 million members and 178,000 teams, the German Football Association is the largest sports association in the world?
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  • ... Cologne Cathedral attracts six million foreign visitors every year, more than any other site in Germany?
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  • ... companies in Germany hold job fairs to recruit employees?
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  • ... there are agencies in Germany that will help you find your dream job?
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  • ... CVs for applying for a job in Germany are divided in sections on professional experience, education and language skills?
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  • ... when applying for a job with a German employer, you will score points if you have your professional qualifications certified?
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  • ... your employer automatically pays your income tax to the tax authorities?
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  • ... you are insured against risks such as illness and long-term care needs – when you have a job in Germany?
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  • ... if you return to your home country, you are still entitled to benefits under Germany’s social security system?
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  • ... as a highly skilled international employee, you can be confident that your family will be able to come with you to Germany?
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  • ... over 100 million people all over the world consider German to be their native language?
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  • ... Germany has one of the lowest rates of youth unemployment in the world?
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  • ... Germany has been experiencing a remarkable increase in jobs since 2005? Since then, unemployment has dropped from 11.3 percent to 5.9 percent.
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  • ... one in seven people who work in Germany comes from somewhere else?
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  • ... for years, physicians have ranked at the top of the list of most respected occupations?
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  • ... some 5,000 jobs for physicians in German hospitals remain unfilled because of a lack of suitable applicants?
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  • ... there were more unfilled positions for engineers in Germany at the beginning of 2012 than ever before?
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  • ... as an engineer in Germany, you can expect to earn an annual salary up to 45,000 euros in your first few years?
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  • ... if you are a skilled worker in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, you have good job prospects in the German labor market?
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  • ... most Germans rent their homes rather than buying? There is an ample supply of high-quality housing, ranging from three-room flats to villas that include a garden.
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  • ... renters in Germany are protected by law against excessive rent increases and unwarranted termination of their leases?
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  • ... Germans are champion recyclers? Nearly every type of waste is collected in separate containers.
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  • ... nursery schools are available even for your youngest children, up to the age of three?
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  • ... in addition to receiving a general education, children in German schools enjoy art, sports and science instruction?
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  • ... in Germany, all necessary medical treatment is covered by statutory insurance?
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  • ... people with foreign roots feel particularly at home in Germany? This was reported by 95 percent of respondents in a 2010 survey.
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  • ... flights are available within Germany and abroad for as little as 100 euros?
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  • ... Germany is home to over 600,000 independent entrepreneurs who come from other countries?
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Anca

Carer from Romania,
lives and works in Munich, Germany

With its “Make it in Germany” Welcome Portal, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy informs international qualified professionals about their career prospects in Germany – and why it is worthwhile living and working here. The portal is part of the Qualified

Professionals Initiative, which is helping to secure a supply of qualified professionals in Germany.