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There are many reasons why you can feel at home in Germany: It is recognised as one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Germany has largely been untouched by serious natural disasters. And our political system is stable. It’s no wonder that surveys show that people who move to Germany tend to be happy here. You can read more about it in this section.

One of the most peaceful countries

One of the most peaceful countries

Germany is one of the most peaceful countries in the world, according to the 2011 Global Peace Index. In this study, conducted by international peace experts, Germany ranked 15th among 153 countries, higher than such countries as the  France, Italy or the Netherlands. Germany receives top marks for political stability and respect for human and civil rights. Germany’s people, too, think highly of their home country: 90 percent are very or quite happy here. These were the findings of the “Integration Barometer”, a survey of German citizens conducted in 2010. The survey also showed that people with foreign roots have a particularly favorable view of Germany. Of that group, 95 percent report that they are happy in Germany.

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Emergency telephone numbers

Emergency telephone numbers

There are good reasons why people in Germany feel so safe and secure. A number of institutions are in place to protect our society against criminality, terrorism and other threats. But if you should need help, you can reach the most important emergency services under the following telephone numbers:

  • Police: Emergency number 110
  • Fire department: Emergency number 112
  • Emergency rescue service/Ambulance: Emergency number 112

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Political and legal order

Political and legal order

Since its founding, the Federal Republic of Germany has been a very politically stable country. The government is divided into the legislative, executive and judicial branches. The purpose of this structure is to prevent a concentration or abuse of political power. Moreover, it guarantees a high degree of legal certainty. In other words, you can rely on Germany’s laws and respect for the law, and on its administrative structures and judicial system. Further information about Germany’s political system can be found here.

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Germany and its partners

Germany and its partners

Germany is a secure country, both internally and in its dealings with the rest of the world. Through its many alliances, partnerships and memberships in organisations, Germany maintains a friendly relationship with many countries and works with them to promote peace, democracy and respect for human rights. Germany is a member of the European Union, the United Nations and NATO, as well as the G8 and G20, among others.

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German authorities

German authorities

Do you want to register with the local registry office? Are you interested in extending your residence permit? Whatever your concern, you can normally be confident that your request will be handled properly. And help in finding the right office is sure to be available – for example by dialing 115 for assistance in German (this number is subject to a fee). Experts will answer your questions about everything from registering your new address to obtaining a driver’s licence or visa. In addition, you can use the office finder to find out which office is responsible for your specific concern.

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Environmental disasters

Environmental disasters

So far, the environment has been treating Germany well: It has been spared strong earthquakes, severe tornadoes and devastating floods (except for e.g. the 1962 storm surges in Hamburg and the Elbe floods in 2002, for example), and this is reflected in its ranking in the World Risk Report. This study assesses a country’s risk of suffering from natural hazards or climate change. Of the 173 countries in the study, Germany is among the 20 safest. And just in case something should happen, we can rely on a very well prepared disaster management system.

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Information on this portal

Society: Germany's diverse population
Why people from all over the world feel at home in Germany

Politics: Germany's vibrant democracy
Everyone in Germany is guaranteed a life in dignity and freedom

Social security: A help in many situations
Five types of insurance to cover the major risks

Information on the World Wide Web

Police
Official portal of the German police with links to the federal and state police and the Federal Criminal Police Office (German)

Federal Ministry of the Interior
Information about safety and security in Germany (German, English)


D115
Information about 115, the number to call for government agencies and offices (German, English)

Bund.de
Overview and contact information for all federal agencies and institutions (German)

Government Agency Finder for Germany
Nationwide search tool for information about public authorities and their services (German)

Vision of Humanity
Global Peace Index, ranking of countries by peacefulness (English)

Advisory Board of German Foundations on Migration and Integration
Integration Barometer: This study analyses the climate for integration in various sectors of society (German)

2011 World Risk Report
Study results concerning dangers from extreme natural events (German, English)

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
Information on the political system in Germany (German, English, Turkish, Russian)