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  • Imports from Germany A$11,434 million
  • Exports to Germany A$1,929 million
  • Capital Berlin
  • Official Language German
  • Area 357,000 sq km
  • Population 80.8 million


VET Education Roadshow Germany 2014
10 Nov 2014 - 15 Nov 2014
Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin , Germany

(Last updated: 21 Mar 2012)

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Germany is a free enterprise market where no business sectors exclusively dominated by the State. It is a cosmopolitan market where 22,000 foreign businesses are located including the 500 largest companies in the world.

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Country Profile

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    Germany is the world's fourth biggest economy and largest exporter. It is a major economy within European Union, which continues to develop greater integration between member states and openness to external trade.

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    As the largest single unit in the European Union (EU), and with the EU as its principal economic partner, Germany continues to be a strong proponent of closer European integration.
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    Germany is a strong consensual and stable democracy which has been consolidated over the last six decades. Germany occupies a strong, and increasingly influential, voice within the European Union.

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