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G E R M A N Y

  1. 1. GERMANY By: Jessica Mullins
  2. 3. Did you know? <ul><li>Government: Federal Republic </li></ul><ul><li>Population: 82.5 million </li></ul><ul><li>Currency: Euro </li></ul><ul><li>Nationality: German(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Language: German </li></ul>
  3. 4. Information about the land <ul><li>Area is 134,838 square miles </li></ul><ul><li>There is nine countries </li></ul><ul><li>bordering Germany </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Austria </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Luxembourg just to name a few </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Switzerland </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Germany is a federation of </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>sixteen states </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Highs and Lows <ul><li>The highest point in Germany is Zugspitze, it is 9,721 feet </li></ul><ul><li>The lowest point in Germany is Neuendorf bei Wilster at -11.6 feet </li></ul>
  5. 6. Chance of Rain? <ul><li>Germany’s climate is pretty mild </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes there is rapid change in the weather </li></ul><ul><li>Snow falls from early November to late April </li></ul>
  6. 7. Government <ul><li>There is a president who is head of state </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current president of Germany is Horst Kohler </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chancellor who leads the government with the ministers of the cabinet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current Chancellor is Angela Merkel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The federal parliament is elected every four years </li></ul><ul><li>The governing parties include Christian Democratic, Christian Social Union, Free Democratic Party </li></ul>
  7. 8. Money, Money, Money <ul><li>Germany makes most of it’s money from manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>Siemens, a large private-sector who focus on energy, industry, and healthcare </li></ul><ul><li>BASF which is a huge chemical company </li></ul><ul><li>Bayer, a material science company and healthcare </li></ul>
  8. 9. Bring home the dough <ul><li>German companies generally have fewer than 500 employees </li></ul><ul><li>Middle-class people usually own the smaller companies which hire other middle-class people </li></ul>
  9. 10. Labor and the Laws <ul><li>Normal working hours are 9:00am-5:00pm </li></ul><ul><li>Opening hours for the businesses vary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>24 hour stores are only available only at certain gas stations and other places that are related to traveling </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Average working hours are 37.5 hours/week </li></ul><ul><li>Wages in Germany are among the highest throughout Europe and the across the World </li></ul><ul><li>Dismissal from the job must be proceeded by notice </li></ul><ul><li>The Mother Protection Law provides mothers with 36 months of leave </li></ul>
  10. 11. Who Pays For What? <ul><li>Both social security and health care cost are split equally between the employee and the employer </li></ul><ul><li>Germany’s health care is traditionally good </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The service is available for everyone </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Education <ul><li>All children go to school ages 6-18 </li></ul><ul><li>School days are shorter than in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Public school systems are paid for by tax payers and there is no tuition for colleges in Germany </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary all students study the same subjects </li></ul><ul><li>After elementary the student goes to one of four different kinds of schools: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gymnasium- they stay there until 18 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Realschule- study until they are 15 and train for a job in industry </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hauptschule- is slower than the other two schools listed above </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gesamtschule- is a comprehensive school </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Religion <ul><li>Protestants are the largest group in Germany </li></ul><ul><li>Roman Catholics are the second largest group </li></ul><ul><li>Other groups include Jews and Muslims </li></ul>
  13. 14. Holidays <ul><li>Most German holidays are based on the Christian calendar </li></ul><ul><li>January 1 st is New year </li></ul><ul><li>January 6 th is Epiphany </li></ul><ul><li>Spring they celebrate Good Friday and Easter Monday </li></ul><ul><li>May 24 th is Ascension day </li></ul><ul><li>October 3 rd is one Holiday that Germany celebrates that is not on the Christian calendar </li></ul>
  14. 15. Etiquette <ul><li>Greetings are formal and titles are important </li></ul><ul><li>Never talk to someone while chewing gum </li></ul><ul><li>Direct eye contact is very important </li></ul><ul><li>They like there space so keep your distance </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy is very important to Germans </li></ul>
  15. 16. DO NOT BE LATE <ul><li>Punctuality is greatly important to Germans whether for business or social engagement </li></ul>
  16. 17. Transportation <ul><li>People in Germany get around on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bicycles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trains </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buses </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Traveling to Germany <ul><li>United State citizens do not require a visa unless they are staying longer than three months </li></ul><ul><li>They have many airports in Germany to make for easy travel </li></ul><ul><li>Trains can take you many places as well </li></ul>
  18. 19. What to eat? <ul><li>German food varies from each region but still usually includes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potatoes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vegetables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Salad </li></ul></ul><ul><li>They also enjoy their beer and wine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drinking age is 16 for beer and wine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18 is the legal age for spirits </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. Family <ul><li>Germans weddings have two parts </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First is the civil ceremony at the government office </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The next day they have a church service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Most German families have one or two children </li></ul><ul><li>Children usually leave home once they get a job </li></ul>
  20. 21. Sports <ul><li>One in three Germans play a sport </li></ul><ul><li>12 million others exercise on a regular bases </li></ul><ul><li>Other sports that are popular is handball, volleyball, and basketballs </li></ul>
  21. 22. Goodbye Germany <ul><li>I hope that the information I have shared has inspired you to take a trip to Germany just as I would love to do! </li></ul>
  22. 23. References <ul><li>Countries of the World, Germany- by Henry Russell </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on Germany – by David Flint </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.macombcountymi.gov </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.buyusa.gov </li></ul>

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