Grüsse AusDeutschland! (Greetings from Germany) By Estrella Torres
Where is Germany?•Central Europe, between the Netherlands and Poland, and South of Denmark.
Important Facts• Capital: Berlin• Size: 356,910 square kilometers - 137,805 square miles(about the size of Montana)• Population: 81,305,856 (as of April 2012)• Climate: Warm summers and mild cloudy winters
About the People• Ethnic Groups: Germans, Turks, Greeks, Poles, Russians, Croatians, Italians, and Spaniards.• Language: German• Germany is divided into 16 states, most states have their own dialect.• Religion: 34% Catholic 34% Protestant 3.7% Muslim 28.3% Other
Historical Dates• 1849 1st Parliament• 1863 Social Democratic Party formed• 1914 World War I (Germany’s defeat)• 1925 Germany joins League of Nations• 1933 Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler’s power, World War II- The Third Reiche and the Holocaust began• 1934 Ferdinand Porsche-Volkswagen• 1948 The Deutsch Mark currency formed• 1951 European Union• 1955 West Germany gains independence joins NATO• 1961 Berlin Wall is built• 1973 East and West join United Nations• 1990 East and West unified• 1991 Berlin named new capital of Germany• 2002 The Euro replaced Deutsche Mark• 2005 Angela Merkel elected 1st female Chancellor
Political System•Government type: Federal Republic - proclamation of the Basic Law that supportspeace, democracy, and human rights as well asenvironmental and climate protectionworldwide in cooperation with its Europeanallies.•Parliament: Bundestag(also know as the German legislature).
Who runs Germany?• Federal government with a parliamentary democracy• Legislature has two legislative bodies• The lower house “das Grundesetz” (Basic Law) which is Germany’s constitution. Term is four years in popular elections.• The high house “das Budesrat” (Federal Council) members are representatives of the 16 regions who approves any law that affects the land. (Länder)• German’s Consitution started in 1949 became reunified in 1990 (National Holiday called “Tag der Deutsche Einheit” Current Chancellor: Current President: Angela Merkel ( since Nov. 2005) Joachim Gauck (since Mar. 2012)
About Germany’s Economy• The Federal Republic of Germany is Europe’s dominant country, both economic power and population.• Social Market Economy• Founding member of the European Union since 1951• Full member of the United Nations since 1973• Germany’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is 3.1
$ Money, Money, Money $• Germany has a stable and • In 2002, the Euro was established as the new currency along with powerful financial system 11 other countries • Value of the Euro today (May20, 2012) 1 Euro = 0.786102 NOW… • In 1948, Deutsche Mark (German money) was introduced. THEN…
Germany’s Exports• Worth 98.8 Billion Euros• Vehicles (In 2009, produced 5.2 million automobiles, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen, BMW)• Machinery• Chemicals• Electrical Devices• Telecommunication Technology
Ethical Issues• Emissions from coal-burning industries contributing to pollution• Acid rain from sulfur dioxide emissions damaging the earths eco-systems• Pollution from the Baltic Sea in the rivers• Hazardous waste disposal• Ending the use of nuclear power within 15 years
VOLKSWAGEN• 1931 Ferdinand Porsche sketched the 1st Beetle• 1934 Hitler contracts Porches to develop the Beetle• 1938 Laying of the cornerstone of the VW factory• 1939 Germany goes to war• 1946 1,785 cars were built by hand• 1955 VW of America• 1963 7th millionth Beetle produced
VW the company• Headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany• The name means “people car” in German• 4th leading auto manufacturer• Employees 344,900• Volkswagen is part of the Volkswagen Group along with Audi, SEAT, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Scania, and Škoda
Other products from VW• Large bore diesel engines • Turbo chargers • Turbo machinery • Compressors • Chemical reactors • Vehicle transmissions
VW mission statement “To offer attractive, safe andenvironmentally sound vehicles which are competitive on an increasingly tough market and which set worldstandards in their respective classes.”
Some information a business owner needs to know are…U.S. manufacturers have to consider certification for the EU marketGermans like to dress “up” more than Americans, look professional yet conservativeAvoid wearing lots of rich jewelry, especially in the former East. Sing of wealth offensiveGerman culture is “middle hierarchical”Respect holidays-business close a certain time and on certain holidays.
Marketing• Web promotions• Media promotions• Customer promotions:1) College Grad Program $236/ a month on 2007 2-door Rabbit 2.5L2) V-dub Rock Promotion anyone purchasing any 2007 VW model get a custom First Act Garage Master Electric Guitar.
Political Ramifications• Governing issues how the automobile and or products manufactured will recycle/disposed of in 10 or more years down the road.• Maintains social responsibility and sustainability• Cooperates fully with the government, environmental associations, unions, academic and research institutions as well as other oil and car corporations.
Inventory Systems• A Lifecycle Assessment (LOA) defined by the international standards 1) Inventory 2) Impact 3) Evaluation
Resources• Washington State: www.ofm.wa.gov/researchbriefs/200/brief008• Washington State Census:www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/state/data/wa• Germany:www.tradingeconomics.com/germany/export/importwww.export.gov/germanywww.youtube.com/watch?v=nd5WGLWNllAwww.volkswagenag.com/content/vwcorp/content/en/misc/search.html?_charset_=UTF-8&q=inventory+systemswww.volkswagenag.com/content/vwcorp/info_center/en/news/2006/10/Project_Report_on_Social_Responsibility.html