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IN FOCUS / 2015-10-20

New Head of the Federal Statistical Office

On 16 October 2017, taking effect on 1 November 2017, Dr. Georg Thiel was appointed as the new President of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) and as Federal Returning Officer. There was an official retirement ceremony for his predecessor, Dieter Sarreither.

From 2006, Dr. Thiel worked in the Directorate-General "Administrative Modernization; Administrative Organization" of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. In October 2015, he was appointed Vice-President of the Federal Statistical Office and, at the same time, he was seconded for one year as deputy head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Since the beginning of 2017, in addition to his activity at the Federal Statistical Office, Dr. Thiel has supported Dr. Frank-Jürgen Weise, Commissioner for Refugee Management appointed by the Federal Minister of the Interior, as his deputy.

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Key figures

Population30.06.201882.9 mn
Persons in employment3rd Quarter 201845.0 mn
Economic growth (GDP)3rd Quarter 2018-0.2%
Inflation rate (CPI)November 20182.3%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20171.0%
Public debt201764.1%

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