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Indicators in brief

Short term indicators

The economic development can be monitored and assessed through a variety of indicators. Comprehensive tables showing monthly or quarterly results, in some cases with additional calendar and seasonally adjusted values, allow you to get an overview of the short-term economic situation.

results, in some cases with additional calendar and seasonally adjusted values, allow you to get an overview of the short-term economic situation.

The Destatis Business Cycle Monitor visualises the development of selected short-term indicators in a quadrant system which covers the basic phases of the economic cycle.

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Quality of

Quality of employment

Employment plays a major role in most people's lives not only to secure their livelihood. The place of employment is where they spend many hours a day – often more time than is available for their families, friends and leisure activities. Therefore, for many people a "good job" is a major requirement for satisfaction and quality of life. Furthermore, efficient and innovative companies need motivated and satisfied employees.

Seven dimensions are distinguished to represent the qualitative aspects of employment:

Within those dimensions, the qualitative aspects of employment are represented by some 50 selected indicators. Here, you find background information on the calculation and data sources used for the indicators.

A synoptic presentation of the indicators on Quality of employment is available in the brochure "Qualität der Arbeit 2015 - Geld verdienen und was sonst noch zählt" ("Quality of employment – Earning money and what else counts", only in German).

Report on poverty
and wealth

The federal government's report on poverty and wealth

The report on poverty and wealth is based on the guiding idea that a detailed analysis of a country’s social situation provides the necessary basis for a policy aimed at strengthening social justice and improving social integration.

The report entitled "Lebenslagen in Deutschland - Der 4. Armuts- und Reichtumsbericht der Bundesregierung" (Lives' situations in Germany – the German Federal Government's 4rd Report on Poverty and Wealth) analyses the social trends in Germany since 2007 and, where the required data are available, allows for a comparison of the development over the period of ten years.

Report on

Report "Education in Germany 2014"

The fifth Report "Education in Germany 2014" again presents a comprehensive empirical account of the entire structure of the German educational system, from early childhood education and care to the different types of continuing education of adults. Based on indicators, the report informs about the present conditions in the German education system, its performance and its problematic features. In an in-depth analysis the report provides information on lifelong cultural education.

The report was commissioned by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It was written by the Authoring Group Educational Reporting including the Federal Statistical Office and Länder Statistical Offices. The work was led by the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF).

Further information can be found on the website

International indicators
of education

International indicators of education – a comparison between the German Länder

Recently, the statistical offices of the Federation and the Länder issued the latest version of their joint publication "International Indicators of Education – a Comparison between the German Länder" which contains selected OECD indicators for Germany in a breakdown by Länder. The indicators refer to the following thematic fields:

  • The output of educational institutions and the impact of learning
  • Financial and human resources invested in education
  • Access to education, participation and progression
  • The learning environment and organisation of schools

This publication is designed to supplement the OECD publication "Education at a Glance".

Health monitoring

Health monitoring system

The Health monitoring system (GBE) of the Federation gives information on the health status of and the health services provided to the population in Germany. It is based on data and indicator assisted descriptions and analyses. The thematic fields of federal health monitoring cover all areas of the healthcare system, namely its framework conditions, the health status, behavioural aspects of health, diseases, health services, health expenditure, and the costs and financing of the healthcare system.

Science and
technology indicators

Science and technology indicators for Germany and the Länder

Progress in the field of science and technology has to be measured and analysed to enable a reliable assessment of the current situation. The basis of such measurements and analyses are well-established indicators describing the scientific and technological development. A selection of indicators in this field was compiled from various data sources. In addition to figures from official statistics, data from the science statistics of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (the business community’s innovation agency for the German science system) and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office were drawn upon.

For a comprehensive table please refer to our GENESIS database.


Eurostat’s structural indicators

Until 2010, the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) provided the structural indicators as an instrument for objectively measuring the progress made in the Member States of the European Union. The indicators made it possible to measure the extent to which the Lisbon objectives formulated by the European Council had been reached. The renewed Lisbon Strategy of 2006 has four basic objectives: investing in knowledge and innovation, unlocking the business potential, investing in people and modernising labour markets, and a more environmentally-friendly economy. Accordingly, indicators were presented for the general economic background, employment, innovation and research, economic reform, social cohesion and the environment in the European Union, the euro area and the Member States.

In the summer of 2010, the European Council adopted the "Europe 2020" growth strategy (Europa 2020, German only). After that, the structural indicators were discontinued.
In the context of the Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs in the European Single Market and its successor strategy "Europe 2020" with the three priorities of "smart", "sustainable" and "inclusive growth", a study commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology analysed whether monitoring in the form of market observation may support the strategy and how this may be done.

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economic and financial data for Germany

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Principal European Economic Indicators - PEEI
on the Eurostat-website

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