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Press release 145 / 2014-04-24: Fatalities on German roads up by 7% in February 2014

Persons killed in road traffic accidents

In February 2014, 192 people were killed in road traffic accidents. Drawing upon provisional results, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that their number was up by 12 people or 6.7% on a year earlier. The number of persons injured also increased in February 2014 compared with February 2013, it rose by 12.8% to approximately 24,100.

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Press release 146 / 2014-04-24: Schools of general education down 15% on ten years ago

In school year 2012/2013 there were roughly 34,400 schools of general education in Germany. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was a decrease of 15% or 6,100 schools on ten years ago. Closures affected mainly the orientation stage independent of school type (–51%), secondary general schools (–37%) and intermediate schools (–16%). Increases were recorded for integrated comprehensive schools (+51%), Free Waldorf schools (+22%) and school types offering several courses of education (+14%).

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This photo shows a Turkish and a German passport (© Kumbabali -

Dual citizenship: roughly half a million children obliged to choose a citizenship

The grand coalition has agreed upon a new bill on dual citizenship. It is planned that, under specific conditions, children of foreign parents will be exempted from the obligation to choose between the German citizenship and their parents' citizenship.

Between 2000 and 2012, roughly 9 million children were born in Germany. 460,000 of them acquired the German citizenship although their parents were foreigners. This means that about 5% of all new-born children were obliged to choose a citizenship. Pursuant to current legislation, those children will have to choose one of the two citizenships at the age of 23 years at the latest.

The envisaged bill will also affect children of foreign parents born in Germany between 1990 and 2000. According to a transitional arrangement, it has been possible for them to acquire the German citizenship afterwards upon request only. Just under 50,000 children have taken the opportunity to do so. There is thus a total of roughly half a million children in Germany obliged to choose a citizenship.

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Crisis in Crimea: 31% of crude oil and natural gas are imported from Russia

The EU foreign ministers decided to impose sanctions over Russia after the questionable Crimea referendum. In a next step, economic action could follow.

As regards the key trading partners of Germany Russia ranked eleventh in 2013. The value of the goods traded amounted to 76.5 billion euros. Germany exported goods to the value of 36.1 billion euros to Russia. The main export goods were machinery (23%) and motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (21%).

Imports from the Russian Federation amounted to 40.4 billion euros. Crude oil and natural gas accounted for 72% of the imports. Thus roughly 31% of the total German crude oil and natural gas imports came from Russia.

Key figures

Population (31.12.)201280.5 Mill.
Persons in employment201341.8 Mill.
Economic growth20130.4%
Inflation rate20131.5%
Share in gross domestic product
Net borrowing20130.0%
Public debt201278.4%

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23621-0001Employees in health care (only in German)
61241-0002Producer price indices of industrial products (only in German)
61111-0002Consumer price indexes (only in German)
45212-0004Turnover in retail trade (only in German)

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Europe at the polls

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European Parliamentary elections will be held in Germany on 25 May 2014. For information on the right to vote and stand for election and for current releases on the European elections please go to Federal Returning Officer.

Census results being integrated

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On 31 May 2013 the statistical offices released the first results from the 2011 Census.

We will now successively adjust those sets of statistics which will use census results in the future and keep you informed about further developments.

Collecting foreign trade data

Compiling foreign trade statistics, which are ordained by the legislators, is based on the principle of compulsory response. Read more about the collecting foreign trade data.

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