IN FOCUS / 2016-04-27
Especially high number of alcohol-related traffic accidents on 1 May and Father's Day
Father's Day is celebrated on 5 May - traditionally, on this day many men are on the move with friends. Those intending to enjoy the day while consuming alcohol, however, should leave their car at home. The number of alcohol-related traffic accidents is especially high on Father's Day. 232 alcohol-related accidents occurred on that day in 2014 - a higher number was recorded only on New Year's Day (273 accidents). On 1 May, 220 accidents occurred under the influence of alcohol. On average, the police recorded roughly 97 alcohol-related accidents a day in 2014.
Our traffic accidents calendar visualises the development of traffic accidents over the last ten years. The calendar charts show accident data on a daily basis, so that you can get an overview, for example, of the days when an especially large number of accidents occurred. You may also compare alcohol-related accidents with accidents involving personal injury over the whole year.
IN FOCUS / 2016-04-24
Basic security benefits: at retirement age, women are particularly affected
The current debate on statutory pensions focuses on old-age poverty. In December 2015, a total of roughly 1,038,000 people in Germany received basic security benefits in old age and in cases of reduced earning capacity from the government. 536,000 of them had reached or exceeded retirement age and received basic security benefits in old age (51.6%).
By providing basic security benefits in old age, the government supports people whose pension - possible together with other income - is not sufficient to cover their living expenses. Compared with a year earlier, the number of recipients was up 4.7%. The number of all persons receiving basic security benefits rose 3.5% in the same period.
At retirement age, women needed much more often government support than men. In December 2015, roughly 60.0% of the people receiving basic security benefits in old age were women. Examining all recipients of basic security benefits shows that the ratio between the sexes was almost balanced (women: 52.1%; men: 47.9%).
IN FOCUS / 2016-01-11
Statistical data on refugees
On some aspects of the current debate in the media and in the political community regarding "refugees", "people seeking refuge", "asylum-seekers", "immigrants", "migrants" etc., data of the Federal Statistical Office can be used. Information on the number of asylum applications submitted and relevant decisions is available on the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.
Among the statistics of the Federal Statistical Office, the following are relevant, among others: the numbers of inhabitants of intercensal population updates, migration statistics and statistics of foreigners. People seeking refuge and asylum-seekers are included in those totals (for example, in a municipality's number of inhabitants). However, in many cases, people seeking refuge and asylum-seekers cannot be shown - or only approximately - as a separate group. Also, data for 2015 are not available yet for many areas.
On our special page on people seeking refuge, we have compiled for you an overview of the different sets of statistics, including brief explanations on the contents available.
Database GENESIS-Online now also in English
From now on, the Federal Statistical Office is operating GENESIS-Online as a bilingual database offering an extensive range of data from all statistical subject areas.
The database is the main dissemination channel for the very latest statistical data. Currently, 222 statistics are available which contain a total of 720 million figures. You may now use the English language to retrieve data in accordance with your individual requirements by flexible table structures and visualise them interactively through diagrams or geographic maps. The results can be stored in various formats.
An exception to this are the Commodity Classification for Foreign Trade Statistics and the Product Classification for Production Statistics. These two classifications will successively go online in English at a later time.