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Press release 256 / 2016-07-21: Number of children under 3 years in day care rose to 721,000

On 1 March 2016, 721,000 children under three years were cared for in day care centres or by publicly funded child minders. Based on provisional figures, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was an increase of 26,000 children, or 3.7%, compared with the previous year. The increase was less marked than in the preceding year (2015: +32,500 or +4.9%).

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Holidays in the EU: Denmark is a very expensive destination, Bulgaria the least costly

In some Länder, the summer holidays have already started. Last year Bulgaria was the least expensive destination for holiday-makers in the EU. According to provisional data, the price level of overnight stays in hotels and eating out in restaurants in Bulgaria was 56% below that of Germany in 2015.

Prices were equally low in Hungary (-48%) and Romania (-48%). Holiday-makers who travelled to popular tourist destinations such as Portugal or Croatia also spent less money compared with holidays in Germany: they paid 25% and 22% less, respectively, for eating out in restaurants and staying overnight in hotels than in the Federal Republic in 2015.

In many EU countries, however, hotels and restaurants charge higher prices than in Germany: in 2015 this applied for instance to France (+9%) and Italy (+10%). Tourists in northern Europe had to dig deepest into their pockets. In Denmark, for example, the price level in restaurants and hotels exceeded that of Germany by 50%, in Sweden it was 42% higher. The most expensive countries in Europe for holiday-makers were Switzerland (+71%) and Norway (+67%).

Annual Report 2015 has been published

The remuneration of Members of the Bundestag, the calculation of the minimum wage, or the administrative burden on businesses: the Annual Report 2015 offers an overview of how these topics are linked to official statistics.

The Annual Report includes an interview with Minister of State Professor Helge Braun on the survey of situations faced by businesses, in which businesses assessed the administrative infrastructure. The quality standards underlying the Federal Statistical Office's work and all official statistics are another key topic. In addition, the interview with Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the Statistics Division at the United Nations, provides interesting insights into the international requirements applying to statistical systems.

Key figures

Population30.09.201581.8 mn
Persons in employment1st Quarter 201643.1 mn
Economic growth (GDP)1st Quarter 20160.7%
Inflation rateJune 20160.3%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20150.7%
Public debt201571.2%

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