IN FOCUS / 2016-12-01
G20 Presidency: Germany is fourth largest trading nation among G20 countries
On 1 December 2016, Germany officially took over the G20 Presidency from China. The German Presidency will focus, among other things, on global challenges such as the implementation of the Agenda 2030 of the UN of the UN or how to deal with displacement and migration. Traditional G20 themes such as the global economy or global trade will also be treated.
A glance at worldwide foreign trade shows that Germany was the fourth largest trading nation among G20 countries in 2015. According to data of the UN and the World Trade Organization WTO, German exports and imports of goods amounted to roughly 2.4 trillion US dollars. The largest importing country for German goods was the United States (exports: 127 billion US dollars). The most important supplier country was China (imports: 103 billion US dollars).
The largest trading nation overall among G20 countries was China. In 2015, the value of exports and imports was just under 4 trillion US dollars. It was followed by the EU, which as an association of states is a G20 member (3.9 trillion US dollars, excluding intra-EU trade between Member States) and the United States (3.8 trillion US dollars).
For each G20 country, you may download a statistical Country Profile containing comprehensive information.
Ageing is an upward trend: the majority feel fit
Older people will increasingly shape our society. The baby boom generation of the 1960s will soon be reaching retirement age. At the same time, life expectancy is increasing; in fact, it has more than doubled since the end of the 19th century. Today, more than a quarter of people in Germany are aged 60 and over. Germany is one of the countries in the EU where the stage of demographic change has advanced the most.
Even though health problems increase in old age, in line with expectations, the majority of senior citizens in Germany aged 65 and over feel fit. Less than 25% say their health is impaired to such an extent that they are unable to pursue their normal routines. In all EU countries, there is a strong correlation between education and income on the one hand and the state of health on the other. More information is contained in the new edition of the brochure "Older people in Germany and the EU", which provides insight into the living conditions of older persons. The data on demography, participation in economic life, the financial situation, health and many other areas are supplemented by many comparisons across the EU.