Noticeable price changes in January
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IN FOCUS / 2017-02-13
Number of pupils at private schools increases continuously
The Didacta Trade Fair for Education and Training took place from 14 to 18 February 2017 in Stuttgart. One of the striking things you notice when taking a look at the education sector in Germany is that the number of pupils at private schools has continuously increased in the last few years. In school year 2015/16, roughly 9% of the just over 8.3 million pupils at schools of general education attended a private school. In school year 2005/06, the proportion had been 7%.
Attending private schools is often associated with better teaching conditions. A major indicator here is class size. At primary schools, grammar schools and special schools in school year 2015/16, the classes at private schools were by one pupil smaller than those in public schools.
Apart from class size, the number of weekly lessons given per pupil are another major indicator used to assess the teaching conditions. In the selected school types, an average of 2.0 lessons per pupil were given at private schools in school year 2015/16, while at public schools the figure was 1.6 lessons.
IN FOCUS / 2017-01-20
Foreign Trade: USA most important customer of German carmakers
On 20 January Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th President of the United States. It is very important for Germany how the trade relations between the USA and the EU will develop in the future. In an interview shortly before his inauguration Trump informed German car manufacturers that he intended to impose import duties on German cars.
In 2015 the United States were Germany's most important trading partner. Goods to the total value of 174.0 billion euros were traded between the two countries. Exports to the United States totalled 113.7 billion euros, with the main German export goods being motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (34.1 billion euros).
In 2015, Germany exported motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers to the value of 226.7 billion euros worldwide. The United States ranked first on the list of major purchasing countries not only for exports in general but also for this product group (15%). They were followed by the United Kingdom (13%) and the People's Republic of China (8%).
Current WISTA edition: Agricultural statistics are the basis for European agricultural policy
One of the main fields of activity of the EU has always been a common agricultural policy. Roughly 40% of the European Union budget is used to support farmers and rural regions. In this context, Germany will have received roughly 6.2 billion euros of subsidies per year by 2020. To control and enhance agricultural production, up-to-date data are needed on what agricultural products are produced by whom, where and with what production methods.
In the 1/2017 edition of our WISTA scientific journal, Dr. Wolfgang Hauschild, Tim Weber and Hermann Seewald present "das statistische Berichtssystem der Agrarstatistiken in Deutschland". They show how the large number of individual statistics are coordinated in terms of time, region and contents and how they are controlled through the central register of agricultural holdings.