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Press release 372 / 2017-10-19: Decrease of dwellings permitted from January – August 2017: –6.3%

Buildings permits for dwellings per month

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the construction of a total of 229,900 dwellings was permitted in Germany from January – August 2017. Compared with the corresponding period of 2016 this is a decrease of 6.3% or 15,400 dwellings.

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Noticeable price changes in September

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Get an overview of the most noticeable price changes for selected goods and services.

If you want to know how the prices of all product groups have developed please refer to our price kaleidoscope.

If you want to know by how much your personal inflation rate differs from the official one, just test our "personal inflation calculator".

IN FOCUS / 2017-08-17

Roughly 66,000 young adults were injured or killed in road traffic accidents in 2016

Every year thousands of people are harmed or even lose their lives on German roads. In 2016, nearly 400,000 people were injured or killed in approximately 2.6 million accidents recorded by the police. Risks are particularly high for young adults between 18 and 24 years who are often involved in traffic accidents as they are rather inexperienced drivers or overestimate their abilities.

The number of road users aged 18 to 24 years who were injured or killed in road traffic accidents totalled 65,900 in 2016, 435 young adults lost their lives. This means that 17% of those injured and 14% of those killed in road traffic belonged to that age group, which only accounted for 8% of the total population in 2015.

Young adults also quite often cause road traffic accidents: in 2016, one in five accidents involving personal injury (20%) with a car driver being mainly responsible was caused by a driver aged between 18 and 24 years. Men of that age group (68%) caused such accidents slightly more often than women (62%).


Comprehensive information on the subject is found in the publication "Unfälle von 18- bis 24-Jährigen im Straßenverkehr."

New digital publication on men and women in Europe

In Germany, 51% of men and 45% of women spent at least 2 ½ hours a week on regular physical activity in 2014. This gender gap was evident in almost all EU Member States. The only exception was Denmark, where a larger share of women (57%) than men (53%) exercised at least 150 minutes per week. These results are published in a new digital publication “The Life of Women and Men in Europe” released by Eurostat and all EU Member States to mark European Statistics Day on the 20th October.

The level of physical activity in Germany and Denmark was higher than in most other EU countries. On average, in the EU only 26% of women and 36% of men reported more than 150 minutes of physical exercise per week. And yet women were considerably less likely to be overweight (44%) than men (57%).

The digital publication offers a wide range of data on everyday life in Europe – from work to leisure activities, from childcare to retirement age. Interactive graphs make the comparative EU data more easily accessible.

Current WISTA edition: statistical information on globalisation

The term globalisation describes the growing international interdependence and may refer to all spheres of life, that is the economy, population, politics, culture, the environment and communication.

In their paper on globalisation in official statistics published in the 5/2017 edition of our scientific journal WISTA, Sabine Allafi, Dr. Sandra Jung and Veronika Spies explain what results and indicators are available on the subject from foreign trade and business statistics. The authors show both the interdependence of national economies and the integration of national markets into the world market. On the basis of the Irish case, they describe the consequences which may result for calculations, for example of the gross domestic product, from the restructuring of individual multinational enterprise groups.

Key figures

Population30.06.201682.3 mn
Persons in employment2nd Quarter 201744.2 mn
Economic growth (GDP)2nd Quarter 20170.6%
Inflation rateSeptember 20171.8%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20160.8%
Public debt201668.3%

Europe in figures

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Europe in figures features the wide range of data offered by the European statistical office (Eurostat) and enables comparisons between the EU Member States.

2017 Bundestag election

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The election to the 19th German Bundestag was held on 24 September 2017. Information on the election is provided on the website of the Federal Returning Officer.

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