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Press release 225 / 2018-06-22: New orders in main construction industry in April 2018: +2.6% seasonally adjusted on the previous month

Index of new orders in main construction industry, 2010=100, seasonally adjusted

The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that price-adjusted new orders in the main construction industry in April 2018 increased a seasonally and working-day adjusted 2.6% on March 2018.

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Press release 226 / 2018-06-22: Public service in 2017: more personnel in the police, in child day care centres and higher education institutions

More personnel in the police, in child day care centres and institutions of higher education led to an increase in the number of public service personnel until the middle of 2017. To coincide with the United Nations Public Service Day on 23 June, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that roughly 4.74 million people were employed in the public service on 30 June 2017, according to provisional results of the statistics of public service personnel. That was an increase of 47,500 people, or 1.0%, on a year earlier.

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Press release 227 / 2018-06-22: Price level in Germany 5.0% above EU average

The price level of private consumption expenditure in Germany in 2017 was 5.0% higher than the average of the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU). The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that in most of Germany's immediate neighbouring countries, however, the price level continued to be higher than in Germany. The cost of living was markedly lower only in Poland and in the Czech Republic.

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IN FOCUS / 2018-06-14

World Cup 2018: Statistics on the participating countries

The World Cup – the international football competition contested by the senior men's FIFA national teams – kicks off on the 14th June. 32 teams are aiming to win the title over the course of the next 4 weeks. The smallest participating country is Iceland, with slightly more than 330 000 inhabitants. The largest country taking part is Brazil, with a population of over 207 million people.

If you look at the number of men each country has to offer within the classic football age bracket (15- to 34-year-olds), Brazil is in a good position: In 2017, approximately 35 million men aged 15 to 34 lived here. In Germany, the corresponding figure for 2017 was just 9.7 million. So far, Brazil has won the cup five times, whilst Germany was successful on four occasions. But of course past competitions show that population figures are not exactly the decisive factor in this context: Spain won the World Cup in 2010 with only 4.8 million men in the key age group.

Our special World Cup feature offers a direct head-to-head comparison of all participating countries in terms of economy, population, labour, sport and communication. And the data include a few surprises: Costa Rica, for instance, is top of the league in terms of mobile phone contracts per inhabitants. If it space to kick a ball you are looking for, then Australia and Iceland are the countries with the best conditions: Population density amounts to just 3 inhabitants per square kilometer compared to 526 in Korea. You also have the opportunity directly compare two countries competing in a match.

Current WISTA edition: Land use abroad for German agricultural imports

German imports of agricultural products involve land use in foreign countries to produce the respective raw materials. Information on the countries where these cultivated areas are located and on the size of the areas used to produce the agricultural raw materials is of particular interest for the globalisation debate. However, the country which delivers the agricultural products to Germany is not always the country which has produced them.

In his article on Land use caused by imports of agricultural products published in issue 3/2018 of our WISTA scientific journal, Marc-Dominic Schuh presents two variants of a simulation model providing information on the amount of land used - with and without backtracking of supply chains. It is shown that supply chains have to be taken into account particularly for European countries which import large quantities of agricultural raw materials and export agricultural products to Germany.

Key figures

Population30.09.201782.7 mn
Persons in employment1st Quarter 201844.3 mn
Economic growth (GDP)1st Quarter 20180.3%
Inflation rate (CPI)Mai 20182.2%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20171.2%
Public debt201764.1%

European statistics

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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.

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Our special 2018 FIFA World Cup page compares the economy, population, sport, labour market and communication of a participating country with those of its competitors.

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