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Press release 168 / 2017-05-22: 25.500 students received a Germany Scholarship in 2016

In 2016, 25.500 students received a Germany Scholarship in accordance with the Scholarship Programme Act. This figure, as the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports, represented an 5% year-on-year rise in the number of scholarship holders. Measured against the provisional total number of students in the winter semester of 2016/2017, the share of those on a scholarship was 0.9%. The highest proportion of scholarship holders was recorded in Saarland at 1.6%, the lowest proportions were found in Hamburg (0.3%) and Schleswig-Holstein (0.5%).

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IN FOCUS / 2017-05-03

Foreign trade: Germany had highest export surplus of EU countries in 2016

France will elect a new president on 7 May. The candidates in the run-off are Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron. In the election campaign, Germany was criticised for its high foreign trade surplus.

According to Eurostat data, Germany had the highest export surplus among EU countries (257 billion euros) in 2016, as was the case in the previous years. Germany exported goods totalling 1,210 billion euros while the value of imports was 953 billion euros. Compared with the previous year, the export surplus rose by roughly 3% - in 2015, it had been 248 billion euros.

Apart from Germany, the Netherlands too achieved a marked surplus in their foreign trade balance. The export surplus amounted to 59 billion euros there. A total of eleven EU countries recorded a positive foreign trade balance. However, France is among the EU countries with the largest foreign trade deficits (-65 billion euros). A larger deficit was recorded only in the United Kingdom (-204 billion euros).

IN FOCUS / 2017-05-05

Persons employed in public service are 44.5 years old on average

The main issue of the current discussions on the development of persons employed in public service is their age structure. On 30 June 2015, roughly 4.8 million people were employed in public service (including persons on leave of absence without remuneration) in Germany. The average age of the persons employed was 44.5 years. 15% were younger than 30 years, 11% were 60 years or older.

Among the total of the roughly 30.8 million employees subject to social insurance contributions, 21% were younger than 30 years at the same reference date. This was 6 percentage points more than in the public service. One of the reasons for the difference is the high proportion of university graduates in the public service. As they start their professional life later, the proportion of younger persons employed is lower.

7% of the employees subject to social insurance contributions were 60 years or older - 4 percentage points less than in public service. The larger proportion of older persons employed is largely due to the fact that the great number of teachers who were hired in the 1960s and 1970s as a consequence of the baby boom are now at pensionable age. In the last few years already, they led to record numbers of retirements.

Key figures

Population31.12.201582.2 mn
Persons in employment1st Quarter 201743.7 mn
Economic growth (GDP)1st Quarter 20170.6%
Inflation rateApril 20172.0%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20160.8%
Public debt201668.3%

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