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Press release 025 / 2018-01-22: 247 traffic accident fatalities in November 2017

Persons killed in road traffic accidents

In November 2017, a total of 247 people died in road traffic accidents in Germany. Based on provisional figures, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was an increase of three traffic accident fatalities compared with November 2016. The number of persons injured declined by 1.7% to roughly 31,300 compared with the same month a year earlier.

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Gross domestic product grew by 2.2% in 2017

The economic situation in Germany was characterised by strong economic growth in 2017. Overall, the gross domestic product increased by 2.2%, which was above the average of the last ten years (1.3%).

Consumption was the main contributor to GDP growth. Household final consumption expenditure rose a price-adjusted 2.0% on the previous year. The increase in government final consumption expenditure was 1.4%.

Gross fixed capital formation increased above average (+3.0%). Gross fixed capital formation in construction was up 2.6%. Gross fixed capital formation in machinery and equipment increased a price-adjusted 3.5% on 2016. Gross fixed capital formation in other fixed assets, which includes expenditure on research and development, was also 3.5% higher than a year earlier. The balance of exports and imports accounted for a much smaller proportion of the German GDP growth (+0.2 percentage points).

On an annual average in 2017, the economic performance in Germany was achieved by just under 44.3 million persons in employment whose place of employment was in Germany. According to first calculations, the number of persons in employment was roughly 638,000, or 1.5%, higher than a year earlier. This was the largest increase since 2007.

Green Week Berlin: Global meat consumption continues to rise

Global meat consumption continues to increase year by year. In 2013, the global average per capita consumption reached 43 kg – 10 kg more than in 1990. Pork was most frequently eaten (16 kg), followed by poultry (15 kg) and bovine (9 kg). Poultry consumption increased most sharply, with average consumption almost doubled from 8 kg in 1990 to 15 kg in 2013. Pork consumption also increased significantly during this period (+23%). Bovine consumption on the contrary decreased by 10%.

Despite globalization and the ever closer integration of economies, significant regional differences in terms of meat consumption remain. In the United States a person consumed an average of 50 kg of poultry in 2013, whereas per capita consumption in China (14 kg) and India (2 kg) was considerably lower.

More information on global animal farming and meat consumption can be found in our publication Animal Farming 2018. This mini publication coincides with the International Green Week Berlin and the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, where the Federal Statistical Office is informing visitors about agricultural statistics.

Key figures

Population31.12.201682.5 mn
Persons in employment201744.3 mn
Economic growth (GDP)20172.2%
Inflation rateDecember 20171.7%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20171.2%
Public debt201668.1%

Europe in figures

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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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