Did you know that Germany is the third largest economy in the world? That Germany places in the Top 3 preferred locations for foreign students? Or that Germany is ever more popular as a travel destination? “Facts about Germany” invites you to get to know Germany. It offers exhaustive basic information and numerous points of orientation – designed specially for our foreign readers whose interest in contemporary Germany extends beyond coincidental data to be found in the daily flood of news items.
In 11 wide-ranging chapters, renowned authors focus on the major political, social and economic trends in Germany today. These keynote essays offer a well-structured review of the complexities of current German society and illustrate what models and solutions are being discussed in an age of economic and social change.
Special emphases in the text and key words that are to be found in all chapters together form an ongoing index and thus an additional level of information. The “Facts – compact” pages offer discerning graphic documentation on the key facts and a timeline for the respective topic, along with any number of maps, illustrations and contem- porary documents. Cross-links in the body of the text as well as the extensive index at the back facilitate swift and systematic access to information. The expanded, compre- hensive range of online offerings round out the content in the printed version, providing in-depth and constantly up- dated information on Germany in numerous different lan- guages (www.facts-about-germany.de).
The publishers would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed ideas, insights and encour- agement and thus played a constructive part in making this issue of “Facts about Germany” a reality.