About 500 press releases published by the Federal Statistical office in the year 2018. You can tell a lot about Germany. Still a massive salary gap difference between the sexes. At the same time, more and more young people want to study. For the new year, the most interesting Numbers of messages from each month in the Overview.

January: 42 percent of all German companies with access to the Internet and at least 10 employees had in the year 2017, a fast Internet connection. Germany was in the European average and slightly above the average for all 28 EU member States (40 per cent).

February: In the year 2017, considered overnight hostels 459,6 million guests in Hotels, and youth. In comparison to the year 2016 this means an increase of three percent. Thus, the Overnight stays increased for the eighth Time in a row and achieved a new record value.

March: The Gap between women and men remains unchanged at 21 percent. Thus, women earned an average gross hourly earnings of 16,59 EUR 21 per cent less than men (21 Euro).

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April: passengers used in the year 2017 in Germany, the Liniennah – and -long-distance transport with buses and trains for the first time, more than 11.5 billion Times. This represents an increase of 1.1 percent compared to the previous year. An average of 31.5 million passengers were transported in the year 2017 per day in the line of traffic. The greater use of public transport was due to the increase in the number of inhabitants, employment, pupils and students promoted.

may: In the year 2017 were completed in Germany, 284.800 apartments . A higher number of dwellings completed was last seen in 2002. Despite the decline in the building permits in the year 2017 of 7.3 percent compared to the previous year, the number of approved apartments with 347.900 apartments continued to be significantly higher than the number of completions. If also slows, continued since 2008, the ongoing rise in the Bauüberhangs in the year 2017, reaching a 653.300 the highest value since 1999 (679.200).

June: In April 2017, were paid in Germany, almost 1.4 million Jobs with the legal minimum wage of 8,84 Euro gross per hour. The minimum wage was in East Germany a total of 0.3 million Jobs. The 6 percent of East German employment. In West Germany, 3 per cent of the Jobs with the minimum wage paid (1.1 million).

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Political winners and losers 2018

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July: In the year 2017 were divorced marriages in Germany 153.500. On average, the couples looked back on 15 years of marriage. Lower the number of divorces was last updated in 1992. Compared to the previous year, the number of divorces has decreased in the year of 2017 to 5.5 percent. A greater percentage decline it had given to the German unit in 2005.

August: 27 percent of the single mothers with at least one minor child were in 2017 without a job. More than half (55 percent) of these non-employed lone mothers, however, was interested in the work. Family or personal reasons were given by them most often as a hindrance.

September: In the year 2017 of 3,180 people were killed in road accidents in Germany. This was the lowest level for more than 60 years. The but were still, on average, about 9 people per day.

October: , more and more older people go online. In the first quarter of 2017, 50 percent of persons aged 65 and over were in Germany in Internet on the go. The proportion of Internet users in the Generation 65 plus is increased continuously (2007: 19%; 2012: 32 percent).

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sports highlights, 2018

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November: In the winter semester 2018/2019 are enrolled, many of the student like never before at German universities. In November 2018, published the first preliminary results 2.867.500 students were enrolled in the current winter semester at a German University. Thus, the number of students increased in comparison to the winter semester 2017/2018 to 22.600.

December: In 2018, uses in manufacturing, nearly one in six companies (16 percent) in Germany with at least 10 employees and industrial or service robots . Large industrial companies use more robots than smaller companies. In the case of large companies with 250 or more employees, the proportion is 53 percent. Small enterprises with 10 to 49 employees use robotic technology, with a share of 10 percent significantly less.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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