Cross Culture and Diversity Management
A study on Germany
Table of Contents
Economy of Germany
German Society, Culture and Religion
Business Etiquette and Protocol in German MNCs
Food, Clothes and Lifestyle
Political and Legal System in Germany
German Vs India: A Comparison
Some Theories and Models
Cases and Examples
The Federal Republic of Germany is a sovereign country located in Central Europe. Germany is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea; to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic; to the south by Austria and Switzerland; and to the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The territory of Germany covers 357,021 square kilometers (137,847 sq mi) and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate.
Central European Time (UTC+01), Central European Summer Time (UTC+02) Germany is a federal parliamentary republic of sixteen states (Bundesländer). The capital and largest city is Berlin. Demography:
The demography of the Federal Republic of Germany is monitored by the "Statistisches Bundesamt" (Federal Statistical Office of Germany). The population of Germany is approximately 82,282,988 (July 2010 estimate), making it the 15th most populous country in the world and 2nd most populous country in Europe.
Population Growth Rate:
Germany's population is characterized by zero or declining growth, with an aging population and smaller cohort of youths. The population growth is -0.061%, as per July, 2010 estimate which ranks 207th in the world. Median Age:
The median age is 44.3 years (male-43 years, female-45.6 years), as per July 2010 estimate. This indicates an aging population and decreasing percent of youths in the population. Ethnic Mix:
Total Population= 82 million approx.
* Germans without immigrant background (81.5%)
* Germans with immigrant background (10%)
* Others-6.1% (made up largely of Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish) Language:
The official language of Germany is Standard German, with over 95% of the country speaking Standard German or German dialects as their first language. Most Germans also learn English as their first foreign language in school. Sometimes French or Latin is taught first, but usually English is, with French and Latin as common second or third foreign languages. Russian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Dutch, classical Greek, and other languages are also offered in schools. National Symbols of Germany:
About Germany’s Flag:
The three equal horizontal bands of black (top), red, and gold; these colors have played an important role in German history and can be traced back to the medieval banner of the Holy Roman Emperor - a black eagle with red claws and beak on a gold field. Coat of Arms:
The Coat of Arms of Germany is a sign of Germany; the coat of arms features an eagle. The colors of the coat of arms are similar to those of the flag of Germany (black, red and gold). Together with the Austrian coat of arms, which has the same history, it is the oldest extant state symbols of Europe and is among the oldest insignia in the world.
Economy of Germany
The prosperous German economy attracts millions of immigrants from around the world as it is the third largest country in terms of immigration. Germany is the largest economy in the European Union. It benefits from a large pool of talented work force that has enabled Germany to dominate the vehicles, machinery, iron, steel, cement, coal, chemicals, electronics and household equipment vertical across the globe. Germany is known for its well established social security system which stems from the flourishing German economy. In the world, the German economy ranks 4th in terms of nominal GDP and 5th in terms of purchasing power. Germany’s exports were of US$1.159 trillion and imports were US$966.9 billion in 2009 which...
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