At a Glance


Germany's 137,821 square miles (357,000 square kilometers) are home to 82 million people. It is the world's fifth largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity. The country's productivity and economic growth rely heavily on small business. According to The Federation of International Trade Associations, the German economic model relies mainly on a dense network of SMEs; there are more than 3 million of them employing 70% of the salaried workers.

Financial Facts

  • GDP (2009) of US$3.3 trillion or US$44,525 per capita
  • GDP contracted by nearly 5% in 2009 - the steepest drop-off in output since World War II
  • The turnaround has been swift: Germany's export-dependent economy is expected to grow by 3.5% in 2010 and a further 2% in 2011
  • Exports to emerging markets are playing an increasingly important role