Background of Germany
The German economy is the world fourth largest and the biggest in Europe, accounting for more than one-fifth of European Union GDP. Germany is the second largest importer and also the second largest exporter in the world. Germany is Europe’s most populous country, inhabited by some 81.7 million people, of whom approximately 41 million are counted as being in employment. It shares common borders with nine countries, which makes it the most important transit route within Europe.
Population81.77 million (2009)
GDP per Capita (PPP)32,550(12 est.)
Total Exports909 (EUR bn)
Total Import1,097 (EUR bn)