Did you know the German language is spoken by over 130 million people around the world? German is the mother language for both Germany and Austria, with a combined total of 91.82 million people, it is the mother tongue most spoken in Europe.
Over 38 million people speak the language as their second, third or fourth language, in over 92 countries.
Some of you reading this may have studied German in school or college, some may have no connection to the language, but are interested in learning. Learning a new language is fun, but it can also be hugely rewarding for your career and future prospects.
The German Economy
Germany has one of the strongest economies in Europe, despite the current drop in GDP due to the pandemic. The German political strength and state support for business and industry has led the country to be a leader in Europe and internationally.
Most recently Germany has announced a €130bn Covid-19 rescue package to boost the economy and help the country recover. Germany is the fourth largest capital exporter in the world, and the third largest goods and services exporter also.
Working in Germany
Germany is home to numerous international corporations as well as hugely successful native companies. Some of the biggest economic global players are German, including Siemens, Volkswagen, Daimler AG, Adidas, Allianz, BMW, Bayer pharmaceutical, to name a few.
Although English is taught in German schools, knowing the language can greatly improve your chances for effective communication and successful professional relationships.
As well as being home to some of the top MNC’s in the world, Germany has some of the best working conditions in Europe. With one of the lowest unemployment rates in the E.U, employees in the country enjoy generous benefits such as a 35 hour work week, and 30 days annual leave, on top of state holidays.
Start Up Central
Germany is leading the way in innovation with Berlin ranked as Europe’s second biggest startup hub. N26 the mobile banking company has been called one of the most innovative startups by LinkedIn, and is in good company with brands such as Blinkist, SoundCloud