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Germany, the land of business success

When asked for words to denote German culture some may say quality, efficiency, production,- all words associated with the success of Germany as a country that breeds inventors and high achievers.

Germany is the European Union’s largest economy, and the world’s fourth. Germany is one of the largest car producers in the world with brands such as Volkswagen, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes, selling on average 6 million vehicles annually. Manufacturing is a huge industry in Deutschland, with pharmaceutical and technology following close behind.

Leaders & Inventors

Germany has one of the highest rankings for patents every year, coming in third behind the U.S. and China.

  • Did you know one of the world’s most popular painkillers Aspirin was a German creation? Developed by Felix Hoffmann in August 1897 to allieve his father’s ailments, and then patented by Bayer in 1900.

  • In 1886 the first true working vehicle was invented by Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler, a motorized driven tricycle with carriage. This invention was produced 22 years before Henry Ford's, model T Ford.

  • Bacteriology was discovered by Robert Koch in 1887, when he discovered the cause of why livestock in Europe was struck down with disease. He was able to isolate this bacteria and cure the animals. He was also able to isolate the bacillus that causes tuberculosis and help cure many of the world’s health problems.

  • One of your favourite fizzy drinks Fanta was invented in Germany in 1941, born from the embargo on Coca-Cola imports to Germany during WW2. The head of Coca-Cola in Germany Max Keith decided to use local ingredients including pomace and whey mixed with ingredients left at the plant and came up with a new drink. This drink is consumed over 130 million times every day