Germany - Business and Investment Location

A number of recent studies underscore Germany’s strength as an investment location. The World Economic Forum's "Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014," which analyzed more than 100 indicators of competitiveness for 148 countries, ranked Germany fourth. According to the report, Germany especially stands out for its third best infrastructure quality, the sophistication of the business sector, ranking 4th, and its significant market size (5th place). Likewise, German companies are considered to be the third most innovative in the world. (Source: World Economic Forum)

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Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)

Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. With more than 50 offices in Germany and abroad and its network of partners throughout the world, GTAI supports German companies setting up in foreign markets, promotes Germany as a business location and assists foreign companies setting up in Germany.

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Entrepreneurship Funding & Resources

The German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) provides information about the wide variety of funding opportunities for entrepreneurs at both the state and federal levels in Germany. Many of the institutions listed not only provide funding but also support in setting up a new business or expanding existing facilities.

Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau

KfW Bankengruppe – Germany's promotional bank

As a promotional bank of the Federal Republic and the federal states, KfW Bankengruppe supports change and encourages forward-looking ideas – in Germany, Europe, and throughout the world. It has a special responsibility for the sustainable improvement of the economic, social, and ecological living conditions.

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German Institute of Economic Research

The German Institute for Economic Research (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung – DIW Berlin), an independent, non-profit institution, is the largest economic research institute in Germany. Its two core mandates are applied economic research and economic policy consulting.


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The website of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) contains detailed information on Germany, such as a statistical profile, an economic forecast, country reviews, and a list of recommended books.

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International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) maintains the website "Germany and the IMF," which contains up-to-date news, press statements, financial sector stability assessments, and other relevant information.

Germany - Business and Investment Location

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Deutsche Welle: Business News

Jan 18, 2018 10:42 AM

China's 2017 growth beats expectations

China's GDP grew 6.9 percent in 2017 — the fastest pace in two years and higher than expected by analysts. The economy's strong rebound came despite efforts to curb financial risk from excessive debt growth.

Jan 18, 2018 10:17 AM

Lactalis' contaminated baby food, a global scandal?

French firm Lactalis is recalling 12 million baby food items globally following a major scandal. There are growing fears that more infants could get infected with salmonella, not only in France. Lisa Louis reports.

Jan 17, 2018 8:20 PM

Tax code sees Apple boost investments in US

US tech giant Apple has announced major investments in the United States on the back of the country's new tax code working in the company's favor. It indicated plans for a second corporate campus.

Jan 17, 2018 8:04 PM

Berliners campaign to limit billboard ads

A campaign has been launched in the German capital to reduce the number of billboards and free up public space. The group behind it, Berlin Werbefrei, says it would help bring back the city's unique character.

Jan 17, 2018 5:56 PM

British govt. scrutinizes second outsourcing firm after Carillion collapse

Shares in Interserve, a British outsourcing services firm, have fallen 15 percent amid concerns about its financial health. The company insists it won't go bankrupt like its competitor Carillion.

Jan 17, 2018 4:00 PM

Bitcoin drops below $10,000 threshold

The world's best-known cryptocurrency has continued its dive, with other digital currencies also taking a hammering. Bitcoin's development in recent days prompted one analyst to speak of a "cryptocalypse."

Jan 17, 2018 1:46 PM

Volkswagen Group achieves record sales in 2017

Despite the Dieselgate emissions scandal, the German carmaker says it sold a record number of vehicles last year. But VW's growth in Western Europe was more sluggish than in the rest of the world.

Facts about Germany

Facts about Germany

Facts about Germany is a handbook for anyone seeking reliable and up-to-date information on the Federal Republic of Germany.

Germany and the WTO

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Germany has been a member of the World Trade Organization since January 1, 1995.

Export database "BDI – Germany Supplies"


"BDI – Germany Supplies" is a comprehensive export database published in co-operation with the Federation of German Industries. It includes products, services and company profiles of 38,000 German export-oriented enterprises.

"Wer liefert was?"

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"Wer liefert was?" is Germany's leading b2b supplier search engine, which users can access free of charge.