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

Oct 23, 2017 8:34 PM

Amazon gets hundreds of proposals for second headquarters

Retail giant Amazon has said it has received over 200 applications from cities and regions to host its second headquarters. It confirmed tax breaks would be a decisive factor in deciding which location to choose.

Oct 23, 2017 4:40 PM

More German car manufacturers raided by EU regulators in cartel case

European Union anti-trust regulators have raided more German automakers, days after they made a similar swoop on the offices of BMW. It’s a fresh blow to the country's beleaguered auto industry.

Oct 23, 2017 4:17 PM

East-West Europe fight over jobs and pay intensifies

A fight is brewing over an EU plan to stop companies from hiring cheap Eastern European workers for short-term jobs in Western Europe. But what could a solution look like — policymakers are divided over the issue.

Oct 23, 2017 3:54 PM

Britain slaps huge fine on Merrill Lynch for unreported deals

The UK's Financial Conduct Authority has confirmed it has imposed a multi-million-pound fine on Merrill Lynch. It explained the punishment came on the bank's failure to properly report millions of transactions.

Oct 23, 2017 2:41 PM

Germany approves deal on three submarines for Israel

The German government has announced that it will sign off on a deal to sell three new ThyssenKrupp submarines to Israel. Officials had delayed the deal as concerns arose about a corruption investigation in Israel.

Oct 23, 2017 11:21 AM

London introduces 'T-charge' to curb car emissions

Drivers of older, more polluting diesel and petrol vehicles have to pay almost twice as much to drive in central London, after the city administration has introduced a so-called "T-charge" to improve air quality.

Oct 23, 2017 10:06 AM

Tesla to build its first e-car factory in China

The luxury electric carmaker reportedly has reached an agreement with China to build a production facility in Shanghai's free-trade zone, potentially giving Tesla a unique edge in the world's largest e-car market.

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.