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EUROPE
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Germany

Capital: Berlin
ISO Code: DE
Dialing code: for Germany +949
Currency: euro (1 euro = 100 cents)
Hours ahead: (+) or behind (-) SA: +1
Language: German (official); English is widely understood

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FACT SHEETS

Links to sites that offer short profiles of the country in question.

CIA World Factbook
The CIA World Factbook is one of the more popular sources of information on countries available on the Internet. It is certainly one of the more comprehensive sources in terms of the number of countries covered and each country web page provides general information on the country's history, economy and culture, etc.

TradePort country facts
This site provides a short list of country facts and statistics, including holidays and other peripheral information. The site is maintained by provided by California's Trade Port.

World Flags country snapshot
This site is about country flags, but it also provides a very convenient "snapshot" of the country's vital information! It is worth a look if you want a very quick view of the core facts about the country.

InfoPlease country almanac
This site provides one of the better country factsheets. Also worth a visit if you just want to get to grips with the basics.

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GUIDES

Links to sites that provide more detailed information and background on the countries in question.

Mbendi industry profiles
Mbendi provides an broad analysis of selected industry sectors in countries around the world.

Library of Congress country studies
The Library of Congress is one of the major online sources of research and information in the US and provides a fairly comprehensive country studies covering a whole host of topics, including the economy , trade, industry and business. This is one of the more comprehensive sources of information and should serve as one of your first ports of call.

The Economist country briefing
The Economist provides a more economic view of the country, but also includes recent economic, political and other news, economic data, a short history as well as a poltical overview. The Economist is a respected source of information and is an essential port of call in your secondary research efforts.

BBC country profile
The BBC provides an overview of the country, covering the following headings; overview, facts, leaders, and media view. The focus is more on "newsy" and political items rather than on hard economic information. Nevertheless, the information is concise and up-to-date. This is a good site to get an overall feel of what is happening in the country currently.

Country profile from NationsOnline
This site provides a gateway of links to other sites covering topics such as government, news, business, culture, education, etc. It is more focused on cultural, poltical and related information, rather than on economic or trade matters. It is worth a visit if you are trying to get a broader perspective of the country.

World Bank country profiles
The World Bank provides a range of information and data on the country, including a country briefing, data and statistics, news and events, publications and reports, programmes and projects, and links to related information. There is some interesting information on this site, but the focus is a World Bank one covering developmental and assistance matters. It remains worth a visit.

STAT-USA country commercial guides
This site links to documents covering a country overview that has been prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce (STAT-USA). The guide is quite comprehensive, but has obviously been written from a US perspective.

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STATISTICS

Links to sites that provide statistical data on the country in question.

World Trade Organisations trade statistics
The WTO provides a wide range of trade statistics on most countries of the world. This link takes you to the start page where you will need to select the country(ies) that you wish to obtain trade statistics on. It is definitely a good site to visit.

Trade Map
Trade Map is an online trade statistics resource - perhaps the most comprehensive available, as the site enables you to research the trade partterns of single countries, as well as between countries and regions in some depth. This site requires registration, however, and the site is not easy to use and will take some effort to learn to navigate and to use on your part. Nevertheless, the statistics available from this site are without equal.

InfoNation
InfoNation is a UN website aimed at the learning community, but that provides a very useful facility whereby you can access a range of statistics about different countries and regions. It is also possible to compare the statistics from five different countries, which is a useful feature. It is not the easiest site to navigate, however, and you will need to spend a little time on the site in order to become familiar with it.

World Bank - World Development indicators
The site links to a database of a wide range of development indicators, from GDP to energy figures. You need to select the country and indicators you are interested in, but it is an excellent source of up-to-date information. This is worth a look.

International Monetary Fund - World Economic Outlook database
The site links to the World Economic Outlook database, a comprehensive database covering a wide range of economic and development data. The site requires you to select the country you want to investigate as well as the data that you want to view and when you are finished, it provides you with a printable report covering all the information you have selected. It is also possible to compare countries. Although the site requires some effort, it is an invaluable source of information. Competitiveness Report - Bank Austria UniCredit Group
In addition to structural data, e.g., the surface area, per capita GDP and export share of a country, this easy to read folder, which presents each respective country on a two-page spread, also contains important economic indicators and forecasts which extend to 2010. Information is provided in tabular form, making it quick and easy to find the desired data. Downloadable pdf document.

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BUSINESS AND TRADE

Links to business, trade and industry information

The European Union, of which this country is part, is a single market, without any customs barriers, which ensures free circulation of goods. Accordingly, rates, custom duties and other regulations that apply to the European Union, also apply to this country. Information on important rates and regulations is given below:

Messe Frankfurt
With more than 100 trade fairs and exhibitions worldwide the Messe Frankfurt GmbH is a major player in global trade fair business. Here you will find information on the company and on our trade fairs, events, congresses and conferences.

Deutsche Messe AG
Deutsche Messe AGs core competence consists of organizing internationally leading trade fairs at its home base of Hannover as well as at selected tradeshow locations abroad.

EIA country analysis
This site provides a country analysis from an energy perspective.

Banks
A listing of banks in the country provided by Qualisteam.

Freight forwarders
A comprehensive list of freight forwarders provided by Freight Net.

Chambers of Commerce
A comprehensive list of local Chambers of Commerce.provided by the World Chambers Network. This link will take you to a search page. Enter the country name to get a listing of Chambers in that country.

Export Focus telephone directories
Export focus provides links to local telephone directories for the country.

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NEWS

Links to news, newspapers and other publications

World Bank news
News provided by the World Bank with a focus on economic and trade issues.

The Washington Post
News on the country by the Washington Post!

BBC country timeline
A timeline of key events in the country.

Newspapers
A comprehensive list of local newspapers in the country. Also try this link to newspapers provided by ExportFocus

ABYZ newslinks
This site provides a host of links to local and international news providers that cover the country in question.

World Press
This site provides a number of links to news sources on this country.

World Newspapers
Another site providing links to news sources from around the world.

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GOVERNMENT

Links to government information

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Information on Germany, current events, tourist advice, foreign policy and European policy.

Ministry of Economy and Technology
Information on the ministry, economic reports, small business policy, monthly topics and publications.

German government
The offical German Government website.

Government information
A listing of government information on the country, provided by the University of Michigan.

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INDUSTRY SECTORS

Links to various industry sectors

Industry sector analysis
A listing of industry-based market reports undertaken on the country by Canada's Strategis.

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REFERENCE (maps, currency, weather, etc.)

Links to reference information

Map
A broad map of the country provided by Columbus Guides. Also visit Xpeditions and InfoPlease for alternative country maps - great for printing.

Current local time
Current local time in Germany.

World time zones
World time zone map.

The national flag
The site depicts the country's flag and other national symbols. Also visit World Flag Database and World Flags for more information .

Public holidays
A short list of country facts and statistics, including holidays (at the end of the list).

Exchange rates
Compare the local currency against other world currencies.

The weather
Prepare yourself for the latest weather in the country - provided by Wunderground. Click on the city for more detailed information.

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TRAVEL

Links to travel information for the business person

US State Department consular brief
Although aimed at US citizens, these consular briefings are also useful for SA travellers.

Smart Traveller
Travel advisories provided by the Australian Government.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Travel advisories provided by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet's guide to the country

I-Explore
National Geographic travel site for planning and booking trips throughout the world. Choose the region and country you are looking for from this search page.

Travel notes
Another tavel profile for the country

Columbus Guides
Still another tavel guide the country.

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