The omnipotent German way of working
Every country looks forward to the German working model. A famous Chicagobased lawyer, noted in his famous writing, on how the Americans can learn from the working model of the Germans. In Germany, people work less hours and yet they have a very high productivity ratio. The German’s are also known for the ways that they enjoy their life, which is of a very great quality. The argument goes on by saying that having extra hours of work put in can’t compete the German way of working. The main reasons why German’s are more competitive are because they do have the option to take more time out of work. Ironically, the German working model was adopted from the Americans and that too during World War. When the recession started the unemployment rates of the Americans did rise to a very high number. The Americans who got to still keep their jobs are forced to put in more working hours. The threat of being laid off is always a factor. Before the recession began the Americans worked more than the Germans. Statistics about Germany have revealed that the Americans clocked in 1800 hours compared to 1450 hours of the Germans. Apart from all the Germans have 6 weeks paid leave, free nursing care, child care and also free university tuition. Angel Merkel have recently also proposed a lot of tax cuts which made living inGermany a heaven. The Germans are living so well and the whole world envies them and their country.
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Why the multicultural society in Germany failed?
Angela Merkel has recently stated that there was big failure in the multi cultural society of Germany. A society of Germanywhere all the people lived happily did not actually work. Migrant were required to learn German, which is a very difficult language. There has always been a feeling of anti immigration in Germany. Statistics about Germany reveals that there are a number, which is more than 30 percent of the country’s population who thinks that their country has been overrun by foreigners. There is a feeling between Germans that most foreigners come to their country only because of the best social benefits that it offers. During the 1960’s the country needed foreign workers and they acquired the right to stay permanently. The Germans thought that these people would leave their country, but that didn’t happen. Angela Merkel, have made it clear that all immigrants were welcomed inGermany. She was very adamant when she said thatGermany should not give the outside world an impression that the people who did not speak German were not welcomed here. It is also very obvious that people from the Arab countries andTurkey are finding it very hard to adapt and integrate well into the German society. The Turkish Prime Minister has reckoned thatGermany should take the necessary steps to ensure that the Turks have a better integration in the German society. There are also controversies against the Muslim community inGermany, since they are strongly connected with claims regarding crimes in the society.
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The German Healthcare System
The healthcare system in Germany has the reputation of being one of the best in the world. Medical facilities in Germany are stocked with the most modern technology, a very wide and specialized network of doctors and hospitals that cover even the furthest part of the country. German statistics have revealed that the country ranked 25th out of 191 countries on the cost/effectiveness ratio. The Germans boast a serious heritage in the fields of medical science. The country has proven its presence in the development and manufacturing of state-of-the-art medical technology. Germany has always been the favorite medical destination from all over the world. The medical costs including the price of doctors, medicines and hospital stay in Germany are the highest in the world. The current government reforms in the healthcare industry require Germans to share their medical costs in conjunction with the government. Big and huge reforms would need to happen as the German population grows and ages. The German healthcare industry is kind of decentralized. There are a lot of institutions, government bodies and individuals who contribute to maintaining and promoting restoring the health of the nation. Most doctors in Germany work in hospitals and some have private practices. The world health organization has stated thatGermany has 359 doctors per 100000 people. Germans normally go to their GP’s first if the are ill. The GP’s would then send them to a specialist if needed. Every German has a health insurance card for any medical emergency.
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Information about the Smartphone Usage in Germany
77 percent of the word’s population has a mobile subscription. Smartphones are already overtaking computers and mobile phones and by 2013, more people will access the internet via their mobiles rather than using PCs. Currently many telecom companies offer mobile broadband speed at 21MBps, but by 2015, the speed is likely toincrease by three to four times. Smartphones are being used for various other purposes and most Americans use a smartphone to do online shopping. The mobile phone market growth in Germanyis going strong. Almost 30 percent of Germans own a smartphone, 83 percent of them purchase smartphones on a contractual basis with a telecom company. Most of them prefer using social networking and emails. According to the latest mobile internet statistics, web usage has shown drastic changes across the world in a few months. The latest devices on the market like iPhone, Kindle, wireless home applicances, tablets, GPS system etc have showed the growth of mobile web. By 2015, the number of mobile internet users will overtake normal desktop internet users. 3G is the important factor for the success of mobile web, as the network coverage and speed is amazing. Reports show that over 250 million active users are accessing Facebook via their mobile devices. The best part is that they are more active than the non-mobile users. 50 percent of smartphone users inGermany have used at least one social networking application in one month. Currently, Apple and Android platforms are dominant in the mobile OS market.
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Germany and Other Countries: Social Networking, a Comparison
Due to security issues, Germans are very careful when using social media websites. German law says that all the businesses in the area must cease using Facebook’s “Like” button and Facebook fan pages. They see this as part of data protection law infringement. Due to this, Germany is lagging behind many other countries in terms of social media and its usage. Germany holds tenth place in terms of Facebook users, with 22.6 million people registered from Germany on the website. The largest number of users is within the age group 25-34, followed by 19-24 years. The popularity of Twitter has increased for the past one year. It is the 17th most popular website in terms of visits. The enterprise level social network website “LinkedIn” users for Germany ranks second and have 2 million users. The Facebook penetration rate in Germany is 28.26 percent. SchuelerVZ, which is the biggest social network in Germany for school students, has 7.4 million students as its members, ranging from ages 12 to 18 years old. In terms of business networks apart from LinkedIn, Xing dominates in the German market. Since, Germans tend to be very private and do not freely share their personal information: they feel that storing their personal data online is not safe. The share of display advertisements on social networking sites in France and Germany has increased over the past few years. Germany was placed with 27.5 percent and France with 26.9 percent in October 2010. According to the latest trends in technology, more users are accessing social networking sites from their mobile phones or tablets. By 2015, mobile users will overtake desktop users regarding social networking sites.
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The German Education System and its problems
Germany prides itself in having the most extensive school and university system in the world. The education system in Germany does have a lot of problems, but even so, the system does provide an effective catering for its population. The young population of Germany does go through a traditional education that enables them to have the much needed standards to proceed with studying at higher education institutions. Some people undergo a vocational or on the job training with some seminars or workshops as well. After the education phase the student graduates and enters the working world. Education in Germany does cost a lot more than in the United States and other countries in Europe. Even though German education suffers from many problems, it does have an arranged system. The country’s higher education system is kind of overcrowded since its expansion in 1960. The other big problems faced by the universities of Germany are people who begin university level education and are not prepared to meet its demands. Many others who complete their courses of study find it hard to get suitable jobs. The teacher strength is surplus and while this number is increasing, German birth rates are declining. Statistics from Germany have confirmed the total school attendance rate to be 15.5 percent. Many German universities today are known to be overcrowded, underfinanced and somewhat underequipped. The most criticized aspect of German education are the length and framework of the courses, the rising number in long-term students and the long time it takes to complete degrees.