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  2. flags Germany assumes OSCE chairmanship in January 2016
  3. Deutscher Bundestag Germany named Best Country in the World
15th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business

15th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business 2016

The 15th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK 2016) – register now! Download the conference app and start planning your participation today. For more information on the conference and sponsorship, click on the following link.

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Germany assumes OSCE chairmanship in January 2016

On 1 January 2016 Germany assumed the Chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE). The German Government's motto for the year is "renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security". The Government will thus seek to strengthen OSCE instruments and institutions, promote dialogue among the participating states and thereby rebuild trust in Europe. Further information is available on the following websites:

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Germany named Best Country in the World

For the first time ever, U.S. News & World Report has released its Best Countries Report at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The inaugural ranking of 60 countries has placed Germany in the top spot followed by Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. What makes Germany the world's best country? Germany's cultural heritage, political influence and economic clout helped to bring it to the top of the list. Details of the report are available under the following link.

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Increasing difficulty for European companies to open bank accounts in Hong Kong

In view of the increasing difficulty for European companies, especially start-ups and new operators, to open bank accounts in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) stresses that customers must be treated fairly and no legitimate companies should be rejected from opening bank accounts in Hong Kong. It is encouraged that companies file complaints with the HKMA's Complaints Handling Centre when their applications for bank accounts are rejected. Complaints can be lodged via the HKMA link below:

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Working, training and studying in Germany

Germany is an attractive immigration destination. This country is open to qualified professionals, students and researchers moving here from all over the world. 

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Introduction of the Visa Information System in China

On 12 October 2015 Germany introduced the Visa Information System (VIS) in China like all Schengen states. Part of this new system is the collection of biometric data. This requires you to be present in person on your first application. As a result the visa application and travel will be safer and border controls more efficient. For further information about the VIS, please refer to the following links (in German language).

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Deutsche Welle's new English-language TV channel

Starting June 22, 2015, Deutsche Welle will broadcast its new TV-Channel including German-language news program "DW Nachrichten" around the clock. The newly structured TV channels will include among others DW in English, Spanish and Arabic.

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Poll: Germany retains positive image

Germany’s image in the world remains positive. In a poll conducted annually in 24 countries, Germany has maintained its position as the country with the most positive influence in the world in 2014...

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Germany continues to attract talent and investment and takes first position in 2014's Nation Brands Index

According to the "Nation Brands Index 2014" by the nation branding expert Simon Anholt and the market research institute GfK, Germany performed, as in previous years, outstandingly well as one of the world's strongest and most well-rounded nations. Having scored a second place last year, Germany came out on top this year, for the second time in the ten-year history of the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index. Germany achieved a consistently positive rating. As expected, the global perception of Germany's sporting excellence has risen significantly after Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But Germany also enjoys strong gains in areas of honest and competent governance, investment climate and social equality.

The report, which measures the strength and attractiveness of the image of 50 nations, is based on interviews of a total of 20,000 adults in 20 countries.

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The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hong Kong has been headed by Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff since July 2013.

Notice of Visa and Consular Section

Please note that neither mobile phones nor suitcases/big bags are allowed into the Visa and Consular Section.

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Germany Links

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The Consulate General has compiled a list of useful links for a better understanding of Germany:

Feature of the day: www.deutschland.de

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Video Archive

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Halbfinale Frankreich gegen Deutschland

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Moving people – with street football

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Menschen bewegen – on stilts

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Moving People – with Medical Technology

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Menschen bewegen 2016

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Neither Boomtown nor Hypezig – just Leipzig

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Germany’s Cross-Cultural Music Scene

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My Germany: Undertaker Vildane Uludağ

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My Germany: Poetry Slammer and Writer Sulaiman Masomi

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The UN's Bonn Headquarters - the Success Story Continues

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My Germany – Actor Dayan Kodua

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The Humboldt-Forum in the new Berlin

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German-Israeli Youth Congress 2015: a Video Diary

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2019 - The Bauhaus Centenary

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My Germany: „District Mother“ Hanin Krimmling

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Science on Stage: Science Slam

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Training for the Fast Track Diplomatic Service

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Behind the scenes at the Berlinale: The interpreters

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Tourists work as volunteers for homeless people

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Dresden Flies the Flag for Openness and Tolerance

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Season's Greetins from the German Foreign Office

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Schwibbögen: a Christmas woodcraft from the Erzgebirge mountains

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Frohes Fest und guten Rutsch

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The club scene of Berlin

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It's the World Wide Web's 25th anniversary - so what does the Internet mean to Germans?

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The baking diploma for non-Germans

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Destination Germany: Climbing in the Sächsische Schweiz

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CrossCulture: Intercultural Dialogue with the Islamic World

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Genscher and the Refugees at the Prague Embassy in 1989

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Stumbling Blocks - Commemorate Nazi Victims

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“Made in Germany” – The Future of the Brand

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Destination Germany: Sailing in Brandenburg