1. Fall of the Berlin Wall Invitation to the BERLIN FEST on 8 November 2014!
  2. Berlin - East Side Gallery Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall - sponsors needed!
  3. Humboldt Universität Germany's ten most popular universities for foreign students
Fall of the Berlin Wall

Invitation to the BERLIN FEST on 8 November 2014!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. On this occasion the Goethe-Institut Hongkong and the Consulate General jointly invite the public to celebrate the BERLIN FEST on Saturday, 8 November 2014, at the Cattle Depot Artist Village (63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon). All are welcome - free admission! What can you expect? Exhibition "Berlin - City of Change", photo exhibition "Zeitmaschine - Analog Rave", short film screening "Mauerblüten", open-air cinema "Good Bye, Lenin!", live music by German singers, Berlin quiz, graffiti and multimedia art by local artists on the "Berlin Wall", food and drinks. Please refer to the following link for more information and directions to the Cattle Depot Artist Village. We look forward to welcoming you at the BERLIN FEST on Saturday, 8 November 2014, from 4pm onwards.

Berlin - East Side Gallery

Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall - sponsors needed!

Goethe-Institut Hongkong and the Consulate General are joinly organising a BERLIN FEST to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall in cooperation with local partners. We are looking for companies who wish to support the BERLIN FEST as sponsors.

Humboldt Universität

Germany's ten most popular universities for foreign students

Germany is the most popular destination for foreign students among non-English speaking countries. Check out the top ten universities in Germany foreign students opt for.

Important

Important notice: Due to persistent demonstrations and blockades, substantial inconvenience to road traffic occurs in certain areas. Affected areas include Admiralty, Central, Causeway Bay and Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island as well as Mong Kok in Kowloon.

An end of the protests is currently not foreseeable.

Access to the United Centre in Admiralty, in which the Consulate General is located, is ensured, for example, through the MTR station closest to the Consulate General, Admiralty.

Since it cannot be ruled out that the protests escalate again, it is recommended to avoid the places of assembly and to closely follow the updated situation in the media. Press releases on up-to-date special traffic arrangements are available through the portal www.gov.hk.

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German presidency of the G7

Germany assumed the presidency of the G7 at the G7 summit in Brussels at the beginning of June 2014. On 7 and 8 June 2015, Germany will host the meeting of the heads of state and government. The summit will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to make progress on new topics in the international context.

Further information is available on the following websites:

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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...

Fall of the Berlin Wall

25 Years of the Fall of the Wall

November 9, 1989, the day on which the Berlin Wall fell, marked the climax of a trend that was similar to a revolution and in which the citizens of the GDR played the main role. Some, because they did everything in their power to leave a state that refused to grant them the freedom to travel and who by occupying embassies abroad forced the authorities into allowing them to leave, and others because they proclaimed in no uncertain terms that they wished to stay in the GDR. However, they also demanded fundamental reforms, which the regime could not agree to without setting its downfall in motion. Given this assault on two fronts, despite massive security measures the GDR collapsed like a house of cards in the space of just a few months. This paved the way for the division of Germany to be overcome and for the country to be reunited on October 3, 1990.

"Liberty Train"

Liberty Train –The Journey of Christian Bürger

30 September 1989: Over 4,000 people squeeze into the gardens of the West German Embassy in Prague. The West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher addresses them: “We’re here today to tell you that today your emigration …”

Gedenkjahr 2014 - 1. Weltkrieg

The First World War

A flood of books is the first herald of a special period of commemoration: since the beginning of 2013, more than 110 books dealing with World War One (1914-1918) have been published or announced. Australian historian Christopher Clark’s bestseller “The Sleepwalkers” caused quite a stir and has sparked renewed debate about who was to blame for the First World War. Over the next few years, the European dimension, causes and effects of the Great War will be explored in numerous national and international commemorative events, exhibitions and projects, details of which can be found on the website http://100-jahre-erster-weltkrieg.eu. Read also the article by Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War one hundred years ago.

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"Europe needs to stand up to extremism" – article by Foreign Minister Steinmeier in the Frankfurter Rundschau

In an article in the Frankfurter Rundschau published on 2 July 2014, as the constituent part-session of the newly elected European Parliament gets under way, Foreign Minister Steinmeier calls for the introduction of a threshold in European elections and a resolute response to anti-Semitism and xenophobia.

Holocaust Memorial Day

27 January - International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

The 27 January is the "International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust" proclaimed by the United Nations. In Germany the memorial day was introduced nationwide in 1996 by Federal President Roman Herzog. On 27 January 1945, soldiers of the Red Army released the survivors of the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

On 27 January 2014, a memorial also took place in Hong Kong, organised by the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre. The memorial was attended by survivors of the Holocaust, where the Israeli Consul General Sagi Karni and the German Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, among others, delivered a speech.

German winner Karen Jessen at “EcoChic Design Award 2013”

German fashion designer came out on top at EcoChic Design Award competition

The EcoChic Design Award 2013, a sustainable fashion design competition, took place between 13 January and 15 January 2014 on the occasion of this year's Hong Kong Fashion Week. German fashion designer Karen Jessen stood out among eight finalists from around Asia and Europe by claiming two of the three main awards.

Naming ceremony of the container vessel "Cap San Augustin" in the presence of Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff (second from left) and his wife Marcie Gräfin Lambsdorff (left)

Naming ceremony of container vessel "Cap San Augustin" in the presence of Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff

On Friday, 29 November 2013, the container vessel sailing under German flag "Cap San Augustin" was christened. "Cap San Augustin" belongs to the German shipping company "Hamburg Süd". The naming ceremony took place in the presence of the German Consul General in Hong Kong, Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, and his wife Marcie Gräfin Lambsdorff.

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Germany attracts talent and investment

According to the "Nation Brands Index 2013", published in October 2013 by British nation branding expert Simon Anholt and the US American market research institut GfK, Germany performed, as in previous years, outstandingly well as one of the world's strongest and most well-rounded nations. Ranked among the TOP 8 in all six dimensions, Germany achieved a consistently positive rating, retaining its second place (right after the USA) in the overall ranking. The report, which measures the strength and attractiveness of the image of 50 nations, is based on interviews of 1,000 adults in 20 countries.

Time and weather in Germany

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The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier

The Consul General

Consul General Graf Lambsdorff

Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff

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.

Quota for Working Holiday Scheme has been increased to 300

The Consulate General is pleased to announce that due to high demand, the quota for the Working Hoilday Scheme for the period of 1 July 2014 until 30 June 2015 has been increased to 300.

For information regarding the global security advice by the Federal Foreign Office

Germany Links

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

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Video Archive

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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

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Learning German at PASCH schools

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A World Cup Living Room in your Local Football Stadium

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Saving the Angkor Wat Temple Complex Anmoderation: The

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Commemorating the fall of the Berlin wall 25 years ago

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The Golden Letter from Myanmar

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21st International Festival of Animated Film in Stuttgart

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Comedy in Germany

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Berlinale 2014 – European Film Market sets a new record

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Food Safety in Germany - One Focus of Green Week 2014

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German Beer - Centuries of Tradition

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Christmas Markets – a German Tradition

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Germany celebrates 40 years as a member of the UN

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Elections in Germany

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Best of Germany: Riesling Wine

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Castle Country

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Excellence Initiative

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Studying in Germany

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Berlinale 2013

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Berlin's Fashion Scene

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Life in Berlin

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Oktoberfest Munich

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12th International Literature Festival in Berlin

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Conference on Internet and Human Rights

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Festival Culture in Germany

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