Tempting aromas, the festive glow, all the wonderful sounds of the season and delicious yuletide treats. Germany's Christmas markets will appeal to every one of your senses.
Christmas markets in Germany
The German Government has increased its emergency humanitarian aid for the Philippines by a further two million euros, bringing the total to 6.5 million euros.
Further aid for the Philippines
The German government has been shocked by the human suffering and destruction caused in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan. "At this difficult time Germany will be a good partner," declared government spokesman Steffen Seibert in Berlin. German assistance has got off the ground extremely swiftly.
New hope for typhoon victims
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.
Naming ceremony of container vessel "Cap San Augustin"
On 16 November 2013, the third inter-university German Speech Competition took place at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. As in the previous years the competition was supported by the German Consulate General. Universities taking part included the Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University and the University of Hong Kong. The winner was awarded a two-week language course with a Goethe-Institut in Germany; accommodation and cultural programmes were also granted.
German Speech Competition 2013
Reception on the occasion of the Day of German Unity 2013
On 9th October 2013, the annual reception of the Consulate General on the occasion of the Day of German Unity took place in the hotel "Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong", which again numerous representatives from the political, business, cultural and science sectors, the media as well as members of the German community in Hong Kong attended. In the presence of the Honourable Guest, Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff underlined in his welcome speech the significance of the long-established co-operation and good relations between Germany and Hong Kong, and explained Germany's role in the European Union. Secretary Rimsky Yuen acknowledged for the Hong Kong government the excellent relations with Germany in all aspects and the positive impact of the German institutions in Hong Kong. While the latter presented to the guests their diversified duties and activities at the reception, the Hong Kong Bach Choir contributed with the performance of the German and Chinese national anthems to the celebration of the event.
Speech by Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff [pdf, 18.23k]
Boom in Tourism from China
Germany is becoming increasingly popular with Chinese tourists as a travel destination. In 2012 the German National Tourist Board (DZT) recorded more than 1.56 million overnight stays from China. This topped the old 2011 record by 18.2%. China is booming as a source of tourists in Germany. Chinese people visit Germany as part of a tour of Europe. Alongside business trips, individual travel has increased strongly. Almost half the overnight stays by Chinese guests are spent in cities, with Frankfurt am Main, Munich and Berlin at the top of the list. These cities offer ideal conditions for the favourite pastime of the enthusiastic Chinese consumers - shopping. The DZT expects 2.2 million overnight stays by 2020. In the year 2012 more than 83 million Chinese went on a trip abroad, an increase of 18.4% compared to the year 2011. Within Europe the most popular destinations were Italy, the UK, Germany and France.
Germany-The travel destination
LOGISTICS made in Germany - Your Gateway and Hub to Europe
Welcome to Germany - Europe's number one logistics location! There are more goods passing through Germany than through any other country in Europe. The "Logistics Alliance Germany" is an initiative by the Federal Government to strengthen Germany as Europe's gateway and logistics hub. Find out more about the alliance's activities, upcoming trade shows, publications, and its members on the following website: www.logistics-alliance-germany.de.
A flyer with comprehensive information and 10 good reasons for Germany – as Europe's number one logistics location number - can be downloaded from the link below.
Flyer - LOGISTICS made in Germany [pdf, 949.67k]
The first Government monitoring report entitled “Energy of the future” shows that Germany’s Energiewende – the transformation of its energy system – is on course.
As part of the “Energy of the future” monitoring process, the German Government takes stock of progress made with the Energiewende each year.
Energiewende in Germany
Germany plays a leading role in environmental protection
Germany is one of the few OECD countries that successfully decoupled economic growth from consumption of resources in past years. This is the positive result of the latest OECD's Environmental Performance Review of Germany. But the report suggests that challenges remain in areas like air and water quality, the protection of biodiversity, and de-carbonising energy production.
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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.