Startling Figures out of Germany
Austerity measures leading to mass layoffs, government debt, million dollar severance packages for managers or the skyrocketing number of hungry people: snapshots from everyday life, economy and politics compiled daily into a “number of the day” give a new perspective on the world. Germany’s Handelsblatt reports.
For the first time in over 100 years, Greece is proceeding with the mass dismissal of civil servants and state employees due to austerity measures. By the end of 2014, a total of 15,000 civil servants are expected to lose their jobs.
In Germany, more and more people become infected with STDs since the turn of the millennium. The syphilis rate has increased by 22%. The use of condoms is still the easiest way to protect oneself.
4.3 Billion Euros
German singles spend 4.3 billion euros every year seeking love. When it comes to expenses, seeking a partner outranks Germans’ favorite hobbies. For the sake of comparison, Germans invest four billion euros every year in their own health and appearance via the visit of fitness clubs. For expenses associated with the nutrition and care of their pets, the number stands at 3.7 billion euros.
Taxi drivers live a dangerous life. According to a survey by the Professional Association for Transport Economics (Berufsgenossenschaft für Transport und Verkehrswirtschaft), almost every third taxi driver in Germany was a victim of a direct physical attack during his career. About 80 percent of the perpetrators attack at night, a third of them using a weapon.
Germany exported 22.6 million tons of scrap metal, waste paper, waste plastics and other waste last year while at the same time re-importing 16.3 million tons of waste. The value of the waste equaled 11 billion euros both on the import and export side.
One tenth of all German absenteeism is due to back problems. They are responsible for every tenth sick day in Germany. According to a recent survey commissioned by the institute Forsa, every fifth German blames their overweight for their health problems.
Crisis countries are on the losing side: Slovenians spend 28.4 percent of their income on food. This is similar to how much the Portuguese, Greeks, Slovaks, Maltese and Cypriots pay. The inhabitants of the richer EU countries pay much less for food. Germany’s share is about 15.6 percent. In Holland, eating costs the least, with the rate sitting at 12.6 percent.
38,400 bridges are under the supervision of German Transport Minister, Peter Ramsauer. Many of them are in need of rehabilitation. Their maintenance requires 800 million euros annually. In 2009, the bridge maintenance budget was still 300 million euros. But it is soon expected to rise to one billion, one-fifth of the current traffic budget.