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Election and Democracy
Germany
Voter turnout in the national election76.2% (March 2019 or latest)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to vote in elections5.34 (2014)
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% of those who think that the last national election was honest regarding the counting and reporting of the votes84.1% (2014)
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% of those who think that the last national election was fair regarding the opportunities of the candidates and parties to campaign65.9% (2014)
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% of those who think that referendums are a good way to decide important political questions76.0% (2014)
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% of those who are proud of their country in the way democracy works71.7% (2013)
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% of those who think that giving people more say is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech42.8% (2010)
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% of those who think that protecting freedom of speech is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech17.1% (2010)
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Extent to which people think democracy works well in their country today6.46 (2014)
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Extent to which people think democracy worked well in their country 10 years ago6.49 (2014)
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Extent to which people think democracy will work well in their country 10 years from now5.99 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that all citizens have an adequate standard of living6.03 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that government authorities respect and protect the rights of minorities6.09 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that people be given more opportunities to participate in public decision-making6.11 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that citizens may engage in acts of civil disobedience when they oppose government actions5.67 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that governments respect democratic rights whatever the circumstances6.46 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that people convicted of serious crimes lose their citizen rights4.74 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that long-term residents of a country, who are not citizens, have the right to vote in that countryfs national elections4.11 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that citizens have the right not to vote5.30 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that health care be provided for everyone6.72 (2014)
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Politician
Germany
Number of total seats in the Parliament667 (2017)
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Number of total seats in the Parliament per 1 million population8.07 (2017)
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Number of seats in the House of Representatives598 (2017)
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Number of seats in the House of Representatives per 1 million population7.23 (2017)
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% of seats held by women in national parliaments30.8% (2017)
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Women in ministerial positions (% of all ministers)33.3% (2017)
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% of those who trust politicians23.1% (2014)
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% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for what they can get out of it personally58.5% (2010)
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% of those who think that many politicians are involved in corruption27.2% (2016)
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% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for their own interest44.6% (2014)
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Political party and organization
Germany
% of those who think that political parties encourage people to become active in politics28.0% (2014)
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% of those who think that political parties do not give voters real policy choices48.1% (2014)
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% of those who belong to a political party5.2% (2014)
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% of those who think that people who vote for the party/the parties in government have the most influence on the actions of the government9.3% (2016)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to be active in social or political associations3.65 (2014)
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Parliament
Germany
% of those who have confidence in parliament64.6% (2008)
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% of those who think that MPs try to keep the promises they have made during the election23.8% (2016)
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% of those who think that the parliament considers your action if you take action against an unjust or harmful law18.1% (2014)
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Political awareness
Germany
% of those interested in politics (5 choices)79.8% (2016)
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% of those interested in politics (4 choices)77.7% (2014)
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% of those who think that their political position is left10.4% (2014)
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% of those who think that their political position is center60.5% (2014)
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% of those who think that their political position is right6.5% (2014)
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Average of political position4.82 (2014)
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% of those who often or sometimes discuss political matters with friends, relatives or fellow workers63.5% (2014)
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% of those who use the media to obtain political news or information every day81.6% (2014)
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% of those who never use the media to obtain political news or information1.5% (2014)
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% of those who have expressed political views on the internet11.8% (2014)
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% of those who often or sometimes try to persuade your friends, relatives or fellow workers to share their political opinion37.7% (2014)
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% of those who think that they understand political issues of the country49.6% (2016)
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% of those who think that others are better informed about politics and government25.6% (2014)
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% of those who think that ordinary citizens have no political voice61.3% (2016)
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% of those who do not think that the government cares much what people like them think50.0% (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to keep watch on the actions of government5.14 (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to try to understand the reasoning of people with other opinions5.39 (2014)
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Political action
Germany
% of those who would take action when the parliament considers an unjust or harmful law37.8% (2014)
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% of those who have attempted to contact a politician or a civil servant to express their views23.3% (2014)
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% of those who have donated money or raised funds for a social or political activity65.9% (2014)
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% of those who have signed a petition62.6% (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to choose products for political, ethical or environmental reasons, even if they cost a bit more4.64 (2014)
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% of those who have attended a political meeting33.3% (2014)
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% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise public meetings to protest against the government92.7% (2016)
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% of those who have attended demonstrations33.4% (2014)
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% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise protest marches and demonstrations91.9% (2016)
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% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to hold public meetings67.6% (2016)
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% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by force should be allowed to hold public meetings7.3% (2014)
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% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to publish books expressing their views72.4% (2016)
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Government
Germany
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in national government 39.5% (2010)
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Public officials
Germany
% of central government employees aged 55 years or older20.1% (2015)
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% of those who trust in civil servants30.6% (2016)
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% of those who think that the public service is committed to serve the people76.7% (2014)
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% of those who think that few public officials are involved in corruption35.9% (2014)
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% of those who think that many public officials are involved in corruption17.0% (2016)
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% of those who say that they or their family have never come across a public official who hinted/ wanted a bribe in the last five years86.5% (2016)
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Public finance
Germany
General government expenditure, % of GDP44.0% (2015)
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General government revenue, % of GDP44.7% (2015)
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General government fiscal balance, % of GDP0.7% (2015)
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General government gross debt, % of GDP79.3% (2015)
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General government financial net worth (% of GDP)-42.1% (2015)
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% of those who are in favour of cuts in government spending58.0% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Defence, as % of total budget2.35% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of total budget3.59% (2016)
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General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of total budget6.96% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of total budget1.38% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of total budget0.86% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Health, as % of total budget16.23% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of total budget2.28% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Education, as % of total budget9.53% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of total budget43.61% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Defence, as % of GDP1.03% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of GDP1.58% (2016)
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General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of GDP3.06% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of GDP0.61% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of GDP0.38% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Health, as % of GDP7.13% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of GDP1.00% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Education, as % of GDP4.19% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of GDP19.16% (2016)
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Tax
Germany
Value Added Tax/ General Sales Tax - Rates19.0% (2015)
[22/33countries]
Corporate income tax rate (central + sub-central)29.83% (2018)
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Ease of paying taxes (world rank)48 (2016)
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Profit tax (% of proft)22.9% (2010)
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Labor tax and contributions (% of proft)22.0% (2010)
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Total tax rate (% of proft)48.2% (2010)
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% of those who think that taxes are too high for those with high incomes10.0% (2016)
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% of those who think that taxes are too low for those with high incomes65.3% (2016)
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% of those who think that people with high incomes should pay a larger % of their income in taxes than those with low incomes84.2% (2009)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, never to try to evade taxes5.97 (2014)
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% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often make sure people pay their taxes77.3% (2016)
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% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often treat everyone in accordance with the law, regardless of their contacts or position in society64.9% (2016)
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Social security
Germany
Public social expenditure (% of GDP)24.8% (2013)
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% of those who are proud of their country in its social security system79.9% (2013)
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% of those who would like to see more government spending in old age pensions69.1% (2016)
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% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing a decent standard of living for the old96.1% (2016)
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% of those who think that the government should primarily provide care for older people59.3% (2016)
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% of those who think that private companies should primarily provide care for older people6.4% (2016)
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% of those who think that family, relatives or friends should primarily provide care for older people9.9% (2016)
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% of those who think "government agencies should primarily provide help in everyday life for elderly people23.4% (2012)
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% of those who think that the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of the help to elderly people64.1% (2012)
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Maternal leave benefits (% of wages)100 (2009)
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% of those who think that 1-6 months of paid parental leave is necessary 14.8% (2012)
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% of those who think that 7-12 months of paid parental leave is necessary 42.0% (2012)
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% of those who think that 13-36 months of paid parental leave is necessary 35.5% (2012)
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% of those who think that the government should pay for parental leave49.2% (2012)
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% of those who think that the employer should pay for parental leave3.6% (2012)
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% of those who think that both the government and the employer should pay for parental leave45.8% (2012)
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% of those who think the employers should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age2.0% (2012)
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% of those who think the family itself should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age36.3% (2012)
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% of those who think the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age61.7% (2012)
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% of those who think government agencies should primarily provide childcare for children under school age43.4% (2012)
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% of those who think that poverty is the most important issue for their country7.9% (2010)
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% of those who think that the government should spend less on benefits for the poor7.6% (2009)
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% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing decent housing for those who can't afford it79.8% (2016)
[12/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to help people in the country who are worse off than themselves5.44 (2014)
[16/26countries]
Law and Justice
Germany
% of those who think that it is worse to convict an innocent person than to let a guilty person go free75.6% (2016)
[12/25countries]
% of those who follow conscience rather than law on occasions (2 choices)60.1% (2016)
[8/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to obey laws and regulations5.90 (2014)
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% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in judicial system and courts59.3% (2010)
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% of those who have confidence in the justice system (5 choices)79.5% (2008)
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