BEST BANKS 2014: EUROPE

BEST BANKS 2014: EUROPE

The region battled continuing recession or, at best, slow growth, a tightening regulatory environment and country-specific banking taxes or fines for past misdemeanors.

 
 
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Central bank

Deutsche Bundesbank
Germany is part of the Eurosystem and the European Central Bank

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International Reserves

US$ 206.350 billion (Source: IMF; Data updated: 2014)

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Gross Domestic Product - GDP

US$ 3.876 trillion (2014 estimate)

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GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

3.338 trillion of International dollars (2014 estimate)

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Real GDP growth
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
-0.2% 1.2% 0.8% 3.9% 3.4% 0.8% -5.1% 3.9%
2011 2012 2013 2014*        
3.4% 0.9% 0.5% 1.7%        

*Estimate

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GDP per capita - current prices

US$ 47,893 (2014 estimate)

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GDP per capita - PPP

$41,248 International Dollars (2014 estimate)

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GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2014*
6.70% 6.10% 5.01% 3.90% 3.66%

*Estimate

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GDP - composition by sector
  • agriculture: 0.8% 
  • industry: 30.1% 
  • services: 69% (2013 estimate)
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Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

2.8% (2011)

(Data released on March 2012)

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Inflation
2011 2012 2013 2014*
2.5% 2.1% 1.6% 1.4%

*Estimate

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Unemployment rate
2011 2012 2013 2014*
6.0% 5.5% 5.3% 5.2%

*Estimate

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Household saving rates

9.9% (Net saving; 2014 forecast)

 

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Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014*
82.5% 80.0% 81.0% 78.1% 74.6%

*Estimate

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Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014*
-4.2% -0.8% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%

*Estimate 

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Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: AAA

Moody's rating: Aaa

Moody's outlook: STA

(Foreign Currency Government Bond Ratings; Data last updated Sept 2014)

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Market value of publicly traded shares
2010* 2011 2012**
US$1.43 trillion US$1.184 trillion US$1.486 trillion

*2010 Estimate       **2012 Estimate 

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Largest companies in Germany

Volkswagen Group, Allianz, Daimler, BMW Group, Siemens, BASF, Munich Re, E.ON, Bayer, Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Post, Deutsche Bank, SAP, Continental, Linde, Fresenius, Henkel, Merck, Talanx, HeidelbergCement, RWE Group, Adidas, Evonik, Commerzbank, Porsche Automobil Holding, Deutsche, Lufthansa, ThyssenKrupp Group, Metro Group, Deutsche Boerse, EnBW-Energie, Baden, Beiersdorf, Brenntag, Südzucker, W&W-Wüstenrot, TUI, Infineon Technologies, Deutsche Annington Immobilien, GEA Group, Nürnberger, K+S, Lanxess, Aareal Bank, Salzgitter, ProSiebenSat1 Media, Hugo Boss, BayWa, Bilfinger, Aurubis, IKB Deutsche, DVB Bank, Fraport, OSRAM Licht

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Current account balance

US$ 284.646 billion (2014 estimate)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

7.344% of GDP (2014 estimate)

Exports as percent of GDP(Exports of goods and services)

50.7% (2013)

 

Shares in world total merchandising export

7.63% (2012)

(Data were released in March 2014)

Shares in world total commercial services export

7.63% (2012)

(Data were released in 2014)

Total exports

US$1.493 trillion (2013 estimate) 

Export commodities

motor vehicles, machinery, chemicals, computer and electronic products, electrical equipment, pharmaceuticals, metals, transport equipment, foodstuffs, textiles, rubber and plastic products

Total imports

US$1.233 trillion (2013 estimate) 

 
 
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Import commodities

machinery, data processing equipment, vehicles, chemicals, oil and gas, metals, electric equipment, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, agricultural products

Exports - major partners

France 9.21%, United States 7.85%, United Kingdom 6.53%, Netherlands 6.33%, China 5.91%, Italy 5.05%, Austria 5.03%, Switzerland 4.3%, Belgium 4.04% (2013 est.)

Imports - major partners

Netherlands 12.88%, France 7.61%, China 6.25%, Belgium 6.13%, Italy 5.31%, United Kingdom 4.61%, Austria 4.33%, United States 4.19%, Switzerland 4.3%, Austria 4.1%, Poland 4% (2013 est.)

FDI inflows
2011 2012 2013
US$ 59,317 million US$ 13,203 million US$ 26,721 million
FDI outflows
2011 2012 2013  
US$ 80,971 million US$ 79,607 million US$ 57,550 million  
Value of cross-border M&A;, by country of purchaser
2010 2011 2012 2013
US$ 7,025 million US$ 5,656 million US$ 15,674 million US$ 6,829 million
Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2012 (Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

SAP AG, Ariba Inc, United States, 4.5; Linde AG Lincare Holdings Inc, United States, 3.7; SAP AG, SuccessFactors Inc, United States, 3.7

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2013 (Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Best countries for doing business World Bank/IFC Doing Business Project

Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1 - 189. A high ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.

Overall ranking: 21 out of 189 countries (2013)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 111 out of 189 countries

Enforcing Contracts: 5 out of 189 countries

Registering Property: 81 out of 189 countries

Getting credit: 28 out of 189 countries

Protecting investors: 98 out of 189 countries

Trading across border: 14 out of 189 countries

Paying Taxes: 89 out of 189 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 12 out of 189 countries

Getting Electricity: 3 out of 189 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 13 out of 189 countries

(2013)

Global competitiveness ranking(ranking by country on a basis of 144, the first is the best)

5

(2014-2015)

 

 

Index of Economic FreedomWSJ and Heritage Foundation

Ranking: 18 Score: 73.4 (Mostly Free) (2014)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed )

 
 
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Time zone

UTC+1

Total area

357,022 sq km (2014)

Capital

Berlin (2014)

Currency

euros (EUR) (2014)

Government type

federal republic (2014)

Languages

German

Religions

Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 28.3%

Total population
1990 2000 2010 2014* 2019**
779.332 million 82.26 million 81.752 million 80.93 million 80.95 million

*Estimate    **Forecast

 
 
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Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2013
71.4% 73% 73% 75%
Population median age

46.1 years (2014 est.)

Population growth rate

-0.18% (2014 estimate)

Life expectancy

80.44 years (2014)

Adult literacy

99% (2003 estimate)

% of population living on less than $2 a day

0.3% (2010)

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

30.6 (2010)

(0=perfect equality, 100=absolute inequality)

Freedom House rating

Political Rights: 1
Civil Liberties: 1 (2014)

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free)

Total telephone subscribers as % of population

Fixed 58.9%   Mobile 119.0%
(2013)

(fixed-telephone subscribers and mobile-cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population

83.96% (2013)

Cost of living - Mercer index(ranking by city on a basis of 214; the 1st is the most expensive and the 214th is the least expensive)

Berlin 68th (2014)

CO2 emissions(Metric tons of CO2 per capita)

9.1 (2010)

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