Germany's Population

Are the Germans a dying race?

Germany's population will continue to decline even with all of the efforts that Germany's government is making.

Where is Germany?

Germany is a country in Europe that spans about 348,672 kilometers and has a population of 80,683,330. The capital of Germany is Berlin and it is located in eastern Germany. Germany is bordered by the North Sea.

Attributes of Germany

Germany generally has a very temperate climate and in the last ten years has not had any devastating natural disasters. However, Germany's economy is not quite as consistent. Currently, China is pulling back in the trading industry because of this it is causing Germany's economy to suffer. The below article has several diagrams and explanations on how Germany is affected by China's decisions.

Population Problems in Germany

Population Drop

Recently there was a study done showing that Germany had lost about 1.5 million people who were German natives. It is estimated that by 2060 the population of Germany should decrease by 19% which is equivalent to about 66 million people. Germany has a predominantly older population and a low fertility rate which has created a real problem. The fertility rate is low due to high unemployment rates and expensive child care.

How the German Government is Trying to Fix the Population:

Throwing Money at the Problem

Currently, Germany's solution is to spend a lot of money in family subsidies so that the housing market will stay low cost. It is estimated that they are spending about $265 billion a year in subsidies. However, no clear results have come out of their solution.

How Experts Say the Problem Needs to be Resloved

Suzanne Daley and Nicholas Kulish from the New York Times wrote "If Germany is to avoid a major labor shortage, experts say, it will have to find ways to keep older workers in their jobs, after decades of pushing them toward early retirement, and it will have to attract immigrants and make them feel welcome enough to make a life here. It will also need to get more women into the workforce while at the same time encouraging them to have more children, a difficult change from a country that has long glorified stay-at-home mothers."