USA Overview

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Among the industrialized countries, the USA is Germany’s most important partner in scientific and technological cooperation. A wealth of initiatives, mobility funding for thousands of students and researchers and a traditionally intensive exchange of information result in a large number of joint or complementary research projects.

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Population / geography

Country name United States of AmericaUSA
Capital Washington DC
Land area 9,857,306 km²
Population 321 million(As of 2015)
Life expectancy Men: 77.32 years,Women: 81.97 years

(2015 estimate)

Age structure 0-14 years: 18.99%15-64 years: 66.13%

65 years and older: 14.88%

(2015 estimate)

Growth of population 0.78%(2015 estimate)
Population groups approximately 39 million African-Americans, approximately 50.5 million Americans of Latin American descent, approximately 14.7 million Americans of Asian descent, approximately 3 million Americans of Native American descent
Languages no official language. Languages ​​spoken at home: English 79.2%, Spanish 12.9%, other Indo-European languages ​​3.8%, languages ​​from Asia / Pacific Islands 3.3%,other 0.9% (2011 estimate)
Religions 80 percent of the population belong to 238 religious communities, of which 37 percent belong to Protestant communities (Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians), 23 percent to the Roman Catholic Church, 2 percent Jews, 0.8 percent Muslims
National day July 4th – Independence Day(Independence day)
Time zone There are 6 time zones, the most important:EST – Eastern Standard Time: CET – 6 (UTC – 5)

CST – Central Standard Time: CET – 7 (UTC – 6)

MST – Mountain Standard Time: CET – 8 (UTC – 7)

PST – Pacific Standard Time: CET – 9 (UTC – 8)

Currency 1 US dollar USD / 100 centsCurrent exchange rate at – Currency converter (see links below)
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Politics / Administration

Country name United States of AmericaUnited States of America
Capital Washington, DC
Form of government Federal and Presidential Republic; Separation and entanglement of powers (checks and balances)
Head of state Joseph R. Biden (Democratic Party)46th President of the United States of America

Appointed: January 20, 2021 (first term)

The president is also head of government

Foreign Minister Antony BlinkSecretary of State

Not final yet

Minister of Education Miguel CardonaSecretary of Education

Not final yet

Science Minister there is no ministerial office in the USA, instead director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), responsible for the implementation of the president’s policy in science and technologyEric Lander (since January 2021)
Houses of Parliament Congress with two chambers:Senate 100 seats (legislative period 6 years)

House of Representatives 435 seats * (1/3 of the Senate is re-elected every 2 years)

* 5 delegates from outside areas (American Somoa; Guam; Northern Mariana Islands, US Virging Islands) who are not eligible to vote; 1 delegate (District of Columbia); 1 delegated / resident commissioner (Puerto Rico)

Ruling parties Democratic Party (D) / Democratic Party (48 seats in the Senate, 222 in the House of Representatives)(Party of the President. The majority in the 117th Congress)
Opposition parties Republican Party (R) / Republican Party (50 Senate seats, 211 House seats)(Minority in 117th Congress)
Administrative structure 50 states and the District of Columbia * as the seat of federal governmentThe United States Constitution provides the structure of federal government and specifies its powers and functions. All other government activities are the responsibility of the individual states, which have their own constitutions and laws.
Independence 4th July 1776 by Great Britain

Political system

The USA is a presidential republic in which the holder of the presidency holds both the position of state and government leadership. Fundamental principles are the separation of powers and the balance of powers (” checks and balances “).

Legislative power is exercised at the federal level by the Congress, which is composed of the two chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Each state sends two senators elected for six years. A third of the senators are elected every two years. The members of the House of Representatives are re-elected every two years. Each state is represented in the House of Representatives according to its proportion of the total population, with the 435 MPs representing the constituency in which they were elected.

The approval of both houses is required for a law to be passed. The president has a veto right against passed laws, which can only be overruled with a two-thirds majority of both houses.

The President requires the approval of the Senate to ratify foreign policy treaties (two-thirds majority) and to appoint the highest federal officials and high judges.

At the head of the executive is the president, who is elected every four years by the people through a college of electoral women and men (” electoral college “) with a simple majority. Office holders can only be re-elected once. According to the constitution, the president has the task of ensuring that the laws are implemented. In order to do justice to this task, the president is the superior of the entire executive branch of the federal government with its administrative apparatus and has the supreme command over the armed forces.

Jurisdiction is exercised by the state and federal courts. The final authority rests with the Supreme Court ( Supreme Court ), composed of nine judges / inside, who are appointed with the approval of the Senate by the president or by the president for life. (Source: CIA World Fact Book ).

Business information

The USA is one of the leading economies in the world, but it has lost its role as sole economic leader. The country is rich in raw materials and the natural conditions form a good basis for economic activity. The gross domestic product per capita is 59,500 US dollars (source: CIA World Fact Book ). According to the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum, the USA ranks second (behind Switzerland) of the most competitive countries in the world.

Trade with Germany

The US trade balance is negative (imports 2.248.2 billion vs. exports of 1.450.5 billion US dollars in 2016). German imports from the USA amounted to around 58.0 billion euros in 2016. The most important German import goods from the USA are machines (17.9 percent), motor vehicles and parts (12.4 percent); and pharmaceuticals (12.2 percent). German exports to the USA concentrate primarily on motor vehicles and parts (25.6 percent) and machines (20.2 percent).

From the perspective of the USA, Germany ranks fifth among the main supplier countries with a share of 5.2 percent, behind China (21.4 percent), Mexico (13.2 percent), Canada (12.6 percent) and Japan (6 percent). From a German perspective, the USA ranks first out of 239 countries for German exports and fourth out of 239 countries for German imports (source: Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI): USA economic data compact, October 2017).

A transatlantic free trade agreement, officially the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), has been negotiated between the European Union and the USA since 2013. Negotiations were suspended after Donald Trump took over the presidency in January 2017.

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