GERMANY ECONOMY Germany is the worlds third largest technologically powerful economy in the world. its economic development is based on an alliance of industrial business people with the Prussian aristocracy. Such a strong economy helped to carry them into two world wars and survive largely intact. Between 1951-1961 GNP (gross national product) was up 8%, while at the same time exports trebled. This was an outstanding event in the history of both west Germany and Europe.
While growth picked up by 3% in 2000, unemployment is still a major long term problem. Corporate restructuring and growing capital markets are transforming the German economy to meet the challenges of European economic integration and globalization in general. EDUCATION Education in Germany is free and mandatory from the ages of six to fourteen. Kindergarten is not a part of the education system there. Before the unification of east and west Germany, east Germany almost had a universal system of child care facilities, but under the treaty of unification the east German public education system was required to conform to the model in use in west Germany. CAMBODIA ECONOMY Cambodia is one of the world's poorest nations with a GDP (gross domestic product) of only 3.
1 billion. The economy is based heavily on agriculture with most of the labor force engaged in rice cultivation and the production of rubber. Consequently they are vulnerable to annual fluctuations caused by the weather and world market prices. Tourism is a fast growing industry in Cambodia, in 2000 it was up by 34%. A fear of renewed political instability and corruption within the government are discouraging any foreign investment and are delaying any form of foreign aid. EDUCATION Most of Cambodia's population lack education and productive skills with 35% of the adult population illiterate.
Public education is free and compulsory for the first six years of schooling. Roughly 24% enroll to go on to secondary education and only 1% enrolls to go to university. PEOPLE The Khmer Rouge, which makes up most of the population-killed intellectuals, merchants, bureaucrats, members of religious groups and anyone suspected of disagreeing with their party. While having so many Khmer Rouge make up the population creates a strong sense of national identity, from the 1970's the number of Europeans declined enormously and many Chinese and Vietnamese immigrated overseas.