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Germany and the German speaking markets

Germany created the first social insurance fund for medical care in the world. Chancellor Bismarck created a “sickness fund” back in 1883 which were expanded to a universal healthcare system, over time. Solidarity, subsidiarity and corporatism were the funding principles then, and are still the main principles today. Germany has long had the most consumer-oriented healthcare system in Europe. Patients are allowed to seek almost any type of care they wish whenever they want it.

Germany has long had the most consumer-oriented healthcare system in Europe. Patients can seek almost any type of care they wish whenever they want it. The relationship between Germany and Norway are good and prosperous, and the members of Norway Health Tech show interest in the German market.

Germany is with around 80 million inhabitants and a GDP of 3.5 bn USD the largest economy in Europe and one of the world’s biggest export nations. One of their biggest sectors is the health care sector, which in 2017 amounted to 374 billion euros.

Based on this, Norway Health Tech will increase the work towards the German speaking countries in Europe in 2019 (Germany, Switzerland and Austria). We will start different programs and invite collaborators to Medical Growth House in Oslo Science Parks. The cluster has a close relationship with different German experts and clusters, and with the Norwegian-German Trade Council in Oslo.

If you are interested in participating in any of the different programs Norway Health Tech is running in Germany, let us know! Or do you have interest in any of the trade fairs, or the “Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019, where “Norway is the Guest of Honor”. This will give opportunities for exposure and networking with a relevant audience.

Get in touch with Trine Radmann, Head of International Affairs in Norway Health Tech.