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CELEBRATION TIME – the Germany India Year 2011 – 2012: Infinite Opportunities

CELEBRATION TIME – the Germany India Year 2011 – 2012: Infinite Opportunities

You can wish Germany and India a happy birthday this year! Their history goes way back and this year the two countries celebrating their 60th anniversary ofdiplomatic relationship.

A little history lesson before we get to the fun part 🙂

India was the first country to end the state of war with Germany after the Second World War. It was also one of the first countries which recognized Germany as the Federal Republic of Germany and supported the reunification in the 1990s.

Today India and Germany play an important role on the international stage. Challenges of the globalized world are tackled together and for example found common answers to the problems caused by climate change. 

In honor of the strong bond between Germany and India a celebration event or better festival is hold. The anniversary is celebrated with a 15 month festival of events in various cities. The title “Germany India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities” presents Germany as a Land of Ideas and encourage German companies as well as Indian companies with ties in Germany or businesses to participate. The goal is to intensify and expand existing relations and cooperation and stimulate the development of new projects.

The series of events are starting this year in September and go on till November 2012. It is thanks to the Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe Institute, the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research that we can be part of this festival and expect a very interesting and nationwide festival.

Angela Merkel and the speaker of India’s Lok Sabha Meira Kumar jointly inaugurated the festival on the evening of the 31st of May.



As a German company SAP will be presented in the Germany India Year with different activities. I coordinate and organize our participation with different departments, teams and hte project organizers of the Germany Year. Stay tuned and learn more about India, Germany and the yearlong party here.

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  • To tell you the truth, the first thing that comes to mind when hearing Germany and India is currywurst. (Which I have yet to try!!!)

    I didn't know this bit of history and it's always exciting when countries can mark such anniversaries (rather than not at all). Here's to many, many more years of their diplomatic relationship!

  • Thanks for sharing this information. It's very interesting and something I knew nothing about at all. I now feel enlightened! 🙂

    Best regards,


    • I second this.  I had never heard of the celebration or known about the great strides both countries have made together.

      I learned something today!


    • Hi Luke,
      i am glad you like it! I myself was not aware of the deep and long relationship between these two countries.
      I hope you will keep on reading my blog because i plan to write more about the relationship, the culture and this particular event.
    • Hi Jim,

      i read your blog post this morning and liked the idea very much. As for now i don't have any video but i will come up with an idea and submit it asap.

  • It is very interesting to read about the relations between Germany and India. Can‘t wait to get mote information. Keep on writing. You are doing a great Job.