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Why is German one of the most important languages today?

Why is German one of the most important languages today?

46 million Americans claim German ancestors, making it the largest heritage group in the United States. 
100 million European Union (EU) residents speak German as their native language, making German the most widely spoken mother tongue in Europe. Another 31 percent of EU residents speak German as a second language.
Germany has the fourth strongest economy in the world (after the U.S., China and Japan).
German exports constitute the largest share of total world trade (even ahead of the U.S.).
Germany is the second most important import market in the world, and the third most important import partner of the United States.
There are 1,200 German-owned companies in the United States, some of the largest of which are active in the state of Oregon (DaimlerChrysler, Freightliner, Wacker Chemie, Siltronic, Adidas, Reebok and SolarWorld AG).
In today’s world, knowing other languages is often a necessity for success. Developing language competence will give you a sense of world citizenry and prepare you for careers in internationally-related fields. In addition, language competence strengthens the credentials of students planning careers in any of the following fields: 
 
Gain a career advantage in today's economy by adding this language and the knowledge of the German culture to your résumé. German continues to be one of the leading languages of science, arts, philosophy and history.  

German is spoken by more than 200 million speakers worldwide, half of which speak it as their first language. After English, German is the second most used language on the Internet. It is the official language of six European countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Belgium. Germany is the fourth largest economy in the world. In addition, a bachelor's degree in German is a great stepping stone to graduate or law school.