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from 1996 to 1997 by 2.18% to 26,558 million kWh in the case of gas and by 1.24% to 12,378 million kWh in the case of electric current. Consumption of coals and fuel oils reduced in the same period by 9.8% to 17,424.2 million kWh.

EDUCATION AND RESEARCH Education

Cultural and educational policies are within the competencies of the federal states of Germany. However, the federal government exerts coordinating functions providing for framework and financing laws. The German educational system therefore varies to some extent from state to state. The mandatory education period is 9 (in several states, 10) years of school attendance.

In 1999, 935,000 pupils finished school education, with the following breakdown (7):

With no qualification 8%

After successful elementary school 25%

Realschule (intermediate level) 40%

With admission to university or technical college (Ing.) 27%

Table 8. Agricultural Production, 1997
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Homemade Pet Food Secrets

It is a well known fact that homemade food is always a healthier option for pets when compared to the market packed food. The increasing hazards to the health of the pets have made pet owners stick to containment of commercial pet food. The basic fundamentals of health for human beings are applicable for pets also.

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