The Federal Republic of Germany is located in central Europe. Perhaps best known for its breweries (the first evidence of beer brewing in the region dates back to 800 BCE) and Oktoberfest celebrations, Germany still produces billions of liters of beer every year, which is enjoyed by people around the world. The country has also long been famous for the high quality of its industry and is a leading producer of motor vehicles and machinery. In the service sector, which employs more than 70% of the workforce, business services and technology are leading subsectors. Germany also has a strong tourism industry, with tens of millions of visitors each year coming to enjoy the Alps and Harz mountains, the Black Forest and many other scenic spots. The culture, nightlife and cuisine of the cities draw many visitors as well. Germany’s strong economy, the largest in the European Union, its highly skilled workforce and its business-friendly environment offer many opportunities for businesses considering expansion in the region.