The German Missions Abroad
German Embassy in Prague
The missions can be called Germany's eyes, ears and voice abroad. On instructions from the Federal Foreign Office, they represent our country, defend its interests and protect its citizens in the host country. They negotiate with the government of the host country and promote political relations as well as economic, cultural and scientific cooperation.
The essential tasks of the missions include:
- collecting information,
- reporting on issues which are of relevance to the various authorities of the Federation and the Länder,
- helping German citizens in emergencies, carrying out crisis protection measures, and assisting Germans living abroad with regard to certificates and legal documents,
- issuing visas for travel to Germany,
- assisting German companies with their activities in the host country and generally enhancing mutual trade,
- promoting cultural exchange,
- educating the host country's public about our foreign policy and also about Germany, its society and culture in general,
- preparing and escorting high-level visits from Germany.
German Embassy in Teheran
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The 229 German missions abroad are divided into
- 153 embassies,
- 55 consulates-general and consulates,
- 12 permanent missions,
- 3 other missions.
Furthermore there are
- 346 unpaid honorary consuls.
- The Embassies
- Consulates-General and Consulates
- The Permanent Missions
- German Information Centres
- Honorary Consuls