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GN 01707.010 Overview of the German Social Security System - Introduction

Germany provides old-age, survivors, and disability benefits through three major social insurance pension systems:

  • the Salaried Employees' Pension Insurance administered by the Federal Insurance Institute for Salaried Employees (Bundesversicherungsanstalt fuer Angestellte — BFA)

  • the Wage Earners' Pension Insurance administered by a number of regional insurance institutes (Landesversicherungsanstalt — LVA) as well as two special agencies — the Seamen's Insurance Fund (Seekasse) and the Federal Railways Insurance Institute (Bundesbahn-Versicherungsanstalt)

  • the Miners' Pension Insurance administered by the Federal Miners' Institute (Bundesknappschaft)

Two special systems provide supplementary benefits for steelworkers (Huettenknappschaftlich- Zusatzversicherung) and farm owners (Altershilfe fuer Landwirte).


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GN 01707.010 - Overview of the German Social Security System - Introduction - 05/28/1997
Batch run: 01/27/2009
Rev:05/28/1997