Society & Folk

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Some say that, although the Germans as a folk are highly respected, they lack humour, are complicated and walk too slowly. And Germany’s society is a juggernaut, too strong and too powerful for most. Well, that my be.

Yet anyone who has experienced the hospitality offered by this society knows more. Sure there are easier places to live but this country and the folk here have changed much over recent years.

People are more laid back than first meets the eye, the place is peaceful and its citizens mostly generous.

Humour

Germans love to laugh and despite all, sensitive humour with deeper meaning has a long tradition in Germany. Many foreigners do wonder though, whether Germans have any sense of humour. Especially considering their down-to-earthiness, regulations and pessimism.

History

Germany and its diverse regions are characterized by the unique culture of their people and their contact to the geographical location. Strong regional traditions and autonomous political landscapes have preserved a rich cultural heritage from early times of settlement.

Nudity

Germans are generally a lot less reluctant to take off all or part of their clothing in public than most peoples. Still, community standards in different parts of the country vary considerably. The German euphemism for nudism is FKK, which stands for free body culture.

 

Bribes

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The culture of bribing or the offering of a tip to officials and the police is considered abusive and offensive. The corporate world is somewhat different though and heads of companies have rolled. Meanwhile, parliament refuses to implement anti-corruption legislation for its members.

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Tipping

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The topic of tipping is fairly simple. It is the custom to round up prices to the nearest euro, to leave two or three euro or up to 10% if in restaurants. A tip is usually given when paying the bill but leaving it on the table before departing is known as the norm for foreigners.

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Fines

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Generally speaking, the Germans are a serious bunch of people and stick to the rules. The levels of fines that can be incurred though are surprisingly low compared to most other European countries. This appears to reflect a high so-called collective responsibility (Vernunft).

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Contact

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Dorotheenstrasse 84

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Germany

Phone: +49 30 182 720

Fax: +49 30 181 027 20

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