Society & Folk

Written by Garry on

 
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Some claim that the Germans are highly respected, yet they lack humour, are complicated and walk too slowly. They also feel Germany is a juggernaut, too strong and too powerful for most. Well, that my be.

However, 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.

Germans are more laid back than first meets the eye and Germany is peaceful. Its citizens are mostly generous. And the youth are some of the most open-minded in the world.

Famous Things

Many German inventors contributed to the nation’s fame as a cradle of inventions and technologies. Classy cars, trendy kitchen appliances and rockets as well as some every day articles such as tea bags, toothpaste and coffee filters were created in Germany and sold to the world.

Feminism

Low numbers of women hold places in boardrooms, most receive lower salaries and opportunities linger behind those of men. Even though Germans voted in a female chancellor in 2005, the personnel policies of major corporations keep women out of key positions.

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.

 

Bribes

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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Fines

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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Tipping

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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Contact

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