Typical German customs during the Christmas season Roughly 47 million people in Germany are registered members of a Christian church, close to 56% of the population. 5 million are Muslims by religion, and all other faiths make up for less than 1% of the population. So, one can say without hesitation that 95% of the […]

Welcome Culture: Easy living in Germany for foreigners?

The right wing gained sympathies all over Europe and any day we can read about crimes directed towards foreigners. The people seem to hate them. Fire is laid in refugee homes, southern-looking young men are threatened and beaten up on open street, German politicians request that illegal immigrants are shot at the border should they […]

Understanding Germans – No. 5: Dressing up accordingly

Photo (c) Nomad_Soul / fotolia.com This is an extraxt from a most awesome article published here: “Plan made for the day? Insurances in place? Great. Good work! Now it’s time to change out of your Schlumperklamotten and head outside to face the day head on. You’re going to need to get appropriately dressed. *WARNING! AUSLÄNDER! […]

Understanding Germans – No. 4: Life is risky and a risk should be insured.

Pic by Rainer Sturm / Pixelio.de This is an extraxt from a most awesome article published by Adam Fletcher: “Everyone knows it’s a jungle out there. Hence why we created the phrase. So, before you go out into the jungle and start swinging from its high branches, it’s wise you be sensibly insured. Germans, being […]

Understanding Germans – No. 2 Breakfasting

A habit I refuse to live up to is to have breakfast before I go to work. Really. People wake up an hour earlier just to have breakfast – and even if their work starts as early as 6:30 am in the morning (I doubled that just to make the point from where I am […]

Understanding Germans – No. 3 Planning, Preparation, Process

Manage your day, next week, and book your summer holidays right after you came home from your lastPc by Rainer Sturm / PIXELIO This is an extraxt from a most awesome article published by Adam Fletcher: “So far, so good. Look at you, you’re up early, you’ve got your radio on, no doubt some Depeche […]

Understanding Germans – No.1 House Shoes

First thing to get organized: get house shoes!Photo (c) Wishfoot88 CC BY 3.0 This is an extraxt from a most awesome article publishedby Adam Fletcher: “So, here we are then my little Ausländer. Your first day as an aspiring German. You’ll have woken up in your bed, probably because it’s gotten light outside and you […]