People in Germany
Germans have a reputation of being strict with rules and very stiff in behaviour. However, they are also classed as being very efficient. People want to follow the rules and they will quickly point out that you are not following them. There are two great exceptions: speed limits and queuing.
Germans can also come across as very harsh, simply because of the sound of their language. They are also very direct. They donít believe in small talk, choosing instead to be honest and straight to the point. This can be very difficult for people to deal with if they are not used to it. It also sometimes leads to tempers flaring up, particularly in business meetings.
Some things to know is that a German often introduces themselves by their surname and that you should then call them Mr or Mrs add surname. Do not use a first name immediately, even if you know it, as this can be very derogatory.
Germans are known for their efficiency. Their productivity rates are some of the highest in the world and they are incredibly punctual. Do not show up late for an appointment, as besides being punctual, Germans also tend to be impatient. Germans do have a sense of humour, but irony and sarcasm is only appreciated amongst people with whom you are very close.
In terms of behaving in public, drinking is widely accepted although technically against the law when out on the street. You are not allowed to insult other people, an offence punishable by law. On beaches, it is common place for women to go topless. There are also very many fully nudist beaches, but these are clearly indicated so you wonít risk accidentally walking on here. Overall, the countryís culture is different from the Anglo-Saxon cultures, so try not to take offence when none is intended.
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People in Germany