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BITS OF CULTURE - Germany
 
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Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

Languages

Official language:
German

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Cultural Values
  • Except with very close friends, older Germans still use Herr and Frau in daily discussion. The transition from the formal Sie address to the informal du is generally mutually agreed and sealed with a toast and a handshake.
  • An invitation to a German home is a major courtesy; you should bring a gift for the hostess.
  • Address all women as Frau (followed by a name).

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
  • Protestant
  • If the state of health of a sick person gets worse, the room is prepared by the relatives for him/her to be given the last rights, and the priest is then called.
  • Generally funerals take place on the third or fourth day after the death.


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Health Care Values

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Diet
  • Germans start the day with a huge breakfast of rolls, jam, cheese, cold meats, hard-boiled egg, and coffee or tea.
  • Lunch is the main meal of the day.
  • Dinner is lighter but can still mean a plate full of sausages and dumplings.

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Interesting Facts
  • A traditional wedding day could actually last three days. Couples will have a civil ceremony at the city center, which only family and close friends attend. The next night is the big wedding party. The bride and groom invite all of their friends, neighbors and acquaintances. On the third day, the German religious wedding ceremony takes place. German brides do not have traditional wedding attendants except for flower girls.
  • Soccer is the most popular sport in the nation.
  • The keyboards in Germany have the Y and Z keys reversed from how keyboards in the United States are laid out.


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