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Breaking stereotypes: what facts about Germans annoy the residents of Germany

Albina PanchenkoNews
Interesting facts about the residents of Germany

Every country attracts numerous stereotypes, and Germany is certainly no exception in this regard. People attribute all sorts of characteristics to their inhabitants: they are labeled as rude, accused of excessive alcohol consumption, and teased about their punctuality. However, most Germans find such labels annoying. Let's investigate whether these stereotypes accurately represent the people.

Rude and unfeeling

It's unclear who originated this misconception, but Germans are known for being well-mannered and polite. They seldom raise their voices or use offensive language. The reality is that they consistently treat everyone around them with respect, regardless of whether the person is a 5-year-old girl or a 40-year-old owner of a multimillion-dollar business.

This stereotype might be associated with the German language, which may sound stern and serious to some foreigners.

Furthermore, the country's widely accepted norms might be misinterpreted as coldness. For instance, even close acquaintances are seldom invited to homes, assistance may be declined if deemed unnecessary, and they often speak the truth directly, even if it's not particularly pleasant. While such behavior may be unacceptable for individuals from other nationalities, for Germans, it is considered perfectly normal.

Breaking stereotypes: what facts about Germans annoy the residents of Germany

Beer and other alcohol

The notion that 100% of Germans love beer is a common stereotype. You've probably heard it more than once, especially considering that this country is home to the world's largest festival dedicated to the intoxicating drink.

However, the reality is not as straightforward as it may seem. Certainly, many Germans, like Ukrainians, Estonians, Poles, or individuals from other nationalities, wouldn't mind enjoying a glass of delightful beer in the evening. However, it's not about consuming liters of the beverage. Very few people in Germany engage in alcohol abuse.

Furthermore, it's essential to recognize that most of the stereotypes circulating throughout the country primarily depict one German region, Bavaria, renowned for its authentic beer brewing. Here, you may indeed encounter robust individuals holding liter mugs, pubs with dimly lit rooms and substantial wooden tables, and waiters skillfully carrying 10 liters of beer in each hand.

Breaking stereotypes: what facts about Germans annoy the residents of Germany

Careful on the road

A rather positive stereotype that many countries would appreciate using. In reality, this behavior is encouraged by the state. Germany imposes high fines for traffic violations, and not adhering to rules such as turning off headlights in the evening or not following speed limits can lead to severe consequences.

However, it's essential to remember that exceptions exist to every rule. Despite Germans striving to adhere to road regulations diligently, they are not infallible. It's not uncommon to encounter taxi drivers in Germany who may smell like beer. It's noteworthy that consuming a glass of alcohol before driving is not considered a violation.

Breaking stereotypes: what facts about Germans annoy the residents of Germany

Traditional clothing

Men in leather trousers and women in dresses with aprons – this is how foreigners often imagine Germans should look. Additionally, there's a stereotype that every girl should braid her blond hair in the morning, and boys shouldn't leave the house without shorts with suspenders.

Of course, this is meant in a humorous way. The people of Germany are progressive modern individuals who follow fashion, have their own preferences, and are in step with other Europeans in this regard.

So, why are there so many stereotypes in this area? Firstly, the beauty industry can be quite expensive here, making it not accessible to everyone for frequent manicures or trendy hairstyles. Secondly, fashion varies in every country, resulting in subjective opinions. Most importantly, many foreigners visit Germany during holidays when it's customary to showcase traditional clothing. For instance, people might wear embroidered shirts.

Breaking stereotypes: what facts about Germans annoy the residents of Germany

Punctuality

Everything in Germany works like clockwork. If you have an appointment for eight o'clock, it means it will start at eight, the store is supposed to open at 7:30, and it will open any minute now.

It's like that, but not quite. As in any other part of the world, different people live here. Some are really punctual, others not so much, and still others are always late.

And you can't trust the train schedule here because most of them arrive and depart with a delay of at least half an hour.

Breaking stereotypes: what facts about Germans annoy the residents of Germany

Lack of sense of humor

Germans share this label with the Estonians and the British. It is believed that this stereotype dates back to the 20s of the last century. Back then, the country's entertainment industry was at its peak. However, most of the comedians were Jews. During the Second World War, many of them either left the country or were killed by the Nazi system. And after the end of the fighting, there was no time for laughter.

However, now the stand-up industry is thriving in Germany, there are many entertainment shows, and really successful comedians and comics.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you what annoys tourists in Germany.

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