– the state in the center of Europe with an area of 357 thousand square kilometers. The capital is Berlin. In the north it borders on Denmark, in the east – with Poland, in the southeast – with the Czech Republic, in the south – with Switzerland and Austria, in the west – with the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France.
Time is different from Moscow for two hours (falls behind). German is the official language. In Germany, about 82 million people live, of which more than 90% are Germans. Monetary unit is the euro.
German roads are the best in Europe.
They can be called even a standard. About 250 thousand km – the length of the German roads of all categories; approximately 700 km per 1,000 sq. m. km of the territory of Germany – the average density of these roads (more than 20 times the Russian index). In general, we will not have to compare them with our Russian roads.
Germany is distinguished by the purity of its streets.
German roads are designed so that all rainwater is collected to their edges and then leaves into the ground or into special plums. However, in this country you can find “dysfunctional” roads.
The main national drink is beer.
It can even be called a part of culture. Germany produces about 5000 varieties of this drink. Traditions of brewing take place in every German land. However, the largest range in the production and consumption of beer have Bayern and northern lands.
There are few forests in Germany.
It is not true, about one third of the territory is covered with forests (mainly in the south of the country).
Late parties in Germany do not suit.
It does not apply to the younger generation at all. But a large number of Germans from the childhood are accustomed to go to bed early, so even a phone call after 9 pm is considered an abnormal phenomenon.
The Germans are very punctual.
The German people love to have order in everything. Even a delay of five minutes (not to mention 15 minutes) is not allowed.
If the red light at a traffic light turns red, then in any case it is impossible to cross the road, even if cars go very, very rarely.
If you, after hitting Germany, will cross (or run across) the road when you like, then the Germans will not understand this.
Just so go on a visit (that is, appear without an invitation) is a violation of the usual pace of life of the Germans.
Therefore, they are unlikely to answer hospitality for such a visit.
The child in Germany has greater autonomy.
Surprisingly, children from 14 years old live separately from their parents (it is difficult for Russian citizens to understand this). And their visit to the fatherland is often appointed for a certain time – to come earlier or late is not accepted.
Germans are profligate.
On the contrary, they are prudent and economical. Since childhood, the child is taught to gradually save money for some useful thing. Pocket money gives them little.
Germany is famous for its porcelain.
Indeed, the popularity of German porcelain throughout the world has a long history. Applied art of the distant XVIII century, you can say, “proud” porcelain of German manufactories. And now the porcelain dishes of Germany other than as a masterpiece and you will not name!
There are many dialects in Germany.
Yes, it is. And one of them is easy for an alien to understand, while others are almost impossible. Yes, where there is an alien! Often people of different lands can not understand each other!
Germans like to ride a bicycle.
In addition to the pavements and walkways, there are specially designed tracks for biking. It is for bicycling – to walk on them even in their absence is strictly prohibited! Even in school years, children are given special rights – permission to ride a bicycle.
There are no beautiful women in Germany.
It’s not true, they are everywhere. For example: Claudia Schiffer and Heidi Klum.
Germans love to travel.
It’s in their blood. True, many trips they can afford only at a retirement age, when a certain amount of money is accumulated.
Fortunate fortune teller in Germany.
They have offices, queues are built for them. In this country, several thousand fortunetellers live quite richly. It is a fact.
Germans like to give gifts.
Especially it concerns pleasant little things (not necessarily expensive ones). But the Germans do not like to give presents (and even to wear) gold ornaments. If flowers are given, then basically it is not bouquets (as is customary, for example, in Russia), but potted plants. After all, the flower presented in this way will remind us for a long time about the person who made this gift.
In Germany (as well as in Russia) gifts are placed by the first of September (especially if the child goes to the first class for the first time).
Only they are given not only by the children to the teacher, but also by the teacher to the children. Surprisingly, parents do not collect money for such kind of gifts. The teacher himself gives first-graders a bag with sweets and something from school supplies.
The Germans are very honored by their customs and traditions.
The Germans strictly observe the existing (and their large number) traditions and customs. Therefore, a foreigner who has come to this country should treat them with respect, follow the prescribed norms and rules of conduct.