The German Stereotypes
Are German people rude?
I spent two months in Germany, during which I came to realize that the German People are so polite and nice. Here are a couple of shocking experiences, especially to someone who heard a lot about German people being rude and unwilling to help:
- All the hotel staff were extremely nice and helped me a lot planning my trips in the city, you might argue that this is their job, but still, you can easily distinguish the difference between someone who is willingly helping you and another who is just forced to, and their help seemed to be genuine.
- If you give someone a tip, even 0.1 euro, the person will smile and thank you. Try giving a cheap tip somewhere else, this wouldn’t really go that well. This is probably because German people don’t believe that it is your duty to give a tip, so even the slightest contribution is always appreciated.
- In stores, in the gym, in the train station.. surprisingly everyone is willing to help a tourist who doesn’t know the German Language
German People Love beer and Sausages
Let us not forget the German Sausages, which you would find anywhere you go, small family business restaurants, supermarkets, mini markets or those small temporary shops (I saw some in the old town of Nuremberg)
Cold in bed
This could be a myth or it could be true… unfortunately, there is really no easy way to verify that. I will let you know If I have some new statistical data on the topic, 😀
Blond, Beautiful, Tough, Strong Built
Efficient and hardworking
Norbert Walter, former chief economist in Deutsche Bank: “we have 1 % of the labor force of the world and we have 10% of the exports of the world”. Simple logic implies that each German individual is 10 times as creative and productive as the average human being. If statistics and numbers are not your favorite suit, then consider driving a BMW, Mercedes or an Audi and tell me then; Do you feel the German Quality Standards? Do you see their strive to perfection?
Very punctual, strictly enforce and follow rules
I have no personal incidents to back up this stereotype nor to dismiss it, but I’ve done my research and I find it this easy to believe that German People are very punctual and love making and following rules.
Well… ladies and gentlemen, you wouldn’t appreciate “punctuality”, “law enforcement” and “a law obedient society” until you live in an environment lacking these traits. You might be one of those who praise themselves as being a rebel, a free spirit fighting the conspiracies sown by our politicians and governments; but trust me when I say, chaos is not fun, having a no rule society is a nightmare and for that; I salute you German people.
They love football, the real football, i.e. Soccer. A friend of mine once told me; During the 2010 world cup, if Germany has a game, the offices are empty, the streets are empty, almost everyone is cheering for the German National Team. Well, the stereotype is true and is justified, since Germany does have a pretty solid Football Team.