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Country Series – Germany, The Country of Poets and Thinkers

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Germany, is a country in Western Europe. This country is known for its advance technology, makes it one of the top destination for Indonesian students to continue their education in the field of technology and engineering. In fact, Germany is also known as “Das Land der Dichter und Denker” or the country of poets and thinkers. As the third blog of our countries series we will talk about Germany!

Here’s are the list of things that might make foreigners experience culture shock when they are in Germany:

Stores are Closed on Sunday

Shops in Germany are closed on Sundays, its because Sunday is a noncommercial day explicitly. Sunday was already a rest day for customers and retailers in Germany, even long before COVID-19 pandemic hits the world. It is regulated in the “Ladenschlussgestz” or Shop Closing Law that ban all kind of stores from opening. 

Paying the Bills

In Germany, when you go to a restaurant or go out with your friends, when the waitress comes for the bill, they will automatically ask if you want to pay together or separately, and about 90% of people in Germany will pay separately, where they will only pay what they order. 

Pfand Logo in Plastic Bottle and Cans 

You can return plastic bottles and cans with Pfand logo at any supermarket of your choice. You can find collecting machine inside or in the entrance of supermarket. But if you squeeze the bottle and logo is not recognized by  the machine, the scanner will reject it, cancel the recycling process and you will lose your money.

Autobahn

Germany is very different from Indonesia. You don’t have to pay to use the autobahn, you can enter and exit as you wish without paying anything. of course you pay this in you tax every month, but on the autobahn itself you don’t have to stop, queue, and pay anything. In various areas of Germany’s autobahn, there is no speed limit, where people can drive as fast as they want.

University Free Tuition System

Public universities in Germany do not charge tuition fee for Bachelor’s and Master’s programme (except if you choose un-linear study program). The only exception is the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, which students from non EU countries have to pay 3000 EUR/year. Most of universities in Germany are public, where students only have to pay an administration fee, which usually costs between 100 – 350 EUR/semester.

German Language

German language is the most widely spoken language in the EU. About 130 million people speak German as their mother tongue and second language. And it is the official language in 7 countries. German and English share 60% of their vocabulary. To compare this, French only share 27% of their vocabularies. One of the most amusing thing about German language is that some German speakers don’t understand each other. Standard textbook German is mostly being spoken in Hamburg, but that is not the dialect that German speakers use and some of them have difficulties understand each otter. The hardest dialect to understand is in Bavaria, even it has been said that when people in North German needs to use subtitles while watching Bavarian movies.

So there you have it, some facts about Germany. We will continue to take up information that most people don’t know about in the spirit to  strengthen our knowledge and understanding about nations and its people!

 

Written by: Nada Nadya; Editor: Nevy Pangestika

References:

studying-in-germany.org/interesting-facts-about-germany

languageinsight.com/blog/2020/facts-german-language