Do you think Germans are a cold and unfriendly bunch?
For those of you who do, the Goethe Institute, the country's cultural promotion body, has released a video to address these stereotypes.
Germans don't mean to be “curt,” the video explains. Rather, they come from a long history of political and economic instability. Therefore, most of them take things like contracts very, very seriously. And it’s only after certainty has been secured that many feel like they can relax and enjoy life’s little pleasures.
This predisposition toward getting to the point has paid off: Germany has the Eurozone’s most successful and stable economy, carrying its weaker and financially unstable neighbors on its back.
The following video from The Goethe Institute is entitled "Typical German,” CNBC explains:
"Germany used to be divided up into lots of little separate states so each one was constantly surrounded by enemies. They could never take their safety and stability for granted so they kept themselves to themselves," the video said.
"This is why they value stability and structure so much more now. And that is why Germans never leave things to chance,” it adds.
And it’s this desire to “get to the point” that has led some to believe that Germans are "unfriendly."
The Goethe Institute video adds that there is a trick to getting business done in Germany.
"If you are well-prepared and clearly set out your business agenda at the first meeting, Germans will take what you have to say very seriously indeed,” it said.
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