Germany is a state in the center of Europe with an area of 357 thousand square kilometers. In the north it borders with 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 differs from Moscow time by two hours (lagging behind). German is the official language. Germany is home to about 82 million people, of which more than 90% are Germans. The monetary unit is the euro.
German roads are the best in Europe. They can even be called a standard. About 250 thousand km - the length of German highways of all categories; about 700 km per 1000 sq. km of German territory - the average density of these roads (almost 20 times more than the Russian indicator). In general, there is no need to compare them with our Russian roads.
Germany stands out for its clean streets. German roads are designed in such a way that all rainwater collects at their edges and then goes into the ground or into special drains. However, even in this country one can find "unsuccessful" roads.
The main national drink is beer. It can even be called part of the culture. Germany produces approximately 5,000 varieties of this drink. There are brewing traditions in every state of Germany. However, Bavaria and the northern lands have the greatest scope in the production and consumption of beer.
There are few forests in Germany. Not true, about a third of the territory is covered with forests (mainly in the south of the country).
Late parties don't happen in Germany. This does not apply to the younger generation. But a large number of Germans have been taught to go to bed early from childhood, so even a phone call after 9 pm is considered abnormal.
The Germans are very punctual. The German people love to have order in everything. It is not even allowed to be five minutes late (let alone 15 minutes).
If a red light turns on at a traffic light, then in no case should you cross the road, even if cars drive very, very rarely. If you, once in Germany, will cross (or cross) the road whenever you want, the Germans simply will not understand this.
Just visiting (that is, coming without an invitation) is a violation of the usual pace of life of the Germans. Therefore, they are unlikely to respond with hospitality to such a visit.
A child in Germany has a lot of independence. Surprisingly, children from the age of 14 live separately from their parents (it is difficult for Russian citizens to understand this). Moreover, their visit to their father's house is often scheduled for a certain time - it is not accepted to come earlier or be late.
The Germans are wasteful. On the contrary, they are calculating and economical. From childhood, the child is taught to gradually save money for some useful thing. They are given little pocket money.
Germany is famous for its porcelain. Indeed, the popularity of German porcelain throughout the world has a long history. Applied art of the distant 18th century, one might say, was "proud" of the porcelain of German manufactories. And now the porcelain tableware in Germany cannot be called anything other than a masterpiece!
There are many dialects in Germany. Yes it is. Moreover, some of them are quite easy for a foreigner to understand, while others are almost impossible. But where is there a foreigner! Often, residents of different lands cannot understand each other!
Germans love to ride a bike. In addition to the pavements and sidewalks, there are also bike paths. It is for riding bicycles - walking on them, even in their absence, is strictly prohibited! Even in school years, children are given special rights - permission to ride a bike.
There are no beautiful women in Germany. Not true, they are everywhere. For example: Claudia Schiffer and Heidi Klum.
Germans love to travel. It's in their blood. True, they can afford many trips only at retirement age, when a certain amount of money has been saved.
Fortune-tellers do not live in poverty in Germany. They have offices, queues line up for them. Several thousand fortune-tellers live quite richly in this country. It is a fact.
Germans love to give gifts. This is especially true of pleasant things (not necessarily expensive ones). But Germans do not like to give (and even wear) gold jewelry as a gift. If flowers are given, then basically these are not bouquets (as is customary, for example, in Russia), but indoor plants in pots. After all, a flower presented in this way will remind for a long time of the person who made this gift.
In Germany (as well as in Russia), gifts are put by the first of September (especially if the child goes to first grade for the first time). It's just that not only the children give them to the teacher, but also the teacher to the children. Surprisingly, parents don't collect money for these kinds of gifts. The teacher himself gives the first graders a bag of sweets and something from school supplies.
The Germans respect their customs and traditions very much. The Germans strictly observe the existing (and there are a large number of them) traditions and customs. Therefore, a foreigner who comes to this country must treat them with respect, follow the prescribed norms and rules of conduct.