30 facts about Germany - for those who may have decided to move to Europe on vacation.
1) Shops and supermarkets are closed on Sundays in Germany. It is almost impossible to buy something, except in rare kiosks that work for several hours.
2) Now the Germans are very patient and tolerant as never before.
There is a big problem with immigrants in Germany. Especially many problems are created by Turks who do not want to integrate into European culture. They keep their language, their religion, their traditions. Quite often on the streets you can see women in hijabs walking with 3-7 children. These women do not work and do not learn German. Very often Turks live on social benefits for large families and the unemployed. Also, in every city there are a lot of Turkish shops and shops, where you need to be extremely careful - at any convenient opportunity, they will cheat and deceive.
Despite all this, the Germans remain calm. The problem is that they are simply afraid of accusations of Nazism and intolerance of other peoples. They remember the history of the Second World War very well and, by the way, are very ashamed and upset about this. The topic of Hitler and the Nazis is a taboo topic that is best left out when talking to the Germans. She is very unpleasant to them.
3) Showing your emotions while driving to another participant in the movement, you can get a rather big fine. So, for example, showing the middle finger can lose up to 4000 euros! Twisting at the temple - up to 1000 euros. By showing your tongue - up to 300 euros. Waving your hand in front of your face - up to 350 euros. By the way, this sign “to wave your palm in front of your face”, which we do not have, means to say about someone or something “stupid, fool, you don’t understand” and so on.
4) Having a dog in Germany, as well as swearing while driving, is an expensive pleasure. There are dog taxes. For example, in the city of Mainz, having a dog, you are obliged to pay tax of 220 euros per year. Just like that, no way, to the treasury of the city. With this money, the city builds nurseries.
All owners are obliged to clean up after dogs. If, for example, you do not remove the pet's poop on the playground or playground, then you can get a fine of about 250 euros.
All dogs are required to have an electronic chip that is sewn into their withers. The host's name is encoded in the chip. If, for example, your dog causes an accident, or you drive it out into the street: these actions will not go unnoticed. Of course, you will be fined as soon as the dog's chip is recognized.
For this reason, in Germany it is simply unrealistic to pick up a dog from the street or find it, like ours. In Germany, there are practically no stray dogs wandering the streets. For this reason, many Germans take dogs from kennels, very often from kennels in other, less developed countries. Outbred dogs are very popular here, even more popular than purebred dogs.
Very often in Germany you can meet homeless people with dogs. The reason is simple: German homeless people get extra money to keep dogs.
5) In Germany there is a tax on television and radio. If, for example, you have a TV at home, then you must pay this tax. Of course, if you don't pay it, you get a fine.
6) When an ambulance is driving along the road in Germany with the lights on, all road users drive off in different directions, stop, just to let this car pass. You will not see this anywhere else, the spectacle is amazing, especially for a Russian person. The reason is simple: if you don't miss the ambulance, you risk getting a colossal fine, especially if it turns out that because of you the car was late for the patient.
7) A pedestrian on a pedestrian crossing can really cross with his eyes closed. Motorists stop when they see you from afar, even if you were not going to cross.
8) Germans are mostly law-abiding. There are so many "correct" Germans who, at every opportunity, are eager to guide you on the right path. For example, by warning that your dog cannot do his business here, or by “tapping” on you if you threw the garbage in the wrong place. The Germans say about such people "einen Stock im Arsch haben", which literally translates as "a stick in the ass" and means "to be too correct, pedantic, without a sense of humor."
9) The issue of registering and renting apartments in Germany is thoroughly thought out and works. It is very easy here, having rented an apartment, immediately register in it. This procedure is free and does not take much time. The money for the apartment is transferred to the owner's card, and you almost never see him. Because this system works so well, many Germans live their entire lives in a rented apartment or rented house. This is not considered strange.
10) In Germany, the so-called "social clock" is very common. If, for example, you were seen driving drunk, you will not only be deprived of your license and fined, but also forced to work 50-500 social hours, depending on the degree of your intoxication. These social hours can most often be worked in state-owned enterprises and firms.
11) What a croissant for the French is a pretzel for the Germans. A pretzel, a German pretzel, can be bought everywhere, on any corner, in any city. The Germans very often eat them or eat beer.
12) Dessert is very popular in German cuisine. The Germans are passionate about making pies and other sweets. Often on the street you can meet a German with a pie in his hands; here it is customary to bring something with you when you go to visit.
13) Germans love to decorate their home and garden. The personal space of their house does not end at the doorstep, they clean and decorate even further: in the garden, on the adjacent street. That is why it is so pleasant to walk in German cities and villages. This 'decorating' culture is very developed, and you can find a huge assortment of different decorations in supermarkets.
14) Few people know this, but wine-making is developed in the south-west of Germany and there is even very good wine.
15) For Germans, ecology is very important. It permeates the entire life of a modern German: bio-food, eco-electricity, eco-transport, waste separation and so on.
16) In Germany, you can drink tap water everywhere. Both cold and hot.
17) Germans love national holidays. There they all sing together, drink beer and, of course, eat sausages. National costume is very popular in Germany. It is worn very often for holidays and carnivals, both men and women, both young and old.
18) Cigarettes are expensive in Germany. A pack of cigarettes about 5 euros. Therefore, many people buy tobacco and "twist" cigarettes themselves. For a cigarette butt thrown out on the asphalt - a fine of 25 euros.
19) Beer is cheap and tasty. You can drink outdoors and in public places.
20) In Germany, it is almost impossible to buy an expired or spoiled product, unless only in a Turkish store.
21) Almost all contracts for the Internet, for telephone communications, etc. - biennial. You can rarely find the Internet for six months or a SIM card for a year. For a non-two-year contract, you will have to pay a little more.
22) There are a lot of cyclists, bike paths and traffic lights in Germany. For many, this is the most frequently used transport, even in winter.
23) Education in Germany is free in many states, including for foreigners. There are no bribes for admission and training at all. Many students receive good scholarships that they can live on pretty well.
24) Germans dress practical, comfortable and beautiful. Women often go out without makeup or wearing heels. The most popular type of bag is a backpack.
25) Germans are ardent football fans. During matches, additional buses run to the arena. Everyone is sick - from small to large, both men and women.
26) Public transport is expensive. One ticket for a bus or tram ride costs about 2.5 euros. A monthly ticket costs about 50-70 euros. But public transport is modern, convenient, runs exactly on schedule and is almost never late.
27) Expensive gasoline - 1, 3-1, 8 euros per liter. Cheap cars. A used car on the go, for example, can be bought for as little as 1000-1500 euros. It is not risky to buy used cars here, as Germany has a very good and incorruptible technical inspection.
28) 1500-2000 euros worth getting a driver's license.
29) The German trash can is just a treasure. Here you can find everything your heart desires: a bicycle, a microwave oven, any furniture. If you wish, you can completely furnish an empty apartment with things from a German trash can. The standard of living is so high that Germans often throw away practically new things. By the way, it is not easy to throw away bulky garbage, again you have to pay for it, but in every city there are days when garbage can be put up for free. It is on these days that the streets are filled with cars with Polish numbers. Poles collect German "rubbish" (furniture, televisions, appliances) and then sell it in Poland.
30) On the German Internet you can hardly download or steal anything for free. There are no pirates, but for torrents, for example, you can go to jail.