5 interesting facts you never knew about GERMANY

Think you know German culture? Think again!

Did you know these interesting facts about Germany?

  1. On the first day of first grade, every child gets a giant cone filled with toys and candy
  2. College is free for everyone in Germany
  3. According to German law, a person’s gender must be obvious by first name. So the civil registration office can refuse names that don’t comply
  4. It’s bad luck to wish someone “Happy Birthday” in advance in Germany
  5. If someone asks you, “Would you like a drink?” and you say, “Danke” that actually means “No, thank you.” But if you say, “Bitte” or “Please,” that means yes. So, to recap: “Thanks” means no thanks, and “please” means no

Do you regularly work with Germans? Have you ever considered the impact cultural differences have on your potential to do business?

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About the Author

Terence Brake

Terence Brake is an author in the global learning & development field and has over 20 years experience helping executives to work better across cultures.

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