German Culture

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  • Sunday is a day of rest in Germany. Most shops close and people tend not to do hard work.
  • German children are usually given a comprehensive sexual education from a young age. As such, society tends to be quite honest and open about sex and sexuality. The appropriateness of conversations around these topics clearly varies depending on the social context, and people’s opinions cannot be presumed.
  • Some Germans may be quite relaxed about nudity. There is a tradition of ‘Freikörperkultur’ (FKK) or ‘free body culture’ in Northern Germany and in the East particularly.
  • Germans consider themselves ‘Weltmeister’ (world champions) at taking vacations. Indeed, when travelling elsewhere in the world, one is likely to bump into a German. Schools are closed for a total of 13 weeks every year, and employees get at least 24 days of paid leave each year.
  • In Germany, regular immersion in nature is thought to be good for your ‘Seele’ (soul). Many Germans like to ‘Wandern’ (go hiking) to enjoy the environment.
  • Cigarette smoking is a common habit in Germany. People are still allowed to smoke in many public places, even on the property of some schools. Until relatively recently people were still allowed to smoke in all restaurants and bars. Today, to do so, it needs to be labelled 'Raucherbar' (smokable). The late ban on smoking in Germany is partly due to the fact that the Nazi’s outlawed smoking during their time in power. Therefore, the German government has been hesitant to copy Nazi policy.
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Germany
  • Population
    80,594,017
    [July 2017 est.]
  • Languages
    Deutsch (German) [official]
  • Religions
    No Religion (33.0%)
    Roman Catholic Christianity (31.2%)
    Evangelical/Protestant Christianity (30.8%)
    Orthodox Christianity (1.3%)
    Other (3.7%)
    [2011 census]
  • Ethnicities
    German (81.3%)
    Turkish (3.4%)
    Polish (2.3%)
    Arab (1.8%)
    Russian (1.5%)
    Other (9.7%)
    [Federal Statistical Office, 2017]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 35
    Individualism 67
    Masculinity 66
    Uncertainty Avoidance 65
    Long Term Orientation 83
    Indulgence 40
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  • Australians with German Ancestry
    982,226 [2016 census]
Germans in Australia
  • Population
    102,595
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Germany.
  • Average Age
    62
  • Gender
    Males (48.5%)
    Females (52.5%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (28.2%)
    Lutheran Christianity (24.3%)
    No Religion (23.2%)
    Other (18.8%)
  • Ancestry
    German (70.9%)
    Polish (6.9%)
    English (4.2%)
    Ukrainian (2.3%)
    Other (15.7%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    English (52.7%)
    German (39.8%)
    Polish (1.6%)
    Other (4.9%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 95.7% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (28.8%)
    Victoria (25.9%)
    Queensland (19.5%)
    South Australia (10.6%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (80.6%)
    2001-2006 (7.1%)
    2007-2011 (8.5%)
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