The German Mindset

Germans are proud, serious, competitive and ambitious. Society is highly structured and life is conducted according to a set of rules. Focus is on the long term, and on achieving stability. Germans enjoy a high standard of living and take their personal time seriously; most take long holidays and guard their private lives jealously. To outsiders, they may appear formal, sometimes overly blunt and generally resistant to change.

Germans are also highly educated and cultured; Germany is the best-read country in Europe and the arts play a big role in many lives. Germans are also active, enjoying the outdoor life to the full, with many people practicing sport regularly.

Germans are also patriotic and nationalistic, despite the existence of many subcultures, like Bavaria, which many believe would prefer to be a separate country, and of the division between East and West, only reunified in 1990.

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