Culture Shock in Germany


Language will probably be the largest cultural hurdle when moving to Germany. Not everyone can speak English, although the proportion of English second-language speakers is much higher in business circles. Language classes are worthwhile and are also a great way for expats to integrate themselves into the culture.

Customs are largely similar to other western cultures, with just a few differences. Business etiquette is often a bit more formal than in the US and a German's direct speaking style can sometimes be misinterpreted as impolite. Expats can easily accustom themselves to well run city infrastructures and efficient services.

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