German Culture

Communication

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Verbal

  • Direct Communication: German communication styles are frank and direct. They generally speak the truth clearly and arrive straight to the point without using much tact to cushion their words. This approach can feel blunt to a non-German, but it’s simply their way of ensuring clear communication.


Non-Verbal

  • Personal Space: Germans are generally accustomed to having smaller proximities of personal space than Australians. That being said, they still do not appreciate it being invaded by others.
  • Punctuality: Germans are extremely punctual and may view those who are late as unreliable.
  • Expression: Many Germans reserve smiles for friends and laugh less than Australians do during conversation. While Germans consider this more serious exterior a reflection of the sincerity of friendships, it can make Australians feel uncomfortable or intimidated as they might interpret it as them being stiff or unfriendly.
  • Eye Contact: When being sincere or speaking of something serious, it is important to maintain eye contact. Avoiding eye contact is seen as an indication of dishonesty or a lack of confidence.
  • Gesture: Touching your index finger to your thumb in a circle to demonstrate ‘Okay’ or ‘Good’ can be misunderstood.
  • Crossing Fingers: Instead of crossing the index finger and middle finger to indicate hoping for something or “Good Luck”, Germans squeeze the tip of their thumb between those two fingers. Letting one’s thumb protrude too far from between the fingers can be an obscene gesture, so only the tip should be visible.
  • Pointing: Some Germans use their little/pinkie finger to point.
Germany
  • Population
    82,652,256
    1.14% of World Population
  • Languages
    German (official)
  • Religions
    Protestant Christianity (34%)
    Catholic Christianity (34%)
    Islam (3.7%)
    Other (28.3%)
  • Ethnicities
    German (91.5%)
    Turkish (2.4%)
    Other (6.1%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (61.83%)
  • 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
    898,674
Germans in Australia
  • Population
    108,003
  • 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%)
  • Languages
    English (52.7%)
    German (39.8%)
    Polish (1.6%)
    Other (4.9%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (95.7%)
    Not Well (2.6%)
  • 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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