German Culture

Family

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Germans are encouraged to be independent and self-reliant throughout childhood. The family remains fundamentally important to the individual, but the unique personal relationships that family members share and the support they receive from one another is the main source of value. Largely, the German family home is a place where an individual’s eccentricity can be fully revealed and even celebrated. The stiff exterior of conformity usually associated with Germans falls away in the family setting, where it is socially acceptable to be as silly, gregarious and impassioned as one wants.

The average German household consists of the nuclear family (mother, father and two children) with the extended family living separately. However, many different living situations and family forms are gaining popularity in Germany. It is now becoming common for couples to choose not to have children or for parents of children to decide not to get married and remain in de facto relationships. Furthermore, families incorporating LGBTI relationships demonstrate the growing German acceptance of flexibility in family structure.

The traditional family hierarchy also continues to evolve. Gender does not dictate a person’s role or duty to the family; women enjoy equal rights and the opportunity to choose their form of contribution to the household dynamic. However, once children are born, a German mother is statistically more likely to stay at home and forfeit her career than a German father.

Marriage and Dating
Dating and marriage practices in Germany are very similar to those in Australia. Couples usually live together for a long time before they get married. Some may choose not to marry and remain de facto couples. Most Germans marry for the first time in their late 20s. Marriages are legally established through a civil ceremony at the registry office. Religious ceremonies are optional.
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
    102,595
    [2016 census]
  • 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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