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CultureShock! Germany

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CultureShock! Germany dispels the stereotypes and explores the realities of unified Germany, giving readers an insight into its varied people and customs. Find out how a makler can help you locate the right accommodation, be aware of the importance of health insurance and prepare yourself for the short German workweek that comes complete with an annual 30 days of holiday. Learn to appreciate the various versions of wurst and the different types of beer. CultureShock! Germany is the definitive guide for anyone who wants to settle well into German society.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Dedication
  9. Map of Germany
  10. Chapter 1 First Impressions
    1. Why Come to Germany?
    2. The Maligned Mecca
  11. Chapter 2 Overview of Land and History
    1. The German Landscape: Physical Dimension and Regionalisms
    2. History
  12. Chapter 3 German Characteristics
    1. The Legacy of History
    2. Values
    3. Drugs
    4. Religion
    5. Law and Order
  13. Chapter 4 Fitting into Germany
    1. The Auslånder Problem
    2. What is a German?
    3. The German Way of Multiculturalism
    4. Finding Your Place Amongst Germans
    5. Experiencing German Society
    6. Surviving the Initial Shocks
    7. Public Selves, Private Selves
    8. The Home—The Great Sanctuary
    9. Hosting
    10. Learning the Customs
    11. Why it’s All Worth it
  14. Chapter 5 Settling In
    1. Housing—The Rental Market
    2. Utilities
    3. Dealing with Banks
    4. Domestic Help
    5. Shopping
    6. Know Your Euro
    7. Health
    8. Family Matters
    9. Teenagers
    10. Non-working Spouses
    11. Pets
    12. Transportation
  15. Chapter 6 Food and Entertaining
    1. Traditional German Fare
    2. Carnivores Galore
    3. Vegetables
    4. Regional Dishes
    5. Baked Goods
    6. The Structure of German Meals
    7. Eating Rituals
    8. Drinks
  16. Chapter 7 Enjoying Germany
    1. German Vacation Time
    2. Leisure Activities
    3. The Kneipen Culture
    4. Strassenfeste
    5. The Media
    6. The Arts
  17. Chapter 8 Learning the Language
    1. Good News and Bad News
    2. How to Learn the Language
    3. Names and Titles
  18. Chapter 9 Doing Business in Germany
    1. A Positive Work Environment
    2. The Work Ethic
    3. The Basics of the German Economy
    4. Applying for Jobs
    5. Service Industries
    6. The German Business Character
    7. German Corporate/Business Structure
    8. Women in the Working World
    9. Starting a Business
    10. The Role of Banks
    11. Going Along With the System
    12. Cracking the Market
    13. A Most Taxing Problem
    14. Tussles with Brussels
    15. DeutschMark, Adieu!
    16. A German Business Do-It-Yourself
  19. Chapter 10 Fast Facts
    1. About the Country
    2. Name Dropping
    3. Major Topics of Conversation
  20. Culture Quiz
  21. Do’s and Don’ts
  22. Glossary
  23. Resource Guide
  24. Further Reading
  25. About the Author
  26. Index