1. Germany’s Culture and Customs<br />Vivian, Gina, and Ahmed<br />Period 3<br />
2. Three major Industries:<br /><ul><li>Car Industry: BMW, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz
3. Chemical Industry: BASF and Bayer
4. Insurance: Allianz</li></li></ul><li>The business language:<br /><ul><li>German </li></li></ul><li>Business Hours<br /><ul><li>Normal business hours are 9am-5pm
5. Gas Stations are the only business open on Sundays</li></li></ul><li>Holidays<br />1.Pentecost (12 - 13 June 2011)2.German Unification Day (every year on 3 October)3.All Saints’ Day (every year on 1 November)4.Christmas (every year from 24 to 26 December)5.New Year’s Eve (31 December)6.Easter (6 – 9 April 2012)7.May Day8.Ascension Day (17 May 2012)<br />
6. Three tips in entering Germany<br />Embracing people or kissing them on the cheeks is embarrassing, only common among close friends. <br />Try to avoid topics like politics or religion, is generally met with an evasive answer. <br />Make sure to use the appropriate title (be professional)<br />
7. Proper titles in addressing a person?<br /><ul><li>Two titles should not be used at the same time, except when addressing a letter to someone. If a person does hold several titles, the higher one is used in speaking to him/her.
8. A doctor can be either a medical doctor or a holder of a PhD.
9. Last names are appropriate until specifically invited by your German host or colleagues to use their first names. </li></li></ul><li>Rules on Gifts:<br /><ul><li>A small gift is polite, especially when contacts are made for the first time.
10. Substantial gifts are not usual, and certainly not before a deal has been reached if you don't want your intentions to be misinterpreted.
11. Even small souvenir-style gifts to thank local staff for their assistance and hospitality during your stay at a company will not be expected but will always be appreciated.
12. Avoid giving substantial gifts in private. The larger the gift, the more official and public the giving should be.</li></li></ul><li>Business Greetings<br /><ul><li>A quick, firm handshake is the traditional greeting.
13. When entering a room, shake hands with everyone, including children.
14. Embracing people or kissing them on the cheeks is, if at all, only common among close friends.
15. Direct eye contact is called for when conversing with others. Avoiding eye contact is soon considered to be impolite.</li></li></ul><li>Gender Roles<br />Women only hold 9.2 percent of jobs in Germany's upper and middle management positions. They hold roles as business women.<br />
16. Common Religions<br />
17. A U.S. custom that is offensive in this country?<br /><ul><li>Looking in strangers eyes</li></li></ul><li>Wiener Schnitzel: Thin veal fillet, crumbed and fried. Served with chips and salad.<br />Goulasch:Sharply fried beef and pork cubes stewed with onions and red or green pepper. It is served with boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes or noodles.<br />Common Dish<br />