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    • Culture Presentation- Germany
      Prepared By : Group 3
    • Germany – Key Factors
      Germany  officially the Federal Republic of Germany is a country in Western Europe.
      It is a major power with the world's fourth largest economy by nominal GDP and the fifth largest in purchasing power parity
      Germany is a federal parliamentary republic of sixteen states
      Literacy Rate : 99%
      ( male & female both)
      The capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the G8, the G20, and the OECD.
    • History
      • The Celts are believed to have been the first inhabitants of Germany.
      • Followed by Franks (870), Roman Empire till 1806.
      • The Thirty Years' War, 1618-48
      • dispute over the succession to the Bohemian throne.
      • left the empire divided into hundreds of small principalities virtually independent of the emperor.
      • The Peace of Westphalia largely settled German affairs for the next century and a half.
      • Most important German power after the Peace of Westphalia were Austria and Prussia.
      • Prussia joined with Austria and Russia to defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Leipzig in late 1813 and then to the final victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
      • Despite Napoleon's defeat, some of the changes he had brought to Germany during the French occupation were retained. As a result of these reforms, some areas of Germany were better prepared for the coming of industrialization in the nineteenth century.
    • History cont…
      • The Rise of Bismarck and the Birth of the Second German Reich
      • Struggle between Austria and Prussia for supremacy in Germany continued, reaching its climax in the defeat of Austria in the Seven Weeks' War (1866) and the formation of the Prussian-dominated North German Confederation (1867). The architect of this new German unity was Otto von Bismarck, a conservative, monarchist, and militaristic Prussian prime minister.
      • After King Wilhelm I & Bismarck, under Wilhelm II Germany got diplomatic
      isolation and the disastrous defeat in World War I (1914–1918).
      • Added to this were a crippling currency debacle, a tremendous burden of reparations, and acute economic distress.
    • Post-war Germany
      With consent of victorious countries, guiding principles of the Allied Control
      Council was of Germany's complete disarmament and demilitarization, destruction
      of its war potential, rigid control of industry, and decentralization of the
      political and economic structure.
      For purposes of control, Germany was divided into four national occupation zones.
      The city of Konigsberg (now Kaliningrad) and its adjacent area was transferred
      to the USSR.
      The U.S., Britain, France, and the Benelux countries agreed to set up a German
      state comprising the rest three Western zones.
      The USSR reacted by clamping a blockade on all ground communications
      between the Western zones and West Berlin, an enclave in the Soviet zone.
    • West & East Germany
      The Federal Republic of Germany was proclaimed on May 23, 1949, with its capital
      at Bonn. In free elections, West German voters elected the Christian Democrats.
      The East German states adopted a more centralized constitution for the
      Democratic Republic of Germany, put into effect on Oct. 7, 1949.
      The Western allies declared that the East German Republic was a Soviet creation
      undertaken without self-determination and refused to recognize it.
      In 1955 under an agreement, West Germany and Italy became members of the
      Brussels treaty organization created in 1948 & renamed the Western European Union.
      West Germany also became a member of NATO.
      The division between West Germany and East Germany was intensified when the
      Communists erected the Berlin Wall in 1961.
    • Berlin wall falls, Germany reunifies
      Helmut Kohl of the Christian Democrat Party became chancellor in 1982.
      The fall of the Communist government in East Germany left only Soviet objections
      to German reunification to be dealt with.
      On the night of Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall was dismantled, making reunification
      all but inevitable.
      In July 1990, Kohl asked Soviet leader Gorbachev to drop his objections in
      exchange for financial aid from (West) Germany.
      Gorbachev agreed, and on Oct. 3, 1990, the German Democratic Republic
      acceded to the Federal Republic, and Germany became a united and sovereign
      state for the first time since 1945.
      A reunited Berlin serves as the official capital of unified Germany
    • Religious Tradition
      Church Tax
      North East – Protestant
      South & West Catholic
      Non Religious – Hamburg & East German
      Jewish Population
      Substantial Muslim minority
      31% - Roman Catholic
      33% - Protestantism
    • German Dish
    • Meat
    • vegetables
    • Potatoes
    • sauce
    • Cuisines
      Similar to English and American
      Cooking Styles – (The Netherland, France, Poland, Austria)
      Sausage is the most famous food product
      Available in Restaurants
    • Typical German Food
      • Apple strudel
      • Apple pie
      • Beer
    • Natural Environnent
      Main & Lahn  Rhein
      Fulda  Weser
      Taunus, Westerwald, Vogelsberg (highlands)
      Darmstadt  Mannheim (flatland)
      It is the part of Germany with the most different landscapes in one area
      There are hills and flatlands in every type. Also there are many forests
      Taunus one of the warmest region in Germany
      Vogelsberg rainy and rough weather
    • Modern Life
    • Modern Life(Cont…)
    • Dance in Germany
      Renowned for dancing as it consists of 250 ballet companies & more than 1600 dancers employed by theatres.
      Dominated by traditional classical approach.
      “Tanz-Theatre”- most popular dance form
    • Music: A Vibrant Spectrum of styles
      Krautrock, Hamburger Schule, Volksmusik, Classical, Trance & German Hip-hop.
      More Music forms came into existence during World War I & World War II.
      First form of German pop music was Cabret.
      Beethoven , the famous German music legend
    • One in three Germans belongs to Sports Organization
    • Features of German Sports
      • Autonomy-free from Govt. Intervention
      • Sponsoring sports through 91000 German Sports association (non profit organization)- Not liable to tax
      • Federal Youth Games Festival held annually from 1951 to develop young’s people interest in sports
      • Youth Trains for Olympia is a school team event to promote co-operation between schools and sports club
    • Football/Soccer
      Most popular
      2 million play just for fun
      Interest was only about a 100 years ago.
      Bundesliga (Federal League) is the highest level league
    • Men’s World Cup
      Sponsored by ADIDAS
      Won first title in 1954
      Has won 3 world cup titles
      1954 vs. Hungary
      1974 vs. Netherlands
      1990 vs. Argentina
    • Women’s World Cup
      More popular than Men’s
      Champ 2003
      Renate Lingor, up for the FIFA Player of the Year (12/18)
    • Cycling/Radsport
      Jan Ullrich was first winner for Germany in 1997
      No German winner ever since the race started in 1903
      He finished second in 1996. Finished 4th in 2005
    • Winter Olympics
      From the first Winter Olympics to 2002, Germany is ranked first.
      Germany hosted its first and only Winter Olympics in 1936.
      Supposed to host in 1940, but was cancelled because of WWII
    • Summer Olympics
      From the first Olympics to 2004, overall Germany ranks third.
      Hosted two Summer Olympics 1936 Berlin and 1972 Munich.
    • Work Hierarchy
      The basic German business structure is highly hierarchical with strongly defined roles.
      “TOP DOWN” approach prevalent.
      Senior management makes the strategic decisions, while middle and lower management are responsible for operational day-to-day management.
      The proper term for German "teamwork" is probably "consensus-seeking"
    • Work Structure
      Deep seated rules and regulations.
      Believe in “time is money”.
      Very clear defined roles.
      Averse to the "open-office" principle
      Greater “power distance”.
      Difficult to bring “social change”
    • Work Structure Cont…
      Likes to work in teams. Roles clearly defined and leader authority is final and he/she has the last call.
      Direct communication is valued. Don’t hesitate to tell a distinct “NO” if not happy with other’s work.
    • Work Management
      Way to address
      Corporate attire
      Making appointments
      Entertainment for business success
    • Way to address
      First names are usually reserved for family members, as well as friends and close colleagues
      The highest ranking person enters the room first, regardless of gender or age
      Professional rank and status in Germany are largely determined by the individual's achievements. Therefore, if you come from a highly hierarchical culture
    • Corporate attire
      Germans tend to dress in more conservative, muted colours, both in business and social environments
      Suits are seldom worn by clerks and other office staff, and are standard dress for only managers at the upper levels.
      On a daily basis that Germans tend to “dress up” much more than North Americans.
    • Making appointments
      Never underestimate the importance of punctuality
      Make your appointments well in advance
      Preferred times for business appointments are between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. or between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Avoid scheduling appointments on Friday.
      Germans generally have six weeks of paid vacation. Therefore, be prepared to take this into consideration when making appointments
    • Negotiation
      When designing your card, keep in mind that German businesspeople will want to learn as much about your background and qualifications as possible
      Rational reasoning is the cornerstone of business negotiations and communication. personal feelings and relationships cannot be relevant to business negotiations, as this can compromise the fairness or integrity of the deal.
      German businesspeople are traditionally less impressed by glitzy advertising illustrations, and memorable slogans
    • Negotiation cont..
      Personal matters are not to be discussed during business negotiations
      Decision-making in German business culture is slow, protracted, and every detail relating to your proposal will be painstakingly examined
      Interruptions are also quite common if the other person has the feeling you are getting off topic
    • Entertainment for business success
      Breakfast meetings are not part of German business culture.
      Lunch is the primary meal for business discussions and is usually served from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m
      The person who extends the invitation will be the person who pays
    • Conduct
      Giving compliments is not part of German business protocol and Compliments, especially from strangers or very casual acquaintances can, in fact, be taken with suspicion
      Group harmony and the other's “face” are generally secondary to individual needs and comfort.
      Substantial gifts are not usual, and certainly not before a deal has been reached if you don't want your intentions to be misinterpreted
      Fine chocolates can also be an appropriate gift when you are invited to a home.
        An elegant, tasteful silk scarf can be an acceptable gift for the lady of the house
    • THANK YOU !!!