How do they live in Germany?
Since the times of the Great Patriotic War, our country has developed a stable image of the enemy in the person of Germany. Everything German is inevitably associated with the Nazis, Hitler, the swastika or pornography.
Few of our inhabitants know how people live in Germany, and what opinion they have when they mention Russia. In order to consider in more detail all the pros and cons of life in Germany, we turn to history.
From the history of the country
After the end of World War II, Germany was divided into two parts: the Federal Republic of Germany (Federal Republic of Germany), formed by the unification of the occupied territory of British, American and French troops. The second part is the GDR (German Democratic Republic), which belonged to the Soviet occupiers. On October 3, 1990, the GDR joined the Federal Republic of Germany.
The division of Germany in the postwar period affected the economy of individual regions and the psychology of people in particular. Germany was noticeably ahead of the GDR in terms of economic growth. It was then that the concept of "economic miracle" appeared, associated with the tremendous growth of the economic indicators of western Germany.
Currently, the welfare of the inhabitants of Germany is determined by the region of residence. In the cities of the former GDR, people still remember the oppression of the Soviet occupation, and at the mention of Russia, they subconsciously emerge the image of the enemy, characteristic of us with the word "Germans". Unemployment and life in these regions are much higher than in the south-western part of Germany. This is reflected in the nature of the people. They are not as open and cheerful as their neighbors from the borderlands.
In general, in order to get a more complete picture of this country and how they live in Germany, it is necessary to visit several cities in different parts of the country. You can start with a visit to the capital of the country, the city of Berlin. After the war, the city was first divided into four sectors, and then, like a smaller version of the entire country, was also divided in half. The erected Berlin Wall has become the border of the city, the remains of which are now a monument and attract millions of tourists from all over the world.
You can plunge into typical German traditions and see the richest lands of Germany by going to Bavaria. This is best combined with a visit to the world-famous beer festival Oktoberfest, when all residents and guests of the city wear national Bavarian outfits, and beer flows like water.
Bavaria is the most prosperous region of Germany, leading in terms of economic growth. It is here that concentrated all the centers of the German automotive industry. People here are so passionate about their lives, of which work is an integral part, which, probably, the image of a German as a pedantic workaholic came from here. Here, no one remembers that once there was a war. And if he remembers, it is only as a fact from history, and nothing more.
In Germany, everything is striking in its orderliness: public transport runs right on schedule, its capacity is organized so that even during peak hours there are free seats, the garbage is clearly sorted, and non-standard or large-sized garbage is taken to special places and utilized for an additional fee.
The amount of taxes is calculated depending on the region, marital status, length of service and a number of other factors. Everything is clear, clear, understandable and makes sense. In Germany, they even joke about the fact that marriage is a cost-effective deal for a German. Part of the budget goes to support homes for the elderly and disabled.Almost every metro station is equipped with a platform or elevator for descending and raising a wheelchair, the metro map is duplicated taking into account the absence or availability of this possibility.
Russians in Germany
The state provides support to different groups of the population depending on their status. The number of various benefits and social benefits is very large. There are free language courses for immigrants from different countries, including from Russia. How Russians live in Germany depends on the people themselves. Some prefer as soon as possible to join the German society, actively learn the language and make acquaintances with the indigenous population. But many prefer to keep “their own” and form Russian diasporas.
The number of Russian-speaking population in Germany, as well as in many other European countries, is striking in its multiplicity. And if you think about emigration and how to move to live in Germany (read more here), but are afraid to be left alone in an unfamiliar country, then in Germany this will not happen to you. And for those who are homesick, there are shops of Russian products and even Russian discos.