Germany is a country in central Europe, with a very good rep for cars, football and beer, all of which I have to agree are very good. Ýes, they have also killed countless Jews and are also largely at fault for two terrible World Wars, and let me tell you something WE ARE NOT PROUD OF IT!!! NO self respecting German would ever come out and say he was proud of what Hitler did (who, by the way was from Austria) and We also don't want it repeated. Every country has a past and I think the people who are still trashing us because of it, need to realize that it was 60 years ago and most of the people who were involved in it have by now infact died of old age. Anyone in Germany who is still a Nazi (which, may I point out amounts to about the same percentage of Racist swines in England, America, poland, or any other country on the face of this planet) is not honoured by all fellow cicizens and Nazis are as hated here as anywhere else. indeed, probably more hated, because of all the horrible stuff they did and have earned us a reputation for Racism and evilness which doesn't fit into modern German society.
Despite this, contrary to what that Person from munich down there said, German people are proud to be German, but this is NOT because of the WWs but because we really d have a great country. The Music here is awesome, our football team is the best in the world (well, we think so...) and we produce amazing beer and cars for all occasions. Germany has a very "Proud to be German" feel about it, a sort of defence mechanism, whenever anyone brings up Hitler. This does NOT mean "We are proud to be german and hate all who are of a different race or belief than us and wish to kill them all." I mean, anyone living in Germany will appreciate how many turkish people there are here, and how many polish people. Without them, there would not be even nearly as many people in this beautifull country.
Another poular misconception of Germany, is that we all wear Lederhosen (thats tight trousers made out of Leather), and eat sauerkraut all day. I can infact assure you, this is not the case. the only place in Germany ANYONE wears these hideous Garments is in Bayern (Bavaria) where the only real reason they are donned, is for American tourists to take pictures of them and say they went somewhere "real traditional" .
Also, the german speaking Music market is very poular here, comprised of acts full of variety from Fler to Revolverheld to Jeanette Biedermann. The German Hip Hop scene considers itself to be "hardcore" and full of Murder, Drugs, hard youths and hoes, and anyone who listens to German Hip Hop (as a real fan) will talk about Berlin in a manner that suggests it to be the most hardcore city in the world, which of course everyone who has ever been to New York knows it is not. If you however, dare to defie them in their strong beleif that they are ard UNDEGROUNG Gangstas you will suffer seroious abuse.
The German Rock scene is dominated by non punk rockers, but is also very popular.
Me: Wrong. GERMANY!!!!!!!!!!
Berlin (3.3 millions)
-languages spoken: german, frisian, sorbian
-religions: evangelic (42%), catholic (35%), muslim (5%), and others
americans usually mistake germans (inh. of germany)for car constructors wearing leather shorts. In fact, leather shorts are not at all popular in most parts of the country and car construction is not part of the general education plan. Only few folks in Bavaria (state in the country's deep south, capital Munich) still wear leather shorts, but mostly as an attraction for American and Japanese tourists. Wearing leather shorts in northern cites like Hamburg, you may find yourself beaten up or at least laughed at, so beware! Germany is also well known for beer ("Beck's" from Bremen in the very north, "Löwenbräu" from Munich, "Holsten" from Hamburg...) great authors and soccer. (Fussball).
There is a proverb in Germany:
"Nationalstolz ist in Deutschland gerade darum so schlimm, da es nichts gibt auf das man stolz sein könnte."