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Here we will share with you in-depth information on German culture, local events and education twice a month. Please feel free to comment your own experiences and opinions on each post and let us know, which topics you would love to read about in future posts.

Your fork is female, your spoon is male: Gender is a big issue in German language and culture

When the news broke that Germany now officially recognizes a third gender in official documents, many people were surprised to see this kind of breakthrough in a country as focused on the status quo. It soon turned out that this decision didn’t do much for transgender people, as it simply recognized the fact that there are medical reasons that sometimes make it impossible to establish gender in a person. This is a very German approach: Establishing facts that have to be proven by a professional is the first step to change. Knowing this, it is hard to believe that Germany was a pioneer when it came to gender equality again and again throughout history. Soon the nation will celebrate 100 years

The football nation: Germany’s heritage of sport

The last football world cup reinstated a huge chunk of England’s pride regarding this national sport, even though it was not “coming home” at the end of the day. Germans, on the other hand, suffered a lot during these exciting weeks, because football is the all-time favourite for them, and the centre of many a town or village community on top of that. A part of this is due to the way sports is organized in Germany. A special type of organisation, a “Verein”, is the backbone of many local communities. These charitable associations deliver everything from education and physical empowerment to social interaction and support. A verein is by definition a non-profit club, not only for sports. Near

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