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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.

Skilled trades have “golden foundations” in Germany

The benefits and setbacks of a dual education system “Handwerk hat goldenen Boden”: When choosing your career as a young person in Germany, this sentence will be thrown at you again and again. The sentiment that “skilled trade has golden foundations” is a very German reaction to societies turning more virtual, jobs becoming more technical and service industries overpowering traditional manufacturing. A strong focus on reliability and traditional crafts is typical for Germany, and it comes with a longing for maintaining the status quo. This trait has been criticised a lot, since it meant slow bureaucracy and lots of red tape for businesses, making it hard for entrepreneurs to enter the market

Grim, grimmer, Brothers Grimm: German traditional fairy-tales that everyone knows – but not in their

There are fairy-tales all around the world, and quite a few of them have been made into Disney movies, but no cultural heritage has been as successfully disneyfied as the German. Everybody knows Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White or Sleeping Beauty, and most modern kids that re-tell the stories will go for the animated version. The one that, understandably, is cleaned of sexual harassment, teenage pregnancies, mothers trying to eat their own kids, pigeons pecking out the eyes of young women and other nasty occurrences. The original stories tend to be brutal and straightforward nightmarish. A fact that the two most famous fairy-tellers in Germany were well aware of. Between the first edition of

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