Liv Hambrett

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The list currently ends at 78. There have been calls to take it to 100. The entirely unexpected response to What I Know About Germans included 32,000 likes on Facebook (IMAGINE!) mentions on the Facebook pages of Stern and Financial Times Deutschland, a write up in the Tages-Anzeiger and listings on all manner of forums. Loads of comments demanded to know why the list finished at 78 and the people making these comments put forward more things about Germans that they have noticed – things which need to be on that list.

So we have decided there is but one thing to do. Extend the list. Take it to 100. Even better, hand the final 22 over to the people. Next week, all the responses will be collated and then edited by yours truly and the list will be extended and may just become the definitive anthropological document concerning modern Germany. Who knows.

So – Germans and expats living in Germany, what are things you know about Germans? Email me, tweet me, leave it in the comments. If you tweet, use the hash-tag #wikag so we can keep track of everyone’s ideas.

Let’s do this.


  1. dianasschwenk

    12 June, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    not living in Germany but….left something on twitter!

  2. davidstrachan611

    12 June, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    In Port Bou (Spain) I met this jolly vast group of German holiday makers from Dusseldorf (30 of them) and their very pleasant leader who said to me over his stein of vodka and bitter lemon, David (me) I have the fair hair (pointing at his hair), I have the blue eyes ( pointing at the aforementioned), I am verrr good German (sitting back at ease with himself and the world and with a happy smile)…

  3. agirlcalledemily

    12 June, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Pfand. Need I say more? Actually, for those who have never been to Germany, probably. For all drink bottles and cans (beer, soft drink, water, juice etc), you get a few cents back for either placing them in a recycling machine or taking them back to the place of purchase. And if you’re lazy, no, you can’t just put them with the rest of the highly organised and sorted rubbish. However I was told a few times that it’s ok to leave them in the street so that the homeless people can collect them and receive the Pfand.

  4. chris

    17 June, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    kehrwoche, schrebergärten, gartenzwerge, no speed limit on motorways, bad holiday habits involving beach towels…

    1. Liv

      17 June, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Gartenzwerge! YES!

  5. sarahsberlindiaries

    17 June, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    their incredible ability to open a beer bottle with just about anything. Have seen beer bottles opened with cola bottles, walls, railings, chairs, teeth, scissors, a refrigerator in fact, only seen an actual beer bottle opener used about 3 times by actual germans. Amazing…

    1. Liv

      17 June, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Oh my god, yes! In fact, when a German can’t open a beer with whatever is lying around (hair brush, piece of paper, vase) I accuse them of being a fake German. Excellent addition.

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