Work ethics vary greatly there, but Id say people are somewhat more efficient with their use of time on the job than what I've seen in North America. Uptight? Yeah, well, you can find quite a bit of that, especially in more traditional companies.
Hard-working, well, everything's closed on Sundays, most people only have one job, don't work on Saturdays either and the work ATTITUDE is what's different I think.Diligence is appreciated and honored.Uptight: we are, more so than other cultures, but that has something to do with the language as well in my opinion. Here's a good video on the language, it just sounds constrained sometimes because of the abundance of consonants.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4uQznE8BfkPersonally, I'm extremely uptight but it gets better (exponentially!) the longer I am in an environment I dislike/that is unknown and unexplored to me. I feel like that has more to do with my personality though :)
Also when I say that everything is closed, I'm mostly speaking of rural areas, never lived in a city before so can't say anything about that.
@tallandsweet: They're pretty dead too on Sundays unless you're at the Hbf.
True story haha @Avicenna
@tallandsweet Do they still have Lange Samstag there?
@zoeadams3 No, out stores are open on Saturdays for more or less the whole day. The "lange samstag" originated in the 50s I believe, but again, I don't know anything about it, maybe @Avicenna knows more?
@tallandsweet: Yeah, that's right. Until 1996, shops were only open until around 1330 on Saturdays (and 1830 during the week), except for one Saturday per month, when it was until 1800, usually the first, or during the Advent season.
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