S: Samuel Gore
BC: kwintessentials.com | CNN.com | Bing.com
FC: Deutschland aka Germany
1: why i selected this country | Seriously? I'm wearing an Oktoberfest shirt and I listen to Rammstein. I love German culture and language.
2: facts and statistics
3: Location: Central Europe, bordering Austria , Belgium, Czech Republic Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland | Capital: Berlin
4: facts and stats | Climate: temperate and marine; cool, cloudy, wet winters and summers; occasional warm mountain (foehn) wind Population: 82,424,609 (July 2004 est.)
5: Ethnic Make-up: German 91.5%, Turkish 2.4%, other 6.1% (made up largely of Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish) Religions: Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 28.3% Government: federal republic
6: language, culture, and society | The official language of Germany is German. | Germans plan out their entire day, communicate very formally, and keep homes very clean
8: Etiquette and customs | Greetings are very formal | If invited to a gathering a small gift should be given to the host
9: Be very punctual when arriving for a gathering. do not arrive early or more than 15 minutes late | Table manners are very important. cut with fork, no elbows on table, etc. etc.
10: Business etiquette and protocol | Germans are very formal, blunt, and professional | punctuality is EXTREMELY important and there is STRICT protocol that MUST be followed
11: Be very patient when negotiating business. Germans will want to understand all details before making a decision. | Dress should be conservative and professional. Business suits, or conservative dresses
12: Germany: In the News | "Germany's Merkel is right -- multiculturalism has failed" | "Russia, Germany, France keep up pressure on Iran over nuclear program" | "German pair 'admit law-breaking,' says Iran"
14: Germany's infamous band | Rammstein is a rather infamous band out of germany known fore over the top stage performance and questionable morality. oh and fire