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This is an illustration of German stereotypes, mapped onto German regions and states. This map was inspired by the European stereotype thread seen on TL a while ago. The idea is to map stereotypes other countries know about Germany, as well as stereotypes Germans maintain among themselves onto the regions within Germany where you can actually find these stereotypes existing.
The map is not exact at all, and certainly not exhaustive either. I compiled the list of local and regional stereotypes that Germans like to keep among themselves through interviews with people from (almost) all over Germany. I won’t deny that the map probably reflects my South Western point of view and bias though.
I’ll drop some random bits of knowledge concerning what is illustrated on the map for the most common terms one would associate with Germany. Please feel free to ask for explanation on other terms I put on the map, I will happily explain them in more detail in the comments.
Engineering – The South-West German state of Baden-Wurtemberg produces as much industrial machinery as the United States. Dozens, if not hundreds of small and midsize businesses from BW are world market leaders in specialized machinery and industrial goods. Got a tunnel to dig through the Alps? A machine from Baden-Wurtemberg will do the job.
Cars – Also in Baden-Wurtemberg are the headquarters of Daimler-Benz and Porsche. Audi is located in BW and the neighboring Bavaria, where BMW has their headquarters as well. Volkswagen on the other hand are up North.
Beer – Beer is made all over Germany. However, partly due to the yearly Oktoberfest, Bavaria is probably most known for it, and produces more beer than all the other regions as well. Of the approximately 3000 breweries in Germany, about 600 are located in Bavaria. However every single city or town in Germany has several micro-breweries, and of course the bigger brands are available anywhere as well.
Serious – The stereotypical German seriousness and sternness you will find in the North. Being from the South I have found pretty much every foreigner who visited down here said they didn’t expect how open, friendly, and nice people in Germany are. This is also Germany’s true cultural division: It’s not so much East and West; The real difference is more between North and South, or let’s say North-East and South West.
Rammstein – The band Rammstein is something many foreign people associate with Germany. The band’s name originates from the South West German city of Ramstein, home of the 2nd largest US military base in Germany. In 1988 the world’s deadliest airshow disaster happen on Ramstein airbase, when 2 jets collided mid-air and crashed into the spectator area, leaving 70 dead. The band is named after the disaster, and their song "Rammstein" refers to it.
Sausages - Okay this one was not easy to place. I really don't know where the idea comes from that Germany eats sausages all day. The German state Thuringia is known for their supposedly outstanding sausages so that's where I placed the item on the map. Other than that Germans eat not more sausages than Americans eat hot dogs.
Random bits of knowledge about Germany
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