Date registered: Jan 2005
Vehicle: 2006 ML350
Location: Chicago, IL
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Germany Vs US. Who Comes Out On Top?
A subjective comparison of Germany and the United States
I grew up in Germany, lived there for 26 years, then moved to the United States in 1992. First I was a graduate student and now I work as a college teacher.
There are many stereotypes in Germany about life in the United States. Here I will try to compare these stereotypes to the reality in the US as I perceive it. In this comparison, I will also portrait the situation in Germany so that Americans might learn something about my country and Germans have something to criticize.
Of course, this comparison is necessarily subjective - take it as just another data point.
I am constantly generalizing here; I'm talking about "the Americans" and about "the Germans" and I'm aware of the fact that, strictly speaking, these generalizations are wrong; I'm trying to capture a hypothetical average. And not even that: just the average of my personal acquaintances mixed with some information gathered from news media. The first observation is that, in most instances, the US show a much larger variation than Germany does, so that talking about the "average" is more dangerous when referring to the US than when referring to Germany.
Since I started this page several years ago, I repeatedly noticed that the differences between America and Germany are getting smaller, a result of Germany moving in America's direction.
Topics on this page
Television and the Media
Communism and Socialism
The World of Work
Privacy and Access to Information
Canada and the Netherlands
Violence and Aggression
Influence of Religion
Selective enforcement of laws
Annoying Customs and Miscellaneous
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