After intense learning, we decided to do some relaxing topic related to facts and fun facts about 2 cultures: German and Finnish.
Here are the lists of facts that we discussed so far:
1, German culture:
- In German, “thanks” means no. If someone asks you “Would you like a drink?” and you say “Danke”. That actually means “No, thank you.” But if you say, “Bitte” or “Please,” that means yes. So, to recap: “Thanks” means no thanks, and “please” means no. Wish I had known this before my trip to Germany 🙁
- The middle finger is ILLEGAL. A driver can even report your license plate if they see you throwing up the one-finger salute, resulting in a lovely police letter and a fine.
- Drinking alcohol in public is illegal.
- October festival does not start on October.
- On the first day of first grade, every child gets a giant cone filled with toys and candy.
- People do not sing the whole national anthem.
- People from the north will not understand people from the south fully due to dialects.
- Other countries speak German as well.
- Different names of same food in different parts of Germany.
2, Finnish culture:
- There are more saunas than whole national population.
- Finns love coffee.
- People have to wave hands for the bus to stop.
- Avanto-ice diving is very popular.
- Skiing, ski, iceskating, snowboarding and icefishing are popular hobbies in winter.
- Personal space: 1 meter from each other please!
- It gets colder up north.