Yesterday we had the topic “Funfacts”. So, we met at TAMK & talked about some funny facts (& sure, some things are maybe just strange & not really funny) about Germany / German people & Finland / Finnish people. To be honest, I had to look up some funfacts, because for me these things are just normal. But after I got prepared for our meeting, I found a lot of things, which may be funny to people from other countries. Some of them you can find attached:
Facts/funfacts about Germany:
- 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.
- Drinking alcohol in public is legal.
- Everything is closed on Sundays.
- Oktoberfest does not start in October.
- We don’t sing the whole national anthem.
- German law bans names that don’t denote a gender or use a family name as a first name.
- College education in Germany is free even for internationals.
- Some people from the north don’t understand the people from the south because of their dialect.
- On the first day of first grade, every child gets a giant cone filled with toys and candy.
Facts/funfacts about Finland:
- Finnish people love Sauna – there are more saunas in finland than people!
- In the north there can be -40 degrees in winter, but in the south -25 degrees & they still love ice swimming.
- People from the south speak faster than people from the north.
- Finnish people turn of their shoes when they enter a flat.
- If you wait for the bus, you stand one meter away from the other people.
- They wave hand if they want to stop the bus (otherwise the bus won’t stop).
- They don’t want to sit next to someone in the bus.
- Instead of asking if you can get out of the bus, the Finnish people just push the button to avoid talking.