Leaving aside Germans who do not drink beer and have never been to the Oktoberfest, let me tell you more about some other interesting facts I have found out about Germany.
There is a bunch of words in German language that start with Sonntags… Personally, I like the following three:
A child that was born on Sunday. Some people say, those children have more luck in their lives in comparison to the others.
In the past, only rich people could afford eating meat more than once per week. For poor people meat was something special. They could afford having luscious roast meat on Sundays from time to time only. At present, the word Sonntagsbraten means an especially tasty and appetizing meal.
Is an inexperienced, insecure driver. Someone who drives not very often (e.g. on Sundays).
So, how many liters of beer, do you think, is sold in Germany every year?
51.8 million hectoliter (1 hectoliter is about 100 liter)!
Per capita it is about 95 liter for a man and 14 liter for a woman pro year.
Impressive, isn’t it?
How many kilograms of bread is eaten in Germany every year?
One person eats about 85 kg (187 pounds) of bread per year!
How many minority languages exist in Germany?
There are 6 (I think that’s more than a few) of them: Nordfriesisch, Saterfriesisch, Dänisch, Sorbisch, Plattedeutsch, Romani.
Das Glücksschwein und vierblättriges Kleeblatt
are the lucky symbols in Germany. You can see many souvenirs with pink mini-pig and four-leaf clover all around Germany.
If you hear anyone says ‘Du Glückspilz!’ he/she means ‘Lucky you!’. Der Fliegenpilz is another symbol of luck that can be seen on many souvenirs/cards.
It is important to remember about a dot when it comes to ordinal numbers in German.
1 = one 1. = first
2 = two 2. = second
18. = eighteenth and so on
For example, American date format 01/25/88 or January 25, 1988 in German will be written as: 25.01.1988 or 25. Januar 1988
DD.MM.YYYY format is used in Germany.
Consumer spending statistics
Finally, how do you think what Germans like/have to spend the money on?
Most of their money Germans spend on Miete (+ Strom, Wasser, Heizung). The majority of Germans prefer to rent an apartment rather than to buy one. They spend 25.8% of their money (per month) on rental costs.
12.8% of a monthly salary go to having an Auto. Germans are proud of their cars and do not mind spending money on them. 12.2% of a monthly income is spent on Nachrungsmittel.
The rest of the statistics in here:
9,0% – Unterhaltung
6.6% – Möbel und Haushaltsgeräte
5.8% – Versicherungen
4.9% – Kleidung
4.6% – Körper und Gesundheit
4.0% – Tabak und alkohololische Getränke
3.5% – Kommunikation
This statistics is true. It reflects the costs of living in Germany precisely. Be ready to follow the same pattern if you move to Germany.
P.S. The numbers I quote here are from the book Schritte Plus 4 Niveau A2/2, publishing house Hueber.