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We asked expats and digital nomads what they find the most challenging about the local culture in Germany. They wrote...

"Rigid social fences, lack of ambition among working class, rigid respect of rules that drives to lack of proactivity and creative thinking," said a member in Hamburg, Germany.

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"Expats in Germany often find it difficult to adjust to the reserved demeanor of the culture, as well as the punctuality and formality surrounding day-to-day interactions. Furthermore, the strong cultural focus on rules and regulations can make it hard for expats to feel comfortable with the process of acclimating. Additionally, the linguistic barrier that often exists when communicating with locals can be quite challenging for expats who do not speak the language. Finally, the lack of small talk, which is seen as a socially appropriate way to make conversation in other countries, can present unexpected hurdles for expats," remarked another expat who made the move to Germany.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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