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

"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," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Germany.

"I think the most challenging thing is the perception of German unfriendliness. The old people in German are absolutely horrible. They are by far the rudest, selfish, nasty people I have ever had to deal with. Other than that, it is a culture that really doesn't care to make small talk like in the states. I appreciate that, but some people see that as rude," commented one expat who made the move to Hannover, Germany.

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