Reflecting back on my 10 months in Germany, I haven’t experienced that many cultural differences. Of course, there are always different ways of thinking in different countries, but the overall mentality is quite similar to the Finnish way of thinking. For example, last week I met a friend for dinner. I hadn’t heard from her since we agreed on the appointment two weeks before, but I knew she would show up. This would not happen in southern Europe. So in general, if Germans say/agree on something, you can count on it. I like that a lot.
But there are two cultural differences I usually mention when I get this question. The first one is bureaucracy. Oh my… How can it be this difficult to get out of this country? ;)
The second thing is drinking while eating. I’m usually the only one to buy a drink for lunch. I still don’t know how it is possible to eat a pizza for lunch without drinking anything at all. Meanwhile, they drink a lot at the office while working. This is something I have adapted to (and now I’m thirsty all the time ;) ).