Enter multiple symbols separated by commas

Why are Germans seen as rude? The country explains

Jacobs Stock Photography | Photodisc | Getty Images

According to the stereotypes, Germans are first to grab the sunbeds, incapable of cracking a smile and rarely say "thank you".

In an attempt to dispel these myths, Germany has launched a series of videos explaining where the misconceptions arise from and how to do business in the country.

Germany is the euro zone's largest economy and the world's second biggest exporter, making it an attractive and important country with which to do business.

The Goethe Institute, Germany's cultural promotion body, made the video entitled "Typical German", which claims that "a German's tendency to stick to the point of a conversation" is rooted in history.

"Germany used to be divided up into lots of little separate states so each one was constantly surrounded by enemies. They could never take their safety and stability for granted so they kept themselves to themselves," the video said.

"This is why they value stability and structure so much more now. And that is why Germans never leave things to chance."

The Germans' desire to get to the point straight away, "can lead to misunderstandings", the video admits.

But the Goethe Institute video says there is a certain way to do business successfully in Germany.

"If you are well-prepared and clearly set out your business agenda at the first meeting, Germans will take what you have to say very seriously indeed."

—By CNBC's Arjun Kharpal: Follow him on Twitter @ArjunKharpal

Contact Europe News


    Get the best of CNBC in your inbox

    Please choose a subscription

    Please enter a valid email address
    To learn more about how we use your information,
    please read our Privacy Policy.

Europe Video

  • Old Greek drachma banknotes are arranged for a photograph in Athens, Greece.

    CNBC's Phil Han reports on the Athens stock exchange re-opening after being shut for five weeks.

  • US markets closely watching Greece

    Ben Lichtenstein, president at TradersAudio.com, gives the rundown ahead of the U.S. open on August 3rd 2015.

  • What would derail a Fed hike?

    Patrick Newport, U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight, says lousy job data figures over the next few months could definitely delay a rate hike from the Federal Reserve.