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    Depends what stereotypes and remember some stereotypes are just ideas foreigners have about a certain country.

    I definitely don't fit the Bavarian beer, costume and joy stereotype.

    Some stereotypes I do fit in some way:

    - not a small talker
    - not a loud mouth
    - not overly friendly to strangers
    - not easily offended
    - pretty straightforward, I don't like sugarcoating things or beating around the bush
    - hardworking, life has left little choice about that
    - protective of my family
    - not the most "romantic" person around

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    I'm pretty stereotypical for Bavaria/Austria. More emotional than Northern Germans. Sometimes raging. I like beer, fruit schnaps, Whiskey (Chivas Regal 18 years & Lagavulin 16 years ftw ) and good food. Winter fan, outgoing, direct and vivacious.
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    I hate cold, i start freezing under 22 degrees.
    Im lactose intolerant, i don't get sun burned, i don't drink.

    Not very stereotypical lol.

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    I'm rather typical of my kind. I have still attended Anglican and Methodist services, voted Republican as the equivalent of Liberal/Labour, worked in both agriculture and industry like my ancestors in England. There are parallel lives being lived between Britain and America.

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    I'll use Wikipedia's list of American stereotypes.

    Generosity
    I suppose so.

    Optimism
    I don't see myself as particularly optimistic--I'm certainly pessimistic about the future of the world, but in an actual day-to-day sense I keep a mostly positive outlook. In fact I sometimes see a strain of pessimism in foreigners that seems distinctly, well, foreign.

    Hardworking
    Yes.

    Obesity
    No, I'm rather far on the opposite end of the spectrum.

    Obsession with guns
    Nope. Never owned a gun nor shot one. I value upholding the Constitution but I believe the 2nd Amendment is outmoded. I wouldn't be opposed to increasing restrictions on gun ownership, especially considering the malcontents our society tends to breed these days.

    Materialism, over-consumption and extreme capitalism
    Not at all.

    Lack of intelligence and cultural awareness
    The fact I'm on this forum should answer this one.

    Racism and racialism
    Heh. See above. Although I'm not racist in the stereotypical way that has given Americans this reputation.

    Environmental ignorance
    I wouldn't say so.

    Arrogance and boastfulness
    I'd probably be called modest before either of these.

    Military zeal
    No. I despise the neo-conservatism that has come to dominate conservatism in America.

    Others not listed:
    Religiousness: Raised Catholic but I'm not religious. I'm agnostic if I had to pick a description of my beliefs.
    Loudness: Another thing I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum on. I'm introverted.
    Sports: I do like American football, although it's third behind basketball and soccer for me, and I dislike baseball.
    Food: I like cheeseburgers and other stereotypically unhealthy American food.

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    I despise brown cheese, which makes me sort of an oddball in Norway. I've neither been much into winter sports, besides taking the occasional cross country trip when the conditions allow it. Other than that, I consider myself to be the epitome of Norwegian-ness, for better and worse.
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    I'm a cross between Yankee and Virginian. Traditionally speaking, I'd rather be a Southern Republican Unionist than a Northern Democrat Copperhead. I'm only 1/4 Virginian and my maternal great-grandfather was elected GOP during the New Deal era. My maternal grandmother married a Yankee husband. I happen to live in the South and have intermarried with Democrats who hate Republicans. I can't say that the parties have switched in reality--that's just rhetoric.

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    The stereotype for the average common German
    is probably changing in our current times.

    The former sterotypes were High Quality Made in Germany,
    the Germans would live to work , while the French would work to live,
    and that everything Bavarian would apply to the common German populace.

    I am not aware of anything of high quality;
    Germany might merchandise with technical drawings and licenses,
    but otherwise imports high quality from East Asia.

    The Germans became a folk of chronically liars as the Diesel Scandal around
    the exhaustion cleaning in the automobile industry says it all.


    As a former poster suggested, I looked up Google for 'german stereotypes' ,
    and wikipedia has a page too : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stereotypes_of_Germans

    One of the stereotype is
    Due to collective guilt attributed to Germany and the German people for perpetrating the Holocaust
    and starting World War II, Germans are often stereotyped as Nazis.
    I am not a German National Socialist sympathizer mainly because the outcome of the Second World War had been
    foreseeable after the experiences of the First World War, making the immigrant Hitler a Gambler and Salesman.

    But I do not like the current immigration situation, which in fact benefits undemocratic countries,
    exporting their genetics into our countries.

    The historical feeling being German will fade out one day,
    probably only a few very rich ones keeping it up.
    The rest of the populace will become marionettes of the financial elites.


    Picture from wikipedia :
    Mk 10:18 What do you call me a good master, no-one is good .

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    I'm quite a complex person; typically English in some ways but not in others. I tend to keep my emotions to myself, wait paitently in a queue, say 'sorry' when something is not my fault and watch garden birds. But I don't drink tea (or coffee), I don't like class snobbery, I'm not very materialistic and my politics is quite idealistic - not pragmatic like the English stereotype.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aelfgar View Post
    I'm quite a complex person; typically English in some ways but not in others. I tend to keep my emotions to myself, wait paitently in a queue, say 'sorry' when something is not my fault and watch garden birds. But I don't drink tea (or coffee), I don't like class snobbery, I'm not very materialistic and my politics is quite idealistic - not pragmatic like the English stereotype.
    Let's see, I am very reserved (but, like Northerners I guess, like and highly respect bluntness and directness. I like to think I am not as stuck up or as uptight as a lot of people from the South East). I rarely show any emotion, and people who are incapable of controlling their emotions completely repulse me, so I guess I am the "stiff upper lip" type as well. I have a lot of love for rural crafts and country cooking, I like to think I am a connoisseur when it comes to tea and ale, and I honestly think English food is one of the best cuisines out there (or broadly speaking British food, as Irish people eat pretty healthily). I am also I guess unashamedly elitist, I can't stand sickeningly middle class people, and dim-witted, shallow and extremely pretentious middle class types, but certain types of blatant and unapologetic snobbery I can kind of respect and relate to a bit. I guess a lot of this boils down to cultural/social conservatism, and a "cultural" class snobbery.

    However, I don't complain about the weather really unless it's extremely hot, I love cold and don't really like the heat (but try to enjoy the Summer and keep busy outdoors all the same). Many English people complain about the weather ALL THE TIME, regardless of what it's doing. When it's winter it's too cold and too wet, as soon as it reaches Summer it's too hot and too dry, or too bright. English people are impossible to please. I am not. I like proper seasons, and I am just fine with the cold seasons. If you don't like cold weather dress warm, or even better, do some work then you won't get cold in the first place.

    Also the more I here about Scandinavians the more I feel I can relate to them (despite having not got round to going myself yet). Perhaps friendlier than us Southerners, sure, but from what I here they like a lot of personal space and solitude, and peace and quiet. I guess other Nordic people in general have a reputation for being very blunt and direct, again something I respect a lot, but don't always practice (I do sometimes, though).

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