The Local’s top ten lists of the year

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The Local’s top ten lists of the year
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Here at The Local we are dedicated to bringing our readers an insight into Germany life – often in the form of our weekly Local List. Here's a round up of 2013's best listicles.


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Top ten über-long German words

Word nerds were shocked in June when "Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz," (meaning "law for the delegation of monitoring beef labelling") was stricken from Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania's regional law books - causing Germany to lose its longest word. The Local set out to prove there are still plenty of ridiculously over-sized compound nouns to take its place.

Six famous American quotes about Germany

Barack Obama visited Berlin in June. Though he may be a skilled orator, the US President had a hard act to follow to match the profundity of Gorbachev's "tear down that wall" and John F. Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner." We took a look at what other Americans have had to say about Germany.

Nine German stereotypes debunked

As fun as it would be to think Germans lived for drinking beer, driving fast cars and parading around in fancy leather shorts, these clichés do not do justice to life in the land of sausage. So we came up with a raft of commonly-held misconceptions about the Germans

Top 10 German superstitions

Only those who don't live here think of Germans as calm, rational people. Anyone with a passing acquaintance with the fascinating culture knows that the German psyche is a surreal labyrinth of myths, folk-tales, half-remembered statistics brought up at dinner parties, and blind faith in homeopathy.

Ten tell-tale signs that you've gone native

Do you wait religiously for the green man? Do you leave passive-aggressive notes on your neighbours' bikes? You may have been in Germany too long. We diagnosed the various stages of this serious condition.

Ten essential German etiquette tips

Pee sitting down and make eye contact while clinking glasses and you can't go far wrong. Back in May, we came up with some essential etiquette tips for those on their first sojourn through Germany.

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Germany's spookiest spots

Germany may not have embraced Halloween with the enthusiasm of other countries, but it has plenty of spooky spots. To celebrate the eerie festival, we listed the most haunted places in the country.

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Top 10 weirdest election moments

From politicians hoping to win votes through cookery videos, singing in parliament and handing out free toothbrushes while clad in a straw hat, the German election campaign has had some cringeworthy moments.

Five reasons to date a German (and five not to)

The dating game can be a minefield, particularly in a foreign country. We took a look at five reasons to woo a German and five not to.

German complaints to their expat partners

Blogger Oh God, My Wife Is German and The Local looked at ten common complaints from Germans lucky enough to fall in love with expats.



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