I don't know if it's something new in Google, or some kind of upgrade in Firefox, but suddenly Google is giving me search suggestions as I start to type into the search box. Presumably these are the most popular searches starting with the letters I've typed. It turns out this feature can be pretty entertaining so I started typing in all sorts of things just to see what would come up.
If Google is any indication, here's what everyone is apparently wondering about Germany. I'll try to provide some answers for these poor Googlers, some of whom seem quite desperately in need of more information on this fine country!
Is Germany in the EU?
Is Germany part of the EU?
Is Germany expensive?
This is all relative, of course, and it depends on where in Germany you're going, but as far as Western Europe is concerned, I'd say Germany is not expensive at all. Relative to Eastern Europe, it's expensive. If you're coming here from the US, it's expensive because of the exchange rate for US dollars, although that's been improving over the last couple of months. Of course, just how much more things cost depends on where in the US you're coming from. Everything will seem ridiculously expensive if you're from rural Illinois. From Boston, it's not bad.
Is Germany socialist?
Is Germany a socialist country?
I'm not sure what it means to be "a socialist country." Many things in Germany are socialized, for example, health care coverage. From my perhaps naive perspective, it seems that it really makes for a nice quality of life here.
Is Germany a communist country?
No. East Germany was communist.
Is Germany a good place to live?
Like any country, there are ups and downs, but my overall answer would be: Absolutely!
Is Germany a European country?
Is Germany in Eastern Europe?
No. It is centrally located. By the old political boundaries, it is in the west.
Is Germany in Western Europe?
Is Germany in UK?
Good Lord. No. The United Kingdom is a separate country.
Is Germany landlocked?
No. Germany has coastline on the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
Is Germany racist?
A country itself can't be racist, but its citizens can, and some citizens of Germany are racist. There is definitely a line between Germans and non-Germans, and that line for many may be or feel stronger if race is also involved.
Those in Germany: Would you answer any of the tougher ones differently?
Those not in Germany: Any other "Is Germany" questions floating around out there?