Do Germans smile enough?
I am not trying to be judgemental or berate Germany or Germans*** in any way, however, I have to agree, Germans rarely smile in public. It seems to me like they are all pissed off at the world or very, very sad. Of course, I am comparing my experiences in Germany to my life in America. Americans smile more. Yes, granted, they may be fake smiles, but I have to say it makes me feel better. I don't really expect to see more smiles on the faces of those around me during the World Cup either. It is what it is....
I found a story on Spiegel online about the subject. Here is an excerpt (click the excerpt to go to the main story) :
Germany's reputation is hardly that of a world leader -- neither in friendliness nor in customer service. Indeed, Germans themselves often refer to the country as a "service desert." But with the World Cup offering Germany a once-in-a-generation opportunity to turn on the charm for the world, the German tourism industry is desperate not to pass it up. Indeed, with the launching of several "friendliness initiatives," the World Cup has already become a powerful excuse to get Germans, and especially the dour-faced Berliners, smiling early and often.
***Disclaimer: I know there are exceptions to every rule. The love of my life is German. I am just saying that in general, on the street, Germans appear to be very mad or sad.