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Being Average in Germany

Kate Connolly in Berlin for The Observer, reports on Der Spiegel magazine’s comprehensive study into the ‘typical German’.

The average Teuton family goes on holiday for two weeks a year, mainly within Germany, although their favourite destination is Majorca. He (45 years old) is 5ft 10in, she 5ft 5in. He is invariably overweight (83.5 kg) while she (67 kg and 42 years old) has mid-length hair, has sole responsibility for running the household and likes horoscopes and diet books. They both like Harry Potter.
Their favourite dishes – and these have not changed for years, despite globalisation’s influence on the wide range of items now available – are lentils, curry wurst (sausage covered in curry powder and ketchup) and spätzle – egg pasta and schnitzel.

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