Germanic Cluster Guilt-based
Guilt-based Shame-based Shame/Fear-based

Austria

Guilt-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 101,892
Indicated Decisions 2014: 3,882
Population: 8.6 million

Switzerland

Guilt-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 83,409
Indicated Decisions 2014: 2,860
Population: 8.2 million

Germany

Guilt-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 802,782
Indicated Decisions 2014: 20,221
Population: 82.6 million

Luxembourg

Guilt-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 18,124
Indicated Decisions 2014: 833
Population: 492,000

Netherlands

Guilt-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 238,024
Indicated Decisions 2014: 11,561
Population: 16.8 million

The Germanic Cluster is made up of 5 countries

For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.

  • Characteristics of the Germanic Cluster

  • Social Control

    Guilt-based
  • Culture

    Germans are resistant to change; They have a relatively Tight culture compared to Anglos. They have had an enormous impact on the arts, such as poetry, music, and visual arts. Humanities is important in schooling and all children learn to play a musical instrument. The Germanic cultures are Individualistic, but less so than the Anglo-American culture. Uncertainty Avoidance is key; Rules and laws are made to have order in the countries. Social interactions are formal until a German gets to know you to avoid uncertainty.
    The German cluster is highly Competitive and they are focused on winning.
    Punctuality is important since to win commercially, you usually have to be punctual.
    They are Low Context in their communication because they are very direct and even blunt. Universalist and Tight culture makes multiculturalism hard, causing strife with foreign workers. Germany had many killed in the two world wars, so they are high on Uncertainty Avoidance.
  • Economics

    This cluster is an economic power group with Germany being the 4th largest world economy. In Germany, the customer is not king, rather it is our business and we do what we want. Swiss banking industry is enormous; Netherlands is small, but the 5th largest world exporter. These countries have few national resources, but are hi-tech and very efficient.
    Euro is now the currency, but has had many problems, especially in weaker economies in EU. The modern university started in Germany; They love to see a CEO with a PhD, unlike the U.S. Employees are relatively autonomous in carrying out work with lots of discretion.
  • History / Politics

    East Germany stayed very Germanic even though under Soviet domination for 40 years. Germanic countries have decentralized government with regions taking more leadership. These countries were involved in two terrible world wars in the 20th century with many killed. The European Union is an economic system that has a core goal of avoiding war again. Germany is the dominant power in the European Union, and is being resented by other nations.
  • Spirituality

    About 1⁄2 of this cluster is Catholic and 1⁄2 Protestant although Austria is very Roman Catholic. Their ethic is more Protestant due to their rigid Individualism, work ethic, and bluntness. Reformation started in Germany in 1517 when Martin Luther criticized Catholicism.
    Most people in this cluster only use religion for ceremonial reasons (births, marriages, deaths). Has brought in many Muslim workers, but this has caused strife due to cultural differences.