If I were to do an international assignment I would choose to go to Germany. When comparing Hofstede’s cultural dimensions, one can see that Germany’s culture has similarities to that of the US. Even though the cultural, economic, and political environment has more socialistic traits than the US they are still a capitalistic country that fosters individualism. While people pay higher taxes and receive more social benefits the people are focused on self-actualization and independence from the government. In terms of power distance, it is relatively low over there. Germany has a strong middle class and people value being in control over their careers and the state’s politics. I think that Germany has a masculine culture because people are competitive and focus on high performance and success however, they also have some feminine cultural traits because many people also focus on the quality of life, and because of the socialistic policies, I feel like they care about the collective good more than US culture. Like in the US there is some certainty avoidance in German culture as they have strong laws and policies to ensure order and avoid issues within society. Germany has a long-term orientation, they have a history of quick societal change and adapting to social situations, this is different from the US where it is very hard to make societal changes.
Of course, when looking at other aspects than Hofstede’s cultural dimensions, there are many differences between Americans and Germans. Since there are many different cultures even within countries, we can only make assumptions based on stereotypes. That said, German people are portrayed as very direct and strong characters and have different social expectations than (west coast) Americans. while they do focus on their success, they seem to be more focused on living their lives outside of work compared to Americans whose lives often seem to focus on their jobs. They also have different health and education systems, and they have different views on nutrition and exercise.
Considering all of the above, I would focus most on the financial differences that come with living in a more socialistic country because you have to see which social class would apply to you when moving to Germany and then consider the tax bracket, you’d fall in. next I would focus on the social differences as they seem to like making it hard to adjust for someone not used to the culture.
In the end, I would probably choose to take the opportunity to come here because of the high quality of life and very good social benefits. Especially if I had children I would like to move there because they receive free education and universal healthcare. I am a very adaptive person and belive that I could adjust to the social changes of the move, and I would support my family in doing so as well.