Spare time & living

  • How many hours does an average working week have?
  • What percentage of the population works as an employee, and what percentage is self-employed (including small businesses)?
  • Are company start-ups subsidised by the state, and if so, how?
  • What’s the average age that men and women retire? Can most people live on their pension or does one need additional personal savings? If so, which retirement arrangements do most people use?
  • Do most people rent in your country or do they own their house? Why is the situation like that?
  • How much does an 80 m2 apartment in the inner city cost approximately? How much is a similar residence in the countryside?
  • Does each child in a family usually have his or her own room?
  • In the evening, do people usually sit together with the neighbours in the courtyard / on the street?
  • Is it common to ask the neighbours for help (to water the plants when on holiday, etc.)?
  • Up to what age do children usually live with their parents?
  • Are grandparents an integral part of raising the kids and taking care of them? If so, how exactly do the grandparents support young families?
  • Do unmarried couples live together?
  • Are same-sex couples allowed to marry and adopt children?
  • Do women in your country mainly work part-time or full-time?
  • From what age onward do children attend child care? Which forms of child care are there? Can a family with an average income afford child care?
  • Is there after-school care for school children? If so, which ones?
  • Which religious communities are represented in your country?
  • Is religion a subject at school? If so, do parents have the possibility to withdraw their child from this subject?
  • Are religious representatives trained at state universities or at special institutions led by the religious communities?
  • At which public places do people come together (restaurants, pubs, parks, sports grounds)? How often do you meet your friends, acquaintances and colleagues?
  • Do people in your country easily come into contact with strangers?
  • How long and how well must you have known somebody before you can call him a “friend”?
  • How does the average person spend his annual holiday?
  • What are the important national holidays, and what do people do on these days?
  • What time of the year is best to visit your country? What do you recommend and why?
  • What things should visitors definitely see in your country?
  • Which cultural institutions are important in your country (theatre, cinema, exhibitions)? When were you for the last time at the theatre, the opera, a concert or an exhibition?
  • How much is a ticket to such an event? Could somebody with an average wage visit a cultural event once a week?

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