The answers of around 1,000 Austrians questioned reproduce familiar clichés. A relative majority also sees a need to improve relations between the two countries and their residents. The results are a treasure trove for a better understanding of the important relationship between close partners, commented the German ambassador Ralf Best on Wednesday. He sees favorable conditions for improving these relationships: “The better Austrians know us, the more they appreciate us. We see this as an encouragement to promote our country and our people, ”said Best.
You would Deutsche 95 percent of Austrians surveyed said that their appearance played a role for 59 percent. Encounters of Austrians and Germans The majority would take place on vacation (62 percent) and in the catering trade (52 percent). Austrians also have it with friends (72 percent), in the professional environment (64 percent) and in the family (48 percent) Germans to do. However, only 13 percent of those surveyed found their northern German-speaking neighbors extremely likeable, and seven percent extremely unsympathetic. The average sympathy was 6.1 on a ten-point scale and was therefore positive overall.
The evaluation of the German Neighbors who are perceived as thorough (72 percent), reliable (67 percent), direct (60 percent) as well as friendly and opinionated (59 percent each) also depend on social factors, according to the study: the older and more experienced in Germany, the more more positive the perception, at the same time the sympathy values also increase from west to east.
Your assessment of the Germans has not changed in recent years, said 75 percent of those surveyed. A positive change was noted by 13 percent, a negative 10 percent. A more critical perception was in particular with arrogance, loud appearance, political questions as well as with negative experiences German Tourists justified.
Not surprisingly, 35 percent of those surveyed think that Germany is the closest neighboring country to them emotionally. Italy (18 percent) and Switzerland (11 percent) follow at a considerable distance. At the same time, a clear majority (77 percent) of Germany would like it to show more consideration for smaller states and also listen more to Austria (63 percent). Around 70 percent also advocated joint international initiatives by Austria and Germany. 60 percent said the two countries should listen less to procrastinators. (APA / red)