Cliché check

Are the French really obsessed with baguettes? Are the Germans really the most time-efficient? We take a look at the clichés across all the many nationalities in RTL Group, let’s celebrate our differences in a fun and light-hearted way. Working in a truly international environment, we are lucky to learn about other cultures, languages and traditions - embrace the diversity!

Which funfair is inaugurated with a small flock of sheep herded across it every year?

John of Bohemia, also known as John the Blind, was Count of Luxembourg from 1309 and the founder of the Fouer as an annual market for cattle, cloth, pottery and other goods. The 679th edition of the traditional Schueberfouer, starts in Luxembourg today and will run for twenty days, traditionally every year a small flock of sheep is herded across to mark the start of the funfair. The capital's traditional fair was founded in 1340 making it one of the world’s longest running fairs. Every year, it is said that around two million visitors make their way to the Fair making it one of Luxembourg’s most popular events.

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Yours, beerly

Did you know the 2nd of August is the international beer day? On this occasion, we’re taking you to Germany and Belgium.

All German beers have one thing in common: The Purity Law. This means that beer should only be produced from hops, malt, yeast and water. Depending on the mixing ratio, there are many different beers. The Germans' preference for their beer also depends on where they live. While in the north people often drink tart and strong beers, in the south light and wheat beers are particularly popular. In the east, due to the proximity to the Czech Republic, Pilsner is often drunk, while in the west it is mainly top-fermented beers such as Kölsch (Beer which is brewed in Cologne/Köln) and Alt that are drunk. Fun Fact: Kölsch is the only ‘language’ which you can drink - it is both the name of a dialect and beer.

Belgium also has a world-famous beer culture: Unesco has listed it amongst the ‘Intangible heritage of Humanity’ (no less) in 2016. The variety of beers in Belgium is also impressive: pils (regular beer), krieks (flavoured with red fruits), Trappists (brewed by Trappist monks), blond, brown, white… Belgian people have so much choice that, when they travel abroad, they could be puzzled when the café’s drink card only lists… one kind of blond beer.

A dangerously intense heatwave across much of Europe has caused record-breaking temperatures in France, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands.

Germany hit record highs, Paris broke a seven-decade record, and the temperature has also reached a record in the Netherlands.

Britain's Met Office also stated it was their hottest July day on record.

This sign on the London Underground was keeping commuters amused and provided some comical relief during their Tube journeys!

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What is Christopher Street Day (CSD)?


Did you know that the events to celebrate Pride are known as ‘Christopher Street Day’ in Germany and Switzerland. The name commemorates one of the first uprisings of the LGBT community against police assaults in New York City in a bar on ‘Christopher Street’ in 1969!


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What is the Summer Solstice?

Today the 21st of June is known the summer solstice —also called midsummer— it marks the moment when the North Pole is angled more toward the sun than on any other day of the year, resulting in the longest period of sunlight of the year for the top half of the planet.

It is most famously celebrated in Stonehenge in England. Experts are almost certain that the builders strategically placed the rocks to showcase the solstices twice a year.


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This week: Fika means a ‘coffee and cake break’ but it means so much more than that in Swedish culture, it’s a ritual and a state of mind, Swedes see it as essential to take time out to relax and have a sweet-treat and a chat with a friend. Fika cannot be experienced alone and we were surprised to discover that it is obligatory under Swedish labour law, once in the morning and in the afternoon.

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