Russia And Eastern Europe Nations
Russia and nations in Eastern Europe share characteristics of western societies and non western societies, but do not fit in any group. Russia and Eastern Europe nations have a different value system from other countries. They have a collectivist value system. The society gives collectivism priority in the society. On the other hand, western societies encourage individualistic culture. The countries encourage individuals to work individually instead of team work. They also emphasize on achieving individual goals instead of collective goals or common goals.
Russians are open hearted and generous. Russians do not fear communicating to strangers. In addition, people in western societies do not communicate to strangers and not generous. They prefer to keep quiet instead of communicating to strangers in public places. Russians and people in western societies differ in terms of work orientation. Western people are work oriented, unlike Russians. Russians do not work hard like people in western countries. Thus, the characteristics have made Russia and Eastern Europe countries different from western countries (Kolsto, 2005).
The population of Muslims in Germany has increased to 4 million. Muslims account 5% of the population. However, Germany treats Muslims as foreign as they consider them a threat to the country security. They link Muslims with terrorist crimes, oppression of women and intolerance. Germans have erected various cultural barriers against Muslims including marriage, religion and gender equality. Muslims should state their views regarding gender equality, religion and marriage in order to be allowed to live in German. Younger Muslims are more religious than their parents because they have had the opportunity to practice their religious beliefs and tradition. Germany has constructed many mosques to encourage Muslims to exercise their religious beliefs. Germans treat Muslims as foreigners when getting immigration documents such as passports. The Muslims should answer various questions related to gender equality, marriage and religion before getting the documents. Muslims in France and Unite states do not face such challenges (PBS, 2012).
PBS. (2012). Muslims in Germany. Retrieved from http://video.pbs.org/video/1559885543 on 28/09/2012
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