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German BureaucraZy

I’m starting to believe that German bureaucrats belong to some sort of cult – the paperwork cult. Its members hide in plain sight, spend hours in their filing fortresses, feed on officially approved certificates and have mental Bescheinigasms 1 every time they use their seal to stamp a document. 

Truth be told, dealing with paperwork in Germany seems pretty straight-forward, at least compared to other countries. However, the system has a catch: the daunting amount of documents, forms and certificates necessary to accomplish any task, which makes any bureaucratic procedure a highly intimidating and time-consuming experience. At times I even think that the system is so convoluted so that you give up halfway through the process. Oh, and don’t get me started on the Amtsprache 2.

I wonder if Germans have ever thought about simplifying their system. If they were to, it would go like this:

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Linguist Gone Foreign, language and foreign culture comics, bureaucracy, Germany, Bürokratie, Deutschland, paperwork cult

Linguist Gone Foreign, language and foreign culture comics, bureaucracy, Germany, Bürokratie, Deutschland, paperwork cult

Linguist Gone Foreign, language and foreign culture comics, bureaucracy, Germany, Bürokratie, Deutschland, paperwork cult, matrix

If you liked this strip, check out The Anatomy of a Beamter to unravel the secrets behind the insatiable bureaucratic monster.

 

2 Comments

  1. River

    At least one worker at any Finanzamt (German local IRS offices) has a sticker offering the much simpler alternative:
    “De-bureaucraticized tax process: How much money have you earned? Give us the money.”

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