I am often asked: “Is there a difference between Icelanders and Germans?” In response, I like to tell a story that I experienced one day:
I met an Icelandic woman who was married to a German and lived with her husband in Germany. A German asked the woman what she was most surprised about in Germany. The Icelandic woman replied that what surprised her the most was that she had to remove snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of her house and was responsible if someone slipped on the sidewalk and hurt themselves.
The German was shocked when they heard this. The Icelander added that in Iceland, people have known for a long time that you could slip on snow and ice and for that reason it was cleared.
Björn Eriksson, München, Germany