Language & Culture
Germany’s cultural relations policy is part and parcel of our foreign policy. It supports and serves our general foreign policy goals and aspirations – safeguarding peace, preventing conflict, securing respect for human rights, promoting partnership and cooperation. In order to serve these goals, the Cultural Section of the Embassy informs the Indian public on current cultural developments in Germany and their background. It promotes dialogue, exchange and cooperation between people and institutions.
On a practical level this means to identify and arrange contacts between potential partners, to prepare visits of official delegations and to report about current developments in India.
This implies a close cooperation with the German cultural institutions and representatives in India, namely:
The Goethe Institut, known as 'Max Mueller Bhavan' in India.
The office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in New Delhi.
The German School in New Delhi.
The branch office of the South Asia Institute/University of Heidelberg in New Delhi.
The German-speaking Catholic and Protestant Church Communities of North India.
Federal Foreign Office - Culture and Intercultural Dialogue
The primary goal of German foreign policy is to preserve peace and security in the world. Foreign cultural and education policy forms an integral part of German foreign policy. Its practical implementation is largely handled by intermediary agency organizations such as Goethe Institut, The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Institute for foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) and the German UNESCO Commission.
Read about the latest events related to culture and language, both in Germany as well as in the sphere of bilateral cooperation.
Gutenberg, Dürer, Goethe & Schiller, Bach & Beethoven, Kant & Hegel, – the cultural life of Germany has a long, vigorous and exuberant tradition. Nowadays, names like painter Gerhard Richter, film director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, actress Sibel Kekilli, or fashion icon Heidi Klum, just to name a few examples, stand for a lively, many-faceted cultural scenery. Its diversity and dynamism emanate from the fruitful and liberal coexistence of all the citizens of Germany, who often come from diverse backgrounds. An outstanding highlight was the Nobel Prize of Literature awarded to German writer Herta Müller in 2009.
Basis of the Indo-German cultural exchange is the Cultural Agreement between Federal Republic of Germany and India that came into force in September 1969. The Agreement establishes the foundation of cooperation in the field of culture and education between Germany and India.
German is the mother tongue of about a 100 million Europeans and is spoken, according to estimates, by another 80 million people worldwide as a foreign language. It is the second most commonly used scientific language as well as the language of literary mastery and philosophy.
Of all sports, football is the most popular. Germany has won the FIFA World Cup four times (1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014) and has hosted it twice in 1974 and 2006. Besides, Germany also has one of the most successful women's football teams in the world. They have won the Women's World Cup twice (2003, 2007). Over the years, the Germany women’s national team has developed into one of the best teams in Europe and has won European Championships on several occasions.