Greetings, arguments, but also party! This is how Berliners think about their neighbors
"Good neighborhood!" Just a phrase to move in or is there more behind it? And if so: How should the coexistence be in the best case, what exactly is a good neighborhood?
Accordingly, the capitals do not have the same greeting among neighbors. Only 70 percent of Berliners find this important - the lowest nationwide! It is quite different next door in Brandenburg, where 91 percent make a point of greeting each other. And thus even more than the national average (87 percent). Greetings are most important to the people in Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania (99 percent each) and in Saarland (97 percent).
As for the desire for occasional discussions with neighbors, the Berliners (79 percent) are again in the national average (80 percent) and ahead of Brandenburg (74 percent).
In return, significantly more Märker (74 percent) than Berliners (63 percent) value a friendly relationship with their neighbors. This wish for friendship is most pronounced among the Saar countries (98 percent) and Saxony (89 percent). The national average is seven out of ten Germans (69 percent). Men (73 percent) indicate more often than women (65 percent) that they want to maintain a friendly relationship with neighbors.
Celebrate together instead of lonely: Neighborhood festivals are very popular with Berliners. According to the study, 65 percent would like such festivities - and thus significantly more than the national average (53 percent). Incidentally, this desire to celebrate is most pronounced among the Saar countries (74 percent) and Saxons (70 percent), least in Saxony-Anhalt (40 percent) and among Brandenburgers and Hamburgers (41 percent each).
While around the same number of men (53 percent) and women (52 percent) have neighborhood festivals, there are clear differences depending on their age. A mere 38 percent of 14 to 29 year olds are in favor of this. It is most in the age group of the 40- to 49-year-olds (63 percent), while in the 60-plus generation the desire drops again (52 percent).
But it is not only celebrated, but also grafted. Nationwide almost every second (46 percent) has had a dispute with his next door. This was the result of a Forsa survey at the end of 2017 for Gothaer insurance.
The most frequent reason for the dispute was noise (74 percent), followed by anger about incorrectly parked cars (53 percent) and neglect of duty, for example when cleaning stairwells or pushing snow (52 percent).
In the worst case, neighborhood disputes end up in court - in Berlin, however, less and less in recent years. In the record-breaking dispute in 2014, 262 cases were still judged in the capital, in 2017 there were only 171 and 143 by the end of the third quarter of 2018.
“There are seven tenants in our house and we have all known each other for a long time. We greet and talk very regularly. This year we have had a neighborhood party for the first time, next year there will be another. It's nice to be able to eat, drink and dance with your neighbors. There are actually no disputes. "
“I have been living in an apartment building in Mitte for a year. I know two of my neighbors, the others hardly. Next to my apartment, I think there is an Airbnb, because different people come and go every day. Neighborhood is not so important to me anyway. In my courtyard I can look into a lot of apartments, others into mine, nobody has curtains. Once I was sitting on the balcony with a woman on my first date and we heard loud moans from an apartment in the courtyard. My appointment was so great that she wanted to have sex on the balcony straight away. That's what we did. It doesn't matter who sees it. Are only neighbors. "
Elfriede: “Although a lot of new people are moving in with me at the moment, we all greet them kindly. I have lived in the same apartment since 1982. In our neighborhood you still ask how it works and inquire if you haven't heard from each other for a long time. It still works very well in Tegel. It's still a real neighborhood. ”Marianne:“ My neighbors take me shopping once a week. The relationship between us is very good. I have been living in the same house with some of them for more than 40 years. When there are 50, we celebrate golden wedding. I don't want to move out of my neighborhood just because of the neighbors. "
“The neighborhood has become relatively anonymous in recent years. Many of the people who lived here for a long time are moving into the bacon belt. There are regular tenant changes in some apartments. Still everyone greets each other. I have lived here since I was born, so for more than 30 years. I've never been to a neighborhood party. The tourists definitely celebrate more here than we do. ”
“My family has been living in Mitte for three years. In our house we know everyone who doesn't really know the other neighborhood. But that's normal in the big city, I think. At least you get to know the tenants in your own house when you accept mail for each other. There is also a family among us. Children are always a very good starting point to get to know each other better. We had planned to have a barbecue together in the summer. Unfortunately, nothing has come of it. Maybe we can make a mulled wine in winter. ”