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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Sektsteuer, or to give it its proper name Schaumweinsteuer is a tax on some types of alchoholic drinks in Germany.  In particular this applies to Sekt – sparkling wine.

It was originally introduced in 1902 to fund the building of what is now known as the Kiel Canal and of the Imperial Navy, and was later used to provide funds to build Germany’s U-Boot fleet.  However, between 1933 and 1939 the tax was not applied in order to help the economy during the Great Depression.

The tax is still applied today.

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German Words Explained – Episode 100

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

To celebrate our 100th German Words Explained podcast, we have produced a special edition where we talk about how the podcast came about and our favourite – and less favourite – episodes.

As a special treat we have included some of the outtakes – the moments during the recording that did not go quite as planned.

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