So I am an industrial design major that has never been out of the midwest. I am looking for a new country to learn the language first, then possibly take classes there/take an internship/possibly live there for awhile. I am planning on leaving in two years and living wherever for at least 6 months. My top three choices are Germany, Japan, or Sweden. Obviously they are some of the best countries in terms of Industrial Design history and opportunities. I really want to go into furniture design so all three countries are excellent at that. I have taken a couple years of German and would say I am good enough to have basic conversations and write basic essays... So if Germany is the option I definitely already have my foot in the door to learning the language. However, this is a once in a lifetime decision so I want to decide which one will grow me as a person the most. I'll be honest, one of the reasons I kind of want to go to Japan is I have the yellow fever. Besides that I love Japanese food and their culture fascinates me... Plus I think industrial design in America is way more influenced by Europe than it is Japan, so I think if I came back to the USA I would have a somewhat unique perspective on woodworking, furniture design, and design in general. But I have heard from multiple accounts I will always be an "outsider" in a way and known as "the white guy" and most likely won't be able to find a good job unless I really prove myself. Sweden interests me because obviously their furniture design is some of the best in the world. I also love the cold, snowy months of the year and I have seen the country and it is beautiful. Absolutely stunning the way the Scandinavians take care of their environment. The only problem I see here is the cost of living in Sweden is quite high. Germany on the other hand, wow. Some of the best industrial designers in the world are from Germany, and as everyone knows it is a world power in terms of trade and industrialization. I already know the language somewhat, and Germany was the original plan because my parents have been both pushing me to go somewhere to try and go out and experience the world and Germany was just the decision off the top of my head at the time. I admittedly don't know much about any three of their cultures except for the basics. Could I get some advice from anyone that has any clue what they are talking about? Travelers, natives, people that stayed there for awhile, anyone? TL;DR, Want to live in a place for 6 months, which country would work best for a white male with an industrial design/furniture design career?