Germany at a Glance

So you are moving to Germany

A country of rich culture, precision and a sociable people.

Well, before you start here are our 10 top pieces of information for expats:

  1. Germany has 4th largest economy in the world and the largest in Europe.
  2. 100,000 Brits live in Germany, making it their 3rd most popular EU destination. There are also 108,000 US expats estimated to live in Germany.
  3. Germany’s weather is varied from one season to another it enjoys warm summers but can also experience bitterly cold winters. Rain can also come at any time of the year.
  4. EU nationals, those from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals do not need visas to live or work in Germany. All other nationalities planning to stay in Germany for more than 90 days must obtain a visa. Citizens of some countries may obtain a residence permit after entering Germany but others must apply before arriving in the country.
  5. Germans live in an orderly and regulated society where time, privacy, and possessions are respected. Public behaviour reflects these attitudes, and appropriate times for activities are designated and observed.
  6. Over 95% of the German population speak German as their first language. Minority languages include Sorbian, Romani and North Frisian but these minority groups tend to speak German too. Danish is spoken along the border
  7. Most expatriates arriving in Germany for a two to three year assignments will rent their accommodation rather than buy. Many German families choose to rent rather than purchase their homes, so this is not a huge disadvantage. However those looking to stay for longer may find buying a better option.
  8. Approximately 83 million people live in Germany. Sandy beaches border the North and Baltic seas, and the Bavarian Alps form the southern border; between are lakes, forests, plains, river valleys, castles, and beautifully preserved medieval villages.
  9. Germany’s currency is the Euro.
  10. While not considered as extreme a threat as its western Allies, due to its refusal to invade Iraq in 2003, Germany faces a similar threat of Islamic extremism as that of other western powers. They also have a threat from political extremists on the Left and Right.

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