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.


Once you are settled, explore the wonders of Germany as it is a truly beautiful country and a great place for friends and family to visit! 

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Moving to the UK: Passports and Visas
For those who do require work permits, the process for securing permission varies depending on which tier (category) you fall under within the UK's points-based system. There are five tiers within the points-based system…


Moving to the UK: Climate

The United Kingdom has variable weather, that can change from day to day or even faster within any one location. It has four distinct seasons - spring, summer, autumn and winter. In winter it is colder and wetter and the days are shorter than in summer although all types of weather can be experienced in a matter of hours.


Moving to the UK: Buying a property

Although the U.K. has a smaller percentage of rental properties than most other European countries, a slump in property prices in recent years has increased the amount and variety of what may be rented, although rental prices have not softened.

Whether renting or buying, using serviced apartments can give you time to find the right property.

The World of Expats Property Search tool gives access to nearly 200,000 properties available to buy in the USA.


Moving to the UK: Choosing a school

Local schools in the U.K. are basically either state or private schools. State are public schools where a free education is available to the children of any U.K. citizen and to certain categories of foreign residents. …


Moving to the UK: National Healthcare

The British medical system is one of the best in the world. It leads in research and pioneering techniques.

Every UK citizen and many foreigners are eligible to join the National Health Service (NHS)…


Moving to the UK: Everyday living

Large supermarkets can be found in or near most major residential areas. These will provide you with all of your everyday food shopping needs, but if you are looking for something out of the ordinary you may need to find a specialty shop to cater to your needs…


Moving to the UK: Social environment

Expatriates relocating to the U.K. will be able to pursue almost any leisure activity they wish. There are numerous clubs and organizations focusing on interests such as sports, the arts and culture, outdoor pursuits, crafting, children's activities, international affairs, dining, and many others.…


Moving to the UK: Social customs

Shaking hands is common in the U.K.; when meeting someone socially or in business, it is appropriate to shake hands…


Download our Expats Guide to The United Kingdom

At World of Expats, our aim is to help you plan, move and settle in The United Kingdom with minimal fuss and upheaval so we have gathered together a range of useful information to help you relocate. From this page you can access information on buying or renting property, moving to, working and living in The United Kingdom - All of which can be downloaded in our handy Expats Guide to The UK’.


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