Germany

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 Germany: Passports and Visas
Citizens from the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) citizens, and Swiss nationals can get visa exemptions. Citizens of certain countries may obtain a residence permit after entering Germany…

Moving to Germany: Buying a property

Most expatriates arriving in Germany for a two- to three-year assignment will rent their accommodation rather than buy. This does not put you at a disadvantage as many German families choose to rent rather than purchase their homes. However those looking to stay for longer may find buying a better option...

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

Moving to Germany: Choosing a school

For children young enough or with enough knowledge of German, attending a German public school might be a valuable educational and cultural experience. For other There are many private international schools in Germany that provide instruction in foreign languages such as English, French, or Japanese, sometimes in conjunction with German…

Moving to Germany: National Healthcare

There is both public and private provision of healthcare is Germany. Depending on your insurance category you will have different doctors available to you and will stay in different rooms during hospital stays...

Moving to Germany: Everyday living

German portions may be larger than foreigners are accustomed to, however German cuisine can offer satisfying and sophisticated dishes, based on regional specialties...

Moving to Germany: Social environment

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…

Moving to Germany: Social customs

When meeting your host or colleague, shake hands firmly. Do not expect or give a beaming smile on first acquaintance - this would be a sign of excessive familiarity. Your host may step back after shaking your hand. This is to regain personal space and not a negative response to your greeting... 

 

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