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Dating In Deutschland: How To Find Your Perfect Partner In Germany

Wednesday September 05, 2018 (13:57:13)

Dating can be confusing no matter where you are. Now double that confusion; you’re dating in Deutschland!

So confusing is the courtship here that there is even a song about it.   more ...

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Maternity Leave In Germany: Know Your Rights

Thursday August 16, 2018 (08:33:44)

There are plenty of obstacles to navigate when becoming a parent, but starting a family as an expat in a foreign country can sometimes be that bit more overwhelming. What exactly are you entitled to in comparison to back home when it comes to maternity leave, childcare costs and other factors that revolve around family life?   more ...

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How To Gain German Citizenship For Your Child: A Guide For Expat Parents

Wednesday August 08, 2018 (16:31:09)

Between the subclauses and strange stipulations, it’s easy to get lost in the rules around German citizenship for children of expat families. The good news is that this guide will outline everything you need to know about citizenship if you have, or plan to start, an international family in Germany.   more ...

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Kindergeld: A Guide To Child Financial Allowance In Germany

Wednesday July 11, 2018 (11:43:25)

Like much of the Western world, Germany has struggled with low birth rates. It is a problem that the country has dealt with in typical German fashion: systematically and sensibly. For decades, Germany has been developing and implementing family-focused policy in a bid to entice residents into having more children; a strategy which means that today, Germany is among the best places in the world to raise a family. Germany’s population agrees; 2016 saw the highest fertility rates in the country since 1973.   more ...

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Romance And Red Tape: A Guide For Expats Getting Married In Germany

Monday June 18, 2018 (08:34:41)

Marriage: where romance meets red tape. Whether for love or visas, marriage is a subject that eventually comes up for many long-term expats in Germany.

In line with Germany’s enduring badge of baffling bureaucracy, performing the holy union here is hardly simple. This is especially true when one or both partners are not from the country. That being said, it is a well traversed path (and for many, the most direct route to a residency permit) so with the help of this guide, your journey towards matrimony will be completely manageable.   more ...

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What You Need To Know Before Retiring To Germany

Friday May 11, 2018 (10:47:34)

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm” — Aldous Huxley.

Retiring to a different country can be a way of sustaining the kind of enthusiasm Huxley was talking about; a way of ushering in a life where newness is the norm, not the anomaly.   more ...

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How To Drive In Germany: An Expat Guide

Monday April 30, 2018 (09:45:51)

Driving in Germany isn’t a cheap thrill, it’s a luxury. It won’t take long to notice that everything from cars to the roads themselves are impeccable. And it doesn’t end there; German people think of driving as an extravagant activity rather than a standard mode of transport.

Learning how to drive and getting a license in Germany is a long, expensive affair that includes 25 to 40 hours of professional driving instruction and 12 hours of theory, and can cost up to €1700. That is to say, when Germans are on the road, they are serious about driving.   more ...

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Challenges Expats Face In Germany And How To Address Them

Tuesday February 13, 2018 (09:24:31)

“If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”
― T.S. Eliot

Of all the sentences T.S. Eliot wrote, this one might be most relevant to the expat experience. As an expat in Germany, you may often feel that you are in over your head. Reinventing your career, your networks and your expectations while learning a new language can feel overwhelming, to say the least. However, with every challenge comes growth. These challenges may make you a stronger and more perseverant person than you were before you arrived.   more ...

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How To Enjoy Your First Expat Christmas In Germany

Friday December 08, 2017 (11:08:21)

Germany is the birthplace of many of our most beloved Christmas traditions. The country oozes festivity throughout December with Christmas markets, fairy lights, and the scent of mulled wine floating down the streets.

Enjoy your first expat Christmas in the country by getting acquainted with the local traditions– Germany has got Christmas down to a fine art.   more ...

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What To Do In Your First Month In Germany

Friday November 17, 2017 (13:07:01)

During your first month in Germany, you may feel as though you’re caught in a series of confusing red tape mazes. In Germany’s specific brand of bureaucratic orienteering, sequential order is everything. This article is a step by step guide, helping you to navigate this potentially tricky time.   more ...