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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 (10:24:31)

“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 (12:08:21)

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 (14:07:01)

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 ...

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An Expat Guide To Banking In Germany

Friday November 03, 2017 (14:22:10)

Choosing the right bank can be both stressful and tedious in equal measures. If you’re new in Germany and asking yourself if you need to open a German bank account, the short answer is yes! If you plan to earn money or rent a house in Germany, then you definitely need a German account. Most employers, companies and landlords will not do business with an international account holder.   more ...

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A Guide To The Cost Of Living In Frankfurt

Friday November 03, 2017 (14:01:29)

While German salaries may seem low for many from the Anglosphere, purchasing power is in fact quite high. This means you can attain a great quality of life in Germany for less.   more ...

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Job Hunting In Germany - A Guide For Expats

Tuesday September 19, 2017 (07:53:39)

Germany is in the midst of a powerful era. The country is the economic and symbolic centre of Europe, unemployment is low, and numerous industries are expanding. That being said, finding a job in Germany as an expat is a time consuming activity that requires a generous dose of determination, patience, and paperwork.

This article gives an overview of the jobs and opportunities open to expats in Germany, the various methods and portals you can use to search for jobs, and the documents required to apply.   more ...

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An Expat Guide To Getting A Work Permit In Germany

Friday September 15, 2017 (09:02:00)

Due to Germany’s ageing population, the government is relatively keen to have more skilled hands on the proverbial deck.

This is not to say, however, that Germany has cut out its one true love: bureaucracy. Basically, if you’re an non-EU citizen, you’re going to have to get a fair number of papers stamped on your journey into the German labour force. The upside? Germany scores pretty well when it comes to living standards, so coming here to work will pay off.   more ...