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Germany

German Culture - A Guide For New Expats

Wednesday August 23, 2017 (09:32:44)

You might not think of Germans as quirky, but they can be. While we all know that Germans enjoy punctuality (true), paperwork (true), and practicality (true), what you might not know is that Germans also enjoy recycling and experimental mixed drinks. These might not sound like strictly cultural activities but you’ll soon find that culture lives in the little things. Throw out your famous German stereotypes, it’s time to get cosy with the idiosyncrasies and values that drive everyday life.   more ...

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Germany

An Expat Guide To Education In Germany

Wednesday August 09, 2017 (14:46:17)

With its academic tracks and its variety of schools, the German education system looks quite different to those found in the Anglosphere. That being said, the German tradition of early streaming based on predicted academic outcomes can feel quite restrictive to parents used to a more inclusive system.   more ...

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Germany

An Expat Guide To Finding An Apartment In Germany

Wednesday June 21, 2017 (16:07:02)
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Apartment hunting is always taxing, but trying to navigate a foreign system in a foreign language can be very difficult. This article will introduce you to the German system, as well as point you towards the most important resources for your house-hunt.   more ...

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Germany

An Expat Guide To Learning German

Thursday June 15, 2017 (13:39:44)
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After years as an articulate adult, regressing to the eloquence of an excited toddler can be frustrating and quietly humiliating. But it’s also worth it. There is a reason why many of the world’s greatest thinkers have worked in German. Soon you’ll be able to express the fear that time is running out (Torschlusspanik) or describe a face that just begs to be slapped (Backpfeifengesicht) in one elegant word. But it isn’t just for building incredible nouns and speaking with keen precision that German is important, it is also crucial for becoming a part of German life and culture.   more ...

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Germany

A Guide To Health Insurance In Germany

Thursday May 25, 2017 (12:20:19)
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Health insurance is one of the duller aspects of moving abroad, but in Germany it’s against the law not to be insured, so we are all legally obliged to care. The good news is that Germany has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, so after the initial push you’ll rarely have to worry about it again. But be prepared, good things don’t come cheaply.   more ...

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Germany

Germany - Recommended Social Media Accounts

Friday March 31, 2017 (15:32:58)
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At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Germany and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.   more ...

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Germany

Understanding Expat Health Insurance In Germany

Tuesday November 29, 2016 (16:20:31)
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Health insurance is compulsory as is nursing care insurance and expats looking to receive a residence permit - which they will need to access healthcare facilities - will need to prove they have health insurance before the permit is granted.

There are two types of providers, private health insurance, and state-provided insurance. The statutory insurance contributions are capped at 14.6% (until 2015 they were 15.5%) of the expat's monthly income while private insurance will cost whatever the expat needs.   more ...

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Germany

Ten Reasons Why Expats Love Living In Berlin

Friday November 18, 2016 (16:12:17)
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Located in the northeastern part of Germany, Berlin is the capital of the country and one of the major cultural centers on the continent. It is the second most populated city in the EU, with approximately six million residents from over 190 different nations. Berlin has long been a popular destination for expats because of the high living standards, affordable living costs, and excellent infrastructure it offers.   more ...

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Germany

A Newbie's Guide To Living In Berlin - Art, Culture And Cuisine

Friday October 21, 2016 (14:11:50)
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Germany is the geographical, economic and political heart of Europe. With a population of over 81 million, it is the second most populous nation in the region. Its robust economy is the fifth largest in the world. Germany’s influence can be seen in the countries that surround its territory. But the same countries have also impacted Germany in different ways. Berlin is the country’s cosmopolitan capital city.   more ...

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Germany

Ten European Weekend Trips You Can Take By Train from Germany

Thursday September 01, 2016 (13:18:50)
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Germany—the land of beer, bratwurst and the bahn! Germany has a huge and well developed network of trains that are not only punctual but also very comfortable and relatively easy on the pocket. Trains are the most-used form of long distance transport within Germany, second only to automobiles.   more ...