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Germany > Financial


An Expat Guide To Banking In Germany

Friday November 03, 2017 (13:22:10)

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 ...

Germany > Financial


A Guide To The Cost Of Living In Frankfurt

Friday November 03, 2017 (13:01:29)

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 ...

Germany > Working


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 ...

Germany > Working


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 ...

Germany > Living


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 ...

Germany > Education


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 ...

Germany > Property


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 ...

Germany > Living


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 ...

Germany > Health


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 ...

Germany > Links


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 ...