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Germany > Health


Understanding Expat Health Insurance In Germany

Tuesday November 29, 2016 (15:20:31)
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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 ...

Germany > Living


Ten Reasons Why Expats Love Living In Berlin

Friday November 18, 2016 (15:12:17)
(c) Jean-Pierre Dalbéra on Wikipedia
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 ...

Germany > Living


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

Friday October 21, 2016 (14:11:50)
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 ...

Germany > Living


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 ...

Germany > Links


Germany - Recommended Blogs

Monday May 09, 2016 (09:46:33)

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 blogs that might be useful for expats there.

Submerged Oaks

Aaron and Meghan say that they are just an average, twenty-something married couple, but scuba-diving addicted engineers who moved from Detroit to Germany after a quick discussion aren't run-of-the-mill expats.   more ...

Germany > Living


Interview with Flavia Holman

Monday March 14, 2016 (12:09:12)
Flavia Holman
Flavia, tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be an expat.

I'm Brazilian/American and have been an expat for over 20 years now. I went to Switzerland to spend a year and as the stories go, I have only been back to visit. I've lived in England, the US and now Germany.   more ...

Germany > Education


The International Baccalaureate For Expat Pupils In Germany: Pros and Cons

Monday August 10, 2015 (13:01:00)
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Education in Germany is second to none. In the last few years, foreign students from parts of Europe and Asia have moved to this country because of the quality of education. Germany has many international educational opportunities, affiliated with various universities from around the globe, like the American Board (AP), the British Board (GCSE) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.   more ...

Germany > Living


5 Places You Might Want To Move To In Germany But Have Probably Never Heard Of

Wednesday July 15, 2015 (13:38:18)
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Germany has always been perceived as a captivating land with its majestic architecture and thriving cultural life. The great German cities of Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, as well as its smaller towns such as Regensburg and Heidelberg, are some of the most visited destinations in the world.

But there’s a part of Germany that is lesser known. These quiet destinations rarely figure in tourist maps, and they sit within the country’s hinterland like undiscovered gems.   more ...

Germany > Moving


How Immigrants Boost The German Economy, Drive Start-Up Culture

Saturday May 16, 2015 (02:19:26)

Foreigners are flocking to Germany in their thousands. In fact, the rate of immigration is now at its highest since the 90s. While much of the press surrounding this rather controversial topic may be negative, this influx is actually to thank for the country’s sharp economic growth, and in fact, Germany has come to rely on it. What with the ever-growing number of start-ups in Berlin and across the country, the term immigration is taking on a new meaning, and the future of Germany’s economy is all the brighter because of it.

“The new quality of immigration is a godsend,” CDU Minister Ursula von der Leyen professed back in 2013. “It helps our country, making it younger, more creative, and more international. Everyone benefits.”   more ...

Germany > Working


A Guide To Employment Laws In Germany

Friday May 15, 2015 (01:22:16)

Employment laws serve to regulate relations between the employer and employees. In Germany, the law makes it compulsory for employees to have written contracts with their employer. The employee’s salary, benefits, starting date and other such conditions must be included in the contract. A different type of contract is the limited term employment contract, which is used when employment is limited to a specified shorter term, such as when the job is a project. Employers can enter into any of these contracts for up to two years without restrictions. Probationary periods can last up to 6 months and employees must receive at least two weeks’ notice before employment is terminated during this period.   more ...