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Germany – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Thursday April 30, 2015 (16:15:58)

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 bloggers who write about living there.

The Erlangen Expat
https://theerlangenexpat.wordpress.com

A blog that ranges across a wide variety of topics useful to new expats, The Erlangen Expat discusses life in Bavaria. The various sections accessible from the main menu at the top of the site will provide useful insights into different areas of expat life: 'Learning German' takes you through the different ways of learning the language, from short courses to language schools to smartphone apps.   more ...

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Germany

Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before Moving To Germany

Friday March 27, 2015 (01:23:39)

Expats in Germany will find that life in this cosmopolitan and inventive society is anything but dull. Germany is a highly modernized nation with a rich heritage and great regional diversity. But whether you are moving to Germany for a new job, retirement or personal reasons, the following questions will help you determine if you are making the right decision at the right time.

Is it affordable?
Making such a big move is exciting, but you need to consider practical matters such as your financial situation. Will you be able to afford the move and daily life in Germany thereafter? The cost of living in Germany is considered high, especially in the major cities.   more ...

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Germany

5 Good Reasons You Should Move To Germany (And 1 Reason You Shouldn't!)

Saturday March 07, 2015 (05:21:23)

Germany has consistently placed high in expat polls and is considered to be one of the best places in the world for expats. It has a strong economy, very low crime rates, and a stable political system. It is normal for expats to feel safer in their home countries, but in a recent expat poll, 80 per cent of the participants actually felt safer in Germany than in their home country. Here are five reasons why you should move to Germany.

1. Excellent Public Transport System

Germany’s public transport is a comprehensive and efficient system where even smaller towns are well connected. The public transport system includes buses, trains and trams.   more ...

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Germany

Make The Most Of Your Time In Germany - 5 Things To Try Before Returning Home

Friday January 23, 2015 (04:47:18)

There’s so much to do in Germany, from exploring the grand Alps to relaxing in the many luxurious spas. Then there is art and architecture to discover and also some great culinary experiences to have. But sometimes the real essence of a country is tucked away in places that are off the tourist maps. These can be hugely rewarding experiences and something you will remember long after your stay ends. Here are some uniquely German experiences that every expat must try before returning home.

The biggest little museum in the world

The Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg is often skipped in many guidebooks, but it’s something truly worth discovering.   more ...

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Germany

Useful Job Hunting Tips For Expats Moving To Germany

Sunday November 23, 2014 (19:38:36)

Finding employment in a foreign country can seem daunting, as there may be differences in the nature of the job market, labor laws and cultural norms. Some expats may be posted abroad by their company, in which case the process is much easier. But for those who need to find a job on their own or accompanying spouses who prefer to work while abroad, the process can be a little more challenging. The German job market offers lucrative opportunities for qualified professionals. Here are some tips to increase your chances of securing worthwhile employment in Germany.   more ...

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Germany

5 Experiences You Must Try As An Expat In Germany

Wednesday September 24, 2014 (01:10:20)

Germany, which sits in the heart of Europe, is a country of great natural beauty and also a land where orderliness and attention to detail are held in high regard. It is the world’s fifth largest economy with many financial powerhouses located in its cities. Germany is known for its art scene too, which is perhaps the most vibrant in all of Europe. There are many things to do in this interesting country, but if we have to pick just 5 must-have experiences, these are it.

Chocolate on display

The Chocolate Museum was established in 1993 and provides a gateway into the history of chocolate and cocoa right from the times of the Olmecs, Mayans and Aztecs.   more ...

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Germany

Shopping For The First Time In Germany? Here's What You Need To Know

Saturday June 28, 2014 (12:27:29)

Expats who move to Germany will find that the country offers many high quality products. Locally made products as well as products from other parts of the world are easily available here.

Malls are not as popular in Germany as they are in a country like the United States. But you can find them in most cities, along with shopping centers. There are also many Big Box stores, although it may be slightly difficult to reach then through public transport. Some of these stores include IKEA, Baumarkt for building materials and MediaMarkt for electronics.

However many such stores have doorstep delivery as well as online shopping facilities. The city centers are full of stores that cater to your day-to-day needs and these are easily accessible by public transport, walking or cycling.   more ...

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Germany

A Short Expat Guide To Food And Drink In Germany

Monday March 31, 2014 (20:35:00)

When we think of German food, we usually think of sauerkraut, sausages and pretzels. But German cooking is actually quite expansive and varied. There are considerable regional variations with each region specializing in its own recipes and cooking techniques. To help you on your German culinary adventure, here is a short guide to food and drink in the country.

Every region has its Wurst

Probably the best-known German food is wurst or sausages.   more ...

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Germany

Getting Set-Up, Integrating, and Living in Germany: A Case Study

Saturday June 08, 2013 (01:56:19)

by Matthew Jorgensen

One way or another, you’ve landed a job in Germany and have an expected date of arrival. Now what? Preparing to move to Germany can seem like a daunting task. For my family and I it was the first time we would live outside of the USA. We had some guidelines from the foundation that was employing me, but they weren’t targeted to people coming from the States so most of the advice didn’t seem to apply. Emails to my contacts in Germany went unanswered for weeks, so we more or less had to figure things out on our own. Here’s how we did it, along with some of the mistakes we made.

The Setup

Money for relocation was very tight for us.   more ...

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Germany

Working Expectations for Expats in Germany

Monday April 08, 2013 (18:04:06)
Offices in Frankfurt
The words "German work ethic" are world-famous for a reason. Since the time of the nation's Wirtschaftswunder ['economic miracle'] in the 1950’s, Germany has projected the image of a nation that can rise from total devastation to exceptional prosperity merely through the unflagging determination of her citizenry. Though accomplishment also comes with an asterisk next to it that historians will already be aware of - namely, that this happened in what was then still the West of an ideologically partitioned Germany - it is still impressive. This, along with the still-strong reputation of German craftsmanship embedded in brands like Zeiss and Porsche, will give prospective workers in Germany fair warning as to the high standards and unequivocal results that employers expect.   more ...