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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 (13:09:12)
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 ...

Germany > Links


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

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 ...

Germany > Living


Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before Moving To Germany

Friday March 27, 2015 (02:23:39)

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 ...

Germany > Living


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

Saturday March 07, 2015 (06:21:23)

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 ...

Germany > Living


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

Friday January 23, 2015 (05:47:18)

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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