Shaun Behrens, Nürnberg

Who are you? Shaun Behrens, a 40-something South African (now German). I work for a software company in Nürnberg as a content marketer.I am in the process of starting my own podcast, Expat Life Germany, which will focus on the experiences of expats in Germany. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved … Read more

Ash Grey, Konigstein

My name is Ash Grey and I am a 34 year old stay-at-home dad from Carmarthenshire, South Wales in the United Kingdom. I moved to Konigstein in Hessen, Germany in late March 2019 with my German girlfriend and our daughter. We moved for several reasons. My girlfriend had been stuck in a very stressful job … Read more

How To Get Your Marriage Certificate Recognised In Germany

We live in a global, connected world, where the cost of travel is significantly less than it used to be. Thanks to this, we can meet (and fall in love) with people from all over the world. In addition, the affordability of travel has led to a rise in the number of weddings abroad, a … Read more

How To Prepare For Winter In Germany

Winter in Germany requires pragmatism, punctiliousness and preparation. All of which, luckily, are German hallmarks. In this guide, we are going to get German; that is to say, practical about winter and how to prepare for it. This includes not only preparing yourself, but also your home and car.Preparing Your Home Heating Most homes in … Read more

Driving In Germany: A Guide For New Expats

One of the most common challenges that people face when moving to a new country is getting used to the new rules of the road. Firstly, you may have to jump through some hoops to exchange your license, which may even include retaking your test, depending on the country from which your license was issued. … Read more

Avoiding Double Taxation In Germany: A Guide For UK Expats

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is income taxes.” – Einstein There is no shame in feeling discombobulated by taxation systems; we all do. Even Einstein! This guide is specifically aimed at UK expats living and earning in Germany. As the title promises, we will explain how to avoid double taxation as well … Read more

Dating In Deutschland: How To Find Your Perfect Partner In Germany

Dating can be confusing no matter where you are. Now double that confusion; you’re dating in Deutschland! So confusing is the courtship here that there is even a song about it.One of Germany’s rare ventures into pop music, the song Aurélie is about a French woman’s experience of dating in Germany. For expats in Germany, … Read more

Maternity Leave In Germany: Know Your Rights

There are plenty of obstacles to navigate when becoming a parent, but starting a family as an expat in a foreign country can sometimes be that bit more overwhelming. What exactly are you entitled to in comparison to back home when it comes to maternity leave, childcare costs and other factors that revolve around family … Read more

How To Gain German Citizenship For Your Child: A Guide For Expat Parents

Between the subclauses and strange stipulations, it’s easy to get lost in the rules around German citizenship for children of expat families. The good news is that this guide will outline everything you need to know about citizenship if you have, or plan to start, an international family in Germany.German Parent? Citizenship Through Principle Of … Read more

Kindergeld: A Guide To Child Financial Allowance In Germany

Like much of the Western world, Germany has struggled with low birth rates. It is a problem that the country has dealt with in typical German fashion: systematically and sensibly. For decades, Germany has been developing and implementing family-focused policy in a bid to entice residents into having more children; a strategy which means that … Read more

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