How To Open A Bank Account In Germany

In terms of banking, there are a few options open to expats living in Germany. Some choose to maintain an existing account in their home country, which can be useful for things like paying recurring bills back home. Others choose to open an international account with their existing bank, which may eliminate or reduce penalties … Read more

How To Find A Job In Germany

Germany is the largest economy in Europe, and a major force globally. The job market there has remained buoyant in recent years. Levels of employment are high, and terms and conditions at work are usually generous.With good public transport and health care, Germany is an attractive place to work, and welcomes expats with suitable professional, … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Germany

The housing market in Germany is equally split between renting and buying. There are no restrictions for foreigners buying property, even those from outside the European Union.There are various online property websites, including ImmoScout24, Immonet.de, Immowelt.de and Berlin vis-à-vis. All of these list rental accommodation, as well as properties for sale. Property listings include overall … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Germany

Citizens of a country in the European Union or the European Economic Area can enter and remain in Germany as a tourist for any length of time without a visa. Note that, until the end of 2020, the UK is still regarded as an EU country for purposes of travel. It is not yet known … Read more

How To Find A Job In Germany

Any citizen of an EU country, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Iceland can enter Germany and work there freely without a visa. Citizens of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand or the USA can enter Germany without a visa and stay for up to three months. If you want to take up employment then … Read more

How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In Germany

Germany has one of the best universal healthcare systems in the world, and public healthcare is available to expats and locals alike. However, it is mandatory to have health cover before applying for residency, so most expats take out private health insurance to cover them in the interim period.Whether you enroll in the public health … Read more

How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In Germany?

Germany is recognized for having one of the best healthcare systems in the world, in terms of both affordability and quality. As an expat, you will be able to access the same healthcare options as German citizens.Whether you are registered with the German public healthcare system or with a private health insurance option, it is … Read more

What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In Germany?

Whether you’re moving to Germany as an expat or you’re interested in learning about medical tourism options there, you can expect a high level of care. While the relatively universal access to healthcare in Germany may be appealing enough in itself to attract expats there, it is really the quality of the healthcare that has … Read more

How To Register With The Health System In Germany

As an expat in Germany, you will need to prove that you have health insurance. Whether you are a student, a freelancer, a foreign worker, or an asylum seeker, registering for the health system in Germany is just another part of living there as an expat.The process of registering with a doctor in Germany is … Read more

Yamini, Franconia

Who are you? I am Yamini, an expat living in Franconia, Germany with my boyfriend and our cat. I was born in India, however, I have lived most of my adulthood in the UK, Thailand and Germany.During the day, I am a marketing freelancer, and by the night I am an expat blogger, writing about … Read more

Sindy

Who are you? Hi! I am Sindy. I was born and raised up in Hong Kong. And now, I have my life in Germany.My husband is German. We have a toddler and also two cats. My passion is traveling, playing piano and meeting new people. Where, when and why did you move abroad? In 2010, … Read more

Tamie, Hamburg

Who are you? Hi! My name is Tamie, and I am from San Diego, California. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I decided to stay abroad after traveling to over 15 countries back in 2014.A week before my flight home, I canceled it and continued to travel for a few more months until … Read more

How To Rent A Property In Germany

Moving to a new country can be fraught with challenges and emotion, particularly when it comes to finding somewhere to live that meets your needs whilst also falling within budget. Here, we focus on how to go about renting a property in Germany. Is Renting Popular? When moving to a new country, you will often … Read more

Why Is France Delaying Driving Licenses For UK Nationals?

It will come as no surprise that the uncertainty regarding Brexit is causing significant ongoing problems for British expats abroad and UK nationals planning to travel to Europe – particularly if you’re intending to drive on the Continent. What do we know about the current situation with regard to driving in France?The British government website … Read more

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 … 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 … 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

Cherie, Huerth

Who are you? Hallo! I am Cherie, an American by birth, who is now living in Germany. Before moving to Germany, I worked as a Registered Nurse for 17 years.Now, I am a Hausfrau, who spends her time writing about our adventures from Michigan to Germany. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I … Read more

Jenna, Düsseldorf

Who are you? Hey! My name is Jenna, and I’m a Canadian-born expat living and working in Düsseldorf, Germany. Germany has been my home for the last 3 years, and while I’ve visited over 50 countries, Germany is one of the only places I’ve been able to call home. My longest expat experience, second to … Read more

Romance And Red Tape: A Guide For Expats Getting Married In Germany

Marriage: where romance meets red tape. Whether for love or visas, marriage is a subject that eventually comes up for many long-term expats in Germany. In line with Germany’s enduring badge of baffling bureaucracy, performing the holy union here is hardly simple. This is especially true when one or both partners are not from the … Read more

What You Need To Know Before Retiring To Germany

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm” — Aldous Huxley. Retiring to a different country can be a way of sustaining the kind of enthusiasm Huxley was talking about; a way of ushering in a life where newness is the norm, … Read more

How To Drive In Germany: An Expat Guide

Driving in Germany isn’t a cheap thrill, it’s a luxury. It won’t take long to notice that everything from cars to the roads themselves are impeccable. And it doesn’t end there; German people think of driving as an extravagant activity rather than a standard mode of transport. Learning how to drive and getting a license … Read more

Nina Roper Yearwood, Köln

Who are you? My name is Nina Roper Yearwood. I’m an expat building a home in Germany.I’m Filipino and my husband is half-German and half-Panamanian… which makes raising our daughter an interesting journey. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Germany December of 2016 to be with the love of my … Read more

Challenges Expats Face In Germany And How To Address Them

“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” ― T.S. Eliot Of all the sentences T.S. Eliot wrote, this one might be most relevant to the expat experience. As an expat in Germany, you may often feel that you are in over your head. Reinventing your career, your … Read more

How To Enjoy Your First Expat Christmas In Germany

Germany is the birthplace of many of our most beloved Christmas traditions. The country oozes festivity throughout December with Christmas markets, fairy lights, and the scent of mulled wine floating down the streets. Enjoy your first expat Christmas in the country by getting acquainted with the local traditions– Germany has got Christmas down to a … Read more

What To Do In Your First Month In Germany

During your first month in Germany, you may feel as though you’re caught in a series of confusing red tape mazes. In Germany’s specific brand of bureaucratic orienteering, sequential order is everything. This article is a step by step guide, helping you to navigate this potentially tricky time.Be warned many of these steps are lengthy … Read more

An Expat Guide To Banking In Germany

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 … Read more

A Guide To The Cost Of Living In Frankfurt

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.However, both salaries and the cost of living are notably higher than the national average in Frankfurt. Frankfurt is the second most expensive city … Read more

Cheryl Howard, Berlin

Who are you? I’m Cheryl Howard, a Canadian from Toronto who’s been living in Berlin, Germany for about five years or so. By day, I work as an Agile Coach for a tech startup and by night, I work as travel blogger at cherylhoward.com where I write about travel and expat life in Berlin.I also … Read more

Rama

Who are you? I am Rama, an Indian and a mom of a little daughter. I completed my master’s degree and worked in editing field for few years, later got married and came to Germany 4 years ago.I am an upcoming blogger now, enjoying my love for writing and sharing my life’s experiences through blogging. … Read more

Job Hunting In Germany – A Guide For Expats

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 … Read more

An Expat Guide To Getting A Work Permit In Germany

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 … Read more

German Culture – A Guide For New Expats

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 … Read more

Sarah, Bremen

Who are you? My name is Sarah. I am a British expat living in Bremen, Germany.I work remotely for a UK based organisation. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Bremen in July 2016 with my partner, Alex. We moved here as he was offered a very good role with an … Read more

An Expat Guide To Education In Germany

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.In Germany, a robust public schooling system is … Read more

Chris Olson, Wuppertal

Who are you? My name is Chris Olson and I’m a self-employed English trainer in Wuppertal, Germany. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Germany (from Cincinnati, Ohio) in late 2013.There were several reasons that influenced my decision to move abroad. However, the main reason was to experience a different culture … Read more

An Expat Guide To Finding An Apartment In Germany

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.In Germany, the majority of people rent rather than own their homes. In fact, … Read more

An Expat Guide To Learning German

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 … Read more

A Guide To Health Insurance In Germany

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 … Read more

Germany – Recommended Social Media Accounts

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.The Brits (Germany) Facebook Group An expat … Read more

Marcos Cherem, Frankfurt

Who are you? My name is Marcos Cherem, I’m a Mexican-Spanish citizen born and raised in Mexico. I am a family man with a wife and a kid, and an IT expert who enjoys travel and living in different places. I embrace multiculturalism and I’m raising my child as such, as a citizen of the … Read more

James, Wiesbaden

Who are you? My name is James, from Greater Birmingham, UKWhere, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Wiesbaden, Germany in 2006 when I was headhunted for a job out here. All of my friends at the time were getting married and I had always wanted to live abroad after I spent … Read more

Understanding Expat Health Insurance In Germany

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 … Read more

Ten Reasons Why Expats Love Living In Berlin

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 … Read more

A Newbie’s Guide To Living In Berlin – Art, Culture And Cuisine

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 … Read more

Ten European Weekend Trips You Can Take By Train from Germany

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.In recent years, with the competition from intercity … Read more

Aaron And Meghan, Mannheim

Who are you? We’re Aaron and Meghan, two Americans, engineers, scuba divers, and travelers, originally from Michigan in the United States, but currently living in Mannheim, Germany. Where, when and why did you move abroad? We moved to Germany in August 2014 for Aaron’s job. He is working on a new plant that is to … Read more

Danielle Crouch, Karlsruhe

Who are you? I’m an American student and language enthusiast currently studying to be a technical translator. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Karlsruhe, Germany in 2013 to be with my German boyfriend (now fiancee) and to work as an au pair.My boyfriend and I had already been dating long-distance … Read more

Germany – Recommended Blogs

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 Oakshttp://www.submergedoaks.com/ Aaron and Meghan say that they are just an … Read more

Interview with 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 … Read more

Tania Lestal, Munich

Who are you? My name is Tania and I am an Estonian Australian with a passion for travel, writing and creative pursuits. I studied media and communications at university and went on to work in film and television. Before I left Australia I had a fantastic job organising film festivals. For the past five years … Read more

Jim Geren, Mergentheim

Who are you? My name is Jim Geren. I am originally from the U.S. state of Vermont. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Bad Mergentheim, Germany in 2013 from Colorado Springs, CO with my then girlfriend (now wife), Eve, and our two dogs, Buster and Wilson. Mergentheim is Eve’s hometown … Read more

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

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 … Read more

Diana, Hamburg

Who are you? I’m Diana, a 26 year old expat in Germany, I studied International Commerce and I have a five year old daughter. Where, when and why did you move abroad? We moved to Hamburg in 2012 thanks to a Scholarship Pablo received to do his Master’s degree. Once that was finished last December … Read more

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

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 … Read more

A Guide To Employment Laws In Germany

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 … Read more

Oliver, Frankfurt

Where, when and why did you move abroad? I am originally from the UK and first went overseas to asia for study. After travelling, studying and working in a few different East Asian countries, I knew that I would never be able to settle down in a single country. I was lucky in that I … Read more

Meredith, Near Stuttgart in Baden-Württemberg

Who are you? My name is Meredith and I am from Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. I love to travel, read, bake and blog! Where, when and why did you move abroad? After five and a half years of being in a long distance relationship, I moved to Germany in 2013 to join my German … Read more

Germany – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

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 Expathttps://theerlangenexpat.wordpress.com A blog that ranges across a wide variety of topics … Read more

Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before Moving To Germany

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 … Read more

Useful Job Hunting Tips For Expats Moving To Germany

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 … Read more

5 Experiences You Must Try As An Expat In Germany

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 … Read more

A Short Expat Guide To Food And Drink In Germany

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 … Read more

Author of ‘Oh God, My Wife Is German’, Hannover

Who are you? I am an American expat from Portland, Oregon, now living in Hannover, Germany. I am a freelance graphic designer and copywriter, and an avid blogger of all things humorous (though I most often take aim at subjects like Germany, expat life, culture shock and my beautiful – and unintentionally hilarious – German … Read more

Jill Mazullo, Berlin

My name is Jill Mazullo, and in August 2013 my family and I came to Berlin from St. Paul, Minnesota, to spend the year here for my husband’s sabbatical. Our three daughters attend three different schools that meet their needs, which was not the original plan, and I work from home for several clients back … Read more

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

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 … Read more

Katie Jorgensen, Dresden

Who are you? My name is Katie Jorgensen. I am a 30 year old, mother of two, wife, and lover of travel. I currently am a stay at home mom. I have a background in English Literature with a two year degree and hope to go back to college in the future. I enjoy the … Read more

Matthew Jorgensen, Dresden

Who am I? Primarily, I am a father, a husband, and a scientist. I grew up during the 90s in a small culturally homogenous town in Utah. My interests are very broad, ranging from art to marketing and theoretical physics. Somehow, science captured my attention and has remained my primary focus. Through college at Utah … Read more

Working Expectations for Expats in Germany

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 … Read more

Moving to Germany (Deliver Me From Insanity!)

by Katie Toppel The night before our container was scheduled to arrive, we saw the enormous truck parked outside our apartment building. With an early arrival, it was obviously ready for our 8:00 am appointment the following morning. Maybe it was due to that glimpse of our container or the thoughts of my clothes and … Read more

Expats Alone at Home in Germany

by Hilly van Swol-Ulbrich A hot and sultry summer’s day in Frankfurt, Germany. “Oh”… says Dewi,“I am amused, while at home in India, we set our air-conditioning to cool down to 27 degrees”…and chuckled… “This is what you call summer, and say it is so hot!” We smiled as we crossed the street on the … Read more

How I Fell in Love With a German City

by Martha Andrus I fell in love, at first sight, with a beautiful, quaint city called Rothenbach O.T. Upon entering the city from the freeway, it looks much like any other European town. Narrow, cobblestone streets dotted with churches and homes. But as you drive further into the city, you see a huge concrete wall, … Read more

Architecture, Driving and Markets in Germany

by Martha Andrus The Netherlands is bordered by Germany, so it is not uncommon to find many Dutch roaming the rolling hills of Germany. Germany also has Wal Marts which Holland does not have, so you will find many American expats seeking to find the Wal Marts and exploring the history of Germany. Also, most … Read more

Ginny Krauß, Munich

My name is Ginny Krauß, I am a 28 year old American Expat now living in Germany. I was born and raised in West Virginia, but lived in Florida for three years prior to my move to Germany. In Florida, I was an Account Manager for an Internet Marketing Company. My first year in Germany, … Read more

Laurel Robbins, Stuttgart

I’m Laurel Robbins a mid-thirty something Canadian expat now living in Germany. In Canada I was in a managerial position at a university. In Germany I am a full time German language student, online instructor for two Canadian universities and travel blogger and writer. Regardless of where I am, I love to travel, hike and … Read more