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Overview

Germany is a prosperous, democratic country with a very high standard of living and this makes it a major expat destination. If you are considering moving to Germany, then you should read on.

Germany is divided into 16 states which are each fantastic choices for your expat destination. The population of the country is weighted towards the South-West, but it has a relatively evenly distributed population, with large cities in all parts of the country. The largest city and also the capital is Berlin which is actually located in the North-East.

The country has a moderate climate with warm summers and mild cloudy winters. Many people are attracted to the comfortable weather of Germany, along with the world-renown education and healthcare systems, and the country’s rich culture.

Germany As An Expat Destination

Germany is a diverse, multicultural country with a rising number of expats granted living there. Currently these total 250,000 people (~0.3% of the population).

If you want to move to a city or the country, in Germany, both are fantastic options. Germany’s cities are cultural, historical and grand, and its towns and countryside are majestic and quaint.

List Of The Top German Cities To Move To

  1. Berlin
  2. Hamburg
  3. Munich
  4. Cologne
  5. Frankfurt
  6. Essen
  7. Dortmund
  8. Stuttgart
  9. Düsseldorf
  10. Bremen

Language

Almost all Germans under the age of 50 have been taught English in their school system, so you can get by speaking English in Germany. Nevertheless, fluency is something that requires constant practice to maintain, so only some Germans have this. (The national language is German it goes without saying).

It is extremely helpful that Germans know English for the first year or so of being an expat, but it will probably help you in the long run to start learning German.

Climate

Germany has a pleasantly moderate climate. It isn’t volatile from one day to the next or from Summer to Winter. But generally, the summers are warm and dry and the winters cold and snowy.

Cost Of Living

When you move to Germany you will get a pleasant surprise. The cost of living in Germany is an order of magnitude lower than Australia. Expenses are ~25% lower than Australia and purchasing power marginally higher. It has a cost of living below that of other highly developed European countries. This website suggests that just 800 euro per month are required to cover your living expenses.

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Healthcare

Germany has one of the highest life expediencies in the world and this is because it has long had the most unrestricted universal healthcare system in Europe. Health insurance is compulsory and there are programs whereby those below an income threshold are enrolled at affordable rates. Its health insurance system is also integrated and this all ensures that the people with the least ability to afford healthcare costs are not those that find themselves in the most health-related debt.

Education

When moving to Germany you will find that the country has a well-funded education system which is provided free of charge for primary, high school and even university students. It produces high performing students and thus the rates of private school attendance are quite low. Many expats choose Germany as their destination exclusively for the free tertiary education which is provided for international students as well quite incredibly.

5 Tips For Moving To Germany

Start learning German. Start as soon as possible and before long you will find it becomes easier to talk to Germans in their native tongue than in English (and you can switch between languages of course)

Get a university education. It’s free!

Shake hands when meeting someone for the first time. It’s customary

Carry cash. Many places like restaurants don’t take cards

Be punctual. Germans are a very time-conscious people