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In comparison with other European countries, Germany is performing quite well in the area of overall well-being according to a recent OECD Better Life Index. Germany is above the average in education and skills, work-life balance, jobs and earnings, environmental quality, social connections, housing, personal security and subjective well-being. Most expats find Germany a difficult place to leave. Read more Opportunities for leisure, the arts (theater and music) and individual and group sports are ubiquitous in Germany. Indeed, these quality of life enhancers entice many tourists and expats alike to not only all of which provide huge attractions to tourists and residents alike. From traditional foods and the more recent arrivals, world-class wines and beer, to the various sporting activities Germany has to offer, find out here how to make the most of life in this rich and varied country. Read more…

Satisfying sites on lifestyle in Germany

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Cost of Living

Cost of living

Not surprisingly, Germany is not a cheap destination for the international expert. Still, compared to other Western European countries, Germany isn’t particularly unusual. Living expenses vary greatly throughout Germany, from region to region and from city to city and from city to rural. Still, according to Xpatulator’s July 2016 report, the cost of living in Germany is on balance higher than the international average. This is quite noticeable when purchasing a number of goods and services such as healthcare, personal care items, furniture and appliances, groceries and restaurant meals, recreational activities and transport and petrol. Still, paradoxically enough, some items are less expensive such as housing accommodations and alcohol. Still, on balance, while the expat will likely enjoy a nice quality of life in Germany, he or she may not be able to save much money.

Satisfying sites of cost of living in Germany

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Germany is a country with a temperate climate, meaning mild winters and warm summers .The northern part of Germany is slightly milder but also experiences more rain and wind. Much of Germany’s rainfall is experienced over the summer months, though rainfall is spread throughout the year. The South West of the country has the highest temperatures with a Mediterranean feel, with the Alps in the far south being mountainous and therefore colder. The average winter temperature in Germany is 3 degrees Celsius and the average summer temperature is 22 degrees. However extremes of temperature occur regularly with winters falling to – 10 degrees and summer rising to 35 degrees Celsius.

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Visa Restrictions

Visa Restrictions

If you are a European Union National you have the entitlement to work in any European Union member country without needing to obtain a work permit. The only exception to this is if you are planning to work in Croatia where some restrictions can apply. However you should still investigate the consequences of working and the effect this will have on your benefits (health insurance, maternity/paternity, pensions, occupational accidents and diseases, death grants, unemployment, early retirement, family benefits), and the implications of where and how much tax you pay. The European Union offers this Tax advise at its Your Europe website. Once you have been in an EU country for more than 3 months you will be required to register your residence and obtain a residency permit.If you are not a European Union National then you will require a work permit. The requirements for this often differ depending on your Nationality. For the latest up to date information for entry please visit the Germany Visa  website.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world are constantly changing, to keep up with the current situation in any country please monitor the relevant Government websites and international news. The links below also provide useful indicators for prospective travelers:

The UK Foreign Office         US State Department         BBC World News         Al Jazeera        The Local