You’ve chosen a wonderful place to live – thriving cities, beautiful countryside, hearty food and helpful, incredibly direct people. And Schlager music (you might grow to love it). However, while we’re sure every country has its bureaucracy, Germany tends to be a bit bureaucrazy. Whether you’ve been here for a while or have just stepped off the plane, you’re bound to have questions about how things work in your chosen home. And yes, of course the Germans have a word for this, or rather two words stuck together as they just love doing – it’s your Wahlheimat.
On that note, learning (at least a bit of) the language will definitely make your life here easier and we’ll be providing some useful tips on how to do just that. In the meantime, we’ve put together this blog to help you cope with both the big and the everyday stuff. From finding an apartment to finding an English-speaking doctor, from paying taxes to the mighty German health insurance system, all of your questions – and probably some questions you didn’t even know you should be asking – will be answered here. So, sit back, relax and enjoy. We’ve got you covered.
Black bin, blue bin, yellow bin, brown bin... welcome to the world of rainbow recycling in Germany. Most foreigners are baffled by the waste separation rules when they first arrive so if you want to be a good German, not bug your neighbours and get ahead of the expat pack, read on!
You’ve probably heard some scary rumours about streaming or downloading in Germany. Unfortunately, they’re true. So that you don’t get hit with a whopping fine or lawyer’s fees, check out the facts here before clicking play or download.
Ever wondered if living abroad might be for you? Or living in Germany to be more specific? If you need a little more convincing, read on to discover bestselling author Adam Fletcher’s six compelling reasons why it might be the best decision you’ll ever make!
That’s a big question and there is no simple answer. Telling someone which neighbourhood they should like is a bit like telling someone which food they should like! The good news is that, in Berlin, there’s truly something for everyone so whatever your dreams, budget or life stage, we’ve done our best to help you decide what’s right for you.
Finding a place to call home can be difficult at the best of times, but in a new country and in a language you might not understand, it can be even more daunting. Where do you even start? Right here, as it turns out, with our helpful guide to finding an apartment in Germany!
Feeling nervous about opening a German bank account? In a German bank? In German? Worry not – it’s not such a big deal. Aside from the titan German banks, there are even purely online options available these days – in English. This might sound like a fairy tale but trust us, it’s true. So, stop with the nerves and start reading!
Taxes in Germany might sound like a scary (and/or incredibly dull) topic at first. But let us (attempt to) assure you that this is not the case in our newcomer’s guide to the German tax system.
If you haven’t already received a letter from the ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice (catchy), you will very soon. As with most things in Germany, it’s good to be prepared. Read on to find out what it is, why it exists, who has to pay it, how to pay it, and who is exempt.
Oh, German Language, why do you have to be so maddeningly, endearingly difficult? That’s one question you’ve probably asked yourself over and over again. Bestselling author, Adam Fletcher, had a few questions of his own, and managed to score an interview with the lofty German Language to get some answers.
Herzlich willkommen in Deutschland! If you don’t know what that means, you definitely need to read this article. Your life here will be infinitely easier if you learn (at least a little of) the language, and we provide you with some tips on how to do just that here.
Expats in Germany often overlook private liability insurance (Haftpflichtversicherung). In 2014, 85% of the German population was covered by this insurance. This post explores the why foreigners in Germany end up without personal liability coverage.
In Germany, health insurance isn’t “health” insurance; it’s “sick” insurance - Krankenversicherung. With that (pretty useless) piece of trivia out of the way, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of German health insurance – how it works, how you get it, how much it costs… All the information you need is right here!
What types of insurance must you have? What types of insurance should you have? How do you go about getting it and how much does it cost? All excellent questions and all answered here in our helpful overview of insurance in Germany!
When should you take out private liability insurance? Ideally, yesterday. As you may or may not know, this insurance is essential for a quiet, peaceful life in Germany. This article explains some of the reasons why every expat in Germany should take out this insurance.
Dating across cultural lines is never easy, especially dating a German, as Spiegel bestselling author Adam Fletcher is about to discover.