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Moving to Germany

Moving to Germany Expat Guide

Germany is a wonderful land carrying much history. Its landscapes and well-preserved castles, forests and gorgeous opportunities for outdoor life are well-known. Couple that with its good standard of living and a good economy in todays times and that makes it a desirable destination for work, travel and tourism.
 

  • Moving to Germany Expat Guide

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    If there is one thing Germany is reputable for, it is being accurate, efficient and clean. This reputation of pragmatism has gone well into the environmental problems of the country. But that is only part of what Germans are. You can enjoy letting go of your troubles and partying all night at pretty much any time of the week in places such as Frankfurt, Berlin and more around here. You can also be certain you will find transport working on time every time you need it.

    Although Germany is not exactly the largest country in Europe it actually has one of the highest populations. The government here is what makes it possible for the local population to live a life as balanced as possible. If you have decided to work and live in Germany, you will need to know a few things before you arrive:

    • Citizens from countries which are members of the EU can travel to, live and work in Germany with no visa or work permit.

    • There is no need for any special vaccinations being done against infectious diseases.

    • There are several great major airports around the country. The one most often used as a middle point for overseas flights to and from Europe is Munich.

    • Make sure you keep some euro on hand when you arrive. If you dont have any you should exchange some from whatever currency your home country uses so you wont have any trouble shopping here.

    • Cabs here are of a creamy color with a yellow-and-black sign on their roof. You can hail your cab on the street as usual, though you might consider heading to a taxi stand or booking one by phone to ensure you receive service right away.

    • The prices of hotel rooms in the middle range are usually about €60 for a night outside of town, while big city hotels go around €80 and more.

    • Prices for renting a single bedroom apartment in the cities are usually around €500. This makes them affordable to most people living here as the average salary after tax is about €2100.

    • Learn to speak German if you dont know it. Even though quite a decent number of people here speak English it would be of great benefit to you if you know the native language. You will find work much easier and you will adapt and blend in instead of standing out from a crowd.

    • If you are self-employed you will need to pay your taxes quarterly, while German employees pay their taxes monthly. You will also receive a Lohnsteuerkarte, which is important in factoring out the percentage you will pay based on your dependents, income and marital status.

    • If your income is less than €8,004 you will not be taxed at all. Income tax rates are beginning at a 14.77% and for income above €52,882 the tax rate jumps to the impressive 44.31%.

    • Dont miss the chance to visit the traditional Oktoberfest which starts in September, the most amazing and largest beer fest in the world. Germany provides roughly three-quarters of Europes beer supply.
     

    Heather Roberts is a content writer from London, UK. She has great flair for decoration and interior design. She is searching for new challenges and hence often moves to different places. Currently Heather writes about moving and relocation services Balham.