This expat guide offers information and advice if you are moving to Germany. Click on the different tabs to find out about anything from tax rules and banking to education and cultural highlights.
You can also read our city guide to Frankfurt.
Moving to Germany
Germany is a sought-after expat destination with its powerful economy, international business hubs and high quality of life. A large expat community adds to centuries of German history and culture, making this destination both uniquely German and familiar to expats from around the globe. Expats in Germany can enjoy good schools as well as well-run and efficient infrastructure, public transportation and healthcare.
One of the hurdles is the immigration rules which have tightened in order to protect German jobs. However, large industry sectors are in dire need of skilled employees and the government actively courts qualified workers from around the world as Germany emerges as a technology and science hub. Many other industries with household names and international offices have headquarters in Germany.
Some expats can find German life a bit rigid and may prefer a more relaxed, sun-filled lifestyle. Yet the developed country is constantly evolving and trying to redefine itself both culturally and historically.
There are many ports and ways to ship to Germany. The country's rivers have acted as traditional shipping routes and it is possible to use water transport to ship inland. Air freight is also available but generally more expensive.
When shipping expensive cargo it is a good idea to purchase insurance and use an insurance company other than the one used for transport to ensure reliable coverage.
Pets should qualify for the Pet Travel Scheme which streamlines shipping animals into EU countries without quarantine.
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