Expatriate Community in Germany

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
Expats in Germany make up 10% of the total population. They come mainly from European countries (50%) or Turkey (28%). Asians (10%), Africans (4%) and Americans (3%) are the expatriate minorities in Germany.
Blogs For Expats
For Further Information
Facts about Germany
Immigration Authority
Landesamt - Ausländerbehörde
Ministry of Foreign Affairs - visas
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Robben & Wientjes

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
To see the world cities' ranking including Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Düsseldorf for the cost of living, click here.

The capital, Berlin, is particularly attractive with regards to the cost of living as housing rent is not yet as high as other big German cities.

Quality of Life
In general, German cities are airy, with lots of green open spaces. If you favor being near the mountains, Munich is attractive. If you like being near the sea, is Hamburg is close to it. To find employment easily, it is better to avoid Berlin.
Sanitary Conditions
No great difference between cities. Sanitary conditions are good.
For Further Information
FAZ/Roland Berger study of 10 German cities

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
In large cities, you will have a choice between the old (Altbau) or the new (Neubau). In adverts, the monthly rent is given before maintenance/service charges and these charges are given separately NK (Nebenkosten). There may be central heating (Zentralheizung) or heating on each floor (Gasetageheizung).
Normal Lease Term
1 year renewable by tacit agreement. 3 months' notice.
Rental Costs
Guarantee deposit: equivalent of 3 months rent without charges. When the key is given back, the deposit is entirely recovered if the state of the appartment is as it was, or partially recovered if there has been damage.
Agencies or Private Rentals
If you are in a hurry, you can go through an agency (Makler) which will charge you 1.5 x monthly rent. Otherwise, you can find an appartment through adverts in the newspapers. The Saturday papers are the best or the real estate page on the websites of the bigger papers.
Rental Agency Websites
Short term furnished appartment agency
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Immobilien scout 24 - private individuals' adverts
Adverts of the regional newspaper Berliner Zeitung
Adverts of the regional newspaper Tagesspiegel
Adverts of the national newspaper FAZ
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
Furnished appartments for rent by monthly or hotel-appartments.
For Further Information

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School System

School Level
After Kindergarten (nursery school), children go to Grundschule (primary school) at age 6 and it lasts for 4 years. Then the performing pupils go to Gymnasium (secondary school) at age 10, which leads to the A - levels (Abitur). The pupils who perform less well are oriented towards shorter schooling (Realschule or Hauptschule). For further information about the level of German schools, consult the results of the PISA comparative test.


After the baccalaureate, the Universities (Universitäten) offer all subjects. Note the existence of Fachhochschulen (professional institutes, higher schools of technology) which are shorter, 3 year courses and very oriented towards professional practice.

International Schools
Lycée français de Berlin + Collège Voltaire


The American John F. Kennedy School

The British School

The Japanese school

For Further Information
List of international schools in Berlin
The international schools of Berlin

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
The healthcare system offers high quality care. The public system or the private system are accessible according to the type of health insurance.
International Hospitals
In general you can communicate in English in German hospitals (in Berlin, for example, the university hospital La Charité).
Health Insurance
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Health System Insurance Body
German Social Insurance
Health Ministry
The Ministry of Health website

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