Communications in Germany

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Official Language
Other Languages Spoken
Most Germans have a very good knowledge of English. Quite a few of them speak French. Additionally, though less frequently, Italian, Spanish and Russian are also spoken.
Business Language
The business languages are German and English.
Getting Some Knowledge
Use the travlang website. For a translation service, visit ContexTrans. To take lessons, consult the Goethe Institutes website.
Free Translation Tools
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Quality of Communications
The telecommunications network in Germany is excellent. The 4 mobile telephone networks work well everywhere.
Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From Germany, Dial 00
To Make a Call to in Germany, Dial +49
Number of Digits of National Telephone Numbers
City codes (Vorwahl) : 030 Berlin, 040 Hamburg, 089 Munich, 069 Frankfurt, 0221 Cologne, 0211 Düsseldorf. Small towns have a longer code.
The number of digits after the code varies: eight digits in Berlin, far less for small towns.
For mobile phones: 4 figure code + 7 digits.
The code allows you to recognize the operator: T-Mobile: 0151, 0160, 0170, 0171, 0175 / Vodafone: 0152, 0162, 0172, 0173, 0174 / E-Plus: 0157, 0163, 0177, 0178 / O2 : 0159, 0176, 0179
Mobile Telephone Standards
Dual band. Roaming agreements between German operators and foreign operators enables you use your mobile phone everywhere in Germany.
National Mobile Phone Operators
Four operators: T-Mobile, Vodafone, E-Plus, O2.

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
National Internet Access Providers
T-Online, Arcor, Alice
Access in Public Places
Excellent in big cities.
WiFi is available in many cafés and restaurants.
Access in Hotels
WiFi is available in most hotels. Sometimes as a free connection, its use is mostly restricted hotel clients. Ask at reception for access codes.

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