Feel at home in the Federal Republic

Germany is the engine room of the European Union, boosting economic stability across the region.

As well as its financial strength, the country’s rich culture, natural beauty and comprehensive social security are very appealing to expats, especially if you’re looking for a welcoming environment to raise a family while you develop your career.

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Quick Facts

  • Population: About 82 million
  • Capital City: Berlin
  • Neighbouring Germany: Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, and Netherlands
  • Main languages: German, but English is widely understood and spoken.
  • Time: GMT+1 (GMT+2 from the end of March to the end of October)

Try to learn the language. It is not necessary for business but helps greatly with local friends.

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Relocation Checklist

Our checklists give you a comprehensive overview of the kinds of things you need to do before you move and also what to consider in your first few months in your new country or territory.

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