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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 83 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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Day of German Unity

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