Membership of The Local gives you more than just the news. The benefits you can also receive include:
The Local began in 2004 in the form of a newsletter sent to 12 people in a language class who wanted to keep up to date with news in the country in English.
Fast forward 15 years and The Local has websites covering nine countries around Europe.
As well as Germany, The Local has versions in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. In all we are read by around 7 million people across Europe and the rest of the world each month.
Some things haven't changed however. We do still send out newsletters. They go to our 40,000 strong community of paying members.
As internet giants gobble up ad revenue, the financial support we receive from members is crucial to our present and our future.
Our goal is to explain Germany to our readers.
That means telling the big news stories and reporting on the important changes readers need to be aware of.
It means giving readers up to date information about major events in Germany which impact their lives, from strikes to disasters and from traffic jams to extreme weather.
It means explaining the quirks of the German culture and giving readers all the relevant information and advice they need to navigate their lives here.
It means fighting in our readers' corner when they run into problems.
Having a community of 40,000 members who contribute financially has also spurred us on to deliver more value to our community.
We write with our members' needs in mind rather than just hunting for clicks.
We involve them in what we do and what we write and meet them in person. We listen to their advice and act on what they say.
Although I haven't lived in Germany since I was 17 I still follow its politics and other developments closely. But you manage to always find the unexpected angle or unknown or overlooked information and observations which are truly worthwhile reading.
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Yes, the membership cost includes access to all editions of The Local.
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When you join you can choose to set your membership to renew automatically or you can choose to control when to renew your membership.
We create tailored membership packages for international companies
The Local is a perfect tool to help English speakers integrate into their new environment. We have membership packages for companies of all sizes. Contact us using the form below.
Explore the membership options we have for international students
We have discounts available for student membership. We also have tailored membership packages for faculties and departments. Submit your email address below and we will email back with more dtudent membership information.
Perfect for a family member or friend interested in exploring a new country
Purchase a 1 year gift membership here. This is a great way to learn about Germany. We deliver a gift voucher to the recipient's email address with a message from you.
To start, create an account using the button below and then visit the gift voucher page to purchase your gift.