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Explained: The best and worst paid jobs in Germany
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Explained: The best and worst paid jobs in Germany

Thinking about changing your career or wondering which states in Germany have the best salaries? Here's the lowdown.

Week 13-19th May 2019

Your complete guide to visiting Germany's immigration offices
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Your complete guide to visiting Germany's immigration offices

While we can’t guarantee you a residency permit, these tips should make your visit to the foreigner's office run a bit more smoothly.

Week 6-12th May 2019

Taxes in Germany - how to get more money back on your return
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Taxes in Germany - how to get more money back on your return

The deadline to submit tax returns may have moved to July 31st. But you should still be prepared. Here's how to make tax day into your own personal pay day.

Week 29th April - 5th May 2019

Explained: How to get a 'Blue Card' to live and work in Germany
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Explained: How to get a 'Blue Card' to live and work in Germany

Similar to the Green Card in the US, professionals from non-EU countries are able to work in Germany with the so-called Blue Card.

Week 22-28th April 2019

What NOT to do when you're freelancing in Germany
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What NOT to do when you're freelancing in Germany

Thanks to a mountain of bureaucracy, a tricky healthcare system and a complicated language, freelancing in Germany can seem overwhelming at times, but there are ways to make it work.

Week 15-21st April 2019

Vacation days in Germany: what to know about your rights as an employee
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Vacation days in Germany: what to know about your rights as an employee

If you're planning any holidays, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the labour laws when it comes to paid vacation days as an employee in Germany.

Week 8-14th April 2019

High costs, long queues and discrimination: What it's like to rent in Germany
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High costs, long queues and discrimination: What it's like to rent in Germany

Finding a place to live in Germany is “extremely difficult”, often "discriminatory" and one city in particular stood out. Here’s what internationals had to say.

Week 1-7th April 2019

Everything that changes in April 2019 in Germany
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Everything that changes in April 2019 in Germany

From higher wages to new tax deductions, a lot of changes are in store from April 1st - and that's no joke.

Week 25-31st March 2019

EXPLAINED: How to pay Germany's TV tax, or (legally) avoid it
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EXPLAINED: How to pay Germany's TV tax, or (legally) avoid it

Here's the lowdown on the notorious 'Rund­funk­beitrag', how it's administered and how you may be able to get out of paying it.

Week 18-24th March 2019

The Local's Membership shortlisted for European media award

The Local's Membership shortlisted for European media award

The Local is in the running for the European Digital Media Awards and it is all thanks to you – our Members.

Week 11-17th March 2019

Irish in Germany: How many are there and where do they live?
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Irish in Germany: How many are there and where do they live?

The Irish community in Germany is wide and far-reaching. But just where do they live and who are they? The Local analyzed statistics and spoke to Irish people to find out.

Week 4-10th March 2019

In-depth: Why the ‘German beer renaissance’ is in full swing
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In-depth: Why the ‘German beer renaissance’ is in full swing

Germany now drinks two thirds of what it did in the 1970s. But expanding microbreweries and new attitudes show it’s never been a better time to be a beer drinker in Germany.

Week 25th February - 3rd March 2019

Everything that changes in Germany in March 2019
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Everything that changes in Germany in March 2019

From new requirements on insurance to cutting back - quite literally - on what's allowed in your garden, there are some big changes in store as February becomes March on Friday.

Week 18-24th February 2019

The complete guide to how you can (still) live cheaply in Berlin
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The complete guide to how you can (still) live cheaply in Berlin

With a little savvy, it's still possible to get by in Berlin without burning a hole in your pocket.

Week 11-17th February 2019

'Germans are a distinct people': Finding love, hook-ups and friendship in Germany
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'Germans are a distinct people': Finding love, hook-ups and friendship in Germany

Language is a barrier and Berlin is “Never Never Land” – but our readers say there are also positive parts to meeting people in Germany, including the fact non-romantic love often blossoms.

Week 4-10th February 2019

How to swap your British driving licence for a German one
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How to swap your British driving licence for a German one

Exchanging your British driving licence for a German one has become a pressing issue as Brexit looms. Here’s what you need to know about the process.

Week 28th January - 3rd February 2019

Everything that changes in Germany in February 2019
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Everything that changes in Germany in February 2019

From higher taxes to healthier products, we look at what changes when January becomes February on Friday.

Week 14-20th January 2019

Quiz: How well do you know the demographics of German cities?
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Quiz: How well do you know the demographics of German cities?

From population sizes of cities to the populations within them, we test your knowledge of numbers within Germany with this tricky quiz for members.

Week 7-13th January 2019

'I never thought I'd settle in Germany': The expats who stayed years longer than planned
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'I never thought I'd settle in Germany': The expats who stayed years longer than planned

Whether heading to Germany for love, work or adventure - or all of the above - we tell the stories of internationals who remained in Germany far longer than planned.

Week 31st December 2018 - 6th January 2019

The 10 rules you need to know if you get sick in Germany
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The 10 rules you need to know if you get sick in Germany

It’s the time of year when many of us are coming down with the flu. Well, you’ll be happy to know that the German attitude to sickness isn’t to “man up” and fight through it. If you know these laws you’ll be okay.

Week 17-23rd December 2018

How diesel bans have ignited a debate about dirty tricks and dodgy money
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How diesel bans have ignited a debate about dirty tricks and dodgy money

We explore just how environmentally (un)friendly is diesel, and if the biggest polluter of all in Germany is being left out of the debate.

Week 10-16th December 2018

How Germany invented Christmas as we know it
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How Germany invented Christmas as we know it

Around the world, Christmas is associated with a feeling of coziness and togetherness, and gift giving. The roots of this can arguably be traced back to Germany.

Week 3-9th December 2018

Quiz: How well do you know these German political figures?
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Quiz: How well do you know these German political figures?

Germany is a country steeped in political history. Past and present, there are innumerable German politicians who have influenced the shape of Germany. But how many of them can you recognize?

Week 26th November - 2nd December 2018

10 German words you need to know when looking for a job
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10 German words you need to know when looking for a job

German is not always the most intuitive language in the world, and looking for a job can leave you lost in a sea of unfamiliar vocabulary. So here’s a chance to brush up on some of the words you’ll need most when you go job-hunting.

Week 19-25th November 2018

Week 12-18th November 2018

10 golden rules to know if you lose your job in Germany
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10 golden rules to know if you lose your job in Germany

Nobody wants to get the sack, but it can happen to us all. We look in detail at the rights you have if you are given a dreaded job dismissal.

Week 5-11th November 2018

Germany: what I've learned from living in the country from which my family once fled
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Germany: what I've learned from living in the country from which my family once fled

Eight decades after Kristallnacht, The Local's editor Rachel Stern looks back on her own family history and the members who became victims of National Socialism, as well as what calling Germany home means to her today.

Week 29th October - 4th November 2018

Everything that changes in Germany in November 2018
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Everything that changes in Germany in November 2018

From more Ryanair restrictions to less German bureaucracy on official documents, here's the changes that come into force as October becomes November on Thursday.

Week 22-28th October 2018

The long trading history that turned Frankfurt into a financial powerhouse
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The long trading history that turned Frankfurt into a financial powerhouse

As the home of the European Central Bank and the Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt is well-known as one of Europe's most important financial hubs. But how did the Hesse city develop into one of Europe's – and arguably the world’s – most influential cities?

Week 15-21st October 2018

Das ist ja mal wichtig: The complete guide to German particles
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Das ist ja mal wichtig: The complete guide to German particles

German modal particles are one of the trickiest linguistic components for learners of the language to master. Learn the German of everyday speech, which most classes don't teach.

Week 8-14th October 2018

8 German words which are impossible for English native speakers to pronounce
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8 German words which are impossible for English native speakers to pronounce

Last week we took a look at the English words which Germans can’t pronounce, now we are turning the tables and discovering the German words which native-English speakers struggle to say.

Week 1-7th October 2018

English words and sounds that Germans will never pronounce correctly
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English words and sounds that Germans will never pronounce correctly

Struggling to improve your German pronunciation? It turns out that Germans are having the same problems trying to learn English.

Week 24-30th September 2018

Are Berlin’s bitcoin investors blinded by their enthusiasm?
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Are Berlin’s bitcoin investors blinded by their enthusiasm?

How is the bitcoin capital of Europe dealing with the currency’s wild price fluctuations?

Week 17-23rd September 2018

A laughing matter: Looking beyond the stereotype of the serious German
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A laughing matter: Looking beyond the stereotype of the serious German

Germans have long been stereotyped for being humourless, and even have a word, Treppenwitz, that implies getting to a joke too late. Is it true that Germans miss the punchline?

Week 10-16th September 2018

The surprising places around the world where German is still spoken
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The surprising places around the world where German is still spoken

Many people wouldn’t expect to hear German spoken outside of central Europe. Yet today it is preserved, in its own dialect, in communities stretching from Texas to Namibia.

Week 3-9th September 2018

Grüß Gott, Moin, Hallo! The complete guide to regional dialects around Germany
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Grüß Gott, Moin, Hallo! The complete guide to regional dialects around Germany

Learning German is made trickier by significant regional differences. We break down the linguistic features of Deutschland's dialects and where you'll hear them.

Week 27th August - 2nd September 2018

Breaking up with Berlin: why expats fall out of love with the German capital
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Breaking up with Berlin: why expats fall out of love with the German capital

Berlin, one of the most popular expat destinations, doesn’t always live up to newcomers’ hopes. Why do some expats leave?

Week 20-26th August 2018

What it’s like to share a name with the world’s most notorious dictator
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What it’s like to share a name with the world’s most notorious dictator

A new film will hit screens this autumn about a young couple who decide to name their child Adolf. So how many Adolfs are there, and what does it feel like to share your name with one of history's biggest monsters?

Week 13-19th August 2018

How and why was the Berlin Wall built?
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How and why was the Berlin Wall built?

57 years ago today, on the 13th August 1961, the first border fences were erected around the border of West Berlin, in what would quickly become the Berlin Wall. So what were the events leading up to 1961? How and why was the Wall built, even though "nobody had the intention" to do so?

Week 6-12th August 2018

Here's how Berlin plans to radically overhaul its public transport system
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Here's how Berlin plans to radically overhaul its public transport system

Berlin is planning an overhaul of its aged, over-stretched public transport network. From trams in the west to self-driving busses, we've boiled down the transport department's 350-page white paper to give you everything you need to know about the new masterplan.

Week 30th July - 5th August 2018

What we could all learn from the German attitude to sickness
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What we could all learn from the German attitude to sickness

British people might like to tell themselves that the empire was built on a stiff upper lip. But Germany’s attitude of giving things time to heal seems much more appropriate to the modern workplace, writes Floraidh Clement.

Week 23-29th July 2018

Expat in Germany? You're probably guilty of one of these social blunders
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Expat in Germany? You're probably guilty of one of these social blunders

There are unwritten rules in German society of which unsuspecting expats can often fall foul. Have you broken some of these top 5?

Week 16-22nd July 2018

Ten words that sound prettier in German than in English
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Ten words that sound prettier in German than in English

Ok, ok. We’re aware that the German language doesn’t have much of a reputation for beauty. But the language of Goethe and Schiller can’t be all bad. We’ll even go out on a limb and say there are some words that sound nicer in German than in English. Read on to see if you agree.

Week 9-15th July 2018

Top ten fellowships in Germany for ambitious English speakers
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Top ten fellowships in Germany for ambitious English speakers

Thinking of studying in ‘Schland but don’t know where to start? Dreaming of a Teutonic research trip but not sure of the options? Don’t worry, The Local has done the leg work for you. Check out our list of Germany’s top exchanges, scholarships, fellowships and other career-boosting opportunities.

Week 2-8th July 2018

Why every country should get on board with the German Feierabend
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Why every country should get on board with the German Feierabend

Feierabend is the name for the time after you finish work; when you switch off your computer, hang up your tools, or get rid of your uniform. And Germans really know how to embrace it.

Week 25th June - 1st July 2018

Google is coming to Berlin Kreuzberg and locals are far from happy. Here's why
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Google is coming to Berlin Kreuzberg and locals are far from happy. Here's why

If you take a walk around Kreuzberg these days you might think Google is about to buy up the whole neighbourhood. In fact ten people tops will be employed here by the tech giant. So what is the fuss about?

Week 18-24th June 2018

13 things you can do for free in Hamburg this summer
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13 things you can do for free in Hamburg this summer

If you're in Hamburg this summer, here's how you can enjoy yourself without breaking the bank.

Week 11-17th June 2018

5 key things you need to know about German working culture
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5 key things you need to know about German working culture

If you’re keen on moving here for work and want a heads up on the cultural differences in the German workplace, we’ve spoken to an intercultural trainer to find out the pertinent things you should know – and how you can deal with them.

Week 4-10th June 2018

It's not impossible: the ups and downs of dating in Germany
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It's not impossible: the ups and downs of dating in Germany

Whether on the market or coupled up, it’s not so easy to meet and date in Germany. The Local talked to a matchmaker and singles across the country to find out the difficulties - as well as the advantages - of dating here.

Week 28th May - 3rd June 2018

The trip back home that helped me put my Berlin woes into perspective
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The trip back home that helped me put my Berlin woes into perspective

Life moves on without you. This is not a pleasant thing to come to terms with when you move, let alone to another country. But it’s a fact for all of us who have left somewhere and returned to where we came from.

Week 21-27th May 2018

How dropping the small talk helped me make friends with Germans
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How dropping the small talk helped me make friends with Germans

Even scientific studies suggest that Germans hate empty chit chat. As a Brit whose need to talk about the weather is as good as written in her DNA, Floraidh Clement struggled to break the ice at first.

Week 14-20th May 2018

10 important rules and tips for cycling safely on German streets
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10 important rules and tips for cycling safely on German streets

Now that much of the country has seen warm, spring-like temperatures and more and more people have been opting to bike, here’s what you need to know when it comes to cycling in Deutschland.

Week 7-13th May 2018

10 jobs you can do if you don’t want to teach English in Germany
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10 jobs you can do if you don’t want to teach English in Germany

Are you an English speaker in Germany? From positions that are sporty to those which are academic or creative, here's a comprehensive overview of the employment options you may not have considered.

Week 30th April - 6th May 2018

These are the 8 German tax breaks you need to know about
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These are the 8 German tax breaks you need to know about

With the deadline for filing taxes approaching, we spoke with an expert to learn about some money saving techniques. The conversation touched on marriage, health... and wet suits.

Week 23-29th April 2018

In which German states and cities do all the Brits live?
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In which German states and cities do all the Brits live?

Official figures from 2019 show that 117,225 British nationals are registered as living in Germany. But while there are UK citizens in every state, the spread is far from even.

Week 16-22nd April 2018

What and where are the best and worst paid jobs in Germany?
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What and where are the best and worst paid jobs in Germany?

Ever wondered what the top and flop professions are in Deutschland in terms of income, or which states and cities offer the highest salaries?

Week 9-15th April 2018

How a visit home to Canada made me realize I couldn't move back for good
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How a visit home to Canada made me realize I couldn't move back for good

Having just flown back to Berlin after three weeks’ vacation in her hometown, Toronto, The Local’s Shelley Pascual reflects on the reasons why she can’t see herself moving back to Canada anytime soon.

Week 2-8th April 2018

Six golden rules for creating the ideal German cover letter and résumé
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Six golden rules for creating the ideal German cover letter and résumé

Applying for jobs can feel overwhelming in a foreign country when you’re unfamiliar with the language and job market. The Local asked recruitment experts for their best tips on how to impress a potential German employer.

Week 26th March - 1st April 2018

Ten excellent reasons to become a Member of The Local

Ten excellent reasons to become a Member of The Local

After a decade of being completely free, we are asking loyal readers of The Local to become paying Members. But why are we doing this? In the time-honoured tradition of The Local, co-founder James Savage gives ten reasons.

Week 19-25th March 2018

Where are the vacant jobs in Germany and which industries are most in demand?
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Where are the vacant jobs in Germany and which industries are most in demand?

More than 1.2 million vacant employment positions across Germany were recorded at the end of 2017, according to a new report. But where are the majority of these openings located and what are the sectors most in need of workers?

Week 12-18th March 2018

What you need to know about getting a German driving licence
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What you need to know about getting a German driving licence

Keen on exchanging your driving licence for a German one or learning how to drive in Germany? We pick through the trickiest parts of the bureaucracy.

Week 5-11th March 2018

Who are Germany's foreign population and where do they live?
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Who are Germany's foreign population and where do they live?

In 2017 the number of people in Germany who aren't German citizens reached a record high. But in which cities and states do they live exactly, and what are the largest foreign communities?

Week 26th February - 4th March 2018

Everything you need to know about having a baby in Germany
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Everything you need to know about having a baby in Germany

Big life moments such as child birth can seem overwhelming in a foreign country, especially one as bureaucratic as Germany. But learn the ropes and you'll see that this is an excellent place to be pregnant.

Week 12-18th February 2018

Why you should consider becoming an English teacher in Germany
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Why you should consider becoming an English teacher in Germany

Teaching the English language is one of the most common expat jobs in Germany. The Local’s Shelley Pascual - a former English teacher - tells you what you need to know to get your foot in the door.