Live in a big city in Germany and think it's next-to-impossible to find your dream flat? It's easier than you think, especially with the right resources (and attitude).
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.
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.
Test your knowledge of Germany's cities and states, rivers and lakes.
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?
From more expensive train travel to easier online shopping, a lot of changes are coming to Germany as November becomes December on Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Struggling to improve your German pronunciation? It turns out that Germans are having the same problems trying to learn English.
From better workers' rights to safer children's toys, there are a lot of changes in store as September becomes October on Monday.
From bringing canines to work to having dedicated dog swimming pool days, it’s fair to say that Germany takes its Hunde seriously. We dug into the history and spoke to pet owners, to examine why the country is 'ein Land das Hunde liebt' (a dog loving place).
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.
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.
Berlin, one of the most popular expat destinations, doesn’t always live up to newcomers’ hopes. Why do some expats leave?
We look at 10 of the German capital's most interesting and affordable shared working spaces for freelancers and entrepreneurs.
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?
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.
Germans famously love to follow ‘ze rules.’
There are unwritten rules in German society of which unsuspecting expats can often fall foul. Have you broken some of these top 5?
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.
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.
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.
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?
If you're in Hamburg this summer, here's how you can enjoy yourself without breaking the bank.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bavarian city of Aschaffenburg may be small and not as well known across Germany, but among its advantages are its growing international scene, proximity to neighbouring travel spots and beautiful parks, says Smita Bhooplapur.
Want to know the German cities where it’s easiest to find a craft-brewed beer, drink iced coffee and speak English? Probably the ones most influenced by their large American populations.
Floraidh Clement moved to Berlin with her boyfriend after they both found jobs in the start-up scene. When he found it easy to settle in, she was left feeling resentful.
Latest official figures show that 116,480 British nationals are registered as living in Deutschland. But while some states are scantily populated by Brits, one city in particular has seen an large recent influx from the rainy isle.
While there are similarities between applying for jobs in Germany and in other countries, there are differences too. Here’s what you need to know about German language applications to help you nab the job you’ve always wanted.
The clocking is ticking down towards the May 31st deadline to submit tax returns. Here's how to make tax day into your own personal pay day.
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.
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.
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?
Keen on exchanging your driving licence for a German one or learning how to drive in Germany? Reporter Shelley Pascual, who has been through the process, picks through the trickiest parts of the bureaucracy.
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?
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.