Healthcare in Germany has been praised in a global study – but Germans are still battling bad habits.
Germans are the happiest they've been in decades, a new survey has found. But some places are a bit more cheerier than others.
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.
From the customs, to the language and the food you might encounter, here are some tips for the next time you head out to eat in Germany.
Idioms in a foreign language are some of the hardest things to master - so here are some of the more pithy German ones to give you a head start!
Can you suppress a snicker when reading what these names actually mean?
A scary experience shook up one newly arrived expat in Berlin. Yet a stroke of faith - and the kindness of strangers - put things in a different perspective.
Heading to Oktoberfest? You might want to brush up on your basic Bairisch before paying a visit to the heart of Bavaria.
Hands up if the mistakes native German speakers make in English are so ingrained in you, you’ve found yourself now and then - yikes - unwittingly saying them too.
As it’s the very spooky day of Friday the 13th, we thought we’d take a look at some German superstitions and show you how to save yourself from some very bad luck in the Bundesrepublik.
Moving to a new country and blending in with the locals is never an easy task. So we put together a guide to some social faux-pas that you should do your best to avoid in Germany.
From better banking to increased costs on daily services, a lot is changing as August becomes September on Sunday.
According to the latest official data, international students now make up nearly 15 percent of Germany's student population. Who are they?
58 years ago today, on August 13th, 1961, the first border fences were erected around the border of West Berlin, in what would quickly become the Berlin Wall.
When do Germans tip, how much do they tend to give and what do waiters actually expect? These are all questions we put to a sociologist at Frankfurt University.
From saying sorry all the time to asking for water, here are 13 ways to make your German friends (or strangers) feel awkward.
If you haven't done so already, you should make yourself familiar with the concept of Freikörperkultur (FKK) in Germany. This list should help get you started.
Behind the Berlin Wall, it was impossible to gain access to many goods and services from the west. But that did not stop certain Anglicisms from making their way into the German language - even before they were popularized or known in West Germany.
Germany has announced this week how it plans to tackle inequalities between its regions. A recent study highlighted just how stark they are.
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.
From taxes to 'Kindergeld', there are a lot of important changes coming to Germany as June becomes July on Monday.
Every year, more and more foreigners are moving to Germany. We explain the process of obtaining the right to live here indefinitely through acquiring permanent residency.
Here's our list of the 13 different kinds of people from America you are likely to find in Germany. Which one are you?
It’s not just the Greeks who like breaking things for parties...
From smaller towns to the bigger metropolises, renting in Germany ain’t easy. While we can’t find you a flat, we hope to take some of the confusion out of doing so.
Thinking about changing your career or wondering which states in Germany have the best salaries? Here's the lowdown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Munich is known as one of Germany’s most expensive cities and the standard of living is among the highest in the world. Here's our guide to living there without breaking the bank.
From higher wages to new tax deductions, a lot of changes are in store from April 1st - and that's no joke.
Here's the lowdown on the notorious 'Rundfunkbeitrag', how it's administered and how you may be able to get out of paying it.
The Local is in the running for the European Digital Media Awards and it is all thanks to you – our Members.
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.
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.
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.
The conscious underground 'Deutschrap' of the 90s made way for a media-savvy, headline-grabbing generation. The result was more money and more problems.
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.
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.
From higher taxes to healthier products, we look at what changes when January becomes February on Friday.
From population sizes of cities to the populations within them, we test your knowledge of numbers within Germany with this tricky quiz for members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve compiled a list of numerous terms related to Gesundheit, which will hopefully help you survive the forthcoming flu season.
Struggling to improve your German pronunciation? It turns out that Germans are having the same problems trying to learn English.
How is the bitcoin capital of Europe dealing with the currency’s wild price fluctuations?
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?
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?
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?
Some say the arrival of over a million refugees has put the safety of Israeli immigrants at risk. Others argue that politicians and the media would rather blame Arabs for a problem that has existed in Germany for several hundred years.
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.
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.
Although the former GDR may not be first on everyone's list for exciting tourist destinations, these UNESCO World Heritage sites in the former East will make you think twice before planning that next getaway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Floraidh Clement meticulously prepared for her arrival in Germany by scouring expat blogs for tips. One thing she never encountered though was what she needed most: advice on mental health issues.
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.
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? We pick 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.