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Top Ten Reasons to Live in Germany

Updated on March 21, 2015

Some impressions of Germany

An economic crisis has pushed many financially stable families in the most developed countries into precarious situations. The US are facing rising and insurmountable debts, the labor market crisis in Europe has pulled the rug out from under the Europeans and the new superpower China will hardly be able to maintain a growth of 9% this year. Highly-qualified graduates are not finding jobs in Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal and many do not see any light at the end of the tunnel.

Many are considering going abroad to find jobs but fear, skepticism and uncertainty keeps many from taking that step.Indeed, living in a foreign country is not easy. Adapting to a new culture and foreign traditions as well as learning a new language often takes years and can lead to frustration and even rejection of the host countries customs.

However, the world is transforming and many countries are opening up their doors to skilled and motivated workers. One of these countries is Germany which is in many aspects a very welcoming and hospitable European country.

These are the Top 10 Reasons to live, work and/or study in Germany:

1) Highly diversified educational system

Germany is a very sought after location for university students from abroad. The German tertiary education system is highly diversified. If you are practically oriented and want to gather professional experience while studying at university, a Fachhochschule (University of Applied Sciences) might be just the right institution for you. These Fachhochschulen offer degree programs in the field of technology, business, social studies and media management. Those interested in studying medicine, education and law-related study programs will find the programs they are looking for at the traditional universities. Some might be reluctant about studying in Germany due to a limited knowledge of the German language. You don’t have anything to worry about anymore. Nowadays, many German educational institutions including universities offer international degree programs. Subjects are taught in English and students are awarded a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with international recognition at the end of their studies. Some international programs include:

Some interesting Bachelor’s Programs in English

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business Administration (IBW)

Furtwangen University (Click for more information)

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Physics (Click for more information)

University of Oldenburg

  • Internationally Oriented Studies (IOS) - Engineering & Technology

FH Aachen - University of Applied Sciences (Click for more information)

  • Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management

EBS University (Click for more information)

  • Bachelor of European Studies (Major)

University of Passau (Click for more information)

Some interesting Master’s Programs

  • European Master in Law & Economics (EMLE)

University of Hamburg (Click for more information)

  • Executive MBA in Innovation & Business Creation (MBA)

Technische Universität München (University) (Click for more information)

  • International Management of Resources & Environment (MBA IMRE)

Freiberg University of Mining and Technology (Click for more information)

  • International Tourism Management (MA)

Heilbronn University (Click for more information)

Look for international programs in your area of speciality on the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

University Bonn the Rhine Germany

2) Obtain a scholarship to study in Germany

You can get a scholarship to study in Germany! Highly motivated university graduates with good grades have a good chance of obtaining a scholarship to study in Germany for several years. Scholarships are granted to foreign students, young graduates, doctoral students and early-stage researchers from all academic disciplines. Visit the DAAD website and find out about the application procedure, the selection criteria, information on German language proficiency requirements and the rating of the equivalency of your academic education and degree.

3) The Blue Card opens doors to foreign employees

Germany is looking for qualified people! Currently, there is a lack of qualified engineers, IT specialists and medical doctors in Germany. The average number of children per family is 1.3. In order to maintain the size of the population of Germany, an average of 2 children would need to be born per family. The demand for qualified people is rising and Germany has already introduced measures to facilitate the immigration process. On August 1st, 2012, the Blue Card came into effect. By this measure, the German government wants to make it easier for qualified experts to get a German work permit. There are some requirements that have to be fulfilled though. Applicants must possess a university degree from an accredited university or at least 5 years of experience in a profession as well as an employment contract from a German company. The salary must be 44.800€ or 35.000€ in the case of scientists, IT experts, engineers and medical doctors. There will be no more labour market check (Arbeitsmarktcheck) which generally extended the visa application process for weeks. Before, this group of experts needed to be offered a contract with a minimum income of 66.000€. After 21 months of employment and a good knowledge of German, employees can get a permanent residence permit in Germany. Foreign students and graduates are also supported in their search for a job. They are now granted 18 months to look for a job in Germany. In addition, well qualified graduates from abroad now have the right to reside in Germany for 6 months to look for a job. These prerequisites create incentives for highly qualified individuals from abroad to look for career opportunities in Germany.

German sausage and ryebread

4) The German Culinary Art

The Germany culinary art is exceptional and one-of-a-kind. German bakeries are a heaven on earth and there is no country where you can find more bread varieties. Many consider the German bread to be the best in the world and anyone who has tried it can only confirm this. There are seven categories of German breads find at every German Bäckerei.

- Breads made from wheat include at least 90% wheat flour. They have a light color a mild taste and a soft crust.

- Breads made from a mixture of wheat flour and other flours have a wheat content between 50 and 89%.

- Breads made from rye include at least 90% rye flour. They have a lot of vitamins and nutrients and a strong, unique taste.

- Breads made from a mixture of rye flour and other flours are made up of a rye content between 50 and 89%.

- Whole-grain breads consist of whole grains which are finely ground.

- There are 1200 different rolls & mini-Breads called Brötchen in German. They have different types of crusts and are again divided into four groups. There are smooth rolls, rolls with a slashed surface and an aromatic taste, refined rolls which contain sugar and fat and are generally softer. Examples are Hörnchen und Croissants, the imitated, French variant. Last but not least, there are rolls with added flavorings. They contain seeds, nuts, onions, raisins and others.

- Specialty breads are breads that have a specific amount of a special ingredient, are made with a special technique or are for people with specific dietary needs.

Besides the bread, meat eaters will find their paradise in Germany which boasts 1500 different sausage varieties of which the most popular ones are the Bratwurst (fried sausage), the Wiener Wurst, the Blutwurst (made from blood), the Münchner Weißwurst (white sausage from Munich) or the Currywurst (a steamed sausage spiced with curry ketchup).

5) The German Beer Culture

Beer is obviously another reason to live in Germany. In the summer, Germans get together at German Beer gardens and sit at long wooden tables outside in between trees. The Oktoberfest in Munich boasts 30 beer tents in which local beers are served. You can even take your children to pubs. You can take a look at one of 1200 beers breweries in Germany and sample the beer right there. Germans are usually proud of their local beer (Kölsch in Cologne or Alt in Düsseldorf).

Some different beer types include:

- Altbier

- Berliner Weisse

- Bock

- Dunkelbier

- Hefeweizen

- Kristallweizen

- Kölsch

- Märzen

- Pils

- Rauchbier

6) German cleanliness and order

German punctuality, organization and cleanliness are another top reason to live in this Western European country. Streets are clean, parks are tidy and the traffic is strictly regulated with a great variety of street signs at every street. Cleanliness is a top priority for Germans which is why they prefer using their own toilets over public ones and buy the most cleaning products and soaps in Europe. Sundays are holy days for Germans and you are not allowed to vacuum-clean, mow your lawn or renovate and you should also not allow your children to be too noisy.

7) Best Medical System in the World

Germany has one of the best medical care systems in the world. The law requires everyone to be insured, even those that are unemployed or unable to work because of health or other reasons. The state provides for their health care expenses in these cases. The five pillars of the social security system are health insurance, long-term care insurance, pension insurance, unemployment insurance and work accident insurance. The work accident insurance is fully borne by employers while the costs of the other insurances are shared by the employer and the employee.

8) 30 Days of Vacation

Holidays are holy in German. Germans benefit from 30 days of paid vacation time and they would do anything to maintain that right which seems to be God-given to them. They view it as necessary to be able to perform well in their jobs and work productively and efficiently.

9) The Country of Clubs

Germany is a country with many clubs (Vereine) for leisure purposes. Clubs range from dance to bowling to chess to badminton to singing clubs. There is a club for any kind of interest in Germany. Clubs are not based on profits and can thus offer relatively low prices for their sports or leisure programs. Germans use the chance to get together with other Germans in clubs on weekdays as well as on weekends. Clubs also organize competitions and compete against each other.

ICE - German high-speed train

10) Unsurpassed public transport system

Germany has an unsurpassed public transportation system as well as the renowned Autobahnen with unlimited speed limits. The public transportation system includes the high-speed train ICE which offers extreme comfort and travels up to 230km/h between the major cities in Germany. In the cities, conventional trains, subways, busses and taxis guarantee you can get anywhere at any time without spending a dime for your gas. Tickets are affordable and parts of the price can even be reimbursed by tax authorities if the tickets are used for work purposes.

Germany has many great things to offer and is a very attractive location for foreigners, especially in view of the world crisis. Expats can be sure to find a good and stable future in Germany with many academic and professional opportunities that might long have seeped away in their home country.


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    • AlexisG profile image


      3 years ago

      I'll be going to Germany next spring and I'm looking forward to checking it out.

    • LiliMarlene profile image

      Elisabeth Meier 

      5 years ago

      Hello Jennifer,

      I don't know why you write about Germany. Most of what you mention here is not true or only half true.

      For example, it's not true that every employee gets a 30 day vacation. The law is that employees get a minimum of 24 days (see § 3 Abs. 1 BUrlG). Freelancers and self-employed don't get any holidays.

      Then, you mention the cleanliness and order. This is true at tourist places and small towns everything is tidy but you obviously haven't been in the big cities. Further, you haven't seen how many people live on the street and that millions of people live at the existence minimum and this although they already have 2-3 jobs.

      Then, seniors who paid all the years of work for their old-age pension can't live on this and have to work besides.

      The oh so great medical system is partly not affordable for the poor like in all other countries.

      Next, oh boy, the railway system. What a mess! Really expensive and always not in time. No air condition in summer and not enough heating in winter and gets stranded in blazing heat or snow.

      Concerning the beer - this is all local tradition, not every sort is available all over the country. Some sorts are very special and not all German like to drink all sorts or beer at all.

      Clubs - clubs actually are of English origin and English tradition and you find a bigger number there. Hence, why is Germany the country of Clubs?

      Our German educational system is nothing special. You have different ways to reach your goal, but so you have in other countries of the western world and of course you have to pay fees in each semester for studying.

      Concerning the culinary art I must say I don't know anyone who eats sausages with rye bread as you show it on this photo. Sorry, but this simply is nasty together.

      Further I don't know anybody who works with such a Blue Card in Germany because it is very difficult to get one. As far as I know you need a work contract with a company and the company has to prove that there is no German available with the same qualification - just like for the U.S. Green Card. Then, it's not for everyone but only for really high qualified persons who already have or had a career.

      I apologize and I'm really sorry, but this article is not even half true.

    • CrazyForMiles profile image

      Crazy For Miles 

      6 years ago from UNION CITY, CALIFORNIA

      Only been in Berlin Germany one time...... we got robbed in the subway, so it is not very impressive for us.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany

      Living in Germany is one of the best things that happened into my life. I´m living now between these 2 countries, Philippines and Germany and it´s always a pleasure to be back in Germany every time I´m out of this country. Thanks for sharing this useful hub.

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      7 years ago

      I really enjoyed my stay in Germany between 2005 and 2011. Once you master the language and understand the mentality, you can have a really good life in Germany.

    • Jennifer Madison profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer Madison 

      8 years ago from Lohmar

      That is true, the secondary education system should undergo reformation and the system of having three different high schools for the smart, the average and the dumb students (to call a spade a spade) is questionable. I think Gymnasien are good because they teach at a very high level but the students at Realschulen and Hauptschulen do not have the most amazing job opportunities when they graduate.

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      8 years ago

      Great Hub! I definitely agree with your comments on food, beer and the health system - all great reasons to live here. Although I do have to admit that the beer isn't the same or as good everywhere - I recently moved to Saxony from Bavaria and I really miss the Bavarian beer! I would have to disagree with the education here being a good thing though - admittedly, the universities may be diverse but the way that they decide a child's academic future at the age of 10 and send them to a corresponding school... well, I found it a bit barbaric to be honest. Who wants to have their entire academic (and thereby professional) future mapped out for them before they even hit puberty?

    • Jennifer Madison profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer Madison 

      8 years ago from Lohmar

      Yes it is always easier living in your own country. I can only confirm that. I have been living in Argentina for 3 years and I remember I couldn't wait to get out of Germany in 2010. Now, I can't wait to go back. Living abroad opens your eyes and makes you value your own country. Everything that I was criticizing about Germany 3 years ago, I now cherish and I can't wait to have those things back.

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      Khaleeq ur Rehman 

      8 years ago from Pakistan

      Very nice reasons to live in Germany. But even then majority of people like to live in their own culture and homeland with their own style.


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