German city ranked 4th most disappointing in the world

If there is any hype surrounding Germany, we now officially know that it doesn’t deliver. In a new ranking, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg have been rated as some of the most... | Continue reading | 6 hours ago

Thousands of German teens are downloading SLAY, a new compliments app

SLAY has only recently been released, but kids in Germany have already sent it soaring to the top of the iOS app store charts. What’s all the fuss about? German teens smitten... | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Weed Reinheitsgebot: Which quality standards will cannabis in Germany have to meet?

The deutsches Reinheinsgebot (German purity law) regulates the quality and preserves the prestige of German beer. But what about cannabis? Industry representatives are planning... | Continue reading | 1 day ago

17 best places to go ice skating in Germany

Whether you’re a graceful ice queen or a wobbly snowman too nervous to let go of the side, there’s fun to be had at an ice rink near you this winter in Germany! Alongside indoor... | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Rents rising faster than property prices in Germany

Climbing interest rates, increasingly expensive building materials and rising inflation are only worsening the unaffordability of housing in Germany. And according to a recently... | Continue reading | 2 days ago

2022 saw long-awaited sharp rise for German pensions, report reveals

Pensions in Germany are on the rise after a long period of small increases in the average monthly income for retirees. Nevertheless, many pensioners are struggling to make ends... | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Germany ranked among best countries to raise a family

In a new ranking, Enjoy Travel has rated Germany as one of the best countries in which to raise a family. Access to healthcare, education and the cost of renting were all assessed... | Continue reading | 3 days ago

67 percent more German schoolchildren being kept back a year

German government statistics have revealed that an increasing amount of school-age children are having to retake a year of their primary or secondary education. The numbers vary... | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Stargazer’s delight: Rare green comet soon visible in Germany

Not seen since Neanderthals walked the earth, the Green comet will soon be visible in skies across Germany, peaking on the night of February 1. The comet originates from the... | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Who qualifies for a pension contribution refund after leaving Germany?

Some people who work in Germany for a short time before moving abroad are eligible to have their pension contributions refunded. Germany Pension Refund explains what the... | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Germany receives the worst corruption index score since 2014

Transparency International has just released its annual World Corruption Index, granting Germany the worst score in almost 10 years. But what has happened over the past decade in... | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Deutsche Bahn responsible for Switzerland's most delayed trains in 2022

In a land where even a one-minute train delay is sacrilegious, Germany’s infamously tardy transport provider Deutsche Bahn is bringing chaos across the border to Switzerland, and... | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Digitising Germany’s health records could save 70.000 lives, research reveals

Research by the health insurance company, BARMER has exposed that digitising health records in Germany could mean saving 70.000 lives annually across the country. Emergency... | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Germany’s DUH call for autobahn speed limit to reduce CO2

New research by the DUH has found that Germany’s CO2 saving goal for 2030 could already be one-third complete by making one simple change: reducing the autobahn speed limit to 100... | Continue reading | 5 days ago

The 49-euro Deutschlandticket could be cheaper for employees

North Rhine-Westphalia's transport minister is pushing for workers across Germany to get a company discount on their 49-euro ticket. Meanwhile in Hesse, the local government is... | Continue reading | 6 days ago

US expat taxes in 2023: 5 things Americans abroad need to know

New year, new tax rules! As an American living abroad, you probably know that you need to continue to file US tax returns every year. Nathalie Goldstein, CEO of MyExpatTaxes and... | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Code Labs Academy: More than just a coding school

Code Labs Academy (CLA) is an international coding school that was born in 2021 out of the global need for talent in technology and computer science. Whether you're looking to... | Continue reading | 6 days ago

February 2023: 8 changes affecting expats in Germany

February 2023 is the month when coronavirus masks will finally leave everyday life in Germany, but there are lots more changes to be aware of over the coming weeks. Masks... | Continue reading | 6 days ago

All Quiet On The Western Front nominated for 9 Oscars

Germany’s newest cinematic export, All Quiet On The Western Front, has been nominated for nine Oscars at the upcoming 2023 ceremony. But critics in Germany weren’t so impressed.... | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Winter in Germany: 5 best things to do and places to visit

Winter in Germany can be a particularly hard time when hot summer days by the lake seem a million miles away. Once the Christmas holidays have passed and many of the winter months... | Continue reading | 8 days ago

German man found alive in Switzerland, 18 years after his supposed death

For decades, the idea of “escaping to Switzerland” has been a long-used trope in both history and cinema. However, one person has recently taken the idea to the extreme: Swiss... | Continue reading | 8 days ago

New EU law allows crickets as ingredient in supermarket food

A recently implemented EU law means that frozen, dried and pulverised crickets can now be used as ingredients in food. In Germany and Austria, insects can already be found as... | Continue reading | 9 days ago

15 ways to beat the winter blues

Christmas and New Year are now behind us. During the shorter days of winter, it can often feel like the bright days of spring are a long way off, and it’s not uncommon for people... | Continue reading | 10 days ago

8 reasons why you should do an executive MBA

Looking to accelerate your career prospects, sharpen your skills and gain a competitive edge? An Executive MBA may already be on your radar. Designed for executives who typically... | Continue reading | 10 days ago

2 teenagers killed in knife attack on train near Brokstedt

Two teenagers have been killed and eight injured after a young man attacked train passengers with a knife in Schleswig-Holstein. Knife attack on Schleswig-Holstein train A 33-... | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Gerson Relocation: The quality international moving company

Are you planning a move abroad for work or personal reasons? Gerson Relocation offers quality relocation services to ensure that your effects are protected and that you receive... | Continue reading | 10 days ago

60.000 free youth rail tickets to be issued in Germany and France this summer

As part of the countries’ reignited love for the Franco-German alliance, transport ministers Volker Wissing and Clément Beaune have announced a new free train ticket policy for... | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Germany’s ranking drops in international quality of life index

Germany has dropped four places in the 2023 international Quality of Life ranking, according to crowd-sourced global database Numbeo. House price to income ratio, healthcare and... | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Pensionfriend: The clever way to invest in Germany and retire anywhere in Europe

If you're an expat working in Germany then you've probably wondered when and where you will retire? And what is the best way to prepare for retirement? If these questions have... | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Are BioNTech opening a UK cancer vaccine centre to avoid German bureaucracy?

BioNTech founders Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci have opened a research centre in the UK, where they will develop their cancer vaccine planned for 2030. Tabloid newspaper Bild has... | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Strike cancels all Wednesday flights at Berlin BER airport

All flights set to depart from Berlin’s BER airport will be cancelled on Wednesday, January 25, as staff strike for higher wages and more secure work contracts. Ver.di demand... | Continue reading | 11 days ago

100.000 still waiting on German citizenship as areas report 3-year waiting times

While Auslӓnderbehörden (immigration authorities) are overburdened in 25 of Germany’s most populous cities, more than 100.000 citizenship applications are still awaiting approval... | Continue reading | 12 days ago

Germany’s 49-euro ticket likely delayed... again

Germany’s 49-euro ticket is likely to face further delays, public transport minister Volker Wissing has announced. Federal state governments are getting impatient and pointing... | Continue reading | 12 days ago

Start a new chapter in your life with Coyotiv School of Software Engineering

As an expat, you're no stranger to challenges. Moving to a new country means adapting to a new culture, language, and way of life. And when it comes to building a new career, the... | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Baden-Württemberg driver escapes after 250 km/h police chase

A hectic Mercedes driver in the state of Baden-Württemberg has managed to escape after a high-speed police chase involving 41 cars and a helicopter. Driver escapes high-speed... | Continue reading | 13 days ago

9 German law changes that might affect your personal finances in 2023

Some of Germany’s laws and regulations changed between 2022 and 2023, and several of them will have a direct influence on your personal finances. Seamus Wolf from financial... | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Does your salary make you one of the richest in Germany?

Figures published by the Institute for German Economy have revealed how much people need to earn per month to be considered rich in Germany. How much money do the rich make in... | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Pig hearts could be used in human surgery in 2 years, German surgeon says

After a surgeon in the US successfully transplanted a pig’s heart to a human, a doctor in Munich has said the same procedure will be available in Germany within the next two years... | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Can you be fired for partying during sick leave in Germany?

A woman in Germany has lost her job after her boss found pictures of her partying while she was on sick leave. But was the company legally allowed to fire her? Woman fired for... | Continue reading | 15 days ago

German population reaches record high

Information published by Germany’s Federal Statistics Office has revealed that the country’s population has now hit an all-time high. Meanwhile, births are decreasing and deaths... | Continue reading | 15 days ago

Berlin newbies: 7 free and cheap things to do on every day of the week

Your Deutsche Bahn train has just pulled in 154 minutes late to Berlin Hauptbahnhof and you’re itching to get out there and see the city. Your aunty said you “just must see the... | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Deutsche Post workers announce immediate strike lasting until Monday

Trade union ver.di announced on Thursday evening that workers at Deutsche Post would carry out an immediate strike ahead of a third round of pay rise discussions in February.... | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Essen voted the rudest city in Germany

A UK research company has revealed which cities in Germany are the rudest and most friendly according to foreign language learners online. North Rhine-Westphalia has proven itself... | Continue reading | 16 days ago

How to respond to negative feedback from your boss

Is your boss criticising you or giving you negative feedback? It’s never nice to encounter a difficult situation at work, or to feel like your efforts are not being appreciated,... | Continue reading | 17 days ago

Germany offers 502 euros payment to anyone struggling with heating bills

As Germany faces another bite of winter weather this week, and the gas price cap is yet to benefit energy consumers, Germany’s Federal Employment Agency has announced that people... | Continue reading | 17 days ago

Property prices sink in 13 German cities, analysis reveals

The final quarter of 2022 saw an abrupt drop in property prices across 13 of Germany’s major cities, a new analysis by property company Immowelt has revealed. Essen, Hanover and... | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Prepare your German tax return with Wernli tax consultancy

Not only has a new year begun, but also a new tax filing period. As an expat, filing your taxes is no walk in the park: German tax law is one of the most complicated systems... | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Workers in Germany will soon be able to take one-year funded educational leave

Germany’s labour minister has announced that the country will dramatically expand its policy whereby workers in Germany can take Jobcentre-funded leave to study. Labour minister... | Continue reading | 18 days ago