Berlin named one of the happiest cities in the world

Three cities in Germany have been rated among the happiest in the world by the 2024 Happy City Index. While Berlin fared the best in the ranking, some other German cities were... | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

Government waves through massive shakeup of German postal system

The Bundestag has passed a landmark reform to the German postal system, the first major overhaul since 1997. As well as watered-down delivery targets, the reform will bring more... | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

Get driving in Germany with zero hassle with a car subscription from FINN

Simple, flexible and carefree - that's how driving a car should be. FINN makes it possible! Experience the FINN car subscription now in an all-round carefree package without long... | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Applications for 189 Berlin state services possible only via fax, report finds

An internal report from the Berlin government found that 189 of the city's 731 state services could still only be applied for via fax in 2023. 5.333 fax machines operating in... | Continue reading | 1 day ago

A guide to Germany’s North and Baltic Sea coastlines

When you first moved to Germany, it won’t have been long before you picked up on the country’s expansive love for its limited coastline. Here’s where to head on the German... | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Nuns and monks enlisted to test new Europa Park rollercoaster

A group of nuns and monks from Engelberg, Switzerland were recently invited to test out one of Europa Park’s new rollercoasters - not an undertaking for the faint of heart. Swiss... | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Euro 2024: Best places to watch the tournament in Germany

It’s time! The UEFA European Football Championships will get underway tonight when hosts Germany play Scotland in Munich. Here’s where you can catch the game - and every match to... | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Tagesschau broadcasts first news show in “easy German”

Germany’s most-watched news programme has launched a simplified language edition to better include German learners and those with difficulty understanding complex vocabulary.... | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Germany announces new military service policy

The German government has outlined its new plan to increase voluntary military service and mandatory Bundeswehr participation, should it be deemed necessary. Document outlines... | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Germany to raise BAföG student loan payments

The German government has confirmed that students receiving the BAföG higher education loan will soon see more money arrive in their bank accounts each month. German BAföG... | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Deutsche Bahn delays Stuttgart 21 station opening until December 2026

Deutsche Bahn has announced that construction of the Stuttgart 21 (S21) train station will not be finished until December 2026. The project has been in the works since the 1990s... | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Deutsche Bahn announces summer timetable and Euro 2024 services

Deutsche Bahn has announced its new summer timetable, extra services during the European Football Championships and several changes to travel policies. Here’s what passengers need... | Continue reading | 6 days ago

German government to subsidise landlords offering affordable rent

The German government plans to revive a new housing policy similar to one scrapped in the 1990s, which offers landlords subsidy payments if they charge affordable rent. Criticism... | Continue reading | 6 days ago

German government sets new THC limit for drivers

The German Bundestag has confirmed its new THC limit for drivers. Anyone found to be over the new limit while driving can face fines and a driving ban. Germany sets 3,5 nanogram... | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Germany sees highest EU election voter turnout since reunification

Germany’s conservative and far-right parties have made gains in the European elections on Sunday, following the country’s highest voter turnout since reunification. Christian... | Continue reading | 7 days ago

How to become a landlord in Germany

Germany offers many attractive conditions for anyone who is considering investing in a buy-to-let property and becoming a landlord. Nick Mulder from Investfriend by Hypofriend... | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Half a million balcony solar panel units now installed in Germany

Figures from the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) have revealed that Germany’s solar power panel surge has hit another milestone, with half a million “balcony power... | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Think you know Berlin’s transport network? Test yourself

Locals in Berlin, Munich and Hamburg can now put their public transport network knowledge to the test with Metro Memory’s German city editions. Metro Memory launches Berlin,... | Continue reading | 9 days ago

German ranked among least attractive languages in the world

A new study by Preply has named German among one of the least attractive languages in the world. Two guesses for which languages came up roses. Italian and Portuguese named most... | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Germany steps up border controls ahead of Euros 2024

From June 7, border controls will be increased in Germany ahead of the Euros 2024 Championship, which kicks off on June 14. Police increase border controls to and from Germany... | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Chancenkarte visa scheme is “too complicated” to succeed, say researchers

Immigration policy researchers in Germany have called the government’s new, points-based Chancenkarte visa scheme “too complicated” to entice overseas workers effectively.... | Continue reading | 11 days ago

DB launches deal on 500.000 Europewide train tickets until June 9

Germany’s nationwide rail provider Deutsche Bahn has announced that it will sell 500.000 train tickets at reduced prices over the European election weekend until June 9. Deutsche... | Continue reading | 11 days ago

5 German universities make top 100 in new QS ranking

In the newest international university ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), five German universities have made it into the top 100, with two Munich universities retaining their... | Continue reading | 12 days ago

Flood death toll rises in Germany while several still missing

Five people have now been confirmed dead in ongoing floods in southern Germany. Emergency services are continuing the clean-up and searching for several missing residents. Five... | Continue reading | 12 days ago

German supermarkets recall potentially poisonous potatoes

Several German supermarkets have recalled potatoes grown in Egypt containing poisonous amounts of glyphosate pesticide. These are the brands which should be avoided until further... | Continue reading | 13 days ago

When does it make sense to switch to private health insurance in Germany?

Not everyone is free to choose between public and private health insurance in Germany, but if that option is open to you, it’s a question worth careful consideration. Michael... | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Income share spent on housing in Germany is third-highest in the EU

A report from Eurostat has revealed that people in Germany are paying 24,5 percent of their income towards housing, the third-highest share in the EU bloc. German residents spend... | Continue reading | 14 days ago

New podcast Why Germany: Stories of expats in Germany

Have you ever wondered if Germany is a good place for expats? Do you have some questions about living in Germany or doing the relocation process? Many expats have experienced the... | Continue reading | 14 days ago

New podcast Why Germany: Stories of expats in Germany

Have you ever wondered if Germany is a good place for expats? Do you have some questions about living in Germany or doing the relocation process? Many expats have experienced the... | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Deutsche Bahn reduce services in Bavaria as flood warnings continue

Deutsche Bahn has severely reduced long-distance train services in Bavaria following heavy flooding in southern Germany over the weekend. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and... | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Can I move federal states during my German citizenship application?

Applying for citizenship, submitting your application and waiting for a response can be a long process in Germany. How does it affect your application if you need or want to move... | Continue reading | 15 days ago

Berlin public libraries see memberships shoot up

Public libraries in Berlin recorded a significant increase in the number of people registering for library cards in 2023, the Berlin Central and Regional Library (ZLB) has said.... | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Berlin's BER wins award for best airport in Europe

Berlin’s infamous BER airport has won the title of the best airport in Europe, according to a ranking by the UK-based travel portal Eurochange. Berlin-Brandenburg Airport ranked... | Continue reading | 17 days ago

Level 3 weather warning issued as storms forecast for Germany

The German Weather Service (DWD) has issued a severe weather warning for storms and heavy rainfall in southwestern and northeastern parts of the country. Torrential rain expected... | Continue reading | 17 days ago

Turning an expat identity crisis into an identity shift

Picture this: You've just embarked on your overseas adventure, brimming with excitement and anticipation. Yet, as the novelty begins to wear off, you realise that the familiar... | Continue reading | 18 days ago

June 2024: 10 changes affecting expats in Germany

It’s all kicking off in June! Elections, citizenship, fair and football fever: the summer is only just beginning, but next month will be jam-packed for Germany. 1. The IamExpat... | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Berlin Senate orders rideshare apps to withdraw 1.600 illegal cars

The Berlin Senate has ordered the taxi and rideshare platforms Uber, Bolt, Freenow and Bliq to remove 1.600 vehicles from the city’s streets due to insufficient permits. Uber,... | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Germany sees highest number of naturalisations in 23 years

Figures from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) have revealed that the number of residents who gained German citizenship in 2023 was the highest since 2000. The new... | Continue reading | 19 days ago

How to find a job in Germany with the new Chancenkarte visa

On June 1, 2024, Germany will launch its new Chancenkarte visa system, allowing non-EU migrants without a job sponsor to move to the federal republic and look for work. Here’s... | Continue reading | 20 days ago

10 reasons why you should do a remote tech course with DataScientest

Are you considering advancing your skills or exploring new career paths but feeling uncertain about committing to a traditional in-person course? In today's rapidly evolving world... | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Cow’s milk consumption sees significant drop in Germany

Figures from the Ministry for Agriculture and Food (BMEL) have revealed a significant drop in the amount of cow’s milk consumed per capita in Germany compared to 30 years ago.... | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Men investigated for chanting “Foreigners Out” song at German beer festival

Police are investigating two men after they reportedly chanted a song at the Bergkirchweich beer festival which includes the Nazi slogan “Ausländer raus” ("Foreigners out"). The... | Continue reading | 21 days ago

7 health insurance pitfalls to avoid when moving to Germany

Recently moved to Germany? Mirja Lundehn, an insurance expert from KLforExpats, explains what you need to look out for when organising your health insurance. Whether you're... | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Germany continues to record high sick leave rates in 2024

Figures from the first quarter of 2024 are in, and the rate of sick leave taken by employees in Germany continues to be high. Germany sees 5,8 percent sick leave rate in first... | Continue reading | 22 days ago

6 German mazes that will leave you stumped

Looking to lose yourself somewhere less depressing than the drop-down menus of the local Ausländerbehörde website? Germany’s hedge and corn mazes are calling your name. Hedge... | Continue reading | 23 days ago

Berlin play dramatises dog poo attack on dance critic in 2023

A new play showing in Berlin has dramatised a 2023 incident in which an award-winning German ballet company director smeared his dog’s poo on a journalist who had consistently... | Continue reading | 24 days ago

Illegally dumped rubbish cost Berlin 10 million euros in 2023

The copious amounts of distressed Kallax shelves, lidless Tupperware boxes and worn Teflon frying pans that decorate Berlin’s streets cost the city around 10 million euros to... | Continue reading | 25 days ago

German life expectancy continues to sink below western European average

Figures from the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB) and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research have found that life expectancy in Germany is falling yet... | Continue reading | 25 days ago