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So, I heard you want a job in Germany…
Filipe Abreu
Has been living in Berlin since April 2017

So, I heard you want a job in Germany…

by Filipe Abreu

This article was originally published on Medium.

Getting a job in Germany may be a great idea, especially if you are into the tech industry like me. It is not a hard thing to achieve, specifically if you have some experience and a university degree. I have been working in Berlin as a web developer since April 2017, and I will share my experience working here so far. I found some blog posts, articles, and even videos about living in Germany, especially Berlin, but I felt it still lacked some information. I will try to get more deep into the details. Note that this post will mostly be related to working in the IT sector and about my personal experience here.

About Germany

Germany is a great country to live in. It provides a great quality of life, with great social security, educational, and health systems. Also, the German economy is very strong, being nowadays the strongest economy in Europe and the fourth strongest economy in the world. Yet, you may find some differences in public governance here, especially if you are from more liberal countries like the USA (I’m from Brazil).

The German government is very serious about social politics, providing quality health care and education, as well as subsidizing public transport, among other things. But, for that, people pay a lot of taxes. Health insurance is collected from your salary, so each person pays a different value, but everybody gets the same health services. This is a solidarity model that is present in every aspect of German politics. I won’t go into details about tax calculations, as you can calculate using this calculator.

But one thing to note is that if you are married and your partner does not have income in Germany, you pay less taxes, and if you also have children, you pay even less. Choose the right tax category in the calculator above if you fit into those categories. Also, your health insurance covers your partner and children as well. Among other things, education is free in Germany, even universities. Some university courses are even in English, focusing on foreign students.

Another thing to note is that in Germany, and overall in Europe, you will find that social and economic gap is much lower than in other countries. While in Brazil, as a skilled worker in tech, you can get paid 8 to 10 times what a regular blue collar worker is getting paid, in Germany you will probably be earning 2 or 3 times what the regular worker is getting. While everybody is able to sustain a decent lifestyle and the smaller social and economic gap leads to fewer crimes and violence, my purchasing power is actually less than I had in Brazil. Germans living in big cities often live in small apartments (30-50 square meters kitchenettes) and don't have a car, instead rely on public transportation or ride a bike (like me!).

Taken that, Germans often value quality of life more than economic success. Companies will not put pressure on your shoulders or give you unachievable goals. If you are staying late, your boss will even ask you why and tell you to go home. Germans believe that work is better done if it’s enjoyable, and I agree! Yet salaries in Germany are often a bit lower than in other countries, like the UK, especially in Berlin (overall salaries in Hamburg, Munich, and Frankfurt are often higher than in Berlin).

Still, you will find people all over the world moving to Germany to work. I even have two colleagues from the USA that chose Germany as their new home. The German government and labour policies are very open to foreigners, especially if you are a highly skilled worker.

German Efficiency

Germans are often known and praised for their efficiency. As I have to agree that mostly things work better here (for example, trains and people are often on time), this efficiency happens as a result of very strict rules and people following this rules strictly. That even means that German rules are even more important than social empathy. Germans are not confortable on bending the rules, as this would imply that their rules don’t work. So instead of applying a work around, the rules should be changed, but that would require following the protocols of rule changing. Even than, sometimes German eficiency fails. We have several delayed constructions, like the Schönefeld airport in Berlin or the Elbphilarmonie in Hamburg (this was finally delivered with a 5 year delay and at 10 times the budgeted costs).

So, don’t try to get smart here (take note Brazilians!), things can get worst for you. But if you follow the rules, everything works just fine. Just be patient and follow all the required protocols. For example, in traffic people are very polite, drivers stop on each red light and respect pedestrians and cyclists very much. But if you try to cross the street in the red light, possibly you will get run over by a car, drivers won’t stop for you in this case. You can get also earn a ticket and get strange looks, especially if there are children around (don’t be a bad example).

Every step you make living in Germany is filled with bureaucracy, which you must follow step by step. For everything here, especially public services, you will need to make an appointment. The problem is that you can only get free appointments slots within one month ahead. Also, there are often several forms that you must fill, sign and send the original forms by post. Digitalization is still not very trusted here. That also means that most places don’t accept credit or debit cards, most restaurants and cafes only operate on money. Another interesting thing in Germany is that people often have insurances for everything, as if you mess around you can end up having to pay huge amounts of money. So, get a liability and a residence insurance as soon as you arrive.

About Berlin

Most tech jobs and startups in Germany are concentrated in Berlin, but still, you can find tech companies in Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt, as well as in other smaller cities. So if you are considering a tech job in Germany, most probably you will find one in Berlin.

Berlin is the capital and largest city in Germany. There are around 3.5 million people living here. People are living spread all over the city, so you don’t have a large concentration of people and jammed traffic. The city is filled with parks and green areas all over, and there are beautiful canals where you can have a nice walk or even a boat trip. There are cozy cafes all over the city, especially in neighborhoods like Prenzlauer Berg (my favourite!), Mitte and Schönenberg, and the biergartens are very busy during summer.

About Berlin weather, the summertime is great! You actually can get around 25°C temperatures and sunny weather to enjoy a day in the park. You will often find people having barbecues and bare naked sunbathing in parks and lakes during summer. Days lasts for very long, getting dark after 9h30 PM. Summer weather lasts for around 2 to 3 months, then it’s back on being gray, cold and rainy. You will probably get more rain than snow in Berlin. And during winter you will get dark, depressing days, getting dark as early as 4 PM, as opposed to the long days of summer.

Berlin is one of the most culturally active cities in the world. The city has 175 museums, 140 theaters, 300 cinemas, 4650 restaurants, around 900 bars and 190 night clubs. You will find a show or event on any day of the year, many of them as open-air events in parks. During the 1st of May, there is a massive party and events all over the city, especially in Kreuzberg area, characterized by leftist and social movements and manifestations. It’s a city that you can find anything to do, for any taste, at any time. You can’t ever get bored in Berlin.

Yet, Berlin is not a regular European city. You can even hear Germans saying that Berlin is not really Germany. Berlin is truly unique and has its own characteristics, but not everything is for the best. I myself find the city to be very dirty and sometimes even messy. There are a lot of constructions happening in old buildings, blocking the sidewalk, all over the city. The U-Bahn stations are in bad shape, although they work very well. You will find homeless people and often people begging for money inside the U-Bahn trains and stations. Also, Berlin is under constant renovation, with a lot of constructions happening, especially in the Friedrichshain area. Note that the city was divided into two less than 30 years ago and the differences between east (soviet) and west (capitalist) Berlin are still notable.

Rent prices in Berlin are rising every day. It is still cheaper than other cities in Europe like London or Paris, and even other German cities like Munich, but the super cheap rent prices days in Berlin are over now. You will be paying around €600-800 monthly for a single room apartment.

One thing to note when searching for apartments in Berlin is that they count all rooms, not only bedrooms. So a one-room apartment has only a single room (consider it a living room or bedroom), often with a kitchen inside too. A two-room apartment often has a living room with a kitchen plus a bedroom. There are still some apartments with a separated kitchen. Another thing to note is that most buildings are old, but with a renovated apartment. The city is filled with old buildings with 5 floors at most, without elevators or automatic doors. Rarely there are new buildings, that count with elevators, mostly in Mitte, Litchenberg or Friedrichshain, but are overall more expensive. And you won’t find buildings with a doorman, which is very common in Brazil. Also, if you are planning on owning a car, note that old buildings do not count with a garage, so you will have to rent a parking space on the street. Even new buildings with a garage, the parking space is rented separately, which costs around €60 -90.

Finding an apartment in Berlin is also becoming harder every day. You will have a lot of competition, it looks like getting a job. Often when visiting an apartment for rent, you will find 10–20 other people also visiting at the same time. I heard stories of lines with over 100 people to visit an apartment. You will have to provide work contracts, proof of income, and documents proving that you don’t have any unpaid debts (the so-called SCHUFA). That’s why so many people often share apartments or rent rooms in other people apartments. This is possibly the best option you get when arriving, but note that these room rentals are often temporary, sometimes even less than a month.

Overall Berlin is a great city to live, but it has it’s problems too. It is an always changing city, culturally active, filled with green areas and much fun. It is a big city, with a lot of people, and if you are seeking a calmer and more settled atmosphere, maybe you won’t find it here in Berlin. Finally, the city has a lot of immigrants and welcomes expats, with a lot of people speaking English at most any restaurant or shop.

Conclusion

This was my personal experience on working in Berlin so far. Many of my opinions reflect my personal taste and feeling about Germany and Berlin. If you want to know more details about my personal experience or any tips on how to get a job here, please connect with me on LinkedIn or Xing and send me a message there! I will be more than happy to help you out!

Note: I wrote another post on how you can find a tech job in Europe and especially Berlin. If you think Berlin is for you I recommend you check it out!

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General

Berlin, as a world city of science, media, and politics, is the capital and the largest city in Germany. This city is well-known for its amazing festivals, exciting nightlife and a high quality of living.

In Berlin the main language is German, but you are able to find a lot of people under 40 who speak English. Furthermore, the longest open-air gallery in the world is situated in Berlin (1.3 kilometer section of the Berlin Wall). Moreover, Berlin is famous for the tallest tower in Germany — TV tower near Alexanderplatz.

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Very high proficiency of English

2nd

Most populous city in the EU


Cost of living

Property prices
  • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 754 
  • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 537
  • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,523 
  • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,058 
Utilities (monthy)
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 223 
  • Internet € 28 
Transportation
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 2.8
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 81 
  • Taxi 1km ride € 2 
  • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.3
Food & Restaraunts
  • The average food basket € 27                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
  • Lunch € 8 
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 45 
  • Beer € 3
  • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.6 
  • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 1.7 
Sports and leisure
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult  € 25 
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 10 

Healthcare

Germany is famous all over the world for high-level treatment. Berlin, as a capital of this country, has many hospitals and medical research universities. The most famous hospital with an exemplary reputation and with a 24-hour emergency room is Charité Mitte.

It is suitable that almost all doctors in Berlin can speak English. Moreover, medications are provided by German chemists and pharmacies, for some kinds of medications you will need to have a prescription from a licensed physician.

It is required in Germany to be insured. There is a dual system of insurance in Germany: compulsory and private. Compulsory insurance it is when the amount of money you pay depends on your income (14,6% of your income). Generally, 7,3% will be automatically deducted from your salary. Your employer covers the remaining fee.

For private insurance you pay an amount depending on your age and health. Furthermore, you have to take private insurance if your salary is higher than 56250 EUR per year.

More about health care system


Education

There are three types of Higher Education Institutions in Germany such as: Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences, Universities of Art/Music. Currently, Germany is adapting higher education to the three cycle degree system, which is common for the European Higher Education Area. In this country Bachelor's and Master's degrees are available. Public universities in Germany are free, but all the student have to pay semester fee which is between €150 and €350. Moreover, here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Berlin.

More about Higher Education


Climate

Berlin, as a city with a Maritime temperate climate, is considered as a place with cold winters and humid warm summers. The average temperature in summer is 25°C (77 °F) and in winter -2°C (28 °F). Furthermore, in the city temperatures can be 4°C (7°F) higher than in the suburbs.

 25°C

average temperature in summer

-2°C

average temperature in winter


Safety

Berlin, as a safe city, has a safety level of 78% safe according to Citysafe’s rating and 61% according to Numbeo. However, in some tourist places, you can meet pickpockets in crowds (but it is just a usual situation for all cities). Furthermore, this city doesn`t have “no-go areas”. And about crime, Berlin is also safe for residents.

78/100

Safety index "Citysafe"

61/100

Economy

Berlin, as a city with the highest annual employment growth rate, is considered as a place where a lot of jobs are added every day. Furthermore, this city has economic development due to a big amount of innovations and researches.That`s why Berlin is a center for investments and professional relocation.

1498

Minimum monthly salary

3737

People

Expat communities are common in Berlin because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

InterNations

Meetup

Angloinfo

  • General

    Berlin, as a world city of science, media, and politics, is the capital and the largest city in Germany. This city is well-known for its amazing festivals, exciting nightlife and a high quality of living.

    In Berlin the main language is German, but you are able to find a lot of people under 40 who speak English. Furthermore, the longest open-air gallery in the world is situated in Berlin (1.3 kilometer section of the Berlin Wall). Moreover, Berlin is famous for the tallest tower in Germany — TV tower near Alexanderplatz.

    Created with Sketch.

    Very high proficiency of English

    2nd

    Most populous city in the EU

  • Cost of living

    Property prices
    • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 754 
    • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 537
    • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,523 
    • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,058 
    Utilities (monthy)
    • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 223 
    • Internet € 28 
    Transportation
    • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 2.8
    • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 81 
    • Taxi 1km ride € 2 
    • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.3
    Food & Restaraunts
    • The average food basket € 27                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
    • Lunch € 8 
    • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 45 
    • Beer € 3
    • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.6 
    • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 1.7 
    Sports and leisure
    • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult  € 25 
    • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 10 
  • Healthcare

    Germany is famous all over the world for high-level treatment. Berlin, as a capital of this country, has many hospitals and medical research universities. The most famous hospital with an exemplary reputation and with a 24-hour emergency room is Charité Mitte.

    It is suitable that almost all doctors in Berlin can speak English. Moreover, medications are provided by German chemists and pharmacies, for some kinds of medications you will need to have a prescription from a licensed physician.

    It is required in Germany to be insured. There is a dual system of insurance in Germany: compulsory and private. Compulsory insurance it is when the amount of money you pay depends on your income (14,6% of your income). Generally, 7,3% will be automatically deducted from your salary. Your employer covers the remaining fee.

    For private insurance you pay an amount depending on your age and health. Furthermore, you have to take private insurance if your salary is higher than 56250 EUR per year.

    More about health care system

  • Education

    There are three types of Higher Education Institutions in Germany such as: Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences, Universities of Art/Music. Currently, Germany is adapting higher education to the three cycle degree system, which is common for the European Higher Education Area. In this country Bachelor's and Master's degrees are available. Public universities in Germany are free, but all the student have to pay semester fee which is between €150 and €350. Moreover, here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Berlin.

    More about Higher Education

  • Climate

    Berlin, as a city with a Maritime temperate climate, is considered as a place with cold winters and humid warm summers. The average temperature in summer is 25°C (77 °F) and in winter -2°C (28 °F). Furthermore, in the city temperatures can be 4°C (7°F) higher than in the suburbs.

     25°C

    average temperature in summer

    -2°C

    average temperature in winter

  • Safety

    Berlin, as a safe city, has a safety level of 78% safe according to Citysafe’s rating and 61% according to Numbeo. However, in some tourist places, you can meet pickpockets in crowds (but it is just a usual situation for all cities). Furthermore, this city doesn`t have “no-go areas”. And about crime, Berlin is also safe for residents.

    78/100

    Safety index "Citysafe"

    61/100
  • Economy

    Berlin, as a city with the highest annual employment growth rate, is considered as a place where a lot of jobs are added every day. Furthermore, this city has economic development due to a big amount of innovations and researches.That`s why Berlin is a center for investments and professional relocation.

    1498

    Minimum monthly salary

    3737
  • People

    Expat communities are common in Berlin because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

    InterNations

    Meetup

    Angloinfo

General

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the second smallest German state by area. This city is also famous for its beautiful architecture, for instance, there is the most wonderful and the largest government building in Germany. Moreover, there is one interesting fact that people call Hamburg as Germany's Gateway to the World because here you can find the biggest port in this country.

Furthermore, there are more bridges in Hamburg than in Venice and Amsterdam combined. Generally, Hamburg is a safe city, but everybody has to be careful on the Reeperbahn St. after dark.

2nd

largest city in Germany

14%

of the Hamburg city area is green

2,3k

bridges in the city


Cost of living

Property prices
  • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 737
  • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 555
  • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,586
  • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,039
Utilities (monthy)
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 217
  • Internet € 29
Transportation
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 3.1 
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 86 
  • Taxi 1km ride € 2 
  • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.3 
Food & Restaraunts
  • The average food basket € 33                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
  • Lunch € 11
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 50 
  • Beer € 3.8 
  • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.9
  • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2.3
Sports and leisure
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 36 
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 12 

Healthcare

Germany is famous all over the world for high-level treatment and Hamburg is not an exemption. There are more than 50 top-class hospitals in Hamburg, which are internationalized for better researching and developing the medicine in Germany. For promoting Hamburg as a premium Healthcare destination, this website was created by Hamburg Tourist Board, where you can find a lot of information about healthcare in the city.

English-speaking staff is common in Hamburg. Medications are provided by pharmacies (Apotheke), for some kinds of medications you will need to have a prescription from a doctor.

It is required in Germany to be insured. There is a dual system of insurance in Germany: compulsory and private. Compulsory insurance it is when the amount of money you pay depends on your income (14,6% of your income). Generally, 7,3% will be automatically deducted from your salary. Your employer covers the remaining fee.

For private insurance you pay an amount depending on your age and health. Furthermore, you have to take private insurance if your salary is higher than 56250 EUR per year.

More about health care system


Education

There are three types of Higher Education Institutions in Germany such as: Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences, Universities of Art/Music. Currently, Germany is adapting higher education to the three cycle degree system, which is common for the European Higher Education Area. In this country Bachelor's and Master's degrees are available. Public universities in Germany are free, but all the student have to pay semester fee which is between €150 and €350. Moreover, here you can find the best universities, colleges, and education providers in Hamburg.

More about Higher Education


Climate

Hamburg, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with cold winters and warm summers. The average temperature in summer is 23°C (74 °F) and in winter 1°C (34 °F) with little snowfall.

 23°C

average temperature in summer

C

average temperature in winter


Safety

Hamburg has a safety level of 50% safe according to Numbeo’s rating. As a port city Hamburg is relatively safe, but pickpockets, thieves football hooligans, and prostitutes can be met on the streets (mostly at night). Furthermore, there are some areas in the city that are better to avoid (Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, St. Georg, Adenauerallee, Steindamm, Bremer, Reihe, and Hansaplatz). And about crime, Hamburg is safe for residents.

50/100

Safety index


Economy

Hamburg is a city with high employment rate and significant economy. With the second largest port in Europe, Hamburg is a city where you can find a lot of companies or their representatives. That`s why a lot of expats find jobs there. There is one interesting fact that 88% of working-age people work in more than 120,000 businesses. Moreover, Hamburg is the most important banking city in Northern Germany.

1498

Minimum monthly salary

4039

Average monthly salary


People

Expat communities are common in Hamburg because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

InterNations

Meetup

  • General

    Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the second smallest German state by area. This city is also famous for its beautiful architecture, for instance, there is the most wonderful and the largest government building in Germany. Moreover, there is one interesting fact that people call Hamburg as Germany's Gateway to the World because here you can find the biggest port in this country.

    Furthermore, there are more bridges in Hamburg than in Venice and Amsterdam combined. Generally, Hamburg is a safe city, but everybody has to be careful on the Reeperbahn St. after dark.

    2nd

    largest city in Germany

    14%

    of the Hamburg city area is green

    2,3k

    bridges in the city

  • Cost of living

    Property prices
    • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 737
    • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 555
    • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,586
    • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,039
    Utilities (monthy)
    • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 217
    • Internet € 29
    Transportation
    • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 3.1 
    • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 86 
    • Taxi 1km ride € 2 
    • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.3 
    Food & Restaraunts
    • The average food basket € 33                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
    • Lunch € 11
    • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 50 
    • Beer € 3.8 
    • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.9
    • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2.3
    Sports and leisure
    • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 36 
    • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 12 
  • Healthcare

    Germany is famous all over the world for high-level treatment and Hamburg is not an exemption. There are more than 50 top-class hospitals in Hamburg, which are internationalized for better researching and developing the medicine in Germany. For promoting Hamburg as a premium Healthcare destination, this website was created by Hamburg Tourist Board, where you can find a lot of information about healthcare in the city.

    English-speaking staff is common in Hamburg. Medications are provided by pharmacies (Apotheke), for some kinds of medications you will need to have a prescription from a doctor.

    It is required in Germany to be insured. There is a dual system of insurance in Germany: compulsory and private. Compulsory insurance it is when the amount of money you pay depends on your income (14,6% of your income). Generally, 7,3% will be automatically deducted from your salary. Your employer covers the remaining fee.

    For private insurance you pay an amount depending on your age and health. Furthermore, you have to take private insurance if your salary is higher than 56250 EUR per year.

    More about health care system

  • Education

    There are three types of Higher Education Institutions in Germany such as: Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences, Universities of Art/Music. Currently, Germany is adapting higher education to the three cycle degree system, which is common for the European Higher Education Area. In this country Bachelor's and Master's degrees are available. Public universities in Germany are free, but all the student have to pay semester fee which is between €150 and €350. Moreover, here you can find the best universities, colleges, and education providers in Hamburg.

    More about Higher Education

  • Climate

    Hamburg, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with cold winters and warm summers. The average temperature in summer is 23°C (74 °F) and in winter 1°C (34 °F) with little snowfall.

     23°C

    average temperature in summer

    C

    average temperature in winter

  • Safety

    Hamburg has a safety level of 50% safe according to Numbeo’s rating. As a port city Hamburg is relatively safe, but pickpockets, thieves football hooligans, and prostitutes can be met on the streets (mostly at night). Furthermore, there are some areas in the city that are better to avoid (Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, St. Georg, Adenauerallee, Steindamm, Bremer, Reihe, and Hansaplatz). And about crime, Hamburg is safe for residents.

    50/100

    Safety index

  • Economy

    Hamburg is a city with high employment rate and significant economy. With the second largest port in Europe, Hamburg is a city where you can find a lot of companies or their representatives. That`s why a lot of expats find jobs there. There is one interesting fact that 88% of working-age people work in more than 120,000 businesses. Moreover, Hamburg is the most important banking city in Northern Germany.

    1498

    Minimum monthly salary

    4039

    Average monthly salary

  • People

    Expat communities are common in Hamburg because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

    InterNations

    Meetup

General

Munich is a beautiful city, which is situated in Germany. Munich is number 4 in worldwide list of cities with high living standards according to the Mercer Quality of Living Survey. This city is very prosperous because Munich has the lowest unemployment rate in Germany. Furthermore, this city is famous for its remarkable and splendid architecture and annual Oktoberfest beer celebration. Moreover, there is one more interesting fact that Munich is a home to the BMW and has a large museum, which is dedicated to the BMW.

4th

in worldwide list of cities with high life standards

3d

largest city in Germany


Cost of living

Property prices
  • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre  € 1,067
  • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 824
  • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 2,050
  • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,471
Utilities (monthy)
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 217 
  • Internet € 27 
Transportation
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport)  € 2.8
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 65 
  • Taxi 1km ride € 2
  • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.3
Food & Restaraunts
  • The average food basket € 37                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
  • Lunch € 12
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 50
  • Beer € 4
  • Cappuccino (regular) € 3
  • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2.7 
Sports and leisure
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 36 
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 11 

Healthcare

Germany is famous all over the world for high-level treatment. There are a lot of large hospitals in Munich with English-speaking staff and almost no queues. Furthermore, in this global city you have the opportunity even to find a doctor who speaks your own language. Here is the list of doctor`s and clinics`phone numbers.

Medications in Munich are provided by pharmacies (Apotheke), for some kinds of medications you will need to have a prescription from a doctor. Furthermore, in Germany you have to pay the whole price for medicines without prescriptions.

It is required in Germany to be insured. There is a dual system of insurance in Germany: compulsory and private. Compulsory insurance it is when the amount of money you pay depends on your income (14,6% of your income). Generally, 7,3% will be automatically deducted from your salary. Your employer covers the remaining fee.

For private insurance you pay an amount depending on your age and health. Furthermore, you have to take private insurance if your salary is higher than 56250 EUR per year.

More about health care system


Education

There are three types of Higher Education Institutions in Germany such as: Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences, Universities of Art/Music. Currently, Germany is adapting higher education to the three cycle degree system, which is common for the European Higher Education Area. In this country Bachelor's and Master's degrees are available. Public universities in Germany are free, but all the student have to pay semester fee which is between €150 and €350. Moreover, here you can find the best universities, colleges, and education providers in Munich.

More about Higher Education


Climate

Munich, as a city with a humid continental and oceanic climate, is considered as a place with cool winters and warm summers with showers and thunderstorms. The average temperature in summer is 19°C (66 °F) and in winter 2°C (36 °F).

 19°C

average temperature in summer

C

average temperature in winter


Safety

Munich, as the safest city in Western Europe, has a safety level of 85% safe according to SafeAround’s rating and 83% according to Numbeo. However, in some tourist places you can meet pickpockets in crowds (but it is just a usual situation for all cities). As it was said on one of the websites: “your level of intoxication is more likely to injure you than another person in this Bavarian city”. And about crime, Munich is also very safe for residents.

85/100

Safety index "SafeAround"

83/100

Safety index "Numbeo"


Economy

Munich, as a city with the lowest unemployment rate, has the strongest economy in Germany. This city is a center for innovations, software and service industries, publishing and finances. Furthermore, Munich is a home for a lot of transnational companies and can be easily called a global city. That`s why a lot of expats move there.

1498

Minimum monthly salary

4739

Average monthly salary


People

Expat communities are common in Munich because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

InterNations

Meetup

  • General

    Munich is a beautiful city, which is situated in Germany. Munich is number 4 in worldwide list of cities with high living standards according to the Mercer Quality of Living Survey. This city is very prosperous because Munich has the lowest unemployment rate in Germany. Furthermore, this city is famous for its remarkable and splendid architecture and annual Oktoberfest beer celebration. Moreover, there is one more interesting fact that Munich is a home to the BMW and has a large museum, which is dedicated to the BMW.

    4th

    in worldwide list of cities with high life standards

    3d

    largest city in Germany

  • Cost of living

    Property prices
    • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre  € 1,067
    • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 824
    • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 2,050
    • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,471
    Utilities (monthy)
    • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 217 
    • Internet € 27 
    Transportation
    • One-way Ticket (Local Transport)  € 2.8
    • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 65 
    • Taxi 1km ride € 2
    • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.3
    Food & Restaraunts
    • The average food basket € 37                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
    • Lunch € 12
    • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 50
    • Beer € 4
    • Cappuccino (regular) € 3
    • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2.7 
    Sports and leisure
    • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 36 
    • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 11 
  • Healthcare

    Germany is famous all over the world for high-level treatment. There are a lot of large hospitals in Munich with English-speaking staff and almost no queues. Furthermore, in this global city you have the opportunity even to find a doctor who speaks your own language. Here is the list of doctor`s and clinics`phone numbers.

    Medications in Munich are provided by pharmacies (Apotheke), for some kinds of medications you will need to have a prescription from a doctor. Furthermore, in Germany you have to pay the whole price for medicines without prescriptions.

    It is required in Germany to be insured. There is a dual system of insurance in Germany: compulsory and private. Compulsory insurance it is when the amount of money you pay depends on your income (14,6% of your income). Generally, 7,3% will be automatically deducted from your salary. Your employer covers the remaining fee.

    For private insurance you pay an amount depending on your age and health. Furthermore, you have to take private insurance if your salary is higher than 56250 EUR per year.

    More about health care system

  • Education

    There are three types of Higher Education Institutions in Germany such as: Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences, Universities of Art/Music. Currently, Germany is adapting higher education to the three cycle degree system, which is common for the European Higher Education Area. In this country Bachelor's and Master's degrees are available. Public universities in Germany are free, but all the student have to pay semester fee which is between €150 and €350. Moreover, here you can find the best universities, colleges, and education providers in Munich.

    More about Higher Education

  • Climate

    Munich, as a city with a humid continental and oceanic climate, is considered as a place with cool winters and warm summers with showers and thunderstorms. The average temperature in summer is 19°C (66 °F) and in winter 2°C (36 °F).

     19°C

    average temperature in summer

    C

    average temperature in winter

  • Safety

    Munich, as the safest city in Western Europe, has a safety level of 85% safe according to SafeAround’s rating and 83% according to Numbeo. However, in some tourist places you can meet pickpockets in crowds (but it is just a usual situation for all cities). As it was said on one of the websites: “your level of intoxication is more likely to injure you than another person in this Bavarian city”. And about crime, Munich is also very safe for residents.

    85/100

    Safety index "SafeAround"

    83/100

    Safety index "Numbeo"

  • Economy

    Munich, as a city with the lowest unemployment rate, has the strongest economy in Germany. This city is a center for innovations, software and service industries, publishing and finances. Furthermore, Munich is a home for a lot of transnational companies and can be easily called a global city. That`s why a lot of expats move there.

    1498

    Minimum monthly salary

    4739

    Average monthly salary

  • People

    Expat communities are common in Munich because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

    InterNations

    Meetup

General

Frankfurt, as a business and financial center of Germany, was ranked 11th at the Global Financial Centres Index in 2017. Moreover, Frankfurt is the most international city with the highest percentage of foreigners in this country. Here you can meet people who speak your language and restaurants that serve your traditional food. Frankfurt is famous for the Frankfurt School and Goethe. Furthermore, here you can find the busiest German airport, which is the third-largest in Europe. Some people call Frankfurt a city of contrasts because in this city modern skyscrapers coexist with old buildings. In addition, Frankfurt is well-known for its museums, theaters, and opera.

1/4

Frankfurters are foreign

7th

highest quality of life in the world


Cost of living

Property prices
  • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 900 
  • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 638 
  • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,633 
  • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,177
Utilities (monthy)
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 207
  • Internet € 27 
Transportation
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 2.9
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 87 
  • Taxi 1km ride € 1.99 
  • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.4 
Food & Restaraunts
  • The average food basket € 32                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
  • Lunch € 12
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 50
  • Beer € 4
  • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.8 
  • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2.3 
Sports and leisure
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult  € 36 
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 11 

Healthcare

Germany is famous all over the world for high-level treatment and Frankfurt is not an exemption. One of the goals of this city is to make its residents take care of their health. In Frankfurt you can find a lot of medical centers and 17 hospitals. There are two famous hospitals with an exemplary reputation in Frankfurt: the Bürgerhospital and the Goethe University Hospital.

It is suitable that almost all doctors in Frankfurt speak English quite well. However, you have to keep in mind that operators in medical emergency typically speak only German. Moreover, medications are provided by German pharmacies, which can be closed in the evenings, on weekends and holidays.

It is required in Germany to be insured. There is a dual system of insurance in Germany: compulsory and private. Compulsory insurance it is when the amount of money you pay depends on your income (14,6% of your income). Generally, 7,3% will be automatically deducted from your salary. Your employer covers the remaining fee.

For private insurance you pay an amount depending on your age and health. Furthermore, you have to take private insurance if your salary is higher than 56 250 EUR per year.

More about health care system


Education

There are three types of Higher Education Institutions in Germany such as: Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences, Universities of Art/Music. Currently, Germany is adapting higher education to the three cycle degree system, which is common for the European Higher Education Area. In this country Bachelor's and Master's degrees are available. Public universities in Germany are free, but all the student have to pay semester fee which is between €150 and €350. Moreover, here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Frankfurt.

More about Higher Education


Climate

Frankfurt, as a city with a temperate-oceanic climate, is considered as a place with cool winters and summers. The average temperature in summer is 20°C (68 °F) and in winter 2°C (36 °F). Furthermore, in the average annual temperature is 11°C (51°F).

 20°C

average temperature in summer

C

average temperature in winter


Safety

Frankfurt, as a safe city, has a safety level of 74% safe according to SafeAround’s rating and 56% according to Numbeo. However, in some tourist places like Altstadt you can meet pickpockets in crowds (but it is just a usual situation for all cities). Furthermore, there is the most famous red light district in Germany. It is recommended to avoid this area, because you can find a lot of dangerous drunk and drug addicted people there. And about crime, Frankfurt is also safe for residents.

74/100

Safety index "SafeAround"

56/100

Safety index "Numbeo"


Economy

Frankfurt, as a financial capital of Germany, is situated in one of the economically strongest regions in this country. Frankfurt is among top three cities for international companies in Europe. Furthermore, this city is considered as a place with the highest concentration of jobs in Germany (922 jobs per 1 000 inhabitants). That`s why Frankfurt is one of the major places for investments and professional relocation.

1498

Minimum monthly salary

4683

Average monthly salary


People

Expat communities are common in Frankfurt because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

InterNations

Meetup

  • General

    Frankfurt, as a business and financial center of Germany, was ranked 11th at the Global Financial Centres Index in 2017. Moreover, Frankfurt is the most international city with the highest percentage of foreigners in this country. Here you can meet people who speak your language and restaurants that serve your traditional food. Frankfurt is famous for the Frankfurt School and Goethe. Furthermore, here you can find the busiest German airport, which is the third-largest in Europe. Some people call Frankfurt a city of contrasts because in this city modern skyscrapers coexist with old buildings. In addition, Frankfurt is well-known for its museums, theaters, and opera.

    1/4

    Frankfurters are foreign

    7th

    highest quality of life in the world

  • Cost of living

    Property prices
    • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 900 
    • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 638 
    • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,633 
    • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,177
    Utilities (monthy)
    • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 207
    • Internet € 27 
    Transportation
    • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 2.9
    • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 87 
    • Taxi 1km ride € 1.99 
    • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.4 
    Food & Restaraunts
    • The average food basket € 32                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
    • Lunch € 12
    • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 50
    • Beer € 4
    • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.8 
    • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2.3 
    Sports and leisure
    • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult  € 36 
    • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 11 
  • Healthcare

    Germany is famous all over the world for high-level treatment and Frankfurt is not an exemption. One of the goals of this city is to make its residents take care of their health. In Frankfurt you can find a lot of medical centers and 17 hospitals. There are two famous hospitals with an exemplary reputation in Frankfurt: the Bürgerhospital and the Goethe University Hospital.

    It is suitable that almost all doctors in Frankfurt speak English quite well. However, you have to keep in mind that operators in medical emergency typically speak only German. Moreover, medications are provided by German pharmacies, which can be closed in the evenings, on weekends and holidays.

    It is required in Germany to be insured. There is a dual system of insurance in Germany: compulsory and private. Compulsory insurance it is when the amount of money you pay depends on your income (14,6% of your income). Generally, 7,3% will be automatically deducted from your salary. Your employer covers the remaining fee.

    For private insurance you pay an amount depending on your age and health. Furthermore, you have to take private insurance if your salary is higher than 56 250 EUR per year.

    More about health care system

  • Education

    There are three types of Higher Education Institutions in Germany such as: Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences, Universities of Art/Music. Currently, Germany is adapting higher education to the three cycle degree system, which is common for the European Higher Education Area. In this country Bachelor's and Master's degrees are available. Public universities in Germany are free, but all the student have to pay semester fee which is between €150 and €350. Moreover, here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Frankfurt.

    More about Higher Education

  • Climate

    Frankfurt, as a city with a temperate-oceanic climate, is considered as a place with cool winters and summers. The average temperature in summer is 20°C (68 °F) and in winter 2°C (36 °F). Furthermore, in the average annual temperature is 11°C (51°F).

     20°C

    average temperature in summer

    C

    average temperature in winter

  • Safety

    Frankfurt, as a safe city, has a safety level of 74% safe according to SafeAround’s rating and 56% according to Numbeo. However, in some tourist places like Altstadt you can meet pickpockets in crowds (but it is just a usual situation for all cities). Furthermore, there is the most famous red light district in Germany. It is recommended to avoid this area, because you can find a lot of dangerous drunk and drug addicted people there. And about crime, Frankfurt is also safe for residents.

    74/100

    Safety index "SafeAround"

    56/100

    Safety index "Numbeo"

  • Economy

    Frankfurt, as a financial capital of Germany, is situated in one of the economically strongest regions in this country. Frankfurt is among top three cities for international companies in Europe. Furthermore, this city is considered as a place with the highest concentration of jobs in Germany (922 jobs per 1 000 inhabitants). That`s why Frankfurt is one of the major places for investments and professional relocation.

    1498

    Minimum monthly salary

    4683

    Average monthly salary

  • People

    Expat communities are common in Frankfurt because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

    InterNations

    Meetup

General

Karlsruhe, as the second-largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg, is known in Germany as the “fun city”. A lot of festivals take place in this city. Furthermore, Karlsruhe is located in the warmest part of Germany, so there are a lot of sunny days. This city is not very famous among tourists, that`s why it is more comfortable to live there. There is one interesting fact that Karlsruhe has a reputation as a city of civil servants (the two highest courts in Germany are seated there). Moreover, the largest oil refinery in Germany is located in Karlsruhe.

2nd

largest city in Baden-Württemberg


Cost of living

Property prices
  • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 580 
  • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 507 
  • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 988 
  • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 825
Utilities (monthy)
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 224
  • Internet € 25 
Transportation
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 2.4
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 60 
  • Taxi 1km ride € 1.8 
  • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.3 
Food & Restaraunts
  • The average food basket € 23                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
  • Lunch € 12
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 51
  • Beer € 3.4
  • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.7
  • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 1.9
Sports and leisure
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 35 
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 9 

Healthcare

Germany is famous all over the world for high-level treatment. In Karlsruhe you are free to choose your family doctor. English-speaking staff and physicians are common in hospitals in Karlsruhe. Here are some of them, but in the list specialists and special clinics are not included.

Medications in Karlsruhe are provided by pharmacies (Apotheke), for some kinds of medications you will need to have a prescription from a doctor. There is one interesting fact that when you have a prescription, you have to pay only a part of the cost (another part is paid by your health insurance provider).

It is required in Germany to be insured. There is a dual system of insurance in Germany: compulsory and private. Compulsory insurance it is when the amount of money you pay depends on your income (14,6% of your income). Generally, 7,3% will be automatically deducted from your salary. Your employer covers the remaining fee.

For private insurance you pay an amount depending on your age and health. Furthermore, you have to take private insurance if your salary is higher than 56250 EUR per year.

More about health care system


Education

There are three types of Higher Education Institutions in Germany such as: Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences, Universities of Art/Music. Currently, Germany is adapting higher education to the three cycle degree system, which is common for the European Higher Education Area. In this country Bachelor's and Master's degrees are available. Public universities in Germany are free, but all the student have to pay semester fee which is between €150 and €350. Moreover, here you can find the best universities, colleges, and education providers in Karlsruhe.

More about Higher Education


Climate

Karlsruhe, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with milder winters and hotter summers compared to most other German cities. Furthermore, Karlsruhe is one of the sunniest cities in Germany. The average temperature in summer is 26°C (79 °F) and in winter -0,3°C (31 °F).

 26°C

average temperature in summer

-0.3°C

average temperature in winter


Safety

Karlsruhe has a safety level of 54% safe according to Numbeo’s rating. As a city of courts, Karlsruhe can be called one of the safest cities in Germany because a lot of policemen walking around and the gun death rate is only 1.01 per 100k people a year. Maybe, there are some areas in the city that are better to avoid at night, but in general, Karlsruhe is safe for tourists and residents.

54/100

Safety index 


Economy

Karlsruhe is a city where a lot of people work in technology region. The successful location gives this city leading position among other German cities. The availability of companies, research centers, and institutions gives employees the opportunity to work in different innovative places. Good business is done here, so a lot of expats are interested in moving to Karlsruhe. There is one interesting fact that more than 20% of the region's jobs are in research and development.

1498

Minimum monthly salary

4105

Average monthly salary


People

Expat communities are common in Karlsruhe because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

InterNations

Meetup

  • General

    Karlsruhe, as the second-largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg, is known in Germany as the “fun city”. A lot of festivals take place in this city. Furthermore, Karlsruhe is located in the warmest part of Germany, so there are a lot of sunny days. This city is not very famous among tourists, that`s why it is more comfortable to live there. There is one interesting fact that Karlsruhe has a reputation as a city of civil servants (the two highest courts in Germany are seated there). Moreover, the largest oil refinery in Germany is located in Karlsruhe.

    2nd

    largest city in Baden-Württemberg

  • Cost of living

    Property prices
    • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 580 
    • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 507 
    • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 988 
    • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 825
    Utilities (monthy)
    • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 224
    • Internet € 25 
    Transportation
    • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 2.4
    • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 60 
    • Taxi 1km ride € 1.8 
    • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.3 
    Food & Restaraunts
    • The average food basket € 23                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
    • Lunch € 12
    • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 51
    • Beer € 3.4
    • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.7
    • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 1.9
    Sports and leisure
    • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 35 
    • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 9 
  • Healthcare

    Germany is famous all over the world for high-level treatment. In Karlsruhe you are free to choose your family doctor. English-speaking staff and physicians are common in hospitals in Karlsruhe. Here are some of them, but in the list specialists and special clinics are not included.

    Medications in Karlsruhe are provided by pharmacies (Apotheke), for some kinds of medications you will need to have a prescription from a doctor. There is one interesting fact that when you have a prescription, you have to pay only a part of the cost (another part is paid by your health insurance provider).

    It is required in Germany to be insured. There is a dual system of insurance in Germany: compulsory and private. Compulsory insurance it is when the amount of money you pay depends on your income (14,6% of your income). Generally, 7,3% will be automatically deducted from your salary. Your employer covers the remaining fee.

    For private insurance you pay an amount depending on your age and health. Furthermore, you have to take private insurance if your salary is higher than 56250 EUR per year.

    More about health care system

  • Education

    There are three types of Higher Education Institutions in Germany such as: Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences, Universities of Art/Music. Currently, Germany is adapting higher education to the three cycle degree system, which is common for the European Higher Education Area. In this country Bachelor's and Master's degrees are available. Public universities in Germany are free, but all the student have to pay semester fee which is between €150 and €350. Moreover, here you can find the best universities, colleges, and education providers in Karlsruhe.

    More about Higher Education

  • Climate

    Karlsruhe, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with milder winters and hotter summers compared to most other German cities. Furthermore, Karlsruhe is one of the sunniest cities in Germany. The average temperature in summer is 26°C (79 °F) and in winter -0,3°C (31 °F).

     26°C

    average temperature in summer

    -0.3°C

    average temperature in winter

  • Safety

    Karlsruhe has a safety level of 54% safe according to Numbeo’s rating. As a city of courts, Karlsruhe can be called one of the safest cities in Germany because a lot of policemen walking around and the gun death rate is only 1.01 per 100k people a year. Maybe, there are some areas in the city that are better to avoid at night, but in general, Karlsruhe is safe for tourists and residents.

    54/100

    Safety index 

  • Economy

    Karlsruhe is a city where a lot of people work in technology region. The successful location gives this city leading position among other German cities. The availability of companies, research centers, and institutions gives employees the opportunity to work in different innovative places. Good business is done here, so a lot of expats are interested in moving to Karlsruhe. There is one interesting fact that more than 20% of the region's jobs are in research and development.

    1498

    Minimum monthly salary

    4105

    Average monthly salary

  • People

    Expat communities are common in Karlsruhe because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

    InterNations

    Meetup

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