Moving to Germany

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Basic information Germany

If you are moving to Germany, it might be useful to know the basic information about the country, which can be found below:

  • Official name: the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Population: 80,716,000of per 2014
  • Capital City: Berlin
  • Government: Federal parliamentary constitutional republic
    • President: Joachim Gauck
  • Main language: German
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Monetary unit: Euro (EUR)
  • International dialing code: +49

Are you moving to Germany? Start by checking out the information below, and filling in the form in order to receive the best  removal quotes.

Education

The education system in Germany is compared to the other EU countries a little bit different. Most of the children in Germany attend public school. All classes are given in German language which might be a problem for older children who move to Germany. School is compulsory for 9 to 10 years from the age 6 to 15. The education systems of Germany are in the following levels:

  • Kindergarten
  • Elementary school
  • Secondary school
  • Higher education

 

International schools are better for your children to attend if they do not speak German, because on international schools, English courses are given.

 

Jobs

The unemployment rate was 4.7% on January 2015, and has been decreasing steadily since last year. If you are moving to Germany and want a job, it is important that you speak the language, even if it is a little. It is quite easy to find a job in Germany because there is a shortage of skilled workers in many markets. If you are moving to Germany from one of the EU, EEA countries or Switzerland, you will not need a work permit, if you have a valid passport or ID card.

Depending on which country you come from, you can also visit Germany without a visa and immediately apply for residence permit or work permit. However this will depend on your profession and the sector you want to work in. However obtaining one may be very difficult.

If you are moving to Germany and want more information about work permits, click on the link below:

http://germany.usembassy.gov/acs/working_in_germany/

 

Bank accounts

It is possible to open a bank account from your home country, before you visit Germany. The banks that make this possible are: DKB and Comdirect. The biggest banks in Germany are: Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank. If you want to open a bank account online, you will need to do the following and provide the following documents:

  • Fill in the online application form
  • Prove identity
    • Postldent procedure
    • Verification by lawyer or notary
    • Bank verification

 

If you want to withdraw money with the German bank card in your home country, it is free of charge.
 

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Visa

If you are moving to Germany and are from one of the EU, EEA countries or Switzerland, you will not need a visa to enter Germany. Keep in mind that if you need a long term visa, that your fingerprints will be taken when applying for a long term visa. You can apply for the following:

  • Business Visa
  • Employment Visa
  • Permanent residence
  • Relatives/ friends visa
  • Study visa
  • Tourist visa
  • Transit visa

If you are moving to Germany and want more information about visas, click on the link below:

http://www.germany.info/visa

 

 

Cost of living

The cost of living in Germany is compared to the other countries in Europe on average. Living in the cities is more expensive than living in rural areas. Depending on your living style and your accommodation, it can be very expensive of course. The accommodation costs in Munich or Berlin might be very high, compared to the rest of the country. Travel expenses depend on which transportation mode you choose. Train is more expensive than bus for example.

 

Medical care

If you are moving to Germany, you must know that the medical care system in Germany is of high quality. It is compulsory to have a health insurance in Germany. Depending on whether you are self-employed or a freelancer, you will need to ensure that you have a private health insurance. Expats can be ensured that health care is subsidized. The health insurance premiums depend on age and insurance that is needed.

 

 

 

Driving license

If you want to obtain a driving license in Germany, then keep in mind that it might be a tricky process. You will need to do a theoretical examination and a practical examination. It is possible to obtain one for expats because the courses are also given in English. Depending on which country you come from, it is possible to swap your driving license to a German one. However this really depends on where you come from and whether the German government has made agreements on this aspect with your own government.

 

 

 

Tax

The tax system is considered as one of the most expensive ones compared to the other countries of the EU. Of course, the more you earn the more tax you will need to pay.

 

 

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Why Moovmii?

Instead of spending time searching for movers, Moovmii will send your request directly to the international removal companies. You will just have to wait, and get contacted by them, either by phone or by email. And by doing that you can save money, since international removal companies will compete for your move! You will be able to choose the right mover for you, depending on its services, and its price. Is this not enough to convince you to use Moovmii and its network of international removal companies when moving to Germany? Here are some other reasons that will surely convince you:

  • Our service is free!
  • You get up to 5 quotes, giving you the possibility to choose;
  • International moving companies have years of experience, and have done furniture transports just like yours innumerable times;
  • Movers can disassemble and assemble your furniture, pack your belongings, and do all the heavy lifting;
  • International removal companies are specialized in transporting furniture and hefty items around, so they can guarantee you the best protection for your things, whether you are opting for a shipping by land, by air, or by sea;
  • Other services provided are insurance and help in the handling of documents

With Moovmii your international move to Germany starts in the right way: You will get up to 5 quotes, and be contacted by the best movers around. All without having to spend time, and money. Thanks to Moovmii and its network of international moving companies you can be assured that your international transport will start, and end, with a smile. Moving to Germany could not be any easier!