Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

11 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Health and environmental concerns now as important for expats as salaries

Nowadays, emigration isn’t just about high salaries and a luxury lifestyle, as health, wellbeing and the environment feature ever more strongly in would-be expats’ destination choices. Perhaps because of the scary changes in world weather, the looming threat of global warning has raised environmental consciousness and how climate can affect health and wellbeing, especially when choices are being made as regards expat professional destinations. The rise of poor air quality in mega-cities as well as in favourite retirement locations...
4 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Tech events for the autumn season aim at expat entrepreneurs and investors

Expat techies are now being offered a wide international choice of events. In 2019, expat tech entrepreneurs have a wide choice of meet-ups and events aimed at informing on the sector’s latest developments, held across Europe and specialising in everything from blockchain and cryptocurrencies to artificial intelligence. The only problem is decided which out of the offerings gives the best and most relevant bangs for the participants’ bucks. The list begins with this coming Saturday’s Startup Night to be held in Berlin and...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Is expat sexism alive and kicking in the Czech Republic?

Expats are taking sides over controversy concerning female-only parking spaces in Prague. Whilst parking spaces reserved for women drivers are commonplace in German and Austrian restaurants, outside motorway restrooms and in shopping mall basements, it’s not usual to find the facility in the Czech Republic’s capital of Prague. However, it seems that, should one be discovered, expat females take the provision as an insult as men don’t have the same designated facilities. The few that do exist at the present time include a...
13 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Study claims no deal Brexit would destroy European jobs market

A recent study is warning a no-deal Brexit is likely to cause the loss of around 70,000 jobs in Spain alone, with a total of 1.2 million across EU member states. The study, commissioned by the Belgian government and carried out at Leuven University in Belgium, was the first attempt to tell it like it is as regards the economic damage Brexit is expected to cause across the entire European Union as well as in the UK. Every European Union member state is expected to be affected, with Germany losing just under 300,000 jobs, France losing...
12 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expat lovers of craft beers now have a worldwide choice

Would-be expats who love their home country’s craft beers are likely to be worried about finding alternatives in their relocation destination. Craft beers are the favourite bevies for a massive number of followers, but they may not be aware the obsession is now a world-wide phenomenon. All over the planet from Australia to Europe and even the USA, experimental craft breweries are offering new takes on traditional recipes and specialised bars and pubs are opening in the most unlikely places as well as craft beer hubs such as Germany...
8 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Early retirement for expats in Germany is only for the wealthy

Early retirement in Germany for citizens and long-stay expats is becoming more popular, but it’s only for the rich. For older expat professionals in Germany and workers in general, retiring early is a far-fetched dream only made possible by paying additional contributions to the state scheme. Those taking it up are increasing in number year on year, but it’s an expensive issue that’s almost unavailable to those on less than high salaries. According to the German government’s ministry for statutory pensions, voluntary pension...
5 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Hong Kong expat banking community decimated by job cuts

Fewer opportunities for Hong Kong’s laid-off expat bankers are destroying the dream. Once a prime location for expat bankers, Hong Kong is now immersed in seemingly endless violent protests as well as an employment desert for expat bankers recently laid off by their employers. Reasons for the banking sector’s shrinking labour market include increasing demand for Mandarin speakers and cost-cutting by international banks located on the island. Deutsche Bank’s recent announcement of a swathe of cuts made the situation even worse...
2 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Relief for British expats in Germany as new no-deal Brexit guarantees are introduced

Germany is now preparing to secure the futures of all British expats living and working in the country via a new law. The draft law, to be known in English as the Brexit Residence Transition Act gives full guarantees that all British expat residents as well as their families are to receive residence permits should a no-deal Brexit be the final result. The announcement follows previous verbal reassurances by the German government that no Briton will be forced to leave the country as a result of Britain’s leaving the EU. The news...
1 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Czeck Republic now popular as a medical tourism hub

Over the past several years, the medical tourism industry in the Republic has received a boost due to less than flattering reports of mishaps and overcharging in Southeast Asian countries. As well as becoming famous as a hub for tech entrepreneurs, the Czech Republic is now attracting medical tourists due to its hospitals’ and specialists’ quality and affordability. During the past year, just under 20,000 foreigners arrived for medical treatment, thus making the republic’s doctors Europe’s most sought-after professionals. The...
9 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Liberec moving to Germany for cheaper rentals

Expats living and working in the Czech city of Liberec have two options – either pay soaring rental charges or move to Germany. It’s the same situation in a number of Czech cities located close to the border with Germany, with soaring rents causing genuine hardship for locals and expats alike. Retail prices have rocketed by over 20 per cent year-on-year, and are now unaffordable except by those on high wages. Just across the border from Liberec lies the German city of Zittau with its 20,000 inhabitants and rentals of just over...