Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

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...
27 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Lloyds Bank Jersey freezes expat accounts

Some 8,000 offshore Jersey-based expat accounts held at Lloyds Bank have now been frozen as part of an attempt to curb money laundering activities. According to a spokesperson from Lloyds offshore division, the closed accounts represent less than five per cent of accounts held at the bank by expatriates. The decision was made due to account holders’ reluctance to provide full details of their identity, a request which was made some three years ago. According to the bank’s representative, Lloyds has made repeated attempts to get the...
18 Jun at 6 PM 2019

British expats growing ever more concerned about their futures as UK citizens

Concerns are growing amongst the already insecure British expat population in Ireland, as well as within the communities in France, the Netherlands and Germany. A recent study compared the views of British expats living in EU member states with those prevalent amongst Britons living in the home country. Expats in Ireland, Germany, France and the Netherlands are amongst those expected to bear the brunt of changes brought about by Britain’s leaving the EU. Over half of expat respondents to the survey admitted they were worried about...
3 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Changes to German laws mostly please expat residents

Expats living and working in Germany should note a number of changes to German regulations, beginning right now. If you’re an expat in Germany looking for an inexpensive, safe means of personal transport, this legislation will please you. At last, E-scooters will finally be allowed onto German roads, albeit at a speed limit of just 20 kms per hour. Also, the scooters will be forbidden from all pavements, as they’re a risk to pedestrians however slowly they’re being driven. Driving licenses are mandatory but helmets need not be...
23 May at 6 PM 2019

New survey rates expat destinations for their ease of digital life

If you’re determined to relocate to Italy and are a social media fan, perhaps another choice of destination might be the best idea. The results of a recent survey might come as a shock to would-be expats hoping to work or retire in this stunningly beautiful land, as expats in Italy are the least satisfied with their digital services of all foreigners living in Europe. It’s not just poor internet services, as paying for purchases using a credit or debit card is also almost impossible. The latest survey by InterNations involved the...
13 May at 6 PM 2019

Cambodian craft beers delight expats and tourists alike

Expats in Cambodia are now enjoying locally-brewed craft beers. Would-be expats who see Cambodia as a totally unfamiliar slice of Southeast Asia might be amazed to know its market for locally-produced craft beers is growing fast. The craving for alternatives to the easily obtained local beers has produced an entirely new market for the real thing, carefully created by enthusiasts and now becoming the latest and hopefully long-lasting fad. Tourists as well as an increasing community of Western expats first created the demand for...
2 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Popular British expat foodstuffs shop in Berlin closing due to Brexit

As the Brexit drama grinds on and on, Brit expats with small businesses in Europe are preparing to lose everything they’ve worked for. One of the most infuriating aspects of the embarrassment which is now the British parliament is lawmakers’ constant harping on about the ‘British people’ - the 17 million who voted to leave the EU in an ‘advisory’ referendum – as if those who had the gall to leave the UK or who voted to remain are no longer British. Two very British expats in Berlin are about to give up on their store...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expat kids in Prague love School in Nature tradition

The annual School in Nature tradition originated in Germany with the wish to give children living in the cities a chance to enjoy the clean air and natural greenery of the countryside. The first such expedition took place in 1904 at the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, and soon spread to France and Denmark. Over the years it became a popular predecessor of the present day ‘forest school’ where pupils spend the entire day outside, swapping blackboards and desks for blue skies and green meadows. The idea was taken up in the Czech...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Which EU countries are being kindest to British expats

Many EU member states have now passed, or have stated their intention to do so, new laws ensuring the post –Brexit rights of UK expats. The no-deal Brexit packages of rights on offer vary state to state, with some covering the majority of needs and others sticking to the bare minimum and charging for special permits. Malta’s no-deal resident permit tops the list for generosity, as it gives those resident on the island on 29 March a full 10 year status and allows workers open access to jobs as well as permitting students to...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expat couple in Spain arrested in gruesome multiple murder case

Spanish police are investigating an expat couple alleged to have murdered a number of lonely expatriate pensioners. An Andalusia-based German man and his German-Cuban wife have been arrested in connection with a number of unsolved deaths of elderly pensioners. During the arrest, a disabled Dutch pensioner and an elderly German man were discovered immobile in their beds, showing evidence of malnutrition and drugging using tranquilisers. The victims were attached to nasogastric feeding tubes, thus keeping them just alive. Police...