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Expat Guide to Living in Cologne

Whether you're already living in Cologne or preparing to move to Cologne, our Expat Guide to Living in Germany offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Cologne. For answers to specific questions, visit our Germany Forum to talk with expats in Cologne.

5 Tips for Living in Cologne, Germany

Expats in Cologne, Germany share tips for living in Cologne from international schools to Karneval. They also discuss the shocking events of New Year's Eve 2015 and how that has impacted life in Cologne.

More Culture Shock Reports for Cologne

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Cologne handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Cologne:
Submit a Culture Shock Report

More Living in Cologne Reports

What are people's priorities in Cologne - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Cologne:
Submit a Living Overseas Report

Moving Overseas Report

What should you take with you when you move to Cologne? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Cologne? Help others moving to Cologne by filling out our Moving Overseas Report.

Submit a Moving Overseas Report

International School Report

Parents are invited to answer questions about the schools that their kids attend (Pre-K through High School) in hopes of helping others moving to Cologne with the school selection process. If you have expat children who attend school in Cologne, take a few minutes to submit a School Review.

Submit an International School Review

Dream vs. Reality of Living in Cologne Reports

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Cologne. If you are already living in Cologne, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Cologne:
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Overseas Retirement Report

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Cologne by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Cologne? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Cologne by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working Abroad Report

What's it like to find a job in Cologne? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Cologne? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.

Submit a Working Abroad Report
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12 Expats Talk about What it's Like Living in Germany

Expats talk about living in Germany. From meeting people to adjusting to the German culture, expats offer a glimpse of life in Germany.
Expats talk about living in Germany. From meeting people to adjusting to the German culture, expats offer a glimpse of life in Germany. ...

Moving to Germany

Expats in Germany share 10 things they wish they had known before moving to Germany - from the importance of learning German to residency permits to understanding the culture and more.

Expats in Germany share 10 things they wish they had known before moving to Germany - from the importance of learning German to residency permits to understanding the culture and more....

8 Best Places to Live in Germany

Expats love Germany for its historic towns, festivals, Christmas markets and diversity. In this article, we cover 8 of the best places to live in Germany.

Expats love Germany for its historic towns, festivals, Christmas markets and diversity. In this article, we cover 8 of the best places to live in Germany....

Retirement-In-Eifel-An Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Eifel , Germany

A couple from the UK discusses their decision to move abroad to reduce living costs and travel more. For now, they are living in Eifel, but the locals are not welcoming and they are considering moving again.

A couple from the UK discusses their decision to move abroad to reduce living costs and travel more. For now, they are living in Eifel, but the locals are not welcoming and they are considering movin...

Moving-To-MunichAn Expat Talks about Moving to Munich, Germany

An expat living in Munich offers advice on moving to the southern German city. Great advice on getting a drivers license, renting a flat, and more.

An expat living in Munich offers advice on moving to the southern German city. Great advice on getting a drivers license, renting a flat, and more....

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