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An Expat Talks about Living in Erfurt, Germany

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Erfurt

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Deutsch-Amerikanische Gesellschaft, Volkshochschule (Adult Education classes), Univ of Erfurt (can also sign up as an auditor).

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Less than 2% of population are foreigners here as in most cities in East Germany. Less than 20% belong to any religious grp, since most were atheists before anyway. However, the city has a cathedral and over 20 churches with a rich history dating over 1250 yrs, incl Martin Luther, Goethe and Bach.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Call centers, computer technology, microelectronics, find jobs typically through employment office, private agencies, and newspapers.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Capital of Thüringen / Thuringa. There are still many communters from the west who are here during the week. High unemployment of 14% and people tend to stay to themselves.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Come first for a visit before you decide to move here.

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Oct 2, 2011 09:53

Do not expect too much friendship from the natives.. they are rather not so warmhearted and not so friendly.

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