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Hannover, Germany

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Hannover, Germany: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

What do expats in Hannover appreciate most about the local culture?

If you live in Hannover, newcomers to Hannover would love to hear your answer to this question.


"I have type 1 diabetes and I was absolutely blown away by how amazing it was. I cannot say enough about this. My wife and I also did in-vitro fertilization, pregnancy and post-natal experience and it cost us 100 euros for the whole thing - with great results. I appreciated the emphasis on recycling, public transport was efficient (we didn't need cars), everything was in walking distance for us, and it was easy to navigate everything in English," added another person living in Hannover.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"I think the most challenging thing is the perception of German unfriendliness. The old people in German are absolutely horrible. They are by far the rudest, selfish, nasty people I have ever had to deal with. Other than that, it is a culture that really doesn't care to make small talk like in the states. I appreciate that, but some people see that as rude," explained one expat living in Hannover.

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What are the schools in Hannover like?

"As an American coming over to Germany, it was hard to understand the IB perspective at first. But I committed to it learning it and now I feel it is much better than a public school in the US. The school is friendly and welcoming, and Hannover is an amazing place to raise a family," explained one expat living in Hannover, Germany.

"To discuss early your childrens educational needs, listen to the teachers' advice, because they are used to the traumas of kids moving -- and deal with them well. Get involved in the PTA, and with the other parents. They have a coffee corner every morning and a welcome committe for new parents," said another parent with children at International School Hannover in Hannover.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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