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Pros and Cons of Living in Germany

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Pros and Cons of Living in Germany. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in Germany

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What are the pros and cons of living in Germany?

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Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Germany responded:

"What I like about living in Germany the beautiful cities and countryside. Also the ability to visit other neighboring countries. Flying is cheaper due to the low-cost flights available. Dislikes, racial discrimination. It took seven years to adjust longer than I thought," explained one expat living in Kandern.

"I love Stuttgart. Even during the lockdowns, it's easy to get out and walk and bike ride. Many restaurants have started delivery services. When we're not under a lockdown, we have great restaurants, parks, museums, movie theaters, etc," said another in Stuttgart.

"It is a developed city. It has excellent education, transportation and all kinds of entertainment facilities.The local people are very hospitable," explained one expat in Berlin.

"a nice city in a very beautyful part of Germany - and centrally based in Europe close to Switzerland and France," explained one member in Karlsruhe.

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

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"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," explained one expat.

"Finishing workday at 5pm: whereas in Latin cultures you begin and finish working later. More time and energy saved to do something else. The cheap cost of living and the good connected train system. Quality of life, room to live and nature in the cities. The vocational training system, learning all life long. Book shops and supermarkets, museums which are pleasant to visit," said another person in Frankfurt.

"There are many things about Germany that I feel constitute an improvement to my life, but the single most important one is easily their healthcare program. They have a single payer system and everybody in the country is covered. Regardless of what my medical needs are, it is paid without question and without me seeing a bill. The second most appreciated improvement is probably the ability to travel cheaply and without restriction to so many historically and culturally relevant places throughout Europe," remarked another expat in Erlangen.

"I know that most people say Germans are not open and friendly, but I have found that most people are willing to give me the chance. Maybe that is because I am married to a German, and therefore have an 'inside contact'? I also LOVE how punctual everyone is," explained one expat living in Essen.

"I found the love of my life and he balances and compliments me 100%. No men in the USA come clsoe to him," said another expat in Frankfurt.

"Americans are often fake in friendships. We'll 'friend' anyone and not take it seriously. Germans take longer to establish friendships but they are solid friends. Germans work to live, where Americas live to work. We put job as a high priority, Germans put the holiday as a high priority. You can laugh about the 30 days of vacation, but they have similiar productivity output as the USA," added another person living in Heidelberg.

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What do expats find most challenging?

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"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.

"People's manners in Germany, which sometimes lack of politeness are challenging. Spoiled children: thank you low birth rate. The Arbeitszeugnis: an arbitrary and understated work assessment. The cash culture when you are used to credit cards. Thriftiness aka Lidl Kultur, the backlash of a cheap cost of living certainly and Calvinist rests. Culture of suing instead of negotiating and being flexible. This I-work-therefore-I-neglect-my-child as a mother aka Rabenmutter attitude. The way German press see foreign countries. It is mostly hard to deepen any friendships, keep any contacts at long term. You have the impression people do not like answering e-mails," said another expat in Frankfurt.

"The most challenging aspect was definitely learning the language and proper etiquette," added another person living in Erlangen.

"All of the regimen especially in regards to education is hard for me. I finished American high school and have then been a working adult for 8 years, and to arrive here in Germany where I am no longer 'qualified' simply because I do not have a degree is rather frustrating," explained one expat living in Essen.

"Becoming friends with people is seemingly difficult. Also mannerisms and conversation topics are much different and difficult to adjust to," said another in Hamburg.

"Finding the right job! It is not the tasks but the people that are making the difference," explained one expat who made the move to Frankfurt.

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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Germany GuideGermany Guide
Learn what members have to say about living in Germany.

Germany Forum Germany Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Germany on our Germany forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

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Contribute to Germany Network Contribute
Help others in Germany by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Germany.

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Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Germany.

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