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Pros and Cons of Living in Germany

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 05, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Germany include its excellent infrastructure, high quality of life, and strong economy. Germany is also known for its rich cultural heritage, with many historical sites and museums to explore. Additionally, Germany is a great place to learn a new language, as it is home to many different dialects and languages. The cons of living in Germany include the high cost of living, especially in the larger cities. Additionally, the weather can be unpredictable, with cold winters and hot summers. Furthermore, the bureaucracy in Germany can be difficult to navigate, and the language barrier can be a challenge for those who do not speak German.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Germany?

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," said one member 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," remarked another expat in Stuttgart.

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

"Expats in Germany appreciate the rich cultural heritage, the efficient infrastructure and transport system, the open and welcoming attitude of the German people, the respect for the environment and sustainability, the excellent education system and quality healthcare, the variety of cultural experiences including festivals, events, concerts, and museums, and the vibrant art and music scenes. They also admire the economic stability, the high standard of living, and the fact that Germany is the largest economy in Europe," explained one expat.

"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," said another person in Hannover.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Expatriates generally find adjusting to a new culture, language, customs, and laws to be the most challenging aspect of relocating to a foreign country. Other challenges include navigating unfamiliar public transportation, finding adequate housing, gaining an understanding of local labor laws, and making new friends. Psychological adjustments related to living in a foreign country, such as culture shock, can also make it difficult to adjust. Additionally, locating good-quality healthcare services and establishing banking, communication, and social networks can be difficult tasks," added another person living in Germany.

"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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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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