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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: The population of Nordrhein-Westfalen is 17.9 million people. Nordrhein-Westfalen is a vibrant and diverse region with a rich cultural heritage. Expats love living in Nordrhein-Westfalen because of its excellent transportation network, its vibrant cities, and its proximity to other European countries. The weather in Nordrhein-Westfalen is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-60s Fahrenheit (1-18 Celsius) in the winter and the mid-60s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit (18-30 Celsius) in the summer. The average cost of living in Nordrhein-Westfalen for an expat is around $2,000-$2,500 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $800-$1,000 per month, and the cost of a two bedroom apartment is around $1,200-$1,500 per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Nordrhein-Westfalen?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Nordrhein-Westfalen, they said:

"Nordrhein-Westfalen is one of sixteen federal states in Germany and is located in the western part of the country. It has a population of around 18 million and is home to some of the country's largest cities, such as Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, and Aachen. Nordrhein-Westfalen offers many tourist attractions, including the Rheinland with its castles and vineyards, the Sauerland with its forests and lakes, and the Eifel with its volcanic activity. You can also find many cultural and historical sites in the area, such as the Aachen Cathedral and Castle, the Zeche Zollverein Industrial Complex in Essen, the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe and the museum at Olpe. For retirees, Nordrhein-Westfalen is a great place with affordable housing, a diverse range of activities to enjoy, and excellent medical care. The cost of living and taxes are slightly higher here than in other parts of Germany. When you move to and live in Nordrhein-Westfalen, you will need to register with their resident's office and have your passport and residency papers. You may also need to learn some of the regional German dialects, just so you can communicate with the locals more easily," commented one expat who made the move to Nordrhein-Westfalen.

"LEARN THE LANGUAGE!! Never move to a country where English is not the Mother tongue and expect it to be easy as English is the world language, because barriers will be faced on every corner. Ensure that you have checked out your qualifications, and determine their German equivalent. Accept culture differences and do not resist intergration. For English readers, stock up on OXO cubes, Cornish pasties, Scampi fries etc, etc... For American readers: Beware most German beer is 4.9% vol. Enjoy!," remarked one expat living in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

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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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