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Bonn, Germany

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

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

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What do I need to know about living in Bonn?

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

"Expats planning to retire in Bonn, should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, they should have a good understanding of the German language, as it is the primary language spoken in Bonn. Although many Germans speak English, daily life and administrative tasks will be easier with a good command of German. They should also familiarize themselves with the German healthcare system, which is known for its high standard of care. Expats are required to have health insurance, and they can choose between public and private insurance. Understanding the cost of living in Bonn is also crucial. While it is generally lower than in other major German cities like Munich or Frankfurt, it's still higher than in many other countries. Housing, in particular, can be quite expensive. Expats should also be aware of the German tax system. Germany has a progressive tax system, and retirees may still be required to pay taxes on their income, including pensions and retirement funds. The climate in Bonn is moderate, with warm summers and mild winters. However, it can be quite rainy throughout the year, so expats should be prepared for this. Public transportation in Bonn is efficient and reliable, and it's often the preferred method of getting around the city. Owning a car can be expensive due to the costs of maintenance, insurance, and fuel. Finally, expats should familiarize themselves with German culture and customs. Germans are known for their punctuality and directness, and understanding these cultural norms can help expats integrate more smoothly into life in Bonn," wrote a member in Bonn.

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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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