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What do I need to know before retiring in Germany?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Germany, they said...

"I've had a year to get re-acquainted with America after living almost 8 years in Germany and I fear I will never grow to love this country again. It is a country built on instant gratification, with an emphasis on wanton and pointless consumerism, coupled with an obnoxious, jingoistic self-identity. Most people are hopelessly ignorant of affairs outside their own county, nevermind outside the borders of their country. They are more concerned with the next sale at the mall than what's going on in the world. Everything is disposable here, including what few traditions that survived the first 200 years of our history. I shudder to think that my daughters must grow up in such a society. We will do our best to instill in our children proper values and respect for traditions at home, but I fear our battle against the shallowness and materialism of the American mass culture is a losing one. Fortunately, it is likely we will again have the opportunity to go overseas, and we will jump at that opportunity," remarked another expat who made the move to Dusseldorf, Germany.

"It is important to research the kinds of visas or other documents you may need to stay in Germany. You should also familiarise yourself with the cost of living in Germany, including that of any health care or other essential services you may require. It is also helpful to brush up on the language, as most Germans do not usually speak English. It is also a good idea to research any potential tax implications before retiring in Germany, as taxes can vary depending on income. Additionally, make sure to take advantage of all available benefits and services that Germany offers to retirees, such as pension schemes or rent subsidies. Finally, connect with other expats and join an expat forum to learn more about living in Germany," explained one expat living in 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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