About GermanyOtherwise known as the Federal Republic of Germany, Germany is a federal republic comprised of 16 states or Bundesländer.
The capital city is Berlin and the official language is German.
Average High Temperature
Living In GermanyThough you should be fine speaking English in most areas, you'll do better if you add the German language to your repertoire.
As for living situations, Germany has one of the lowest home ownership rates in the world meaning most people rent. This is due to many reasons, including strong laws that protect tenants from rent increases, eviction circumstances and deposit returns.
Healthcare In GermanyGermany has a universal healthcare system and is mandatory for all citizens and permanent residents. Keep this in mind as you'll have to add that into your moving budget.
There are both public and private insurance options, though most people have the state mandated coverage. Private insurance can be added on but in most cases can't be exchanged out entirely in place of the state issued insurance.
Education In GermanyEducation in Germany is compulsory and free from age 6 to 15 or 16 years old, depending on the state. Students then can enter a vocational school to learn a trade or get selected to enter a Gymnasium. Students that pass the Gymnasium then can enter German college.
German college is free in most circumstances, short of small administrative fees per semester. Private education options are also available at all levels.
Working In GermanyAnybody looking to work in Germany must obtain a "residence permit" that entitles you to do so.
Generally these are checked by the Federal Employment Agency and only are approved if the job cannot be filled by a German, EU citizen or other applicants with preferential treatment. This is known as the "Priority Principle".
Moving Your Household Goods To Germany
Shipping Transit Options
Better for smaller shipments, air freight can be costly depending on how much you plan to move, but will take less time in transit. Great for a small box or two.
Perfect for larger shipments. Plan ahead though as you should expect a longer transit for your goods to make it over the sea & through customs.
Moving Company Packs
Gives you more time to attend to other moving tasks. Better insurance and more experienced packing, but comes at a high cost.
Self Packing (DIY)
Take your time packing your valuables. Know that your household goods are packed safely as you do it yourself. A huge money saver for many moving to Europe.
Shipment Size Options (For Self Packing)
50 - 80 Cubic Feet
PALLET SERVICES50 - 80 Cubic Foot Per Pallet
Perfect if you have several small boxes or small furniture. You may provide your own pallet or have us send you one. Discounts on multiple pallet bookings.
50 Cubic Feet
U-CRATE 5050 Cubic Foot Shipping Crate
Perfect if you have several small boxes or small furniture. Comes with a durable cardboard cover for added protection. Discounts on multiple U-CRATE bookings.
100 Cubic Feet
U-CRATE 100100 Cubic Foot Shipping Crate
Perfect if you have several small-medium sized boxes or small-medium sized furniture. Comes with a durable cardboard cover for added protection. Discounts on multiple U-CRATE bookings.
200 Cubic Feet
U-CRATE 200200 Cubic Foot Shipping Crate
Excellent choice for several medium-large size boxes and taller furniture. Comes with a durable cardboard cover for added protection. Terminal to door service.
1,000 - 2,000 Cubic Feet
SHIPPING CONTAINERS1,000 Cubic Feet (20FT Container)
2,000 Cubic Feet (40FT Container)
A must for large moves, self-load shipping containers offer the most space for your household goods..