Resources and Links

Resources and Links

Welcome to our comprehensive resources for expats hub, tailored to help you on your journey as an Expat in Germany! Discover a wealth of tools, and guides, meticulously curated to assist you with any challenges that you may face as a newcomer to Germany. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting, dive into our collection of partners, to make your life in Germany, more inclusive and wholesome.

Please keep in mind, that every individual’s needs are different and specific. We have curated this list as a generic helpful guide for Expats moving to Germany in the recent past ,who might be facing language barriers and to overcome bureaucratic hurdles. Our recommendations are based both on market research,as well as on ease of use as an Expat.

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Check for Cheapest Gas Providers in Germany

When you move into your apartment, the same as choosing an electricity provider you will always have gas – which means hot water and heating – available. The usual suppliers in your region are for example Gasag in Berlin, E.ON in Hamburg, SWM in Munich, RheinEnergie in Cologne or Mainova in Frankfurt , with a basic contract (Grundversorgungsvertrag). If you do not apply for a new provider then the existing provider will send you a payment request at some point. It is very normal in Germany, to change the existing provider/plan, as the conditions of a standard plan are quite expensive. The notice period to quit the standard supplier is normally 2 weeks.

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The good, the bad and the ugly of moving to Germany

Are you thinking of moving to Germany? And wondering about the plusses and minuses of such a move? I am listing a few pros and cons here, on the basis of my personal experiences in this beautiful country and hope that they help you in your decision making. Of course, do keep in mind that I come from India, and my cultural background and values, might be entirely different to yours. And your journey will also be influenced by your background and expectations.

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Apartment and House Handover Checklist 2024

Moving can be quite stressful. However, relocation can be extremely stressful for expats living overseas. Particularly if you do not know how the German flat transfer process works and your German is not good enough to ask all the pertinent questions. But do not worry you have landed at the right place! This comprehensive expat guides will help you to know your expectations for your new flat in Germany once the rental contract is signed.

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Private Health Insurance vs. Public Health Insurance in Germany 

Health Insurance is mandatory in Germany for all German citizens, expats & International tourists. Each month, you make a payment toward your health insurance, which also covers your medical expenses. Germany has two health insurance systems; private & public. One of the best healthcare systems in the world is found in Germany. The majority of German citizens and residents are covered by the government-run public health insurance programme, which is paid for by the taxpayers' contributions. In turn, regardless of income or status, everyone gets access to high-quality, cheap healthcare. However, there are some gaps left by the public health insurance system which one can fill by opting for a private health insurance plan.