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getting married in germany

Getting Married in Germany

In Germany, marriage are considered legal unions, and essentially legally binding contracts between 2 persons. The union is protected under the German Constitution. Persons getting married in Germany only need to appear physically at a Standesamt for...
The German pension system is regarded highly among other pension systems worldwide. However, due to an ageing population, the German government has introduced several reforms since 2002 in order to maintain its long-term efficiency. These reforms include...
Cost of Living in Berlin

Cost of Living in Berlin

When you decide to move to Germany, and Berlin in particular, it is important to understand what the cost of living in Berlin is. Each municipality in Germany have different tax rates and housing costs among others,...
Taxes Applicable in Berlin for Self-employed and Freelancers The legal form of your business will determine the various types of taxes applicable to your business. Freelancers and sole proprietorships are taxed differently than corporations....
Every business in Germany (with some exceptions) are liable to pay trade tax (Gewerbesteuer). There are various types of taxes that are applied depending on the business type and how it is registered. The trade tax in...
By the introduction of the tax identification number (IdNo, or TIN) in 2008, Germany wants to modernise its tax system by making it less bureaucratic. It aims to simplify the taxation procedure by making electronically provided and...
What is the VAT number? The VAT number in Germany is used to identify you when making payments to the VAT department in Germany (Finanzamt). The VAT number is referred to with different names,...
In Germany, it is required to register your address with the local district office (Bürgeramt). This is called the “anmeldung”, and is required each time your residence address in Germany changes. It is also...
The health insurance system in Germany Everyone who is resident in Germany is legally required to have sufficient health insurance coverage. The insurance coverage in Germany is based on a dual system consisting of...
FAQ moving to Berlin

FAQ for Expats Moving to Berlin

Moving to Berlin, Germany is a very exciting, yet challenging experience. The whole move in itself may be stressful, however, one of the largest challenges is that you will be arriving in an unkown location, in which you have to start a new life in. Most of the time, ample research and knowledge about the location, makes it easier to integrate and get used to your new way of life!
Expat Health Insurance In Germany

Expat Health Insurance In Germany

All foreigners living and working in Germany need expat health insurance. It is mandatory to show proof of health insurance when applying for a German VISA or residence permit. Once you become a German resident it is...
Are you an expat looking for a job in Berlin? Or are you a Berlin Resident pursuing a different career path? There are a lot of working opportunities in Berlin, but finding the best requires ample research, experience, and...
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the World Health Organization have been advising people to keep social distancing and self-isolate to curb the spread of the infection. During the period, ensure that you take care of your mental and...
Do you know Frankfurt is among the top 10 cities recommended for expatriates? (Ranking by Mercer’s Quality of Life) This ranking is no surprise as the city of Frankfurt speaks for itself. The world-class standard houses for rent in...
Many Germans and foreigners working in Germany choose to submit an annual income tax declaration (Einkommensteuererklärung). Generally speaking, if you are employed and subject to payroll tax, it is not necessary to submit a tax return. However, by doing...
The German EU Blue Card allows qualified third-country nationals to move to Germany on a contract basis. It is essentially a German residence permit for those wishing to work in Germany. The blue card scheme is aimed...
Munich offers more than just the famous Oktoberfest. As one of the biggest cities in Germany, Munich offers excellent opportunities, one of the best economies and most relaxing environments. If you have found the place appealing and considering to...
Germany has many small cities, places of historical interest, attractive geographical locations, and collections of forests. All these places are great for a German holiday. Whether you are a history buff, a lover of nature, or a fanatic of...
Driving is a perfect pastime for anyone who love vehicles. Therefore, if you are an expat, you need to be able to drive around to get the ultimate experience of living in Berlin. However, like most countries, Germany has...
The tax system in Germany features various identification numbers. These include the tax number (Steuernummer), the tax ID (Steueridentifikationsnummer), and the VAT number (Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer). This guide will tell you exactly what these numbers mean and how you can get...