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In this page: Welsh diplomatic representations | Communities of Expatriates | Ranking of Cities | Renting an Apartment | School System | Health System | Tourism and Culture | Individual and Civic Freedoms | Religion

 

Welsh diplomatic representations

The Welsh Government overseas offices aim to grow the economy by increasing exporting and attracting inward investment, raising Wales' profile on the international stage and establishing Wales as a globally responsible nation. Details on the offices in Germany are below:

Berlin (Germany HQ)
+49 3020 457135
Open from 9:00am to 5:00pm local time

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Düsseldorf
+49 (0) 211 9448-215
Open from 9:00am to 5:00pm local time

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Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
Expats in Germany make up 10% of the total population. They come mainly from European countries (50%) or Turkey (28%). Asians (10%), Africans (4%) and Americans (3%) are the expatriate minorities in Germany.
Immigration Authority
Landesamt - Ausländerbehörde
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Zapf
Robben & Wientjes
Contact the Embassy
Contact the German Embassy in the United Kingdom.
Contact Your Embassy
Contact the British Embassy in Germany.
 
 

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Most German cities, while offering high standards of living, are cheaper than their counterparts in other European countries. The latest available edition of Mercer's Cost of Living Worldwide City Survey ranks Berlin (37th, Munich 38th, Frankfurt (48th) and Hamburg 62nd out of 227 cities worldwide in terms of cost of living.
Quality of Life
Many German cities are ranked among the best cities in the world in terms of quality of life. The latest edition of the Quality of Living Survey ranks Munich 3rd out of 231, followed closely by Dusseldorf (6th), Frankfurt (7th) and Berlin (13th).
Hotel reservation websites
Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings (Survey by Mercer)
Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings (Survey by Mercer)

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Renting an Apartment

Average Lease Term
1 year renewable by tacit agreement. 3 months' notice.
Average Rental Costs
Guarantee deposit: equivalent of 3 months' rent without charges. When the key is given back, the deposit is entirely recovered if the state of the apartment is as it was, or partially recovered if there has been damage.
Rental Agency Websites
Short term furnished apartment agency
Agency
Hotel reservation websites
Expatica

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School System

The Education System
After Kindergarten (nursery school), children go to Grundschule (primary school) at age 6 and it lasts for 4 years. Then the performing pupils go to Gymnasium (secondary school) at age 10, which leads to the A - levels (Abitur). The pupils who perform less well are oriented towards shorter schooling (Realschule or Hauptschule). For further information about the level of German schools, consult the results of the PISA comparative test.

After the baccalaureate, the Universities (Universitäten) offer all subjects. Note the existence of Fachhochschulen (professional institutes, higher schools of technology) which are shorter, 3 year courses and very oriented towards professional practice.

International Schools
Lycée français de Berlin
Collège Voltaire
The American John F. Kennedy School
The British School
The Japanese school
Hotel reservation websites
List of international schools in Berlin
The international schools of Berlin

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Health System

The Healthcare System
The healthcare system offers high quality care. The public system or the private system are accessible according to the type of health insurance.
International Hospitals
In general you can communicate in English in German hospitals (in Berlin, for example, the university hospital La Charité).
Health Ministry
The Ministry of Health website

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
There are many places for tourists to visit:
- historic city centres: Regensburg, Würzburg, Goerlitz;
- museums: Pinakothek in Munich, museum island in Berlin;
- palaces : Sans-Souci at Potsdam, Charlottenburg in Berlin;
- cathedrals : Cologne, Berlin, Aachen;
- the banks of the Elbe;
- the remains of the Berlin wall.
Cultural
Operas, concert halls, theaters, festivals, museums, art galleries, open air cinema, etc.
Nature
Castles, parks and gardens

Near Berlin, at Potsdam, the park of Sans-Souci palace covers nearly 300 hectares. Also worth visiting is the zoological garden (Zoologischer Garten) in Berlin, the park of the palace of Nymphenburg in Munich and the Herrenhausen royal gardens in Hanover.

Nature parks

Altmühltal, Eifel, Saar Hunsrück, Schiefergebirge, the Swabian and Franconian forest, Schwalm-Nette, the Black Forest Center/North, Südeifel, the island of Usedom.

National Parks

Eifel, Kellerwald-Edersee, Lakes of Schleswig-Holstein, Lakes of Hamburg, Lakes of Lower Saxony, Jasmund, Western Pomeranian Bodden Landscape Park, Müritz, Unteres Odertal, Harz, Hainich, Saxony Switzerland, Bavarian forest, Berchtesgaden.

Religious
Aachen, Cologne Cathedral, Berliner Dom.
Thermal
Aquatic parks, health resorts and spas.
Beach
Many lakes, including: Constance, Müritzsee, Chiemsee, Schwerin and Starnberg.

Big rivers, including: Rhine, Danube, Main, Weser and Elbe.

Canals, including: Brandenburg and in Mecklenburg.

Additionally, there is access to the Baltic and North Sea coasts.
Winter Sports
The Bavarian Alps, Allgäu, Black Forest, Harz, Thuringe forest, and Saxony are have skiing areas. The highest summit is the Zugspitze (2962 m) in the Bavarian Alps.
Outdoor Activities
Cycling, walking, canoeing, climbing, rollerblading.
Shopping
The biggest store in Germany is in Berlin: KaDeWe Kaufhaus of the West. Friedrichstrasse, also in Berlin, is unmissable.

All large cities in Germany have pedestrian areas which offer a wide choice of stores.

 
 
Cultural Organizations
Ministry of Culture

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Civil Liberty
1/7
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2021 report : 13/180

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Religion

Beliefs
Christian 62.5% (Catholic 31.4%, Protestant 31.1%), Muslim 4%, Jewish 0.2%.

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