Helping Individuals & Families move to Germany from the UK
Living in Germany
Germany in western-central Europe consisting of 16 constituent states, which retain limited sovereignty. Its capital city and largest city is Berlin. Germany has 80.6 million inhabitants, it is the most populous member state in the European Union. Germany is a major economic and political power of the European continent and a historic leader in many cultural, theoretical and technical fields.
Germany has a social market economy with a highly skilled labour force, a large capital stock, a low level of corruption, and a high level of innovation. It has the largest and most powerful national economy in Europe, the fourth largest by nominal GDP in the world, the fifth largest by PPP, and was the biggest net contributor to the EU budget in 2011. The service sector contributes approximately 71% of the total GDP, industry 28%, and agriculture 1%. The official average national unemployment rate in April 2014 was 6.8%.
Germany is the most populous country in the European Union, the second most populous country in Europe after Russia, and ranks as the 16th most populous country in the world. As of 2011 and about six million foreign citizens (7.7% of the population) were registered in Germany. Germany is home to the third-highest number of international migrants worldwide.
Currently the population is covered by a fairly comprehensive health insurance plan provided by statute. Certain groups of people (lifetime officials, self-employed persons, employees with high income) can opt out of the plan and switch to a private insurance contract.
Property in Germany
Historically low mortgage rates – For all those who have the intention to buy a property and plan to apply for a mortgage, the currently exceptionally low interest rates are a godsend. Today on average you can expect half the repayment rates, as for example those of ten years ago. A loan in the amount of € 100,000 today costs a monthly repayment of around 330 €, while the former was the average amount at 620 €. Mortgage rates with a ten year bond starting as low as effectively 3.25%.
Common to live in rented apartments – Unlike in countries such as Spain or France, there is a functioning rental market in Germany. Only about 44% of all Germans have home ownership, in a European comparison, a very low percentage. It is common in Germany to live in rented accommodation, in the context of a long-term lease. For investors, this means a reliable basis for regular, secure rental income. But recently in 2014 Cheap loans and rising incomes are the two main drivers of the trend for Germans to increasingly buy rather than rent their homes read more
Popular Expat Destinations in Germany
British citizens and those from other EU countries don’t need a work permit or visa to live and work in Germany.
If you live in Germany in retirement you can receive your UK state pension either in a UK or German bank account. Your pension income will be index-linked as Germany is an European Economic Area country – that means it will increase each year, just as if you had not left the UK.
Few Facts about Germany
- Germany’s motorways (Autobahn) are famous for having no speed limit, but an advisory limit of 130km/h (81mph) is in operation, and some stretches of road do have limits.
- Munich’s Oktoberfest, which actually starts in September, is the biggest beer festival in the world. Oktoberfest 2012 covered 26 hectares and had 35 giant beer tents.
- Germany’s relationship with beer is serious. According to German newspaper Der Spiegel, in 2006 it was home to almost 1,300 breweries and was responsible for three-quarters of Europe’s beer production.
- Most grocery stores, drug stores, and shopping malls are all closing up shop by 7pm (8pm at the VERY latest). The smaller the town, the earlier the closing times. And if it’s Sunday, you might as well just stay inside your house. NOTHING is open. Restaurants are the only exception to this rule.
Parking permit for removal lorry in Germany
A parking management system has been implemented to regulate parking in the central areas of Germany. Various districts have been subdivided into parking zones, with different criteria applying to their use. For instance, there are exemptions for certain groups of professionals. You need to obtain a permit and sign and both of these places are all-in-one services from the local city council website or there is a website https://www.platzda.de that can deal with this for you for a small fee (in german)
Central Moves Ltd have compiled a list of expat & German news websites that can be of help and give some insight to existing people Moving or currently living in Germany
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Central Moves are one of the London’s top removal companies for Removals London to Germany who combine specialisation with our total commitment to providing a professional and personalised service, which this is why thousands of families and individuals have entrusted Central Moves with their German home removals, furniture removals and personal effects.
and most recently BS EN 12522 , it is the first and only recognised quality Standard specifically aimed at furniture removals.
Central Moves are proud to have achieved this standard, which proves all operatives work to clearly defined and audited standards on a daily basis.
Further testament to our success is the number of corporate clients who continue to choose Central Moves and indeed, refer us to their families and friends.