The beer and the sausages may be good, but Germany has a lot more to offer than just gastronomical delights. I went to Germany for spring break and fell in love. I am determined to move back there to get my master’s degree and then go on to raise ten children in a fairytale house in the black forest. I am rather determined to convince all my loved ones that they too should move to Germany. And since I love you, dear reader, so much… I’m gonna give you the low down. Here are 10 amazingly fantastic reasons why you should start packing your bags.
The Economy is Strong and Needs You
Germany has the largest national economy in Europe and the fifth largest economy (by GDP) in the world. Yet the German population is aging. The country is actively seeking international workers, so finding a job there is far from impossible.
University is Free
Germany is a social welfare state, which means that services like university and health care are almost completely free, even for international students. If you don’t think you could handle studying in a foreign language, go for one of Germany’s growing number of English-taught degree programs. EU citizens are also eligible to try out for Germany’s unique apprenticeship program. Students in Germany often spend a few years after high school doing volunteer apprenticeships in whatever industry they are interested in. It is a great way to get an inside look into the depths of your intended profession.
Mom’s Get a Pension
In Germany being a mother is considered a job. If you gain residency and raise your family in Germany, you could be eligible to obtain a retirement pension later on. That’s why me and my friend are gonna move to Germany and buy two ginormous houses side-by-side where we will raise 10 children each ; )
American playground builders need to take pointers. I guess we Americans can’t have any fun stuff because of the horrible litigation culture. Anyhow, in Germany no such precautions exist.
You Can Drive as Fast as You Want
The famous Autobahn in Germany has no speed limit. So if you are rich and famous, this is about the only place on earth where you can actually get your money’s worth out of a sports car.
Bikability Score 10/10
Germany is an extremely bikable country. In Frankfurt, where I was staying, bikes were allowed anywhere, from the streets to the wide pavement. Signs indicated where the safest places to bike were. Many sidewalks had special bike lanes. Also, Call-A-Bike stations scattered across Germany allow you to pike up and rent a bike and then drop it back off wherever and whenever you like (and students can use Call-A-Bike and other public transport systems for FREE!).
Flower shops on Every Corner
Germans must love their flowers. Even in the residential areas that I stayed in and explored, there where flower shops everywhere.
Bakeries on Every Other Corner
And if the flowers wern’t enough to convince you, guess what? Bakeries mark almost every street. Germans are famous for there bread. I’ve heard that the Lebkuchen cake itself is enough to move to Germany for.
It isn’t That Difficult
Guess what the requirement is for getting permanent residency in Germany? Pay taxes for 5 years. That’s literally it. And the best part is that if you work while you study you can start paying taxes. That isn’t so hard is it? So why not start looking for apartments today?
Seriously guys, at least consider it. I haven’t even started on the architecture, efficiency, technology, or adult playgrounds. I could go on all day… but I’ll let you go look up flats in Frankfurt now. Come on. Just click here already. You know you want to ; )