Moving to Germany
Germany is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe. It consists of 16 constituent states, which retain limited sovereignty, and covers an area of 357,021 square kilometres (137,847 sq mi) with a largely temperate seasonal climate. Its capital and largest city is Berlin.
As you travel through Germany, you’ll have plenty of brushes with genius, but Germany’s storybook landscapes will leave a large imprint in your memories. There’s something undeniably artistic in the way the scenery unfolds – the corrugated, dune-fringed coasts of the north, the moody forests, romantic river valleys and vast vineyards of central Germany’s backbone, the splendour of the Alps, carved into rugged glory by glaciers and the elements. As much fun as it may be to rev up the engines on the autobahn, getting off the highway lets you soak up the epic scenery that makes each delicious, slow, winding mile so precious.
The currency used in Germany is the Euro (1 Euro = 100 cents).
Currency Coins: €01, €0.02, €0.05, €0.10, €0.20, €0.50, €1, €2
Currency Notes: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500
Germany’s climate is moderate and has generally no long periods of cold or hot weather. Maritime and continental climates predominate over most of the country with the Alpine regions of the south having a mountain climate.
Northwestern and coastal Germany have a maritime influenced climate which is characterized by warm summers and mild cloudy winters. Inland Germany has a continental climate marked by greater seasonal variations in temperature, with warmer summers and colder winters.
Languages and Culture
The official language in Germany is German, with more than 95 percent of the population speaking German as their first language. Other languages spoken include Sorbian in Eastern Germany, Frisian, spoken around the Rhine estuary and Danish which is primarily spoken along the Danish border. Turkish and Kurdish are also spoken.
The German nationals place a high priority on structure, privacy and punctuality. They love to plan and know what they are doing at a specific time on a specific day.
Rules and regulations are valued in Germany and their people tend to adhere to rules quite strictly. German nationals see regulations as necessary in allowing people to know what is expected on them. Expatriates and their families should not be offended if someone corrects their behaviour, for instance telling them that they have parked incorrectly. Policing one another is seen as a social duty in Germany.