Destination Profile - Germany

Destination Profile - Germany

Being Europe’s first and the world’s 4th largest economy, with the second to lowest unemployment rate in Europe, Germany sounds like the land of plenty.

But a thriving economy is not the only thing that’s great about this place. The country is home to forests, mountains, rivers, lakes and coasts. It has characteristic villages, dynamic cities and world famous festivals. Plus they have great beer, sausages and bread.

And still, that’s not all. Studying in Germany is free and this privilege is not just for locals to enjoy. Because the Germans believe that studying is a right everyone should be able to claim, foreigners can enjoy free education in Germany too.

After graduating, non-EU citizens usually get an 18-month extension on their residence permit to give them a chance to find a job. And with about 20% of the German population having a migration background it is clear that plenty of them succeed.

Many different markets in Germany are flourishing and although there are a lot of vacancies for English speaking employees, learning about the German language and culture will definitely give you a head start on other suitable candidates when looking for a job.


  • The language spoken in the country is German but a large part of the population speaks English as well.
  • Germany is famous for its ‘Weihnachtsmarkte’, better known as ‘Christmas markets’ that usually take over a city a few weeks before the holidays.
  • A third of the country is covered in forests and woodland.
  • On average, a German person drinks about 110 litres of beer each year. That is four times the average worldwide!

  • Go for a ride on the German ‘Autobahn’ where there’s no speed limit. Make sure to plan a fuel stop first though because running out of gas on these roads is illegal.
  • What do Germans eat? Currywurst (sausage), sauerkraut, mulled wine, black forest cake, apfelstrudel (apple pie), pretzels, schnitzels and a glass of beer, naturally.
  • With over 25.000 castles, living in Germany could truly be a fairy tale.

Explore more facts about Germany here

Moving to Germany.

The UN Migration Report for 2015 shows that Germany is host to a whopping 12 million migrants.  The second highest host country in the world after the USA.

If it is a German passport you are looking for, the simplest way is if you have a German parent but Germany also offers citizenship for the descendants of those persecuted on political, racial or religious grounds during the Nazi dictatorship, as well as, in many cases, their descendants.

Germany is part of the EU so immigrants from this region can move without having to apply for a visa or any other kind of permit. Foreigners from non-EU and non-EEA countries do have to apply for a work permit before traveling to Germany.

People from Australia, Japan, Israel, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand or the USA may however enter the country without a visa and apply for a residence permit once they’re in the country.

Once you have lived in Germany for eight years - less in some circumstances - you can apply for citizenship.  As part of the application you need to pass a German language skills test and a naturalization test.

To find out whether you can make Germany your next home, check out our handy tool at

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