7 Reasons why living in Germany is awesome
It is not a surprise that over nine million immigrants have found their home in Bundesrepublik. Germany is a truly beautiful place to call home. Here are our top 7 reasons why living in Germany is awesome:
1. Nine different borders
Germany shares its border with nine different countries France, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Switzerland. All of these are Schengen countries. Meaning, you can travel to any of these countries like you are visiting your neighbor. If you live close to the border like I do. You can have breakfast in Germany, lunch in Luxembourg and dinner in France.
Here is the bridge connecting Germany to France in a small village close to where I live. Isn’t it truly amazing?
2. Cost of living
Germany boasts one of the highest standards of living for a relatively lower cost. The rents in some bigger cities might burn a hole in your pocket, but living in a smaller town is very affordable. The free market economy enables day-to-day commodities to be available at reasonable price. For example, you can get a liter of milk for 0.65€ and also for 1.19€. This makes life easier for low earners and students.
Also, Germany falls under very few countries which have a concept of minimum wage. As of 2017, the minimum wage in Germany stands at 8.84€.
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3. Thrill and Chill
Either you are an adventure seeker or a tourist. Germany will fulfill all of your needs. The vivid weather around the year gives room for a lot of activities and travel. If you are an adventure type, the well-marked hiking trails across Germany will quench your thirst for hiking or mountain biking. While in winter you can take up Skiing in Schwarzwald or Garmisch. If you are tourist type, Germany has beautiful cities and outstanding architecture to offer.
What comes as a perk is traveling, if done in a group by public transportation can be really cheap. You can buy a weekend ticket for about 40€ and travel anywhere in Germany. It is easy to find accommodation while traveling too.
4. Excellent road and public transport
You might already have heard about the excellent highway system in Germany, Autobahn. Driving on the Autobahn is every auto-enthusiasts dream. Cruising at speeds of 160-180kmph while witnessing heartwarming scenery is an utter joy. Don’t own a car? No love lost! The excellent public transportation system will enable you to get wherever you wish to. If you are flexible on spending money, the ICE will get you from Frankfurt to Paris in just under four hours. Saying, the public transport system in Germany is punctual is a bit of overkill. However, you can say it is on time most of the times.
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5. Holidays and Vacation
Germany being one of the most productive countries in the world is not result of working long hours. People in Germany value personal time. As a full-time employee, you are generally allowed to take 30 days of vacation every year and many times you will be encouraged by the employer to take the vacation. Also not turning up to work due to sickness does not count as a vacation, since you were suffering and not relaxing. Added to that, there are about 13 public holidays on an average.
6. Social benefits
Germany taxes its inhabitants pretty heavily. Though criticized by many, it comes with its own perks. Paying taxes insures you from a sudden loss of employment, where the government would fund part of your income till you find a job. The universal healthcare system shields you from going bankrupt on a sudden downfall of sickness or accident. In addition, starting a family in Germany is great. New mothers and fathers can split paid leave between them over a period of 14 months. And on top of that, the state will pay you money for looking after your children, up until the point they turn 18. Needless to mention the almost free education from kindergarten to university.
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7. Friendly people
It might depend on where you live. The general stereotype is that German people are cold and aloof. However, speaking from personal experience, the stereotype is anything but true. Being in Germany for four years, I can attest that German people are warm, gracious and curious. The never-ending greetings from, ‘Guten Morgen’ when you enter the store till ‘Tschüss’ when you leave is a testimony to German greeting culture, ‘Einen schönen Tag noch’, as said it never ends. Many Germans are not really good at breaking the ice, however, if you get to know them well, they would make one of the kindest of friends you will ever come across.
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What do you feel about living in Germany? Have you lived or living in Germany? How many points do you agree with? Let me know in the comments.
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