People often ask me what it’s like to live in Germany as an expat and are curious to hear about the conditions surrounding language learning, finding work, the cost of living, the ease of integration, and much more. I try to answer as best as I can – some days it’s relatively doable and rewarding being an expat, and other days you want to rip out your hair because of all the bureaucratic hoops you need to jump through just to get some paperwork filled out.
I am just one of many expats living in Germany trying to figure out life in a new country. Recently InterNations conducted one of the largest expat surveys worldwide with over 14,000 participants representing 174 nationalities. The “Expat Insider 2016” is an in-depth report which covers basic facts about demographic data, reasons for moving, work life abroad, and much more.
I thought you might be interested in seeing this InterNations infographic based on the survey results from expats in Germany. Overall, 83% of expats are ‘generally satisfied’ with life in Germany, making it the #17 ranked country for expats. Germany also ranked 3rd out of 67 countries in terms of Working Abroad, 9th in terms of Quality of Life, and 7th in terms of Health and Well-Being. Expats in Germany also reported that they feel very satisfied in terms of quality of life, family, and work security in their new country.
Do I agree with the results? For the most part, yes. The standard of living in Germany is very high, the infrastructure (such as public transportation) is fantastic, and the importance of family life is prevalent. However, the weather as a potential drawback? Not for me – I come from rainy Vancouver, Canada, so the mild winters and warm summers are pretty much ideal for me. Learning the German language is tricky but doable with some dedicated effort and motivation (and help from Germans!). The best thing about living in Germany (in my opinion) is the gusto for enjoying life in the form of festivals, travel, cuisine, leisure activities, and a healthy work-life balance.
If you’re interested in more survey results about Germany or other surveyed countries, you can read the full report on the Expat Insider 2016 here.
Are you an expat in Germany? Do you agree or disagree with any of the findings? Did any of the findings surprise you? Let me know in the comments below!