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"The good thing about InterNations is that I got to know the expat community in Berlin as well as internationally minded locals."

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"Through InterNations I met so many other Argentinean expats in Berlin, which made the transition period really easy for me."

Make the most of living and working in Berlin

Expat living in Berlin raises plenty of questions, for instance: ʺWhat are the requirements from German authorities to get a residence permit?”, ʺAre inland flights or national trains the cheaper option to travel from Munich to Berlin?ʺ, or ”Who can recommend telecommunication providers in town?”

Finding all this expat information about living and working in Berlin takes a lot of time. Our Berlin expat guide is there to make your relocation to Berlin as easy as possible. Starting with restaurants and nightlife to information about local infrastructure, the guide covers all the different aspects of expat life in Berlin.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in Berlin. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world - from moving to Barcelona to living in London.

Top Articles in the Berlin Expat Guide

  • Moving to Berlin

    When you move to Berlin, you will soon find out that it is not just Germany’s historic capital, but also a vibrant city with a dynamic arts and music scene. The InterNations guide on Berlin tells you all you need to know about expat life in the capital: accommodation, visa regulations, and more.
  • Living in Berlin

    Berlin fascinates numerous people — not only history buffs interested in its eventful past. Expats living in Berlin come from all over the globe and all walks of life. Our InterNations guide prepares you for Berlin with info on permits and transportation.
  • Working in Berlin

    Will you soon be working in Berlin as an expatriate? Good choice! The city offers many opportunities, from global companies to middle-sized businesses or start-ups. Our InterNations guide to Berlin explains business etiquette, visa regulations, and admin issues for expats in Berlin.
  • How to Move within Germany

    After living in Germany for a while, some expats may face their first move within the country. While logistics are not that important in this case, there are some formalities you will need to take care of. In this article, we provide you with an informal to-do list for your move within Germany.
  • Sexism, Xenophobia & Racism in Germany

    While we have treated general safety and crime in Germany in a separate article, here we are aiming to give an overview of discrimination in the form of sexism and racism in Germany and how it affects the daily lives and wellbeing of the various social groups which are discriminated against.
  • German Newspapers and Print Media

    Although German newspapers come in an extraordinarily large and diverse number of titles, they are currently going through hard times. Owing to strong competition from TV and online media, German newspapers have been pressing and selling lower and lower numbers for the past couple of decades.
  • Looking for Jobs in Germany

    Jobs in Germany, particularly for citizens of a non-EU member state, can be rather difficult to find. Focus your job search on the service sector, where about 75% of Germany’s working population is employed: Expat jobs in manufacturing are rare, unless you are a qualified engineer.
  • Cost of Living in Germany

    Good news for expats: For the typical foreign assignee, the cost of living in Germany’s major cities is lower than in many other European metropolises. Our guide explains regional and income differences as well as common expenses in everyone’s budget.
  • Insurance in Germany

    Better safe than sorry: many German people seem to be fond of this old saying. Insurance in Germany is a lucrative and competitive market. For expats, it can be confusing to get an insight into this key topic. Our guide provides an introduction to risk awareness, essential plans, and common policies.
  • Domestic Tourism in Germany

    If you are an expatriate in dire need of some rest and recreation, Germany provides plenty of opportunities. Our guide introduces popular destinations for domestic tourism, from the best cities to visit over the seacoast to activities like hiking and cycling in Germany. Enjoy your break!
  • Taxes in Germany

    German taxation is often regarded as confusing and obscure. Indeed, the complex system of direct and indirect taxes in Germany, from inheritance tax and dog tax to excise duties and VAT, seems rather complicated to Germans and expats alike. Our InterNations guide is here to help!
  • Marriage in Germany

    When romance meets reality: Organizing their wedding in Germany can cost foreign residents some time and effort, especially for the required paperwork. Our expat guide introduces the legal framework for marriage in Germany. We provide administrative advice – and it’s your job to add the romance.
  • How to Get a German Visa

    While Germany doesn’t offer popular migrant visa programs, like Australia or the US, there are some kinds of visas expats may be interested in. Applications mostly depend on two factors: nationality and reason for moving. Our guide features a handy overview of German visa requirements.
  • Driving in Germany

    Driving in Germany gives you the possibility to explore the country via the third largest expressway system in the world. Maybe you will even want to purchase a vehicle made by one of the many world famous German car manufacturers. Our guide briefs you on what to expect of Germany’s traffic.

Information on the Expat Life in Berlin

Are you looking specifically for tax consultants in town or a doctor speaking your native language in Germany? In addition to our expat guide, the expat directory for Berlin provides you with listings of all expatriate-relevant locations and relocation services in Berlin. Furthermore, you might want to also consider our Berlin expats forum to receive first hand information from your fellow expats.

Simply become a member of InterNations Berlin and you’ll be warmly received with a friendly Grüß Gott among our expats living and working in Berlin.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Berlin? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as moving to Dubai or living in Paris!