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Enjoy living and working in Cologne

Are you an expat living in Cologne? You will surely come across many questions, such as ʺWhat documents does the German aliens department require for a work permit?”, ʺAre inland flights or national trains the cheaper option to travel from Munich to Berlin?ʺ, or ”What can other expats recommend for telecommunication providers in town?”

Looking for all of the information that is important for living and working in Cologne can take you hours. However, by using our Cologne expat guide you can greatly simplify your relocation to Cologne. Beginning with restaurants and nightlife top tips about local infrastructure - the guide deals with all the different facets of the expat life in Cologne.

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

Top Articles in the Cologne Expat Guide

  • Moving to Cologne

    Cologne is home to over 1 million people. The city experiences cool winters and warm summers. Expats could find an accommodation by either using house hunting websites or paying to a letting agency. Read up on the information about moving to Cologne in our expat guide.
  • Living in Cologne

    As a cultural hub in the west of Germany, Cologne is famous for its spectacular cathedral, various museums and prestigious universities. Living in Cologne can be a great experience. Find out more information about leisure activities, local transportation and the city in our guide.
  • Working in Cologne

    As the largest city in the region, Cologne’s economy is based around the finance sector and media industry. Besides, there are many employment opportunities in engineering and education sector. Expat could find job vacancies online. Check out our expat guide for more information about working in Cologne.
  • 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 for the Expat Life in Cologne

Are you looking for specific information, such as tax consultants in town or a doctor speaking your native language in Germany? On top of our expat guide, you will have access to our expat directory for Cologne, which provides you with a complete catalogue of all expat-relevant locales and relocation services in Cologne. Moreover, you also can take full advantage of our Cologne expat forum in order to look for tips and information from your fellow expatriates.

Become part of InterNations Cologne and you’ll be warmly greeted with a welcoming Grüß Gott from our expats living and working in Cologne.

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