Hamburg

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Make the most of living and working in Hamburg

Expat living in Hamburg 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 Hamburg takes a lot of time. Our Hamburg expat guide is there to make your relocation to Hamburg 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 Hamburg.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in Hamburg. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world - from living in Ljubljana to living in Prague.

Top Articles in the Hamburg Expat Guide

  • Moving to Hamburg

    Hamburg is a beautiful port city and an important commercial hub. It offers not only many opportunities for business, but also beautiful sunsets and nature as well. If you are planning to move to Hamburg, you should read the InterNations Expat Guide to get an overview of this city!
  • Living in Hamburg

    Living in Hamburg means getting in touch with a rich culture and a florid nature that can be easily explored by bike. Get advice on life in Hamburg in the InterNations Expat Guide and enjoy its cultural tradition and the picturesque harbor to the fullest!
  • Working in Hamburg

    Thanks to its position and the port, Hamburg is a fundamental commercial hub, and job-seeking expats can choose among many opportunities. Read up on the local economy, work permits and taxation in Germany’s wealthiest city in the InterNations Expat Guide!
  • 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 Hamburg

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 Hamburg provides you with listings of all expatriate-relevant locations and relocation services in Hamburg. Furthermore, you might want to also consider our Hamburg expats forum to receive first hand information from your fellow expats.

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

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Hamburg? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Guangzhou or living in Maputo!