Moving from the Netherlands to Germany?
Wunderbar! You’ve decided to make the most exciting move of your life, swapping Budweiser for Pilsner, corn dogs for bratwursts, and amber fields of grain for Sound of Music hills.
Before you travel more than 3,000 miles to start afresh in Europe’s economic powerhouse, let’s remind you why moving to Germany is such a fantastich decision.
It’s no wonder, then, that in HSBC’s 2019 Expat Explorer Survey, Germany was the eighth most popular country to move to. This high ranking was largely down to its education system, which was ranked third, and its economic stability, which saw it come second behind Switzerland.
These are positives for any family, but many of you will be asking: is Germany a fun place to be? Can I enjoy myself on the weekends? The answer, fortunately, is a resounding ja.
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Moving from/to Germany
1. Transport your belongings with Expat Moving Company Germany
How are you going to get your belongings from the Netherlands to the Germany? It’s an important question, and the answer will vary depending on where you’re moving from. However, if you’re relocating with a family or simply want to take the stress out of your move, why not use a moving company?
Expat Moving Company provides moving service in The Netherlands and Germany. Whether you are moving from Netherlands to Germany, or Germany to Netherlands, our goal is to make your relocation perfect.
We offer a personalised and affordable international moving service for people moving from the Netherlands to the Germany. Whether you require a special service for art work, moving your pets or shipping a piano, we can arrange it. No matter how complicated your requirement, one of our highly experienced moving specialist will take care of you throughout the process, so that you can put your feet up and relax.
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Door to Door:
We have our own Germany and European road moving fleet providing a door-to-door moving service for your Netherlands to Germany move. For smaller shipments such as parcels or moving boxes; we can provide you with a secure courier removal service at a much more cost-effective price than a full removal. We can usually offer you dedicated move slots for this as well, usually at little to no surcharge.
Shipping and Sea Freight Services:
Our international shipping department overseas hundreds of shipments each month. We keep check on all the shipping companies, destination agents and international shipping lines to ensure that you or your clients’ belongings are sailing smoothly and on schedule.
Airfreight & Baggage Services:
For smaller moves, harder to reach places or removals that are especially urgent; we can offer an airfreight service. We team with some of the highest rated international airfreight forwarding companies throughout the world to ensure we get you the right slot, on the right plane, at the right time.
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2. Public transport in Germany
If speeding down the Autobahn every day isn’t for you (you might not want to risk having to use your health insurance straight away, after all) you’re still covered. Like many countries in western Europe, Germany has a top quality public transport system.
A monthly pass will typically be cheaper in Germany, and boy is it worth it. Cities and towns use buses, trams, the U-Bahn (subway), and/or the S-Bahn (overground) to get people where they need to go.
And in the case of larger hubs like Berlin and Munich, all of these methods of transport seamlessly combine to form one incredible system. On a daily basis, Berlin’s 117-year-old U-Bahn carries 1.5 million people to 173 stations across 94 miles of track – and that’s just the subway. Everything is linked up, so you can easily shift from an underground train to an overground one – plus you can connect to the internet across the entire U-Bahn.
3. Move your vehicle from The Netherlands to Germany
Are you planning on taking your car with you to your new home in the Germany? One of the most differences about Germany motoring is that locals drive on the right. But that’s not the only difference about driving in the Germany, so make sure you do your research beforehand.
4. Take care of your pet
Do you have a family of furry friends? Before you move from the Netherlands to the Germany, it is essential you know the requirements on importing pets. Germany has certain restrictions on the importation of pets and animals that you may not be used to, including quarantine laws. Therefore, it is important that you prepare for the move well ahead of time. This will give you plenty of time to get all the required documents in order to avoid any delays or disappointment in the long run.
5. Education in Germany
Everyone – yes, including you – can go to university in Germany for free. No exceptions. All 16 states abolished tuition fees in 2014, and haven’t looked back. That’s especially ausgezeichnet (excellent) as German institutions are some of the best in the world.
Germany has 23 universities in the world’s top 200, according to the Times Higher Education’s rankings, including institutions all over the country – from Freiburg and Hamburg in the north, to Tübingen and Munich in the south.
And that’s not all. If you have young children, you can rest safe in the knowledge that their education will also be top-notch. Germany came in the top 25% of OECD countries for maths, science, and reading in 2016, achieving top-16 places in each category.
This was way ahead of the US, which came 24th in reading, 25th in science, and 40th in math. Your kids can look forward to a better standard all round.
6. Sort out health insurance when moving to Germany
Germany has a universal healthcare system, meaning that everyone can receive treatment if there’s something wrong with them. The US’s healthcare system is ranked lower than Germany’s, according to the World Health Organisation (it’s also lower than the systems in Morocco, Dominica, and Costa Rica, among others).
Germany’s excellent healthcare system explains why people there live two years longer, on average, than people in the US. Germany also has the 12th-lowest infant mortality rate in the world, according to the United Nations. The US comes 38th, behind Poland, Slovakia, and Brunei.
If you want to start living in Germany, you have to get health insurance. This can either be with the public health system, which covers around 90% of German residents, or with a private company. However, if your annual salary is under €57,600, you’re required to get state insurance. Make sure to register as soon as possible.
7. Shorter working hours in Germany
You’re also set for an improvement in your working circumstances. Get ready to take your nose off the grindstone and give it a well-earned break. Working in Germany means spending less time at your desk than you would in any other developed nation.
In 2018, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that people in Germany work for 1,363 hours per year, on average – more than 400 fewer than workers in the US. That means you’ll work an average of just 26 hours per week, or 5 hours and 12 minutes per day.
8. Start looking for a job
Some expats moving to Germany will already have a job offer lined up. However, many decide to go to Germany without any promise of employment, which means they’ll have to go job-hunting. Germany has plenty of job possibilities for expats, although there are significant regional disparities in opportunities.
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9. Sunday in Germany
Sundays are for chilling. Almost all the shops are closed, and so is pretty much everything else. Kick back, relax, and enjoy some Bundesliga soccer, church, or time with your loved ones.
This cultural phenomenon has been written into law through Sunday-specific bans on drilling and other noise pollution, throwing away bottles in recycling bins, and driving trucks. Accept the mandated rest period, and you’ll find it sets you up nicely for the working week.
11. Food and drinks in Germany
One thing you can use Sundays for is immersing yourself in Germany’s culinary delights.
If you’re worried about getting used to strange European cuisine, forget your fears, and get ready for a welcome onslaught of beer, sausages, and schnitzel – not least at the annual Oktoberfest celebration (most of which confusingly takes place more in September).
And if you’re a vegetarian, that’s no problem. Potatoes are everywhere, there are some excellent cheeses, and sauerkraut (fermented cabbage) is a national delicacy – plus it helps out your immune system.
You can also look forward to tucking into some spätzle, a dish from the south-west region of Swabia that involves mixing German fizzy-water pasta with an obscene amount of cheese. Delicious.
12. Book Expat Moving Company Germany for your move from / to Germany
Expat Moving Company brings you budget friendly moving services from The Netherlands to Germany + more. We pride ourselves on transparent pricing, with no hidden fees! Our team is up-front and honest about your moving costs, so you can stick to your relocation budget.
EMC has been an industry leader with providing international moves for expats to and from Germany. With a wealth of experience, we knew what it would take to establish the leading moving company in The Netherlands: a commitment to quality, unmatched by the competition.
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We have the skills, resources and expertise to make your business or personal relocation from The Netherlands to UK, convenient and affordable. Our personalized service is reflected through our knowledgeable staff. Many of who have been with us for over 12 years. This high level of experience and dedication is displayed in the moving services you will receive.
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1. What are the transport times for a door to door delivery in Germany?
Transport times will depend on the selected route, and our logistics experts will provide you with an approximate time-estimate, including confirmation of pick-up time and date and delivery once you have booked the service. In some rare cases, transit times are subject to change due to weather and traffic conditions. In these cases, our logistics experts will contact you to inform you of the delay.
2. Do I need to print a label?
No. With a dedicated van, your goods will be transported directly, so you do not need to print a label unless otherwise instructed.
3. Is shipping insurance included?
Yes, every shipment with a dedicated van is covered by conventions and additional cargo insurance is also available. For more information, or if you are unsure which insurance is right for your freight shipment, please don’t hesitate to contact our logistics experts.
4. Will the truck driver assist me to load my shipment to Germany?
When booking the service, please inform us in case you require additional assistance for loading and unloading your truck, and we can arrange this also. You will be able to provide us with this information during the ordering process.
5. Can I change the pick-up/delivery address after placing an order?
Yes. You can change your pick-up/delivery address at any time before your shipment is delivered. Please inform us as soon as possible, so we can update your pick-up and delivery details.
6. Can I select multiple pick-up/delivery locations?
7. Do I need to sign any documentation?
Yes. The CMR note (Convention relative au contrat de transport international de merchandises par route) must be signed by the shipper, driver and receiver. Once it is signed by all three parties, no claim for damaged or lost items will apply. We advise you to check the shipment before you sign the CMR.
CMR Countries (November 2008):
Albania, Andorra, Austria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom), Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco (excluding Western Sahara), Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
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At least, that’s what expats have said. 73% of them reported being satisfied after moving to Germany, according to InterNations’ survey, and 77% are happy with life.
The country is also the 17th happiest in the world. Americans in particular seem keen to become German, with the number of Americans applying for German citizenship doubling between 2009 and 2017.
Genuinely? Everyone. The country bans discrimination of all kinds, legalized same-sex marriage and adoption in 2017, and has one of the most stable political and economic situations of any country in the world – as well as a rich culture full of even richer food.
You can benefit from universal healthcare, get paid a higher wage to work fewer hours and days, and watch as your children enjoy incredible playgrounds before attending some of the best universities in the world for free. There are also innumerable places to travel, whether you fancy being a beach bum, an expert skier, a tireless hiker – or all three.
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