Relocation Information Service Videos

Here, you can find our growing video collection. Nina, the face behind Relocation Information Service, regularly publishes videos on YouTube. In each video, she deals with one topic that is interesting to people from abroad. She shows you how many social insurance contributions you have to pay in Germany, explains what a "Wohnberechtigungsschein" is, and helps you to figure out when you use "Sie" or "Du".

Telephone & internet

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Expats and new arrivals need a fast access to the internet and a good telephone contract to stay connected with friends and family abroad. Unfortunately, Germany's mobil phone networks still have some dead spots, and the super-fast internet at home may not as fast as promised in advertisements.

Inm this video, Nina from Relocation Information Service has brought together information on German providers, technical details and prospective contract traps.

Pregnancy

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To give birth in a foreign country is a challenge. The German health system offers good support for the time of pregnancy, birth and afterbirth. But you will have to organise things right in time and bear in mind some bureaucratic aspects.

Expectant mothers and fathers can find more information in this video.

 

 

Taxes

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Germany is the country with the highest tax burden. And with the greatest variety of taxes. Our Ministry of Finance lists nearly 40 types of taxes.

Get to know the most common ones in this video. And find out why the VAT is higher on baby food than on cat feed, why the German state benefits from smoking, and why we still pay taxes for the Emperor's navy.

 

 

Public holidays

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Germany has nine nation-wide public holidays. And some more regional ones which are celebrated just in certain federal states.

The video shows on which dates the Germans don't have to work and what are the backgrounds of the public holidays. And Nina from Relocation Information Service explains why the issue of public holidays can influence your decision where to live in Germany.

Termination

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In Germany, there are many regulations on terminations to protect employees.in this video, you can find out what your rights are and in which cases a termination may be illegal.

Nina from Relocation Information Service also shows what you should know to quit your job properly and how you can apply for unemployment benefit.

Useful terms for the flat search

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If you are looking for a flat, an apartment, a condo or a house in Germany, you will have to look through many advertisements on property portals - doesn't matter if you want to rent or to buy.

To save time and avoid useless visits, you should know the most common terms in German. in this video you can find out what is behind "Drei-Zimmer-Wohnung", "Altbau" or "Nachmieter gesucht".

 

 

Grocery shopping

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To do your grocery shopping in Germany isn't a mystery, but there are some special characteristics.

Nina from Relocation Information Service explains why coins for shopping carts, article dividers and fabric bags are typically German and why you have to be quick at the checkout.

 

 

Health insurance

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Each person in Germany needs a health insurance. It's mandatory. The German system knows two types of health insurance: compulsory or private health insurance.

The video shows the difference and the costs of the two types and explains which type of insurance is fitting for you.

Political parties

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The Federal Elections in Germany will take place soon (26/09/2021). According to the opinion polls, six parties will enter the next parliament.

In this video, you can learn more about CDU, FDP, Grüne, FDP, Linke and AfD and about their positions on the climate change, on the lack of flats in Germany and on migration.

Strikes

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When the Union of German Train Drivers calls for a strike and there is hardly a train running, people see clearly the results of a labour dispute. But in many cases the bargaining parties in Germany find a solution by negotiations.

In this video, you can find out more on Germany's employers' associations ("Arbeitgeberverbände") and unions ("Gewerkschaften"), on the process of collective negotiations, and you can learn why there aren't general strikes in Germany.

Driving licence

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To drive without a valid driving licence can be really expensive in Germany. But under which conditions are you allowed to drive in Germany with a foreign or international licence?

In this video, Nina provides information on the corresponding regulations and exceptions as well as on the German driving tests.

Federal elections

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Germany vote for a new chancellor - after 16 years with Angela Merkel. The federal elections take place at the 26th of September 2021.

The video informs on the German electoral system. Who can vote for whom and how? Which political parties have chances to move into the new Parliament? And who will be the new chancellor? Olaf Scholz? Armin Laschet? Or Annalena Baerbock?

Pets

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More than 40 million cats, dogs, birds and small rodents live under German roofs. Getting food and supply isn't a problem, but there are some regulations you should know as a pet owner.

Nina explains what requirements you have to fulfil if you want to enter Germany with pets. And answers another important question: Can a landlord prohibit the tennant to keep cats, dogs or small mammals?

5 DONT'S on the flat search

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The flat market in Germany is very tensed - especially in the bigger cities. Flat seakers are desperate. And cheaters misuse the situation.

In this video, Nina shows five things you shouldn't do on the flat search. E.g., dont pay for the visiting of a flat or spend to much money on used furniture.

 

 

Vocational training

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The system of vocational training is very special in Germany. For more than 300 professions exist so called "Ausbildungen". e.g. as a carpenter, as a bank clerk, as an IT specialist, as a nurse or as a kindergarten teacher.

In many cases the companies offer their trainees, in German called "Azubis", an unlimited working contract after the "Ausbildung". The video shows the different types of "Ausbildung", the requirements to start a "Ausbildung" and describes the chances and opportunities for non German-speakers.

Prices

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How high are the costs of living in Germany? An important question, but not an easy one to answer.

To get a feel for the situation in Germany, Nina gives examples for prices. Beginning with rents, moving on to food and clothes, and on to mobility and leisure time.

Writing letters

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To write and send a letter in Germany is still a common thing to do. Many companies or institutions ask for written letters in their communication.

In this video, Nina explains what stack of envelopes and stamps you should keep and what elements are essential in an official German letter.

Pension system

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As our state pension will not be sufficient for a comfortable retirement, many Germans have a company pension and / or a private pension insurance.

Learn in this video what the differences between the pension insurances types are, and how the state supports Germany employees to make provisions for their retirement.

 

 

Tax declaration

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For many Germans, the income tax declaration is as bad as a dental appointment. But it can be worth the troubles, as many tax payers receive a refund.

In this video, Nina explains the German tax system and what you can do to reduce the amount of taxes you have to pay.

 

 

Public service broadcasting

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Public service broadcasting - in German called "öffentlich-rechtlicher Rundfunk" - is an essential part of the German media system.

In this video, you'll find out why all people in Germany have to pay a fee for it, what happens if you refuse to pay, and what programs there are for non-German speakers.

School system

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The German school system is very special and can differ from Federal State to Federal State.

in this video, Nina gives a first overview on the different types of schools we have, shows the difference between public and private schools and explains how to register your child.

Waste separation

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Germans are considered to be waste separation champions. And it's true. In German households, you find at least three waste bins. Usually, there are more.

Learn how to separate your waste properly and which kind of waste belongs into which bin.

In case of emergency

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Your car or bike has been stolen. You witnessed a crime. Somebody had a heart attack. In these cases of emergency, it's necessary to get help as soon as possible.

Nina explains what number you have to dial to call the police, the firefighters or an ambulance, and shows further important numbers, websites and apps for the case of emergency.

 

 

Job interview

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If you apply for a job, you will hopefully receive an invitation for a job interview, a "Vorstellungsgespräch".

Nina shows how you can prepare for it. Find out what's typical of a German "Vorstellungsgespräch", what questions you have to expect and what tasks you may have to fulfil.

Financial support for families

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The German state support families in different ways. Though, the system of family benefits can be confusing for new arrivals.

Nina explains what are the differences between "Elterngeld", "Kindergeld" and "Kinderfreibetrag" and how you can apply for.

Beer

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All Germans drink beer? Is that a cliché or the truth? Statistically, every German drank 95 litres of beer in 2020. And that was a historical low point.

Nina explains the roots of the mythical German Beer Purity Law and makes it clear why 35 kilometres make a difference in beer flavour.

Federalism

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Why is the registration process different in Köln and in Berlin? Why do have offices in Hamburg other rules than in München? And why isn't the school system in Düsseldorf the same as in Dresden?

The reason for that is the German federalism. Nina explains the historical reasons for this political structure and shows the consequences for the daily life.

 

 

Wages and salaries

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How much money you can earn in Germany is an important question. The legal minimum wage is €9,60 at the moment.

Nina explains in which branches there are special minimum wages, what is the difference between a wage and a collective agreement, and shows how you can inform on salaries.

How to apply for a job

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Before you can apply successfully for a job in Germany, you should know about some German special features. Especially German CVs and letters of references differ a lot from international standards.

Nina explains what info you should include in your covering letter, why you should spent money on a professional picture and what is the secret code in German "Arbeitszeugnissen".

Useful insurances

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An average German household spends €1,500 per year on insurances. Consumer protection institutions say that many Germans are even overinsured.

What kind of insurance is necessary? Useful? Or just a waste of money? Nina explains the different types of insurances and in which situation what kind of insurance may be useful.

Kindergarten

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The choice of the right daycare for their child is an important question for all parents. I'm Germany, there are many daycare facilities for children up to the age of six.

Nina explains what are the differences between "Kinderkrippe", "Kindertagespflege", "Kinderladen" and "Kita", how much money you have to spend for a place and how you can apply for it.

 

 

Calling in sick

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Being ill is always unpleasant. For German employees is additionally connected with some bureaucratic procedures.

Nina explains what you should know if you have to call in sick in Germany.

Associations

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Being member of an association is for many Germans a very important part of their lives. There are more than 600,000 registered associations in Germany. For every purpose: doing sports, celebrating "Karneval" or breeding doves.

Nina explains why associations play such an important role in Germany and what would happen if they didn't exist.

Pay a deposit

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If you rent a flat or house in Germany, your landlord usually will ask you for a deposit - in German "Kaution". That's legal. But some fraudsters use the deposit to take money out of your pocket.

In the video, Nina tells you what you should know about paying a deposit in Germany.

 

 

5 steps to Germany

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You are interested in moving to Germany? Find out about the first five steps to come here.

Nina explains who needs a visa, how you can apply for it and what you have to do first when you have arrived in Germany.

 

 

Paying in a restaurant

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"We want to pay separately" - one of the most heard sentences in German restaurants. Why are Germans so eager to avoid sharing the invoice?

Nina explains the reasons for that typical German behaviour and gives tips how to behave in different situations - from the business lunch to a romantic candlelight dinner.

How to register a car

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"Baby, you can drive my car..." – But in Germany, the car has to be registered first.

In this video, Nina explains why you need a car insurance to register a car. And what the mysterious "TÜV" is.

Minijob

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In Germany, we have a special kind of job: with a so called Minijob you work only some hours per week and are just allowed to earn €450.

Although it was constructed to make employing staff easier, there are some bureaucratic rules you have to mind. Nina explains for whom a Minijob is interesting, how you can pay less taxes and social insurance contributions with a Minijob and where you can find more information in English.

Probation period

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If you are looking for a job in Germany you have perhaps come along with the two terms "Probetag" - trial day- and "Probezeit" - probation period. Nina explains in this video what are the legal regulations for a probation period in Germany.

 

Find a social housing with a "WBS"

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If you have been looking for a flat in Germany, you may have seen flats where a "WBS" is required. Nina explains to you what advantages a "Wohnberechtigungsschein" offers, where you can get it and what kind of restrictions you have to mind.

Salaries

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How much many can you earn in Germany? That's an important question for all people who wants to work in Germany.

Nina from Relocation Information Service explains the difference between gross and net salary and shows you how many taxes and social contributions you have to pay in Germany.

Rental prices

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To find a flat in Germany isn't easy. Especially in the big cities, there's a lack of affordable housing.

Nina from Relocation Information Service shows in this video how much rent you have to pay in different cities. She explains where you find the local rent index ("Mietspiegel") and what services are included in the operating costs in Germany.

 

Vacation days

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In Germany employees have many vacation days – in comparison to other countries. Nina explains what's the legal minimum number of vacation days in Germany, how many days you usually get and how you can skilfully combine vacation days with holidays like Easter or Christmas. And she gives tips for the next summer vacations.

Figure out when to use "Sie" or "Du"

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The German language can be a mystery. One question foreign people struggle with: When you use "Sie" when you address people and when you use "Du". Nina explains in which situation you use which form - especially in business contexts.