Relocation Information Service Videos

Here, you can find our latest videos. Nina, the face behind Relocation Information Service, regularly publishes videos on YouTube. In each video, she deals with one topic that is interesting to foreign people living in Germany. She explains the different social insurances in Germany, shows the charecteristics of the German way of vocational training, "Berufsausbildung", or helps you to deal with your utility bill. Find all our videos on our YouTube channel.

Federal States (4): Brandenburg

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Brandenburg is the Federal State around Berlin. But it would be nasty to say that Brandenburg is only the backyard of Berlin.

Find out more about the history of Brandenburg (and Prussia), the different cultures and languages of its people, and about old and new industries.

Working hours & overtimes

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The German laws protect employees against exploitation. Regular working hours are limited as well as overtimes. There are strict regulations for working at nights, on Sundays and on public holidays.

Find out which aspects are important for your job and what you can do if your employer infringes the rules.

Soccer

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Soccer is our life - "Fußball ist unser Leben". That wasn't just a hit song by the German national team in 1974, but is still the truth for many people in Germany.

Soccer is an important economic, social and emotional aspect of life. Find out (nearly) everything you should know about German soccer clubs, fans and stadiums.

State elections

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The 16 German Federal States have own parliaments and governments. As Germany is a federalist state, the Federal States have huge influence on nation-wide decisions, too.

Therefore, state elections - especially in the bigger Federal states - are relevant for the whole country. Find out more about the system of state elections and the connections on the political levels.

 

 

Places you must visit (2)

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Many people from abroad want to know which cities or destinations they should visit in Germany.

Here are Nina's five favourite places: from Berlin to Weimar to Cologne, from the Ruhr area to the Mecklenburg Lake District.

 

 

Easter

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The Easter bunny, silent bells, eggs hanging in trees, fires as public entertainments.

In Germany, there are many traditions and rituals around Easter. Nina from Relocation Information Service gives an overview on the most popular ones.

Discharges for high energy costs

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The prices for energy have skyrocketed due to the war against the Ukraine. The German government wants to relieve its citizens by different financial measures.

Nina from Relocation Information Service gives an overview on the single measures and explains what people living in Germany have to do to take benefit.

Skilled crafts

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Skilled crafts companies are an important factor of the German economy. Many of them look for employees.

As most crafts are regulated professions, interested people from abroad should know the German system of vocational training and other regulations regarding the skilled crafts.

 

 

Ride a bike

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Although there are less restrictions than for cars, a bike in Germany must at least be roadworthy.

Find out which technical requirements it must fulfil. The video also explains the situation for bicyclists in German cities and gives tips for the next bike trip.

Federal States (3): Berlin

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In a loose series, Nina from Relocation Information Service presents the 16 German Federal States. Next stop: Berlin.

Yes, the German capital is also a city state. Make a quick walk through the city's history and find out why Berlin is a great place to live and - on the other hand - why Berlin sometimes make its citizens go bananas.

Nursing insurance

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Besides the health, the unemployment insurance and the state pension, there's another social insurance in Germany: the nursing or long-time care insurance. It's mandatory for all people living in Germany.

Nina from Relocation Information Service explains the contributions you have to pay, and the benefits you can expect if you need care.

Places you must visit (Part 1)

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What places do you must see if you visit Germany or have moved to Germany? That question is not easy to answer as there are so many different regions, cities and tourist attractions.

Here are five recommendations of places which are very popular with foreign tourists. From Hamburg to the Alps.

 

 

Rents & rent increases

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In many German cities, affordable flats are a scarce good. The government adapted some regulations to limit the increase of rents. Tenants need to know theses regulations to enforce their rights.

Nina from Relocation Information Service explains how the local reference rent influences your rent, too, in which cases you can disagree with a rent increase, and which associations help tenants who have problems with their landlord.

Visa & residence permit

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Although not all foreign people need a visa to come to Germany, nearly all foreign people - except EU citizens - have to apply for a residence permit if they want to work here.

The video gives information on the different type of visas and explains the differences between a normal work visa and a Blue Card. Find out how you start the visa application process and how you can change the purpose of your stay.

Federal States (2): Bayern

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In this loose series, Nina from Relocation Information Service presents shortly the 16 German Federal States.

Next station: Bayern - the free state of Bavaria. Find out what makes Bavaria special - besides Dirndl, leather trousers and the Oktoberfest.

Schufa-Auskunft

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A good credit report of the "Schufa", the so called "Schufa-Auskunft", is very important in Germany. You need it to rent a flat, and companies like banks or electricity providers don't sign a contract before having checked the "Schufa" report.

Learn more about the system behind it, and find out how to get a "Schufa" report.

Traffic offences

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People who want to drive in Germany must know the traffic rules. And they should know which penalties they have to expect if they commit an offence.

Nina from Relocation Information Service explains the German score system for traffic offences. Find out what the city of Flensburg has to do with the loss of the driving licence.

 

 

The President

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Although the German president is head of state, he isn't the key figure in politics. In fact, he fulfils mostly representative tasks. That has historical reasons.

Find out more about the role of the president in the German political system and about the election which takes place all five years.

Wedding

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When couples want to tie the knot, it can be the most wonderful day of their life - but it's also an administrative act in Germany. Especially, if one partner comes from abroad.

Nina from Relocation Informations Service explains what you have to do before, at and after the wedding.

COVID-19 regulations

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The COVID infection rates increase extremely in Germany. Therefore, it's important to know which regulations are relevant for the daily life and what you should do if you suspect to be infected or have been tested positive.

For all people who want to come to Germany, the video gives information on the requirements for the entry.

 

 

Broadcasting fees

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Every household in Germany has to pay a licence fee for the public service broadcasting. Doesn't matter if you (can) use it or not.

Find out how to register for the fee. And learn something about the public service broadcasting in Germany and the programs for a non-German speaking audience.

Arbeitszeugnis

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The German way of proofs of working experience - so called "Arbeitszeugnisse" - is very special. A "Arbeitszeugnis" is a very formal written report which evaluates the skills and performances of an employee.

You need "Arbeitszeugnisse" for every job application in Germany. Learn more about the special codes used in "Arbeitszeugnissen" and find out what to do if you want to apply for a job in Germany with proofs of working experience abroad.

Buying a property

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According to a statistic from 2021, 42 % of the asked people in Germany owned a house or a condo, 58 % were tenants. The video guides through the process of buying a house or a condo, explains the basic rules and regulations for a purchase and gives examples for prices and costs in Germany.

Federal States (1): Baden-Württemberg

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In this loose series, Nina from Relocation Information Service presents shortly the 16 German Federal States.

Let's start in Baden-Württemberg - a state in the southwest with a strong economy and with people who love their regional dialects. Find out more about the country between the Black Forest, Lake Constance and the old town of Heidelberg.

Bank accounts

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If you move to Germany, it's a good idea to open a German bank account. It makes life definitely easier.

Learn how to do so and find out about the German speciality "girocard". The video also gives an insight into the German financial favours.

 

 

When the child is ill

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Nearly all children will get ill one day, catch a cold or get a bad stomach. Therefore, it's good to find an English speaking paediatrician as soon as possible. Furthermore, some screenings and vaccinations for children are highly recommended (or mandatory) in Germany.

The videos also gives tips on bureaucratic aspects, as how you can get money from your health insurance company when your child is ill.

What's new in 2022

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A new year always brings changes. Some things will get more expensive, but sometimes people will also get more money. Laws will change.

Find out what changes will come with the new year and what 2022 will bring us in Germany - besides new regulations against COVID-19.

Christmas

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Find out how the Germans celebrate Christmas.

Nina from Relocation Information Service explains what the most famous Christmas dish in Germany is, why church and TV are important at Christmas, and why a distribution of presents can turn into a state of affairs.

 

 

Unemployment benefit

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Germany has a dense social net which supports people in need. An important part are the unemployment benefits.

Nina from Relocation Information Service explains the benefits in detail and shows who can apply for it. She also gives information on short-time allowance, a measure of the government to avoid massive unemployment in times of the Covid pandemic.

 

 

Proofs & documents

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You will have to produce a lot of proofs, certificates and other documents in Germany - as every German or expat can tell you.

Find out what proofs and documents you will need in Germany, as employee as well as a student. The video also explains in which forms you will need the documents and why certified copies are so important.

The new government

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After 16 years with Angela Merkel, Germany has a new chancellor: Olaf Scholz.

The new coalition of Social Democratic Party (SPD), Green Party (Grüne) and Liberal Party (FDP) has many ideas for the future. They want to "dare more progress" as the title of the coalition agreement says. The video summarises the aspects of the new government program which are relevant for expats and people who want to come to Germany.

Energy & electricity providers

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The prices for gas, oil and electricity are raising extremely at the moment. Therefore, it's important to compare prices and to find a cheap provider.

In this video, Nina from Relocation Information Service shows how much money you will have to spend for heating or electricity in Germany and gives examples for the search for a good supplier.

Self-employed (Part 2)

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To be self-employed in Germany means that you can have your own business ("Gewerbe") or that you can work as a freelancer ("Freiberufler"). As both types have different rules and regulations, this video focuses on "Freiberufler".

You can work as "Freiberufler" in Germany only in certain professions, e.g. as a doctor, lawyer, architect, teacher or coach, journalist or artist.

 

 

Co-determination

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If a company in Germany has more than five employees, the employees have the legal right to elect a workers council, a so called "Betriebsrat". Via this, the employees should participate in operational matters of the company - especially when the matters concern them.

The video shows why co-determination plays an important role in the German economic system and why it's relevant for all employees.

Advent season

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The advent season, the time before Christmas, is very popular and special in Germany. We light candles on our advent wreath, decorate our homes, bake cookies  and put a boot outside for the Saint Nikolaus. And, in non Covid times, the Christmas Markets attract millions of visitors. Find out more about these and other traditions we have in Germany.

The Basic Law

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The constitution of Germany guarantees the human rights. Although the constitution can be changed and has changed in history, these articles are inadmissible.

In this video, Nina from Relocation Information Service explains why the German constitution is called Basic Law, what were the ideas of its authors and how it influences our daily and political life in Germany.

 

 

Utility bills

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Most tenants in Germany receive their utility bills as a kind of Christmas present at the end of the year. Unfortunately, many bills are incorrect. (50 till 80% according to consumer advisors.)

In the video, you can find out which positions can be included in the operating and additional costs of your flat. Furthermore, you get to know more important regulations regarding the utility bill.

Cash money

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As everybody who has spent some time in Germany can tell you - we Germans are very fond of cash money. It's still the famous payment method.

The video shows the consequences of this fondness for the daily life. And Nina from Relocation Information Service explains why Germans are still reluctant to use modern paying methods.

Maternity protection

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In Germany, we have many regulations to protect expectant and new mothers at work. Unfortunately, some companies or employers think that they can exploit women from abroad who don't know the German rules.

Therefore, the video gives an  overview on the most important financial and legal aspects.

Car insurance

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In autumn, we Germans almost drown in a sea of car insurance advertisements. Find out the reason for it in this video.

Nina from Relocation Informatioin Service explains why a car insurance is mandatory in Germany and why it's very worthwhile to compare rates. Furthermore, she gives tips for the case of an accident.

 

 

Vaccinations

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Nowadays, it's important for relocating people to know everything about the rules and recommendations on vaccination against COVID-19. The video shows the different restrictions and possibilities for vaccinated, recovered and tested people in Germany, and explains the German G3- and G2-model. Besides COVID-19, it gives information on other vaccinations recommended or mandatory in Germany.

 

 

Self-employed (Part 1)

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To be self-employed in Germany means that you can have your own business ("Gewerbe") or that you can work as a freelancer ("Freiberufler"). As both types have different rules and regulations, this video focuses on "Gewerbe".

Any kind of industry is a "Gewerbe", any kind of craft and trade, but also many services. Find out in this video what requirements and regulation processes you need to found your own business in Germany.

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.