Survey reveals expats love Germany for its 'awesomeness'

Published:  23 Feb at 6 PM
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Germany doesn’t exactly come to mind as a favourite expatriate destination, but those living there are more than happy with their choice.

The most important aspect of German life for expats is the country’s open society and sensible laws. Germany’s modern, safety-conscious society with its inclusive legal system, gender equality and law and order ticks all the boxes with expatriates from less stable, secure lands as well as those from developed countries enduring political chaos at the present time.

In a recent poll, an open society and sensible laws were rated at the top of 14 given options by 33 per cent of respondents. Germany’s excellent transport infrastructure was another favourite, including the country’s famous autobahns as well as its public transport network. For expats, driving is a pleasure due to the autobahn system as well as to the courtesy and skill of German drivers. One expatriate scientist working in Germany gave top marks to the country’s funding of scientific research as well as to its gender equality, adding that Angela Merkel’s science background must surely have helped the funding as well as the equality.

Affordable, efficient healthcare backed by a public health insurance scheme was another favourite with expatriates, with several saying they felt more secure healthwise than in their home countries. According to one, having illness in the family is stressful enough without having to worry about funding hospital bills on borrowed money. German hospitals are known for their efficiency and high standards as well as for the expertise of their specialists.

For a number of respondents, the sheer beauty of the country from its southern Alpine peaks to the white cliffs in the northern Rugen region is yet another benefit of living in Germany, along with the food, wine and, of course, German beer. Although some expats find the German people unfriendly, all those who took the survey disagreed, saying they’d met with friendship and support ever since they arrived. A recent Facebook post praising ‘awesome beer, awesome people and awesome science’ said it all for everyone who took part in the survey.
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