Kevin Li, lives in Munich, Germany


At times too organized: You get a ticket for biking on the wrong side of the biking lane; Some people give you wild stares if you walk across a red light or if you do the recycling wrong (a.k.a not removing plastic caps from bottles before you throw them into the glass container).

If you don’t speak German, it might not be easy to break into social circles: Although young people generally speak decent to perfect English, it seems to be quite hard for foreigners without proper German to really bond with locals (exception is Berlin).

Customer Service people are way less friendly than in the U.S.: Biggest culture shock for me in the U.S. was how friendly all the people in super markets/on call center lines were.

People are not as entrepreneurial/adventurous as in other parts of the planet: In the U.S./China everyone seemed to have their side-hustle or were running this or that organization. I would say there is less of this kind of spirit in Germany.


Public/Bank Holidays: Not sure if there is any country with more official bank holidays, but Germany (Bavaria) in 2017 has 14 compared to 8 in the UK; with the average 30 days vacation you get from your employer, you can easily take six/seven complete weeks off work.

Quality college/university education (and all other education) for free: Might be relevant if you come to Germany to study or if your kids grow up in Germany.

Well functioning legal/administrative and constitutional system: Yes, people complain about bureaucracy, but only because they haven’t seen how it works in other places. Courts are on average much more efficient in Germany (average case closes in around one year compared to six in Italy) and the Constitutional Court strikes down even prestigious legislative projects.

Rent and stuff is cheap: Compared to London, Brussels etc, living cost in Germany is super cheap; honestly I don’t know how they produce the stuff for discounters.

Quality of houses, buildings in general: Windows in particular have awesome insulation against everything.
Other stuff that has already been mentioned by other people, like safety (crime rate), health insurance, public transport.

Edit: Of course someone had to point out that the real cons of living in Germany are “Terrorism, rape, Merkel”. For the first two, anyone is free to check out official statistics. Both the intentional homicide rate and the rape rate are doing pretty ok in Germany. As for Merkel, I might not agree with everything she does, but I prefer her way more to Donald Drumpf.

Ashwin Kumar, studied at Technical University of Hamburg
Answered Feb 27, 2018


Cleanliness: Most of the German cities I have been to are damn clean. Same goes with other European countries. Also most of the energy needs are satisfied using renewable sources energy thereby less pollution. You will find yourself surrounded by greenery everywhere.

Punctuality: This is a very important thing in Germany. Everything works to the dot. Germans always stick exactly to the time and are seldom late. Same goes with their transportation systems.

Education: Top notch engineers graduate from the Universities all over Germany. Its not a surprise why German products and engineers are world renowned.

Respect for People: Irrespective of nationalities, religions, all people are same under the law. Germans respect people from all walks of life (Though there are some racists which is a prevailing problem in every country). The bus or train driver gets out and helps the disabled and old people to get inside the bus or train.

Landscapes: Being almost centrally located, most of the European countries like France, Spain, Croatia, Netherlands, Denmark are accessible by road, flight, train or by sea.

Health and Lifestyle: Germans love to run and hit the gym. They are always bustling with energy and never miss out a workout. Irrespective of their food and drinking habits, the majority of them are quite fit due to the workout routine. And that always motivates you to take care of your body more and start working out.

Beer: Chilled beer is welcome in Germany :D. One of the best traditions invented and cheaper than water.


Weather: I don’t like the ever changing weather here. I have seen rain, snow and sun all in one day and sometimes it is very difficult for the body to adjust to these sudden fluctuations in weather. It is sunny in the morning, then a downpour starts when you least expect it and in the night sometimes there is either snow or hailstorm.
The weather is quite unpredictable.

Paying for basic needs: Water is expensive in the Restaurants. I mean the water which is served in the glass and not the bottled water. Same thing when you want to relieve yourself urgently and you are out and the guy outside the public toilet says one euro. I wouldn’t mind paying 10 or 20 Cents but I think 50 Cents or 1 Euro is too much.

Housing: Finding a house in big cities is really difficult. That is sometimes a headache when you have to start looking for an accommodation months in advance in order to get a house or a room for that matter.

But overall this Country is a great place to live in if you want to lead a healthy life ( lots of greenery, less pollution, green energy and friendly people).

P.S: The opinions and experiences expressed here are my own.

Nate Aiman-Smith, Lived in Munich for 2 years
Answered Jun 11, 2016

Ooo great question. I’m an American so here’s my take after having lived in Munich through all of 2009 and 2010. Keep in mind that Germany’s a diverse country so a lot of this specifically applies to Bavaria.


Low cost of living. Munich is considered an expensive city by German standards, and we found it very cheap, both for living and for entertainment. The big exception is cars; if you must have a car, then be prepared for the car purchase, fuel, insurance, maintenance, and parking to be really expensive. For what it’s worth, you don’t need one in most cities; we brought ours from the U.S. and more than once needed a jump because we didn’t drive it for 4+ weeks.

Great quality of life. People don’t work crazy hours and tend not to take their work home with them (there are exceptions but in my experience they’re exceptions and not the rule). 5 weeks of vacation is pretty standard. In general there’s a less consumer-focused culture, so you don’t feel as much pressure to buy things.

Amazing beer and beer culture. Going to the Biergarten with friends and/or family is just about the best way ever to spend a Sunday afternoon. Also, when I stuck to beer I never once had a hangover (even after drinking way, WAY too much of it); everyone explained this as a result of the strict purity laws. It sounds like B.S. but I can attest to it.

Forced lazy Sundays: for many this is a “con” but once we got used to it we really loved it. Not having anything open on Sunday means that you’re forced to spend time with family and friends and relax.

Tax / benefit ratio: taxes are actually kind of a mixed bag. On one hand they’re somewhat (generally not a lot) higher than in the U.S. but you get a lot more social benefits for them.

Health insurance: if you’re working, state health insurance for you and your family is a flat percentage (~1/6) of your salary. If you have a low-to-medium income and a family this is a great deal. See “cons” for the other scenarios.


Taxes: the worst situation you can be in is if you and your spouse both work and make about the same amount of money. Germany taxes the lesser income of a dual-income household at about 60%, presumably to discourage mothers from working. If you’re a sole provider of a family, the taxes work out about the same as they do in the U.S. Also, if you’re registered with a religion the government will automatically take 10% off the top.

Health insurance costs: if you’re a high earner, particularly without a family, you end up getting private health insurance. Private insurance is not particularly cheap; for me (healthy 35 y.o. at the time), insurance with a very high deductible (a.k.a. “hit by a bus” insurance) was about 200EUR per month, which of course was still cheaper than 1/6 of my salary but a lot more than the ~$50/month I was paying for the same thing in the U.S.

Health insurance effectiveness: the gov’t takes a long time to pay medical providers, and trying to get an appointment or find a new doctor with state insurance is a challenge. Conversely, when you have private insurance you are given the VIP treatment everywhere – seriously, when you mention you have private insurance to the administrator it’s like you just slipped $100 to the maitre d’; suddenly “oh, look at that – something just opened up in about 20–30 minutes, and can we get you anything while you wait?” The problem with private insurance is that you’re viewed as a walking ATM by the provider, and if you have a high deductible (as I did) you have to continually explain that you’re actually paying out-of-pocket.

The biggest issue by far that I had in Germany was with the Germans themselves. One-on-one, they are generally tough to crack the exterior, but once you do they’re really, really wonderful people. I don’t consider this a bad thing; I’m a bit of an introvert myself so I often feel uneasy in a crowd of Irish or Brazilians, who are pretty much the exact opposite.

In a crowd, though, Germans (or at least Bavarians) are unbelievably inconsiderate. I actually have a theory that Germans are somehow blind to other people when they’re in a crowd; it’s not that they make a conscious decision to be jerks, but that they simply can’t process that all these bipedal objects around them are human beings just like them. A few examples off the top of my head:

Whenever there’s a long line for something (bathroom, ticket counter, food, anything) you will always have lots of people just going straight to the thing itself without getting in line. One of the first things I learned to say in German was “excuse me, the line begins over there,” and I said it a LOT.

When the subway opens, especially during rush hour, all of the people waiting to get in immediately try to rush into the door. All of the people trying to get out rush out the door. The two waves of people smush into one another and an unpleasant time is had by all. The elevator in Ikea to and from the parking area is a particularly comical manifestation of this behavior; imagine that you’ve just parked your car and you’re inside the elevator going to the main shopping floor. The elevator opens and a wall of Germans with Ikea trolleys comes rushing in, filling all available space in the elevator and literally pinning you inside. This will only happen to you once; from then on you will come charging out of the Ikea elevator the second the doors start to open, ready to literally climb over people’s carts as they shove their way into the elevator.

I was once sitting on a crowded subway, and I noticed an elderly (at least 70) woman standing near me. As far as I could tell she was the oldest person in the subway car and nobody had offered her their seat. I caught her eye, stood up and said (in German): “excuse me, ma’am, could I offer you -” and then a woman about my age bumped me out of the way so she could sit in my now-empty seat. Being a rather timid foreigner, and being somewhat in shock at what just happened, I didn’t make a stink about it (although in retrospect I should have). I still regularly offered my seat to elderly people after that, but I never got out of the seat until they accepted the offer and were standing next to me, after which I would quickly stand up and fight off anybody who tried to take the seat before the elderly person could sit in it. In a crowded subway, I always had to fight off at least one person.

I could easily name 10 more pros, 10 more cons, and 10 more examples of bad behavior, but that’s a pretty good start.


Atanas Arnaudov, lives in Berlin (2015-present)
Updated Mar 29, 2017


Total lack of mosquitoes in the cities. They get killed as larvae.

It’s a great place for high skilled workers. Not so much for unskilled ones.

Personaly I like the climate. In Bulgaria winters are cold and summers scorching hot. Germany is more balanced.
If that’s your cup of tea – equality.

Ready access to education, both tertiary and technical.


Food quality is generally poor. Northerners likely wouldn’t see it that way, but almost anyone from Southern Europe would confirm.

Rising through the ranks is difficult, especially for an immigrant. There is a glass ceiling and only a few break through.

The people are less open. Germans tend not to talk a lot or open up to strangers.


Aversion to violence, bordering on cowardice. I don’t know why and don’t tell me it’s because of the war, because I see it on the personal level, as in reacting in certain situations.

Toss up: Parties. The love it or hate it type. Personally I love them.

Gautam Sawala, An Expat in Germany
Updated Jun 13, 2016

I’m an Indian student living in Germany, so my perspective is of an expat student, with having lived in Germany for just two years here is my take on pros and cons of living in Germany,


Punctuality: No matter which part of world you come from and more so from sub-continental countries, you’ll admire and appreciate the puntuality practiced in Germany. Though sometimes Deutsch Bahn and local transport don’t stand up being puntual all the time but still, you’ll learn to arrive at least five minutes in advance being in this culture.

Education: With most of the educational courses having no to minimum tuition fees, you can complete your education at your own pace and pretty much stress free. The universities maintain high standards too. So even while you pay pennies you still get world class education.

Travel: With really good public transport connectivity, it’s pretty easy to move around in Germany and more so around Europe. Travel can however be costly or cheap depending upon the mode of transport and how early you reserve your tickets.

Work Ethics: This can be debatable, but as far as I have experienced, there is rarely a small talks or lousy attitude while people work here. Moreover if that person is sitting behind the desk, he knows exactly what his job needs him to. Probably this is the reason why Germany is one of the most productive countries in the world.

Racism: again a debatable topic, but as I have experienced, I have rarely been treated differently for having come from a different country or race. Yes, I do get frowned expressions by the supermarket cashier, but that is because I cannot communicate in German. I believe it’s not because of your race but rather communication gap that pisses them off.

The Autobahn: Doesnt matter if you are in driving seat or not, the thrill of going at 300Kmph is unexplainable. Enough said.

Regard for Rules: The strict discipline and general awareness of following rules makes Germany stand out. Jaywalking is considered rude, even when there are no cars in your visible sight. Though probablity you being peanelized for jaywalking is almost 0, yet you won’t feel like crossing that street, unless ofcourse you have a train or bus to catch. Honking, unless really necessary is also illegal, with exception of carnivals and football matches.


Closing times: In the beginning it was really hard for me to digest the fact that most supermarket and other shops close at 8:00pm, (some of them do keep open till 10:00pm). Most of smaller cities on Sunday look like Ghost Cities.

Beaurocracy: Yes, you still get a dozen letters from your insurance company and bank, even though they can easily let their customers choose if they would prefer emails and save ton of paper.


Bruce McFarland Oncins, In Germany since 2005
Answered Jul 5, 2016

I have read some of the answers given and I agree with somethings and disagree with others. I believe it has to do with region you are in and how long been there. When I first arrived here, 11 years ago, I would given different responses from today. Based on my experiences and living in upper Bavaria, here are Pros and Cons


beer is too damn good. I have gained too many pounds

wurst, see point number.

I find business in Germany overly conservative with their product ranges. They only will sell what they know they will sell. Exception are the retailers in Berlin.

Although others have learned German, I am stuck on a very low level… After 11 years!!!.. Okay, that’s more my fault.
where I live summers are very wet. However there is no need for air condition.

I will live 1000 more years, in general service at restaurants is terrible. Too slow. Again, there are some exceptions and usually in the bigger cities service is better, but you can wait hours for your first drink and get your entre before soup. Or it all comes out at the same time however you have to wait another 10 minutes for the other guests to get theirs. You say the Germans are well organized? Well they lost the restaurant organization and service gene somewhere along the way.


so many people speak English, that you can just do about anything without German! aside from legal subjects. Not that their English is perfect, but it many cases their English is better than my German… Including the butcher’s
many stated they don’t like the retail business hours. When I first arrived, shops closed at 6 on weekdays and noon on Saturdays. Now they are mostly open until 8 M-Sat. Coming from the US I thought this was insane. But now that I have a family, extended family, friends and neighbors, it’s great to know that at least one day a week we can all get together. Why do really need to have shops open 7 days a week?
这么多人说英语,你不用德语就能做任何事情!除了法律问题。他们的英语并不完美,但在很多情况下,他们的英语比我的德语好……包括屠夫在内的许多人都说他们不喜欢零售营业时间。当我第一次到达时,商店平日6点关门,星期六中午关门。现在它们大部分开放到8 M-Sat。来自美国,我觉得这太疯狂了。但是现在我有了一个家庭,大家庭,朋友和邻居,很高兴知道每周至少有一天我们可以聚在一起。为什么真的需要让商店一周7天营业?

i find my neighbors and friends well educated, even though not all are university graduates。

Very polite and well mannered people. Of course there are exceptions.

love to have fun… My neighbors, we get together in the evenings many times for a glass (a few) of wine
your are in the middle of Europe. It’s easy to get anywhere from here. I can drive to Italy in 4 hours, Austria 1, Switzerland in 2, France in 5, Netherlands 6, Poland 2 or 3, chech republic in a couple…. Flights yo the UK aren’t too expensive as well as going to Spain for a vacation.

Driving on the autobahn is generally better than any other country’s road system.

Work week, holidays and vacation time is amazing. I get about 43 days off a year.

Income taxes are not as high as people claim, especially when you see what you get out of it.

Rucha S Khot, worked at Bosch
Answered Apr 19, 2017

As an Indian my experiences were as follows:

Living in Germany is a worthwhile experience.

I felt a better sense of freedom, independence and responsibility living in Germany.

I learnt what it was to be alone and punctual.

Public transport is better and organized.

Punctuality and timely planning for your day to day activities matters a lot.

I learnt cooking because you cannot eat out everyday and delicious food is needed so because of which the restaurant like khana became a reality, since there are lesser Indian restaurants.

The rent is sky rocketing day by day, eats up 30% of my salary.

The travel bug bit me hard and fast, I travelled every month, Germany and then Stuttgart is situated in the heart of Europe, so all the locations are more or less at an equal distance or have greater connectivity as compared to rest of the Europe.

I started celebrating and missing Indian festivals like a mad horse.

I got closer to my family by staying away.

I learnt the importance of paying regular taxes, how it benefits the country and how insurance matters at every stage.

Medical emergencies were treated in a better way.

Loved the direct talk and no small talk, no gossip and total frankness.

Missed India for the climate and the emotional touch it brings.

I feel secure as an individual but I feel warmer in India.

The weekends became livelier only if people were around, otherwise no activity on Sunday.

Work place was much cooler and stress free.

Work life balance became a reality.

Planning became an exaggeration and spontaneity was derived rarely, because everyone plans everything.

Private and Public space got a different meaning.

Knowing German is necessary to integrate!

Cristian Faber, studied at FAAP – Funda??o Armando Alvares Penteado
Updating my answer (18.Feb.2017):

I’m Brazilian, living in Germany since 6 years.

Reinforcing what others pointed before, the PROS are:

Tradition of punctuality.

I’m removing “Quality of education”.

Public transportation.

Geographic position – easy and cheap to travel the whole Europe from here.

Work ethics.

Low level of racism – actually I would say Brazilians are infinitely more racist than Germans, that because Germans value human life and politeness more than Brazilians.

Autobahn – my max speed so far is 220km/h. But different than what foreigners usually think, there are limits in some parts.

Regards for rules – Germans understand something most Brazilians don’t: rules are for your safety and the safety of the community.

Cost of living is relatively low (basic needs: food, electricity, internet, clothing). Depending on where you live rent can also be very low, and even if you live in the middle of nowhere, or in the mountains, you will still have everything you need.


Arts, history, music, culture.

Low criminality rates.

Quality of work – even the garbage collector had special training.

The country is beautiful – historic cities, medieval cities, castles, mountains, lakes, forests.


High taxes – compared to Brazil taxes in Germany are very reasonable, but compared to more economically liberal position it’s TOO high. Income taxes could reach 46% if you are rich and that’s bad if you want to encourage entrepreneurship, innovation and wealth creation. After discussing about this topic a little more with my German friends, I realized they actually like to pay taxes. Taxes in Germany are a moral value. And they love paying taxes because it allows them to have things for free, “free” education, “free” highways, “free” health insurance. Even if it doesn’t make any sense (pay to have it for free). But, anyway, when it comes to taxes you will see the typical klugschei?e spirit.

Big State – Germany keeps a lot of the old socialist way. Welfare state is a value for Germans. You will not find a single German who doesn’t talk about health insurance and retirement as if these were “human rights”. There is a huge amount of people receiving money from the government (unemployment, retirement, incapacity, children, rent, pension, compensation, scholarships, refugees). Plus the health system, police, Autobahn, airports, trains, mail company, State TVs and others. Plus the incredible amount of regulations for EVERYTHING: you are not even allowed to change your address without communicating the government. Labor laws are extremely controlling.

I’m changing “Feminist culture” to “misandristic culture” – It’s not that German culture tries to promote feminism, actually this culture hates masculinity. Men in Germany don’t even know how to shake hands, they are more concerned about fashion and organic food than defining their professional career, honoring/protecting a woman or raising a family. By the way, Germans don’’t believe in family anymore. The only time Germans care about family is regarding to welfare state. Male characteristics are censored, female characteristics are encouraged (even for men). German men are absolutely afraid of being in a position of authority, leadership or command. But in the other hand it’s very easy to find bossy women or women treating their husbands as if they were their sons. This is due to what I call “the Hitler Trauma”. After the Second World War “authority” and “command” became bad words in Germany, and men felt ashamed about the outcome of the war, perceived as a direct result of male characteristics (aggressiveness, strength, command, guns, army).

Limited economic mobility – In Germany it’s really hard to change professions once you started any kind of career. You have to follow the system: go through school (there is a special branch if you want to go to University), finish University, find a specialized job. Of course the quality of work in Germany is due to this system, there is no professional without proper training. But in the other hand, if after 5 years in a profession you decide that you don’t wanna be an engineer anymore and want to start a career in gastronomy, you have to go back to University for 4–6 years. The same way the number of “self-made men” in Germany is basically ZERO. Even if you have a good idea and know how to do something extraordinary or innovative, you won’t find opportunities unless you have a Master’s degree. That causes a very visible state of professional dissatisfaction, and very often a sense of “I don’t know what to do with my life”, among young people (students and professionals). In Germany there’s no economic mobility, if you were born poor you will die poor, if you were born rich you will probably die rich. The way the State found to try and mask that problem is to expand welfare, with that, people have this feeling of fake normality of everybody having their basic needs fulfilled. But there’s no freedom.

Twisted perception of the political spectrum – Even writing this and reading the comments it’s clear to me that whenever a German (and only Germans) reads somebody stating that Hitler was a socialist, they get seizures. For a German is absolutely ridiculous and unacceptable to reveal that Hitler shared the same socialist DNA that dominates the culture now (EU, censorship, statism, cultural hegemony). There is no valid disagreement with the Left in Germany (funny, since I wrote this answer it became clearer and clearer it’s actually everywhere, in USA, Brazil, Europe, just check the anti-Trump movement), whatever you say against the Marxist idea is immediately labeled as “populism” (the new favorite jargon of leftist Germans), “Nazi”, “rechts extreme” (for Germans it’s ok to be “links extreme”). And ironically enough that’s exactly what happens, the 2 parties that are not perceived as leftists (but they are) are very fond of the old Nazi personality and ideology. The misunderstanding about what happened in the Second War (Germans still call Hitler a “right-wing dictator” even though it’s well understood and documented his total compliance with Marxist ideologies) made Germany to move to the other extreme and censor any expression of disagreement. For that reason Germans don’t know how to disagree with the Left, they usually fall in the trap of going to the other extreme, the Nazi way, which is what the German culture wrongly understands as being the Right. So, you won’t see conservatives in Germany, they are either hiding or apologizing for reading Locke, Burke, Goethe, Friedman, Mises, Kirk, Scruton. I dare to say there’s no right-wing parties in Germany AT ALL. Politics in Germany is made of Marxists and Nazis, which, in the end, are the same, offspring of the same authoritarian, statist and anti-capitalistic ideology that gave us Socialism (all types), Communism and Fascism (created by the communist Mussolini).

The weird nationalism – Germans have a very sick relationship with nationalism, in one hand most people deny they are nationalists, welcome immigrants from the Middle East without even checking their passports, the government tries to indoctrinate students and TV watchers to embrace multiculturalism, the leftist parties celebrate on TV the de-Christianization of Europe and that Germany is “less white”. Plus Germans have the habit of saying bad things about everything in Germany. In the other hand you won’t find one single German who won’t give you a hard time about the language. In 5 years I never met a German who didn’t ask “hey, how’s your German?” or think “not speaking good German is a sign of disrespect”. The same way, people prefer to buy stuff made in Germany, they get annoyed when they realize their favorite gadget or piece of clothing was made in China, or when they read on the newspapers that a Chinese company bought a German company. People sometimes get mad when you speak with them in English, even though everybody younger than 40’s speaks that language very well. It’s a bipolar behavior.


Tomislav Turalija
Answered Jul 7, 2016

I was living in Germany tor full three years (2011–2014). There is many pros and some cons f life in Germany. I will keep it short and focus on ones that are important in my opinion


English friendly nation. My German is not best so majority of my communication was on english. I was surprised how many people are fluent in english. Most importantly is that you will be able to communicate on English with Doctors, Pharmacist, Government workers, Police officers, Post office staff and many other.

Cheap and fast transportation if you wish to travel within Germany and nearby countries.


Housing – Housing is affordable, but finding and canceling is VERY expensive. For most apartments you have to pay agency fee (2 rents) , deposit (2+3 rents), rent for first month, mandatory insurance. Additionally if you want to cancel apartment you have to do it 3 month in advance and you must return it in same condition as you got it (paint walls, replace damaged furniture, wash carpets, etc.. there goes your deposit and more)

Work and private life is strictly separated. They do not mix that. But if you enter local gym or bar things change drastically. Everybody is friendly and ready to offer help.


Insurance is everything. Make sure you get Personal liability insurance in first week you move to Germany.
They have few simple rules that you have to obey to have a good life there. One of them is not to make noise on Sundays. Funny but true. So be quiet on Sundays (no house work and no loud music).

Germany do not care about nationality and races as long as you are productive member of society in other words as long as you pay taxes and you are willing to learn German and integrate.


Answered Jun 7, 2016

Anonymous: No specific reason just do not want to reveal my Identity come on I live in Germany and people here take extra care for security be that it any form.

But I will give most of my details: I am Indian, studied in Germany and now working as a software Engineer in Germany.

For my comparison I will have 3 reference countries

a. Indian where I come from.

b. Singapore where I lived for some time for my Job.

c. USA: Every software Engineers dream to work in silicon valley (Subjective and debatable)


1. Safety: Germany is fucking safe definitely as compared to India and USA and may be on the same line with Singapore.(I will add this point as Con but check for explanation)

2. Education: Fucking good and of high quality.

3. Tuition Fess: Nearly null so you as a student have no student loan as debt. Just a additional info once you start earning you pay taxes and these taxes will help some other student to study with minimum tuition fees and I am happy to pay the taxes German government asks for.

4. Roads and Travels: Travel is very quick and fast and reliable. Autobahn nothing to say except awesome!!

5. Health Insurance: Awesome and great you do not have to worry.

6. Insurance: I think most of the aspects in life are covered here with insurance, hence you do not all the time worry.

6. Discipline: Every country Needs disciple and if you want to learn discipline please vist and stya in Germany you will definitely learn about it.

7. Freedom: Democracy if you want to see how it runs please visit Germany there is really a freedom. Right now there is summer season in Germany and you will see people dressed as they want and they are free to do what they like.(I personally think This is also one important reason for Germany or European countries to innovate a lot. Less restriction more freedom.)

8. Economy: Great Economy, Germany is power house.

8.Jobs: Lot of Job opportunities but again make sure you have required skills because in Germany people take no bullshit show you can work and give results, that’s it no fucking bullshit!!

I am happy to get to work on my skills and my passion here.

10. Racism: Especially for me as a Indian ethnic, I can say I did not faced any racism. At least to the part of country I live in. People are more acceptable and happy to help. Again if you have skills people will listen to you and respect you ( I will have this as Con but check my explanation)

11. Hobby: You can have enough time to pursue you hobby, society and culture is more supportive towards sports, hobbies. My product/Delivery manager has 30 Hobbies J

12. Nature: German people are crazy for Nature and they protect their nature like anything. I love their attitude for this. It is great just in 20 mins you will be in forest enjoying nature.

13. Water: how can I miss this: Tap water is drinking water and is the cleanest in the world. I always drink Tap water at my work or at home. Common I an Indian I am born to be stingy and save money J why will I spend money on water bottle.

14. Work life balance: This point is mostly covered but yes you have enough of your time to do what you want. Reason is Germany people are fucking productive at work. When they work they only work no bullshit.

15. Cars: I personally am not big fan of Cars but common you know Germany is world famous for cars. I do not think they are really cheap but definitely affordable. But keep in mind even though Germany produces car they make sure they use it to the minimum, you remember German ppl crazy for Nature J

16. People: People are helpful and they support you with your learning language or any other things.

okay enough of Pros there should be cons as no country/society is perfect


1. Safety: Germany was fucking safe before but now a days things are drastically changing. In a short period of 6 months few big Incidents happened: a. Kolone 31 Dec night Incident, Dusseldorf Terror attack plot, German Football Team attack. And Darmstadt Molestation indecent.

I have also heard from my Indian Female friend they were being stopped in night or harassed. Things are not going the way Germany wanted.

2. Racism: up until now I did not faced any of it. But as the Cons point 1 says things are changing and so naturally the attitude or people will change and I do not blame them it is natural,You as a foreigner come to some other country and make a shit people are bound to get angry.

As Indians look similar to the ones who made and are making shit, Things can be bit different.

I have my Indians friends telling me they are thinking of finding job at different country or so(Again subjective matter but at least this is what I hear my friends talking)

I know my this point is going yo get me bad remarks but this is really what is happening and I am seeing it and I thought to talk about it. I am Being nice and responisble

3. No Free drinking Water: I could not get if any water is safe to drink why there are not water outlets to drink free water. I already asked question related to this on Quora and I somehow get the logic about it(Logic yes you live in Germany everything makes logic here)

4. Food: I personally think (subjective) food is little bit expensive and also variety should be more. Don’t worry I can live with it but just a con from my side.

5. Supermarket closing Time: closes early and not on Sunday. Again I am ok but would be convenient if we have more 24 hrs. shops.

6. ATM’s (Geld automat): I believe there should be more outlets of ATM’s so that it will be convenient.

7. Winter: Winter is really hard here especially for people from Asia.

For me personally there are hell lot of Pros and I am happy, sorry more than happy. I can concentrate on my work, my passion and contribute to the society by paying my taxes and being law abiding citizen.

Thank you Germany!!!!!!

Priyanka Diwan, Centre Manager at Achievers Point (2005-present)
Answered Jul 15, 2018



Public/Bank Holidays: Not sure if there is any country with more official bank holidays, but Germany (Bavaria) in 2017 has 14 compared to 8 in the UK; with the average 30 days vacation you get from your employer, you can easily take six/seven complete weeks off work.

Quality college/university education (and all other education) for free: Might be relevant if you come to Germany to study or if your kids grow up in Germany.

Well functioning legal/administrative and constitutional system: Yes, people complain about bureaucracy, but only because they haven’t seen how it works in other places. Courts are on average much more efficient in Germany (average case closes in around one year compared to six in Italy) and the Constitutional Court strikes down even prestigious legislative projects.

Rent and stuff is cheap: Compared to London, Brussels, etc living cost in Germany is super cheap; honestly I don’t know how they produce the stuff for discounters。
Quality of houses, buildings in general: Windows in particular have awesome insulation against everything

Other stuff : It has already been mentioned by other people, like safety (crime rate), health insurance, public transport.


At times too organized: You get a ticket for biking on the wrong side of the biking lane; Some people give you wild stares if you walk across a red light or if you do the recycling wrong (a.k.a not removing plastic caps from bottles before you throw them into the glass container)

If you don’t speak German, it might not be easy to break into social circles: Although young people generally speak decent to perfect English, it seems to be quite hard for foreigners without proper German to really bond with locals (exception is Berlin).

Customer Service people are way less friendly than in the U.S.: Biggest culture shock for me in the U.S. was how friendly all the people in super markets/on call center lines were.

People are not as entrepreneurial/adventurous as in other parts of the planet: In the U.S./China everyone seemed to have their side-hustle or were running this or that organization. I would say there is less of this kind of spirit in Germany.


Marta Stoinska, almost 16 years of living in Germany… And going to school here
Answered Jun 13, 2016

I live in Germany since I was 1 year old so I can’t really compare Germany to other countries except Poland but:


Education: It was said before BUT yes Education is affordable… And it’s mostly not like there is a class system in schools. Yes mostly the poorer kids go to the Hauptschule and the rich ones go to Gymnasium, but it’s mostly because of the way the kids are raised… But in my 11th class there is such a class diversity.

Jobs: It’s my favourite thing about Germany! You can get a Job without having a degree. You can have a job with a degree… If you just work hard and have good grades in school etc. you probably will get a job (the probability is let’s say 90%) Many people critizise the “Ausbilding”, that you have to work the thing you learned for 3 years for the rest of your live… But you can go to other schools etc. to expand your knowledge and you can come very high with “the worst” school type… (the Hauptschule)

Health care: I don’t really have to explain that… It’s free

Young People: Most of the young people I know are really nice and behave really mature (even if they are drunk like a lord) There are not many teenagers who go out every weekend to drink… Only if there is a Kirwa (a small October Fest in every bavarian city) or something like that… But even then… The teenagers still drink less and behave better than middle aged people…


“Native Germans”: I mean Germans who’ve lived there for Generations… Most of them feel superior to People who’s Parents or Grandparents where foreigners. But that’s pretty debatable

Middle-Aged People: These are mostly people aged between 35 and 65… They just annoy me as a young Person… Of course when there is a public Party in a city where EVERYONE goes to there is a Mix of Generations and young People mostly dance have fun and drink a little bit… Middle-Aged People drink and get annoyed, because the young people are too loud and too drunk… Here’s a example: When I was at a city festival I wanted to go through a really crowded place to my friends so i kinda ‘swam’ through the crowd and said excuse me and a man (i would say 40 years old) almost fell on me because I ‘hit him’. Once i arrived to my friends and told them about the guy his female friend hit me in my back and said excuse mockingly… Plus a drunk man aged 50 almost hit my FEMALE best friend in the face…
中年人:这些人大多是35岁到65岁之间的人……他们只是让我年轻时感到厌烦……当然,当一个城市里有一个所有人都去的公共聚会时,会有几代人参加,年轻人大多跳舞、娱乐、喝酒……中年人喝酒、生气。 因为年轻人声音太大,喝得太多……举个例子:当我在一个城市音乐节上,我想穿过一个非常拥挤的地方去见我的朋友,所以我在人群中“游”了一会儿,说了声“对不起”,一个男人(我会说40岁)差点因为我“打了他”而摔倒在我身上。 有一次,我来到我的朋友面前,告诉他们他的女性朋友打了我的背,并且嘲笑地说…另外一个50岁的醉汉几乎打了我女性最好的朋友的脸…

That’s all i could think of…

But all these topics above are very dabateable… 🙂

Quora User, lived in Munich, Germany
Updated Jul 15, 2016

Still too much cigarette smoking.

No air conditioning and a strong prejudice against it. The country is hotter and more humid in spring and summer than many believe.

People are a bit reserved and too private at times, making it hard to break into social circles and make friends.

Since the overall level of education is high, many people succumb to “Besserwisserei” — know-it-all behavior — and it can be hard to disabuse them of incorrect or misguided opinions.

People can be rigid and inflexible at times; still, this is often exaggerated by embittered foreigners.


Basic necessities—food, rent, etc.—are surprisingly affordable, for the most part, for people on average incomes.

Well-constructed homes and apartment buildings: walls are thick, doors and locks are beautifully constructed and solid, windows can either open wide or tilt vertically; they use modern versions of the classic old steam radiators the US has only in old buildings.

Excellent public transportation that is generally punctual, safe, and comfortable. With a bit of planning and willingness to walk some, one can live here beautifully without a car.

Lovely women (sorry, I just had to say that), often but not always blonde and fair, who are capable and self-determined, with beautiful manners and surprisingly soft voices (German is lovely — can be — really!!).
Most people are fairly honest and reliable.

Superb health insurance and health care delivery system. Other comments here regarding this are true.

Art, culture, music, literature, architecture are everywhere.

Laws and government which, despite some unfortunate trends, still aim to make life better for the average person…generous vacation time, sick leave, job security.

Taxes are really no more burdensome than in the US, on the whole.

Very low tolerance of violence and violent behavior. It is illegal to strike children at school—or at home. There is no death penalty and nobody wants it. War is regarded as the scourge it is, not as a jolly adventure. Calling someone “aggressive” is considered to be an insult—it’s not regarded as a positive quality.

Generally, crime isn’t a problem, and the murder rate is very low. After more than a year living here, I suddenly realized that virtually nobody is packing heat. The cops are completely chill compared to American ones—you can approach cops here and talk to them like they are normal human beings.

Suvrajit Saha, The sheen has worn off…
Updated Mar 24, 2017

I’ll be as succinct as possible. Some of the good things are:

Public Transport in cities: You can generally rely on them. But if you are living in a small town or in the countryside, then no, you probably need an auto.

Civic Amneties: The services are mostly good and you rarely have garbage and the like lying around. If anything is damaged, they are mostly repaired very quickly.

Cheap Tution: University studies are cheap and affordable which is a big plus.

Nice people: Notwithstanding exceptions people are by and large nice and helpful. One does not need more from strangers.

Carefree Society: This is something positive from my point of view. One does not need to keep up with the Jones and Joneses as much as in the Anglo-Saxon part of the world. One can generally be as one is wont to be.

Quality of Water and Air: Clean air which is a pleasure to breathe in and exceptionally high quality piped water.

Health System: It is a behemoth, but still it functions. As long as you have a job you do not need to worry much about healthcare.

Now to the not so good things:

Health System: Yes, the flipside is that if you do not have a job and do not get any social assistance then you are done. Monthly payments are then not affordable for someone living off reserves.

Primary Education: Very poor and in the doldrums. There is political and parental interference. German schools rarely inspire their students. They only dish out standard fare.

Boorish Behaviour: Unfortunately, Germany is the worst behaved society in western Europe. People are extremely boorish and this is most obvious at work.

Missing Elements of Life: Romance, Style, Elegance and Joyfulness are present through their absence. Survival, not Living is what matters here.

Negativity: Germany deflates the spirit. I won’t elaborate on it, but they know how to extinguish even the strongest of fires in people.

Social Jealousy: People are generally very jealous of others’ success and some go to devious extents to harm them. A very sadistic attitude really.

Hardly any Professional Mobility: You get stereotyped and stuck in a rut. German companies think you are good at only one thing and are incapable of doing anything else in your lifetime. Little do they realise that the incapability lies more with them.

Latent Racism: There is a latent racism in society and especially at work. In many cities getting a nice accommodation in certain parts of the city can be very difficult for people who are not white and Christian. At work too this is felt. Hardly any German companies have people of colour at top positions. My experience is, progress is deliberately stalled after reaching a mid-level position.

Weak Men: It is a generalisation, but German men are mostly weak personalities. They lack courage and pride and live their lives as their wives and girlfriends tell them do. It is enraging and embarrassing. At work this means, you mostly have superiors who are not fit for their jobs. This is also seen in the political arena: you have hardly any male figures worth mentioning.

Misandrist Society: German society, like Nordic societies, is a misandrist society and are doing more everyday to stay one forever.

Food: Food in Germany does not taste. If you want good tasting food, go to Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, etc. But in Germany food somehow does not possess any taste.

Barry Weir
Answered Apr 9, 2017

I recently lived in Germany for about 5 years, in small Bavarian village outside Munich.

There are many things that make life wonderful in Germany, most have been mentioned, but no one has mentioned the coffee. I have never had a bad cup of coffee in Germany; they seem to have focused their formidable technical prowess to making sure that every kind of coffee machine brews a great cup of coffee – I realise that this is a question of personal taste, but there we are. On the flip side, having grown up in North America, I found it’s just not worth the effort trying to find good beef.
Wine is generally pretty inexpensive and there’s a great variety. As for the food, in Bavaria (the only place I’ve lived) it’s dependable. There is a disproportionate variety of bread, and bakeries are everywhere. Pastries are very good, maybe not of the level of Austria (in general) or Vienna (in particular), but nonetheless very good.

Dealing with German bureaucracy can be daunting, as it can be pretty inflexible. They also tend not to want to communicate except by letter mail, and there’s actually a German standard for how such a letter will be laid out. Why use email when there’s a way that’s more complicated?

Germany is a country of specialists – if a German studies physics, there’s a statistical certainty that said student will never take a university-level course in chemistry. That’s neither a pro or con as such, but reality.


Jens Holze, born and raised here, never lived anywhere else though
Answered Jun 10, 2016

This is of course biased, as I have never lived anywhere else but in Germany. And it’s also limited to a certain region in some cases.

What I think is positive: Germany is a pretty safe country by most standards. Crime rates are pretty low. Food is pretty affordable, so is rent outside of typical metropolitan areas (southern Germany is a bit more expensive in general, but jobs usually also pay more). Public transport, although far from perfect (unlike e.g. Switzerland), is pretty good in most places and also affordable. We like our infrastructure to work, our buildings to be well constructed and up to the latest technical standards for the most part. We are trying pretty hard as a nation to be environment friendly. Although Germany has high population density we still have lots of green, forests and nature in general. Even big cities like Berlin have lots of parks.

What takes some getting used to: Germany is also a country of control and order. There are rules for almost everything almost everywhere, starting with times you may throw away your glass at or where to barbecue in public and not limited to the correct way to stand in line for something. Some of those rules are not obvious at first sight but most people follow them. This also goes for administration, it can be a pain in the butt. Whenever you think you can just do something there’s probably a form to fill out. Privacy is a big thing (which we consider important and good) but Germans may come across as reserved, especially in northern Germany. But most people are pretty approachable actually. Most stores are closed on Sundays and there are definitive closing times in most places. You can buy stuff at night at fuel stations or special late shops but it’s probably more expensive.

We have a pretty high standard of education in general and it good system of formal education even outside of academia. It might be a problem to get a better job without formal qualification, because you can not just get any job and prove yourself in doing good work.