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Key Facts

Official Name: Federal Republic of Germany

Capital City: Berlin

Official Languages: German

Religion: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Muslim

Currency: Euro (€)

Time Zone: GMT + 1 hour

Country Domain: .de

Country Tel Code: 49

Moving to Germany

A scenic country of over 81 million people, Germany covers a land area approximately the size of Japan. Sandy beaches border the North and Baltic seas, and the Bavarian Alps form the southern border; between are lakes, forests, plains, river valleys, castles, and beautifully preserved medieval villages.

Throughout the centuries, Germany has produced some of the most famous figures in the arts. The German people are highly literate and cultured, and every city, large or small, offers a wide variety of cultural events and museums, theaters, musical events, and cinemas for all tastes.

Germany continues to attract foreign investment for many of the historic reasons: a stable and technically powerful economy, a large well-educated and productive population, a prosperous middle class, the reputation of its products for excellence and reliability, and its strategic location in central Europe. The country's leading role in a unified Europe is typified by its participation early in the roll-out of the new Euro.


The Federal Republic of Germany was established on May 23, 1949, and on October 3, 1990 East Germany joined the West, reuniting the nation. Some aspects of government are still delegated to regional areas, or Länder, that approximate to the older state divisions. The various regions maintain some of their individual characteristics in terms of culture, cuisine, and personality.


GDP growth in 2012 was 9.9 percent, with a growth of 0.8 percent expected for 2013, before a more robust recovery is expected to take hold in 2014. Germany's economy is underpinned by high quality products and machinery and relatively low unemployment – 6.8 percent in summer of 2013. It is the world's second largest exporter and a major global supplier of industrial machinery and equipment. Germany also has a robust tourism industry and is the site of many industry trade conferences and expos.


Housing varies from city to city in availability and type. Housing costs are generally high, particularly in central city districts. Many Germans live in apartments, for reasons of cost and convenience. Houses are more widely found in suburban areas.


There are many private international schools in Germany that provide instruction in foreign languages such as English, French, or Japanese, sometimes in conjunction with German. Major and minor cities have international schools (often a choice of several); these cities include Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Darmstadt, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Heidelberg, Leipzig, Munich, Stuttgart, and Wiesbaden.

Visa & Immigration

Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services for Germany and countries around the world. For further information, please contact your local Santa Fe office.

Contact Us

Santa Fe Relocation Services Berlin Office

Address: Hauptstrasse 7, 14979 Grossbeeren, Berlin

Contact Number: +49 33701 213


Manager: Ralf Kessel

Let us assist you with obtaining a German visa, finding an apartment or school in Berlin, and more!”

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