Living-family and environment in Germany

Maternity Allowance in Germany

Maternity Allowance in Germany


In Germany, expecting mothers receive what is known as Mutterschaftsgeld. This is maternity pay, and is  applicable for those who are six weeks from their due date and lasts up until eight weeks after the actual birth. This is just one of many benefit received by mothers. It's a great part of the system that eases some of the financial burden that comes with having a child. Mothers find the system great because during pregnancy and also the years after, it is important to know that one is financially secure, and certain repercussions of having a child don't become stressful. Certainly you're going to need to take some time off work and it is essentially helpful knowing that you won't completely lose your salary because of this.



Do you qualify?

Those who qualify for Mutterschaftsgeld include employed pregnant women who are covered by the state insurance.



What is the application process?

In order to apply for  Mutterschaftsgeld you will have to receive a certificate stating the expected date of deliver. Upon reception of this document you will need to get in contact with your health insurance agent and file the application for your Mutterschaftsgeld.



How much money will I get?

There is no fixed amount when it comes to how much Mutterschaftsgeld  you are entitled to receive. The amount depends on many factors including what your salary was prior to your pregnancy.




Where can I find more information?

Additional information can be found at

The corresponding phone number is 0228 69 888

The opening hours are Monday- Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 2 pm and Thursdays from 9 am to 2 pm and from pm to 3 pm.



Be sure to contact the responsible authorities in order to ensure that the process runs smoothly. They will inform you of any applicable deadlines as well as let you know what forms need to be filled out and what other documents you will need to submit.


If you are not insured through the Krankenkasse, and instead are privately insured, be sure to check with your agent to find out what funds you are applicable to receive. Funds are also available to you after your  Mutterschaftsgeld period comes to an end. Be sure to check what paper work you'll need to fill out and file in order to obtain the financial help you will need at this time. The system is there to help parents and sure enough you will be satisfied to know that having a child will not weigh you don't financially.




Read more 0

The Postal Service in Germany

The Postal Service in Germany


Being away from home, you'll surely want to send letters or postcards back to your loved ones to let them know what a splendid time you're having in Germany. Thankfully postal services exist. And when it comes to the German postal service, you will not be disappointed.


Apart from the most popular postal service in Germany, Deutsche Post DHL, you've got a list of other services you can use to get your letters and packages to their ultimate destination.


Here are a few of the available options:

·         Air Berlin

·         Eurodis

·         Hermes

·         Iloxx

·         FedEx

·         UPS


Being the most popular postal service in Germany, DHL is perhaps the company that you'll see the most, proudly displaying its bright yellow shade and may also be the one that will be your first option. Apart from offering very reasonable prices, Deutsche Post DHL are both trust worthy and speedy. Most letter deliveries in Germany, a whopping 95%, are delivered nationwide within the next business day.


If you've got a package that you need to keep an eye on, you'll be able to as you are provided a tracking code that you can dial into the DHL website at any time and see where it is. Being able to keep a tab on things is convenient and also offers you the security, that if you've sent an important package somewhere or are waiting to receive one, you won't have to sit through long telephone conversations in order to find out it's location.


One thing to avoid is sending money or other valuables via regular mail. If there is something you absolutely can't afford to lose then check if the postal service you are using offers some for of insurance for valuable as well as a more secure means of delivery.


What happens if you're not home to receive a package?


If you happened to have stepped out during the time that your package was delivered you can either schedule a new date for it to be brought to your home, or pick it up at the post office. In other case, your neighbour may sign for the package and a note will be left in your mailbox informing you of this. Another option which you may want to look into if you receive lots of packages, is getting a card for the post office where your packages will be brought when there is no one home to accept them. This is convenient as you can retrieve your package outside of the post office's operating hours.


What are the costs like?

Post throughout Germany


Prices vary depending on size.

The cost of mailing a letter ranges from 45 cents to 2.40 euros.

The cost of mailing a package ranges from 3.90 euros to .90 euros.


International Packages


The cost of mailing a letter ranges from .75 cents to 6.90 euros.

The cost of mailing a package ranges from 8.90 euros to 42.00 euros.

More information can be found at:




Read more 0

Getting married in Germany

Getting married in Germany is not as simple as signing a pieces of paper and riding off on a white horse. There's nothing like the skipping of town to tie the knot in a cozy little chapel with someone who makes you squint twice to figure out if Elvis really is alive or not. There are lots and lots of paperwork to file. Marriage in Germany is a process, it requires you having the correct documentation and enough time to have everything approved, re approved and possibly re-re approved. If you and your partner are planning on eloping to Germany, ensure that you have taken the necessary measures way ahead of your planned date. If you're already living in Germany, it may be time to dig up those dusty folders and find all those documents you haven't had to look at in a long time. Remember that you are in Germany and so the official language is German. Where ever you plan on getting married, there is a high possibility that the ceremony will be carried out in German and thus opting for an interpreted may come in handy.


So what documents do you need?

·         Passport/Identification

·         Birth Certificate- translated copy as well as original copy

·         Certificate of no impediment

·         Baptismal Certificate if you are planning a church ceremony

·         Medical Certificate


You will be required to attend an interview at the Standesämter where you'll find out exactly what is needed, costs and all other necessary information. 

All documents are required to be translated by a certified German translator. The date of translation on these documents cannot exceed three months. 

For those who were previously married you may be required to present proof that your last marriage was legally dissolved. If your partner has passed away, a death certificate may be required. Be sure to have this document translated by a certified translator.



If you are planning on getting married before the age of 8 further documentation may be required. Provided this is legal in your home country, you may be obligated to submit additional forms as well as a letter from your parents giving consent.

Leave a couple of months for the filing to go through.


Don't be discouraged. Regardless of the time it may take and the filing that comes with it, once the hassle is over, Germany is a great place to get married. With so many beautiful castles, churches and cathedrals, your wedding will be unforgettable. You want your wedding to be perfect, everyone does, and as long as you've planned ahead, there is nothing stopping this day from being the best day of your life. And after the wedding comes the honeymoon. You've got so many places in Germany to snuggle up for a couple of days. Or, you could take a road trip and travel Europe with your new wife or husband. With enough planning your day will be as perfect as you intended it to be. [...]

Read more 0

Finding Domestic Help in Germany

There are many reasons one may opt for getting someone to help with chores in the household. Perhaps you have a lot of children, or just had a baby and can’t seem to find the time in the day to empty the dishwasher or tidy up the pantry. Perhaps you work too much and there just aren’t enough hours in the day for you to be able to put your feet up a little and just relax. Hiring a company or an individual to help with domestic tasks is a great way to reduce some of the work you’ll have to do around the house.



·         What can I expect?

Things may be a bit different from how they are at home. The duties included in domestic work usually include the regular household chores (vacuuming, dusting, mopping, cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces) excluding things like laundry, ironing, and window cleaning. These things are usually taken on by other companies or individuals. You can, however, speak to the people who apply for the job and let them know what services you require and perhaps come to an agreement where you can have all these things done without having too many different people in and out of your home.

·         How much does it cost?

Prices vary depending on where you are located, how big your home is and the services you require. Payment may be as low as 6 euros per hour and as high as 25 euros per hour.

·         Where do I find domestic help?

For finding domestic help the newspaper may be your best bet. Check the jobs section for people or companies offering the kind of service you require, give them a call, and set up an interview. You can also post an ad in the newspaper and wait for the calls to come rolling in. The internet is another great option. Sites like are very popular for those offering cleaning services. If a telephone number is left you can give a call and arrange a meeting, if not, feel free to write an email. Perhaps you have friends in the area who can recommend someone that they have used to help them in the household. This is a great option, as you’ll already have an idea of what this person is like and know what to expect from them.

·         What other household services are available?

-          Window Cleaning

-          Carpet Cleaning

-          Mattress Clean

-          Ironing

-          Cooking (May be a bit more on the expensive side)

-          Grocery shopping

Sometimes even the simplest tasks are too much for one person to take on, especially when that persons days are packed with numerous other large and small tasks. It's okay to request help when you need it. After all, we are human, and can only manage so much and no more.[...]

Read more 0

Get Paid to Make Babies in Germany

An issues that Germany has been dealing with is a very low birth rate of about .3 births per woman. Because of this, politicians are looking for ways to encourage families to have more children, in order to better balance the birth to mortality ratio. One way to boost that ratio is to offer a monetary incentive to families for every child they have. The incentive not only encourages families to have more children, but it also gives parents a chance to stay home longer, during the most important developmental stages of a child’s life.

What is the Elterngeld?

The Parenting Allowance, or Elterngeld, is a federal system which gives subsidized income to parents for the first 2 to 4 months of their child’s life. The amount of Elterngeldthat parents who will stay home and care for their child will receive is calculated based on their income, after taxes. Both parents have the option to stay home with their child and share the Elterngeld by splitting up the 2 to 4 month time frame between them.

Which parents are eligible to receive theElterngeld?

Those eligible to receive the Elterngeld include employed and self-employed parents, and bureaucrats who are parents. Unemployed parents, students, and apprentices who are parents are all also eligible to receive the Elterngeld. Also eligible are the parents of adoptive children.



Certain additional criteria must be met in order for families to receive the Elterngeld. Recipients of the Elterngeld must reside in Germany or have a resident permit allowing the parent to work in Germany. The parent and child must live together in the same home, and the parent receiving the Elterngeld must be the one to raise and take care of the child, as opposed to having a nanny or au pair. Lastly, the parent must not work more than 30 hours per week during the time that they are receiving the Elterngeld.

How much are parents given with the Elterngeld?

The Elterngeld amount is calculated based on the parent’s income for the 2 months prior to the birth. The total amount received totals 67 percent of the parent’s total earnings, after taxes, for one year. The minimum amount issued is €300 per month, even for parents who are unemployed. The maximum amount issued is €,800 per month. For each multiple birth, €300 is issued per child.

There is also a sibling bonus. Families with multiple children are eligible to receive a minimum of an additional €75 per month, or an extra 0 percent of the Elterngeld. In order to receive the sibling bonus, the children must be under 4 years of age if there are two in the family, and the children must be under 7 years of age if there are three in the family.


There are so many benefits to having a child—a loving relationship that lasts a lifetime. Getting to see a little version of yourself learn and grow and become a part of society. Having someone you can force to do the chores you hate. Now Germany has given parents another reason to produce more little bundles of joy.[...]

Read more 0

American and International companies in Munich

Being a financial hub means that, Munich, Germany's third largest city, has quite the variety of jobs to offer. It is one of the top places for expat relocation and has earned the title of the 4th most livable city. With such an abundance of jobs, and career opportunities it is important to note that though the primary language is German, Munich's job market has a lot of positions available to English speakers. This is due to the high volume of international companies with a base in Munich who are adamant to incorporate English into their business in order to keep steady lines of communication throughout the globe.


Some International companies and the jobs they offer.


 ·         BMW

- Specialist in Building Management Systems and Power Technology

- Tool Mechanics Specialist

- Specialist in Process/Product Management

- IT Specialist

- Patent Lawyer


·         Frankona-GE Insurance

- Audit Manager

- Sales Manager

- Financial Analyst


·         Brainlab

- Software Engineer- Medical Devices

- Environmental Manager

- Working Student Customer Relationship Management

- Management Associate- Clinical Research

- Remote Support Specialist- Radiotherapy


·         Siemens

- Global Network Performance Manager

- Finance Excellence Program- Senior Associate

- Senior Specialist Structured Finance

- Principal Expert for Cloud Computing

- Information Security Manager- Penetration Testing


·         Texas Instruments

- Process Technician

- Equipment Technician

- Product Manager


·         Wrigley

- Account Manager Food

- Area Sales Manager

- Call Center Agent


·         Cattron

- Quality Manager

- Manager Operations


·         Wirecard AG

- Senior Application Administrator

- Customer Relation Manager

- Product Consultant

- Senior Application Engineer

- Integration Tester


·         Sixt

- Senior Graphic Designer

- Marketing Manager Business Development



·         Panasonic

- PMO Assistant

- Mechanical Designer

- Electronic Technician


·         PWC

- Senior Transactions Manager

- Senior Consultant

- Strategy and Operational Management Consultant


·         WAY GmbH

- Digital Marketing Manager

- Social Media Manager


·         Ernst and Young GmbH

- Supply Chain Management Consultant

- Controlling and Reporting Consultant

- Finance Transformation and Outsourcing Consultant

- Tax and IT Consultant


Other International companies known to hire English native speakers include:

Roland Berger


Hewlett Packard

Deloitte and Touche



Canadian Solar

Federal Express Europe


Some of these companies prefer applicants who have some knowledge of the German language, though fluency isn't a must. Others are solely interested that you meet the qualifications necessary to carry out the job effectively and that your written and spoken English are of a high standard. Though you may find a job where German isn't in the least bit required, this doesn't mean that it isn't necessary to learn the language. You should attempt to do so, as it may help in bettering your relationship with German colleagues, as well as improve your social life in Germany. Learning a language is always easier when you're in the heart of it all, hearing the language around every corner, on the television, in the grocery store. Take advantage of this opportunity even when it isn't required for your work environment.[...]

Read more 0


In the process of relocating to Germany and need information?

You're in the right place! is the first blog that answers all your questions about relocating to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Leave your blog comments or questions below and we'll get back to you shortly. There's no cost and no obligation - we're here to help!