Female? Check. In a relationship? Check. US-American? Check. Turns out, I am a completely average expat in Germany. Go figure.
InterNations, a popular expat network, recently released its annual Expat Insider report. Of the over 12,500 respondents, Germany was the most-represented nation – nearly 800 expats in Germany participated in the survey (I didn’t, in case you were curious). Survey participants were asked to rate up to 43 different factors concerning various aspects of life abroad on a scale of 1 to 7.
The figure above shows the demographics of the expat respondents in Germany. Most of the expats in Germany came from the US, just like me. In fact, of all Americans that responded to the survey, 9% were living in Germany. The majority were also female and in a relationship. The only area where I don’t represent the average expat is age (whew!).
Overall, Germany seems to be a pretty good place to live for expats – it ranked #10 in Quality of Life, which was driven by Germany’s economic security and stable job prospects. I definitely agree with the high ranking in this area. As many of you know, I just found a full-time job in Germany earlier this year. My workplace is very international, especially in the technical departments, where many German companies find the need to recruit international talent.
Unfortunately, expats in Germany do not feel very welcome by the locals, causing Germany to be ranked in the bottom 10 of countries in the area of “ease of settling in.” I will look more into why this is in the coming days in a mini Expat Insider Series. So check back soon!
If you are an expat (or any “person living abroad” as I don’t love the “expat” label), how would you rate your quality of life? Is it higher than it would be in your home country?