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Expat Life


Düsseldorf is a wonderful city for families and single people alike. However, even in an easy city such as Düsseldorf, a move can leave the partner of a relocated expat somewhat challenged. Community services are well organised and plentiful. The process of settling into local life can be eased by a number of institutions. Several international clubs that welcome new members are available here, some of which are often willing to provide advice and give support to newcomers.

As for setting up home, the quality of stores for furnishings and fittings are second to none. Competition is high amongst telecommunications companies but be forewarned, installations aren’t completed overnight in Germany. Service levels of many of the established giants can be atrocious. Contracts and deals are a jungle of fine print.

Local utilities companies offer complete services, while a few national giants and lower priced competitors are also available. Expect similar confusing tariffs as in other countries. In an emergency, response times are normally extremely short and assistance offered is professional. Those who have brought along a pet experience loving attention and high quality care from vets.


Original language movies are popular among expats in Düsseldorf. Films are frequently screened in English at a variety of cinemas in original with subtitles, known as OmU or Original mit Untertitel and without, portrayed as OV or Original Version