Companies, schools, major events: all facilities where many people meet must be closed. Otherwise there will be a health and economic meltdown.
If Germany were a nuclear power plant, a few red lights would be flashing frantically in the control center. An accident that threatens to meltdown. The operating company would shut down the power plant and everyone would find the decision right.
Germany is not a power plant, but the accident is there: Sars-CoV-2 has the potential to kill and trigger the economic meltdown. So it would be right to switch off now. It is better to switch to pause mode for a few weeks than to let the virus drive you towards collapse.
Of course, a state is more complex than a power plant and the consequences of a shutdown, a social shutdown, would be catastrophic. Companies would be forced into bankruptcy, the economy would plummet, and the private restrictions would be enormous. The economy could at least be stabilized with money from the state. But what happens epidemiologically, if no action is taken now, is revealed by a view over the Alps: a catastrophe of a completely different magnitude.
Ten days ago, the situation in Italy was about the same as it is in Germany at the moment, numerous cases, but the public life continued little. Many hospitals are now completely overloaded. Doctors will soon have to decide who gets help and who they let die. You can no longer take care of everyone.
It is up to politicians to prevent such emergencies. Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that “the necessary” would be done in Germany. This statement can be checked soon. Because if the number of newly infected people does not decrease in a few days, we know that what has to be done has obviously not been done. But we shouldn’t wait that long.
Biological facts are currently delaying decision making. Today’s number of infected people only reflects how the virus has spread over the past week. How the pathogen is currently raging, whether the isolated school closings, the ordered and self-imposed quarantines, increased hand hygiene and cancellations of major events will be of any use, can only be judged in a few days based on the number of new infections. This is the average time between infection and the onset of the disease. In addition, there are the days until the official diagnosis.
At least at the moment Germany is not doing badly. A drastic procedure is necessary to keep it that way and to reduce the number of people newly infected every day. Companies, schools, universities, all facilities in which many people meet every day must be closed, at the latest as soon as an infection is found there. Finally, public transport must also be considered, after all, the largest daily mass event that has not yet been canceled.
How easy it is to play the virus still depends not only on political decisions. Everyone can take responsibility, avoid infection-prone places, pay attention to hygiene and distance from others. Whoever protects himself from the pathogen cannot pass it on.
Once you have been living and working in Germany on a temporary residence permit for a certain amount of time, you are entitled to apply for a permanent settlement permit. This type of residence permit, as the name suggests, grants you the right to remain in Germany indefinitely and gives you free access to the labor market.
Types of permanent residence permits
Although they are almost identical, there are actually two types of permanent residence permits in Germany. Your personal situation and travel requirements will determine which one is most suitable for you.
Permanent settlement permit
This type of permanent residence permit enables you to live and work in Germany for an unrestricted amount of time. It is available to anyone who has been living in Germany for five years on a temporary residence permit and fulfils other basic requirements. Certain categories of people (see below) may be able to obtain their permanent settlement permits much sooner.
Permanent residence permit for the European Community
The qualifying conditions for this permanent residence permit are very similar to those for the permanent settlement permit. The main difference is that this type of residence permit also gives the holder freedom of movement (and the right to temporary residence) within all European Union member states.
General requirements for the permanent residence permit
Anyone who wants to apply for a permanent residence permit in Germany needs to fulfil certain basic conditions:
You have held a (temporary) residence permit for 4 years. (New regulated version as of March 2020, Check here.)
Your subsistence is secure, i.e. you are able to support yourself without benefit payments.
You have made contributions to a statutory pension scheme for at least 48 months or can provide evidence of a comparable old-age provision.
You are permitted to be in employment and hold the necessary permit.
You have sufficient living space for yourself and your family.
You do not have a criminal record.
Note that holders of a residence permit for the purpose of studying are not eligible to apply for a permanent settlement permit. You must first complete your studies and apply for a workers’ residence permit before you can apply for permanent residency.
Categories entitled to special provisions
If you belong to one of the following categories of people, you may be able to obtain your permanent residence permit in less than four years. Note that this only applies to the German permanent settlement permit and not the permanent residence permit for the European Community.
EU Blue Card holders
If you are in possession of an EU Blue Card and fulfil all general requirements, you can receive a permanent residence permit after 33 months. You must have remained in employment and made contributions to the statutory pension scheme for the entirety of that period.
If you have sufficient knowledge of the German language (defined as being educated to level B1), you can receive the permanent residence permit after 21 months.
Graduates of German universities
If you have completed your studies at a German university, you can apply for a permanent settlement permit after two years, provided you have a job related to your degree. As well as fulfilling the general requirements, you also need to have made contributions to the statutory pension scheme (or a comparable alternative) for at least 24 months.
Workers who are deemed “highly-qualified” and fulfil the general requirements may be granted a permanent settlement permit immediately. Professions that fit into this category are:
Researchers with special technical expertise.
Teaching or scientific personnel in prominent positions.
You may need approval from the Federal Employment Agency to apply for a permanent settlement permit as a highly-qualified professional.
If you are self-employed, you are entitled to a permanent settlement permit after three years. To qualify. you must have a valid residence permit for self-employment and have realized the purpose of your residence permit (i.e. successfully set up your business). You will also need to prove that you have the financial stability to support yourself indefinitely.
Note that the German tax system legally distinguishes between freelance and commercial activities. Freelancers do not qualify for this reduced period.
Applying for a permanent residence permit
To submit your permanent settlement permit application, you will need an appointment at your local foreigners’ office (Ausländerbehörde). You can find your local office on the website for the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. Depending on your location, it is not always possible to schedule this appointment in advance.
Permanent settlement permit application forms
You need to bring a completed application form with you to the appointment. This can usually be downloaded from your foreigners’ office’s website. Alternatively, the office will be able to give you a paper copy.
The documents you need for your permanent settlement application depends on your personal situation. Your foreigners’ office will be able to inform you of the exact requirements but the necessary paperwork usually includes:
Completed application form
Biometric photo taken in the last six months
Registration certificate including a proof of residence (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung)
Proof of health insurance
Proof of sufficient German language skills (e.g. certificate of completion of integration course)
Audit report form filled in by tax consultant for Chamber of Commerce
At the appointment, an official will check over all your documents before submitting your application. As long as all the necessary conditions are met, your application will usually be successful and your permanent residence permit issued.
The foreigners’ office will write to you to let you know when the permit is ready for you to collect. If for any reason your application is unsuccessful, you will be informed in writing and be given the chance to lodge an appeal.
Permanent residence permit costs
The cost of applying for a permanent settlement permit varies according to your personal circumstances. The fee for a general settlement permit is usually 135 euros. If you are self-employed or classified as highly-skilled, the fee may be higher.
Expiration of permanent residency
If you leave Germany for a period of more than six months, your permanent settlement permit will expire. If you hold an EU permanent residence permit, it will expire after a 12-month stay outside the European Union.
Whilst having permanent residency status brings many advantages, it does not give you certain rights enjoyed by those who have German citizenship. For instance, a permanent settlement permit does not enable to you to vote in elections or have a German passport. If you have lived in Germany for more than eight years, you may choose to apply for German citizenship instead.
Why isn’t everyone with symptoms tested for coronavirus? Do general practitioners know what to do? There is currently a lot of criticism of the authorities’ actions. Everything important about the test procedure.
The number of confirmed infections with the new coronavirus is currently increasing in Germany: on March 2 there were still 150 cases, on March 5 (as of 8:00 a.m.) there were already 349.
But how many undiscovered diseases are there in this country? Not everyone who scratches their throat can currently be tested for an infection with Sars-CoV-2. That would not make sense either, because the likelihood that a common cold or the onset of flu causes the symptoms is much higher – and the tests are expensive and the possibilities are limited.
Nevertheless, many people with colds are wondering whether they shouldn’t be tested for the corona virus. And are unsettled if they are not tested, but still should make sure that they do not infect anyone. How does that fit together?
At the moment, the responsible authorities are primarily focusing on preventing the spread of the coronavirus or at least slowing it down significantly. Many experts are now assuming that it will not be possible to contain the virus completely. That means: Probably a lot of people will become infected. The decisive factor is the period in which this happens.
The faster an outbreak runs, the more stressed – possibly overloaded – it places on the health system. As long as as few people as possible get Covid-19 at the same time, medical practices can cope with this, clinics have enough capacity to treat the seriously ill. In addition, several hundred people are still infected with the flu every day in Germany. Another goal is therefore to delay a major corona epidemic until the flu epidemic has subsided.
That is why it is important to keep a close eye on who has been infected. This is the only way to quickly find contact persons for those infected and place them under domestic quarantine so that they do not pass the virus on if they are actually infected.
How many tests are performed – and who should be tested?
Germany’s laboratories have capacities for around 12,000 corona tests per day, the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) said on Tuesday. However, there are currently no reliable figures on how many tests have been carried out so far. According to the KBV, initial surveys – based on around 60 percent of the laboratories in the outpatient area – state that 10,700 people were tested in Germany last week alone. Around 130 cases were confirmed by the end of the week.
However, these figures are only really meaningful if the total number of tests carried out is known. This is important to see if the available resources, both material and personnel, are sufficient for a major outbreak. But also in order to gain better insights into the spread of Sars-CoV-2 through the ratio of positive to negative test results – those in which the virus was not detected.
According to the recommendation of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Sars-CoV-2 should be tested immediately:
who has cold symptoms and had contact with a confirmed Covid 19 case within the 14 days before the onset of the illness, or
who has cold complaints and has been in a risk area in the 14 days prior to the start of the complaints. Various provinces in China, Iran, Italy and South Korea are currently considered to be such. (A current list of risk areas can be found here.)
Apart from that, general practitioners can also order the test if someone has been in a region that is not officially considered a risk area, but in which the virus still spreads – for example in the district of Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia. Contact with a person who is likely to be infected but is still lacking evidence can also be a reason for a test. It is always a prerequisite that those affected also show cold symptoms.
The health insurance companies have been covering the cost of the test since the end of February – if the treating doctor has decided that it is necessary. “Comprehensive tests of the clinically healthy – in the blue, so to speak – are medical nonsense,” said the head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Andreas Gassen. “The resources should be used in cases where there is a medically suspected suspicion.”
Long odyssey instead of quick tests
In recent days, however, there have also been problems with the clarification of such suspected cases, as readers report to SPIEGEL. Some describe odyssey where they are referred to the general practitioner by the health department, from there to the clinic, from there to number 116117 and from there back to the health department, which again saw the family doctor as responsible.
The same thing happened to SPIEGEL reporter Juan Moreno, who traveled to Italy to research the corona virus, right up to the border of the area that was declared a quarantine zone southeast of Milan. Back in Berlin he developed a slight cough, his nose was already running a little during the trip. Nevertheless, he only managed to get tested after countless phone calls – because he had personal contact with a doctor (read the whole story here).
Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) admitted on Wednesday that the fight against the rapid spread of the virus is currently not running optimally. “It sometimes takes too long before suspicious cases are tested,” he said. The responsible actors are under great pressure.
How general practitioners should deal with suspected corona
A guideline that the German Society for General Medicine and Family Medicine (Degam) published for its members on Tuesday is also intended to resolve uncertainty. If a patient reports for a possible coronavirus infection, the doctors should first clarify whether there is a reasonable suspicion, i.e. whether the patient was in contact with a Covid 19 patient or was in a risk area.
In addition, doctors are advised to only take the necessary samples for a test if they have the necessary protective clothing in practice. This is a problem in many places, because most of the clothing made in China has become a scarce commodity. If there is no protective clothing in the practice, doctors can contact the health department. The office is also responsible when patients call from home – and it is accordingly possible to take the samples during a home visit.
All patients are asked not to simply go to a family doctor’s office if they suspect coronavirus, but to call first.
Because if a test in a practice is positive, the practice could be temporarily closed by the responsible health authority for reasons of disease protection. This in turn would have consequences for the medical care of the local people – and not only of possible coronavirus cases, but above all of people with other health problems.
How to expand the test system in Germany
Various federal states are currently preparing for a major outbreak. The Ministry of Health in Schleswig-Holstein announced on Thursday (05/Mar/2020) that the test options outside the doctor’s office should be expanded. There should be more home visits without restricting the work of resident doctors.
In addition, contact points are to be created outside the practices – probably in the form of tents or containers. There should be cutbacks for the tests without the patients having to enter the waiting room. The aim is to reduce the risk of closed medical practices and to use protective clothing more efficiently
There has also been an alternative test option in southern Hesse since the weekend: The district clinic in Groß-Gerau is cutting back on the car window – a kind of drive-in for corona tests. The procedure offers great advantages for the clinic: suspected cases remained “in their own quarantine station”, so to speak, Managing Director Erika Raab. The healthcare professional who takes the smears should wear protective clothing. Other hospital staff and patients would not come into contact with the patient.
South Korea, which currently has to deal with one of the largest outbreaks worldwide, could serve as a model for Germany.
In the country, several cities have set up so-called corona drive-ins, in which drivers can be tested free of charge without having to get out. You will receive the result via SMS two days later.
Trying to master German by reading textbooks, newspapers and classic German literature?
German is not quite so black and white.
Magazines add a colorful splash to anyone’s language learning experience.
Skeptical about adding magazines to the German reading pile? Aren’t those things just full of ads anyway?
Actually, no. Germany has a magnificent tradition of printed media – the Western printing press was born in Mainz, after all – and while the digital era has threatened the profitability of physical magazines and newspapers around the globe, the trend’s onset has been slower in Germany.
As a result, the array of high-quality magazines with fascinating, worthwhile articles is still immensely diverse, and whether you ultimately opt for a digital subscription or the printed product, magazines offer a unique way to regularly hone your reading comprehension while entertaining or informing yourself on your favorite topics. There’s a Zeitschrift (magazine) for every subculture, niche interest and field of knowledge!
Of course, you can also find German editions of certain international publications, like Vogue. However, in terms of novelty, that’s a little bit like picking up the German translation of “Harry Potter” when you could be diving into “Die Leiden des jungen Werthers” (“The Sorrows of Young Werther”). So instead, let’s focus on magazines with their roots in Deutschland.
For your browsing pleasure, here are ten of the best magazines for an enjoyable German learning experience.
Der Spiegel is one of the foremost news magazines in the world, reporting on affairs of national and global significance and featuring strong investigative journalism. It tends to lean left on the political spectrum and is like a German blend of Time and Newsweek. German learners will pick up high-level analytical language, political terminology and a broad-based awareness of current events.
After all, the last thing you want is to be a clueless tourist when entering into discussions with native German speakers – the odds are good that your Gesprächspartner (conversation partner) will delve through the surface chit-chat quickly and want to tackle some deeper topics. Being able to contribute insights on controversial issues and international politics will save both sides from hideously awkward small talk about your favorite colors and hobbies.
Focus is another news-based publication, with a Schwerpunkt (emphasis) on economics and politics. Many of the pieces tend towards shorter formats rather than the long-form journalism showcased in Spiegel, which can be helpful if you’re scanning for information or want to test your vocabulary with a quick read. Staying informed on the German Wirtschaft (economy) can be particularly helpful for language learners who are active in business, hoping to get hired by German companies or have regular dealings with German clients.
Neon is aimed at a younger demographic and pops aesthetically, featuring plenty of strong photography. The writing focuses mainly on lifestyle, culture, travel, sexuality and humor, but heavier stories also make an appearance. While Spiegel might do a broader geopolitical analysis of the groups fighting in Syria, Neon went to Aleppo to conduct in-depth portraits of the individual men who volunteer with the Civil Defense Forces to rescue bombing victims.
This is your magazine if you want to learn to speak expressively about cultural issues. Or if you love random trivia – the regular feature Unnützes Wissen (useless knowledge) includes twenty laugh-out-loud facts relating to the silliest subjects.
If the cutting edge of science makes your heart beat faster, this magazine is for you. Stories present the latest news from the research world, including updates from the areas of medicine, energy, technology, physics and more. Particularly rewarding for German students who are also pursuing a career in the hard sciences and want to acquire advanced vocabulary or those who are simply ravenous for Wissen (knowledge).
One of the leading German magazines for music criticism and arts coverage. The focus has shifted over the years from a more fringe perspective on youth subcultures towards mainstream rock and pop culture – much like the evolution of Rolling Stone in the States. Learning die deutsche Sprache (the German language) and passionate about music? You’ll find branch-specific terminology here and expand your knowledge of German artists and bands – a worthy goal, since filling your music library with German songs can be one of the best ways to master the language.
Stern offers plenty of human interest pieces, cultural coverage and profiles of prominent people, generally accompanied by high-quality photo spreads. The language won’t be as challenging as the average article in Focus, but it can be a great publication for learning about significant figures in German society and is often entertaining. Not that they don’t also have hard-hitting political articles, but the overall tone is lighter than most of its news magazine competitors.
The keen satire of Titanic is a laugh factory for German learners – nobody and nothing is sacred to these pen-wielding pranksters. It’s humor, politics and Gesellschaftskritik (social criticism) rolled into one. Read it for the jokes, study the verbal style and improvise on your own arsenal of witty, sarcastic and deadpan rejoinders – and then go get a real news magazine to make sure you know what’s actually going on in the world.
The European is a political debate magazine dedicated to presenting a broad spectrum of arguments and perspectives. Es gibt immer zwei Seiten (there are always two sides) to every issue, and generally more than two. Diving into different worldviews is a wonderful way to test your own ideas and expand your mind. Contributing authors come from diverse backgrounds in journalism, politics, science and industry. The niveau of analysis is elevated and the issues complex – if you’re a beginning language learner, you may need to keep a dictionary handy.
The reward: You’ll be more able to hold your own in challenging discussions. Writing a Hausarbeit (term paper) on European politics? Familiarizing yourself with a wide range of standpoints will allow you to anticipate counterarguments and deftly defend your assertions.
What do Elyas M’Barek, Heidi Klum and Bastian Schweinsteiger have in common? They are all prime candidates to appear in the bright pages of Bunte. Fresh gossip, fluffy interview pieces and society updates – this is essentially a glorified tabloid in glossy format. Bunte is rather similar to People, with all the latest on Germany’s stars of the silver screen, runway and sports world. There is also plenty of coverage dealing with international celebrities, so if you need to keep track of your favorite stars, do it in German and pick up new words while you’re at it.
Speaking of Bastian Schweinsteiger, if you’re a Fußball (football / soccer) fanatic, a subscription to 11 Freunde might be just your cup of tea. The magazine presents in-depth interviews with players, historical reflections and other interest pieces delving into das schöne Spiel (the beautiful game). 11 Freunde aims to appeal to fans of all clubs in the Bundesliga (national league) and will keep you abreast of all the latest developments in Germany’s number one sport.
By picking up fan lingo and obscure facts, you can build street cred with Fußball-obsessed German Kumpels (buddies) and the regulars in your local sports bar. Never again be labeled an “event fan” who only tunes in every two years for the European or World Cup!
Hello, I hope you are spending good week this week. Hang in there til weekend!
Few hours ago, I just reminded of time that I have had to live and survive in Germany. In the middle of it, Struggles that I have been having could be good at being organized by me on this post. Keep reading of what I have been having as the worst struggles below.
It might be useful for people who are planning to stay in Germany a while or who are already related!
1. Legal/Authorizing Paperwork to live in Germany
You all know that Germany uses its own language, German. Therefore, we all have to no forget that German People use German language. Especially, In administration offices.
Do not expect too much that every German would speak English for you friendly. As far as I have experienced, no German people in German administration or public service are pleasantly using English for foreigners with smile on their face. Don’t get me wrong, I did not mean that they need to smile and polite to foreigners using English specially. What I mean is that they would usually ask you for speaking German no matter how you are good at.
It is still hard for me to say what I want in poor German in front of looking-mad face.
2.Getting any simple Job Is Almost Impossible
There is a huge limit for only English-speaking people living in Germany and trying to get a simple job. What I mean for simple job is something we can simply start without working experience for careers. Most of simple part-time jobs are mainly requiring German skills in communication. If it is about office job, then you will have to be almost perfect with writing and reading as well.
If you can’t be confident with using German, the you will probably have no chance to get any place like serving job in German restaurant.
3.Applying for Education Courses
There is many international course from Master degree in Germany, indeed. But you will never find any studying position for Bachelor degree or lower level ones in Germany which is exclusively taught in English. If there is some, It requires you huge amount of money as tuition fee.
Also, You will have to be fluent with German when you are about to start your internship or any working experience as junior level in Germany. You have to be aware that there is not many working or studying positions only for English-speakers living in Germany.
4.Feel Embarrassed in Public
Every time people are asking you for direction in public in German, if you do not speak the language, you would feel awkward and embarrassed for answering. Don’t be surprised, It will be happening to you quite many times.
Well, In my case, Sorry to people but I simply ignore them or pretend I understand English only, even though I understood little. But Don’t judge me, please, you will never know before you experience how tiring this is like as a foreigner who is still bad at German.
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Are you a skilled professional looking for a job in Germany? Or are you simply searching for student job or temporary / part-time job in Germany? Through below Top 8 job searching platforms, you will be able to be informed about job search and job vacancies.
LinkedIn is an American business and employment-oriented service that operates via websites and mobile apps. Founded on December 28, 2002, and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs.
It is already too popular job searching platform globally including Germany. This Platform would be much helpful for people who already have professional experiences or a young professional, which means it would be HARD to find simple part-time or temporary jobs.
From this website, you can make many worldwide connections that you might need for your career. Also, there is some offers that you can simply apply with your data in linkedin by one click. This saves your time for applying job offers at the same time.
Indeed is originally an American worldwide employment-related search engine for job listings launched in November 2004. It is a subsidiary of Japan’s Recruit Co. Ltd. and is co-headquartered in Austin, Texas and Stamford, Connecticut with additional offices around the world.
Slightly unlikely linkedin, on the platform,there is not only job offers for professionals or a young professional, but also few simple part-time or temporary jobs.
If Some of the best job sites are traditional job boards, like Monster. Others, like Indeed.com, allow you to search through many job boards, company career sites, associations, and other sources of job postings. You can even search directly on Google to find job opportunities.
The offer of StepStone provides one of the highest reaches within its competitive environment in Germany. StepStone is the career platform for skilled functional and executives specialists, which has selectively address truly suitable candidates in the relevant occupational areas – thus ensuring higher quality candidates, from which you benefit at all times as a StepStone customer.
Glassdoor is a website where current and former employees anonymously review companies. Glassdoor also allows users to anonymously submit and view salaries as well as search and apply for jobs on its platform. In 2018, the company was acquired by the Japanese firm, Recruit Holdings, for US$1.2 billion.
Character of Glassdoor is between Linkedin and Indeed. I would say that Image of this platform is more like Linkedid than Indeed. But what is the most distinct from others is that they provide data of average salary information of some career field on regional difference.
Facebook, this platform is not yet professional than other top ranked job searching website. Still, powerful social media has section of job searching as well. You may see job posts in your News Feed, but you can also find job posts by:
Clicking Jobs in the left column of News Feed. In Jobs on Facebook, you can search jobs, change your location or select an industry or job type. Click Subscribe in the right column to get notified about new job openings.
Going to a company’s Page to see if they have any jobs open by clicking Jobs in the left column of the Page. If there isn’t a Jobs tab, the company hasn’t posted any jobs on their Page.
ebay Kleinanzeige is well known as a online platform for selling and buying second hand goods. It has, however, a section to find or post a job in the website.
But you better use this platform just for simple part-time or temporary jobs. For your information, in my point of view, it would be not that helping people who would like to get full-time job with professional career.
There is a lot of job offers you may check out in service, kitchen, moving, logistics (not a desk job) and entertaining field.
JOBRUF, the student agency, closes the gap between the need for competent staff and the enormous interdisciplinary expertise that distinguishes students at universities across Austria. So to speak, the job searching platform is basically for students studying in Germany or Austria.
Our focus is on arranging temporary help. Both private households (e.g. a domestic help, a language teacher or moving helpers) and companies (e.g. a working student, an office help or IT help) can find suitable applicants for almost all jobs via job portal.
InStaff provides qualified hostesses for trade fairs, major events, and events throughout Germany. Hostesses can create a profile on the online platform, so that organizers can find them there. Unlike common agencies, InStaff eliminates the unnecessary effort of preparing offers, manually managing hostesses, and direct customer acquisition.
InStaff is searching for employees for all kinds of temporary jobs that are between 30 minutes to 3 months long. Also, you can receive well paid jobs as a hostess or host and earn between 9 to 20 EUR per hour. For students of job seekers who want to be a hostess as a job, you can get more details and job offers through the link.
For most of offers from this platform, you do not worry about language. English is totally okay to work for it. German is not a must.
I deeply hope that you defeat a job searching matter in Germany through this posting. Good luck, Everyone ! Viel Glück, Leute!
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Hi there, this time, I brought a special information for people who are book-lovers.
As modern times are passing so fast as time goes by, followed by tendency, busy working people are having quite a hard time to make a enough break for reading books.
If you want to read books / articles / magazines as much as you wan but lack of time only matters for this, You can definitely find the answer right here, audible ! It has all you need to enjoy the taste of your literature.
What is audible?
Audible is an Amazon company and the world’s largest distributor of digital audio books. Bestsellers, thrillers, novels and classics – with Audible, there’s a genre for everyone. As a customer, you download an audio book directly to your computer or mobile device and you can immerse yourself in them anytime, anywhere. The range includes over 200,000 audio books, radio plays, series, audio magazines, foreign language titles and much more.
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Moreover, what is personally good having this service is that, in my experience, Audiobook subscription would be helpful to people who are in insomnia having sleeping disorder. My boyfriend are sometimes suffering this and whenever he can’t fall asleep even though trying hard, he turns on audiobook next to bed and it usually works and helps.
Hi all! I brought useful information about investing. I recently got into searching for any information about crowd funding. And I learned quite a lot about it. In the meantime, I also looked up pop-up notification from real estate agency from their platform time to time, as I am so interested in real estate market in Europe to invest for my future.
But as I am just a personal customer with small capital, I could not even think about investing huge capital to be in new building or construction developing project.
In a perfect timing, I was fortunately able to get another info that I was looking for from website related link that kind of person like me can also do investment for real estate. How can it be possible?
Followed by what I have researched,Real estate crowdfunding is the fact to invest in real estate along with other investors, usually through a platform that will propose real estate deals and take care of all the work, like listing deals, doing all the legal work, and then managing the property. This allows you to invest in real estate with a very low amount of money (sometimes from 50 Euros or Dollars), diversify quickly into many properties, and also have a completely passive real estate portfolio.
I guess it could be my favorite way to invest in real estate, as it allows me to quickly diversify over several deals, and to build a completely passive real estate portfolio.
It seems like there has been booming for real estate crowd funding as well including overall Europe. The situation is that The German real estate crowdfunding market is set to more than triple in size this year. Real estate developers, asset managers, and, most recently, real estate agents are joining the fray of real estate crowdfunding platforms, trying to unseat the handful of leaders who have already established a strong leadership position in this very young market.
Herewith I share you 3 real estate crowd funding websites in Europe. Those are mainly dealing with projects covering overall European property. You will have to check which offer you can take currently.
Estateguru (Estonia) EstateGuru is the leading European marketplace for short-term, property-backed loans in 2013 a group of real estate and fintech experts based in Tallinn, Estonia had a bright idea.
Exporo (Germany) With the innovative EXPORO platform, anyone can invest easily and digitally in interesting properties from as little as € 500.
Beifuegst(Germany) BERGFÜRST is a crowd investing platform on which private investors can invest in individual properties and property portfolios starting at EUR 10 – with interest rates between 5.0% and 7.5% p.a.
I wish you luck for successful investment and happy future life !
When I decided to have a trip spontaneously, I had to choose any area to head to.
Suddenly, I came to think about waterside area again which I should go to in Germany. Hamburg was too far to afford in a matter of time at the time. So I thought like, how about Konstanz? I booked a place to stay for few days right away.
After packing off stuffs at hotel, I searched any information about where to go and what to do. But sadly, (kind of ) I am not a type of planning and moving around by the plans. So, I was simply walking around first around the area of where I was staying. I bought some food and tool a walk nearby lake.
After eating some, I figured out there is a good spa and therme nearby our staying. As I am huge fan of sauna and spa, I decided to go experience how it would look like.
The place is called Bodensee-Therme Konstanz.
It has outdoor warm pool in winter (I went there in winter season.), various sort of sauna, lots of spa service with friendly atmosphere. I especially enjoyed below pooling on below picture.
Ah, for people who never heard or experienced of German sauna culture, Traditional style to enjoy sauna is like, all people should be naked in the sauna and gender does not matter to be in the same sauna naked. Saunas are usually mixed-gender, but single sex are occasionally offered. Larger spas have several kinds of saunas so you can build up to the hottest temps in different soothing saunas with cool down periods in-between. Germans will firmly tell you this is for your heath as you alternate between teeth chatter stewing in your own sweat.
I also enjoyed outdoor warm pool, but had to get our there soon because my boyfriend stared feeling allergic reaction from chemicals in the water. He has sensitive skin, therefore, I warn you people who have the same type of skin like my boyfriend’s. I was totally fine, though.
As the result, I went there 2 more days in a row. Well, I can even say that all I specially did there is this therme since I experienced on the first day. 🙂
It has been almost 4 years since moving to Germany. When I just started life in Germany, I was still relied on facial care / cosmetic products that I brought from home country, South Korea.
You know, I was quite busy to get used to different environment, surrounding and life pattern. To be said, I had no time to search for new local products which would be suitable for my skin type t as time goes by, I had to find new alternatives, as the products I brought were running out and could get new ones from Korea. (International parcel delivery cost was quite expensive as you know.) That is the story between me and dm. I am still falling in love with dm, because we can get good quality of health-care products in quite cheap price.
dm-drogerie markt is a chain of retail stores headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, that sells cosmetics, healthcare items, household products and health food.
From what I have felt, the products of Balea brand became the best for me, which reason is I never made any mistake whatever product I have tired as new. I have been always satisfied with my choices. Balea is PB brand(private label) of dm-drogerie marktfor your information.
I ranked top 3 products for facial care cream in dm that I think it is the best. Well, I already used and tried so It is actually proven by Grace. 🙂
For you to know, my skin type in overall is like complex skin. But i think it is changing in daily basis, which means it depends on what I do and what I eat on the day. When I eat too much, my skin is like between oily and complex. On the other hand, when I do not feel well, it is more like between dry and neutral type.
1.Tagescreme Beauty Effect, 50 ml
Padding effect with hyaluronic acid
Intense tightening effect
Skin tolerance dermatologically confirmed vegan.
Smooth, firm and even skin: The Balea Beauty Effect day cream improves the complexion and leaves the skin feeling supple and soft. The care formula with hyaluronic acid actively cushions from the inside as a natural moisturizing factor. The formula with Liftonin®-Xpress provides an intensive tightening effect. In addition, the care formula with vitamin E protects the skin from free radicals and supports its ability to regenerate. The formula with SPF 15 and UVA protection protects the skin from premature aging due to light.
Ohne Alkohol, Ohne Aluminiumsalze, Ohne Farbstoffe, Ohne Nanopartikel, Ohne Parabene, Ohne Paraffine / Mineralöle, Vegan
Normal / all skin type
Review of Tagescreme Beauty Effect ! This is what I am using right now. Smells nice like floral cotton. Quickly absorb into skin. No sticky. Feel refresh even right after applying. still moisturizing well with refresh feeling. but this is not good for super dry skin.
2. Tagescreme Q10 Anti-Falten Energy 24h Pflege, 50 ml
With vitamin C.
The first wrinkles are demonstrably reduced
Provides the skin with verifiably new energy
Skin compatibility dermatologically approved
Balea Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Energy 24h care has an antioxidant effect and protects the skin – signs of premature aging are prevented. The effective vitamin complex of vitamins C and E strengthens the protective shield of the skin and protects against free radicals. Q10 is an effective source of energy for the cells and helps to improve the elasticity of the skin – the first fine lines and wrinkles are reduced. The energizing formula provides the skin with intensive moisture. The skin appears visibly relaxed. The light texture is absorbed particularly quickly and pampers you with a fresh fragrance.
Ohne Alkohol, Ohne Aluminiumsalze, Ohne Nanopartikel, Ohne Parabene, Ohne Paraffine / Mineralöle
Normal / all skin type
Review of Tagescreme Q10 Anti-Falten Energy 24h Pflege ! Good to apply when you feel super dry on your skin, heavy and thic texture, full nutrition, smells not so good (like old chemicals) it might be not good choice for peopel who are sensitive with smells. Anyway, I chose it in terms of nutrition and intense moisturizing.
3. Tagescreme Beauty Therapy LSF 15, 50 ml
With Juvenessence ™ and duo hyaluronic acid
Youthful beauty with the power of algae
Intense tightening and firmness
Skin compatibility dermatologically approved
The effective formulation of the Balea Beauty Therapy day cream provides the skin with valuable moisture, tightens it and visibly counteracts the appearance of wrinkles and lines. The delicate, non-greasy texture pampers the skin with freshness. For a visibly smoother complexion and a youthful appearance. The care formula with Juvenessence ™, obtained from the brown algae, increases skin elasticity and effectively reduces wrinkles and lines. The day cream with duo-hyaluronic acid plumps up the skin from the inside and helps to maintain the natural moisture balance. The formula with SPF 15 and UVA protection protects against premature light-induced skin aging.
Normal / All skin types, mature
Ohne Alkohol, Ohne Aluminiumsalze, Ohne Nanopartikel, Ohne Parabene, Ohne Paraffine / Mineralöle, Vegan
Review of Tagescreme Beauty Therapy LSF 15 ! Smells super nice like fresh cotton. Not sticky. little it heavier than 1. Tagescreme Beauty Effect, as this has a function for super anti-aging. would be the best for people around 30s or 40s.
For foreigners learning German, If you are already in a level of understanding and using quite basic German well, then we can say you are at least at B level. This might be okay for someone who does not want to learn German in academic way and has no problem on daily communication in workplace and living society.
But the problem is that B level would be not enough for people who want to be a student living here a while as foreigners.
Most of German academic course and university require at least B2 level proven by official language certificate when they enroll. However, What is worse is that they continuously require more than C1 level of German when some semesters pass after enrolling. Therefore, the students mainly target to reach their German level to be at C1.
As you can see, if you are eager to study for Bachelor, Master and any higher degree in Germany, Importance of proving German skills can’t be emphasized any more. That is why most of the students kind of have to choose any type of examination to get the proof.
For this reason, There are two representative official German language exams and I am going to introduce you “telc” and “Testdaf”.
Well, there is another exam called DSH (The Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang). This is a language proficiency test required for entry to a German university and to undertake all classes in the German language. It consists of a written and an oral examination, the written part being a precondition for the oral one. BUT, I do not recommend this one, in my perspective, route to enroll classes in universities and other process seem complicated for me.
*You can click above logo to get connected to telc portal website.
The European Language Certificates, or telc language tests, are international standardised tests of ten languages. telc GmbH is a language test provider based in Frankfurt am Main. The non-profit company is a subsidiary of the German Adult Education Association (DVV).
telc Deutsch C1 tests general German language competence at a very advanced level. The exam is suitable for adults who use German socially, professionally or academically in their studies. At level C1 you can express yourself spontaneously and fluently. You are familiar with idiomatic phrases and can vary your style of language as appropriate. You can use the language with a high degree of grammatical accuracy.
There are three exams in telc C1, and those are C1 allgemeine (general), C1 Beruf (professional) and C1 Hochschule (academic). Most of studetns choose allegemeine or Hochschule type.
The examination consists of a written and an oral part. The written examination lasts 3 hours and 40 minutes (incl. a 20-minute break). Before the oral examination, you have 20 minutes of preparation time. The oral examination can take place on the day of the written examination or on another day
usually a group exam with to or three candidates
16 or 24
You can get the most efficient and representative learning books for the test from clicking below image!
*You can click above logo to get connected to TestDaf portal website.
The central task is the creation of the test German as a foreign language – TestDaF.
The TestDaF is available worldwide and is recognized by all universities in Germany as a language test for the admission of foreign students. It measures language skills differentiated according to the skills of reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression and oral expression. The TestDaF levels TDN 3, 4 and 5 correspond to levels B2 and C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (GER). The TestDaF is also part of the Goethe-Institut’s range of exams.
The examination consists of as below.
You can get the most efficient and representative learning books for the test from clicking below image!
3.Differences between telc and TestDaf
Now, I guess you would like to figure out which exam would fit you better. Let me help you give some examples that you consider for. You will know what difference they have.
Q / If you are way good at reading part on a language test? A / You can choose telc, because, from reviews of people who also took it, difficulty of telc on reading part is quite high. You would get competitiveness on the part.
Q / If you are weak on listening part ? A / telc would be better for you, as it tends to be said, like listening part of telc is much easier than TestDaf, as people who already took both usually say that talking speed of telc listening is slower and its related text seems much easier to understand.
Q / If you think you are more like rational than emotional ? Q / If you type of person who rather go for newspaper/comment behind novels? A / In this case, you better choose TestDaf. Followed by Students studying German and experiencing grading more than 2 times on the tests, TestDaf usually tend to grade writings as simple and clear as possible, whereas telc prefer many meaningful and suitable words on each sentence.
Q / If you feel uncomfortable to talk to machine like computers ? Q / If you are not so fan of self talking with no one ? A / You should choose telc, as speaking test of it will take for discussions to solve any related questionnaires with human opponents on test site. But on the other hand, if you could become more confident when you talk alone on a test than talking to someone, TestDaf would be the best choice, because it is taken by software program in computer.
*Summary of difference ! 1.telc : Be in details, use as much studied skills as you can. 2.TestDaf : Be clear so there would be no misunderstanding on your expression at all.
There are many fitness studios in Germany, however, on this post, I am going to post about top 3 studios which are launched a lot of branches in overall Germany and related information and summary of those. Those are Fitness First, Mcfit and FitX. Give me any feedback if you have different opinions about listing.
These gyms have a lot to offer, especially with an extremely large number of training options, courses, offers and many extras. Real luxury at Fitness First Germany. But be careful: not everything is free. Find out all the prices in good time! It can be very expensive here …
Price: from 50 euros a month
Contracts / Memberships: Contract period at least 12 or 24 months
Offer: free trial training, reduced daytime tariff, bring a training partner of your choice free of charge on Fridays, reduced tariffs for schoolchildren, students, trainees, military service personnel, federal volunteers
Equipment: the most modern equipment and the latest equipment for strength and endurance
Courses: Bike & Beats, Rowing Bootcamp, 6D Sliding, Course Specials, … 70 courses are available
Trainer / Personal Training: chargeable personal training, trainers are always available on the area
Additional offers (EMS, vibration training, etc.): paid fitness check with individual training plan design, free kids club, corporate fitness, eGym with over 400 online courses, small group training, outdoor courses in the summer months, workshops, towel service, free WiFi, TV in the cardio area, in some Fitness First Studios SkyTV, women clubs in Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Berlin, paid Fitness First holiday trips, ATTENTION: Many offers cost extra!
Nutritional advice: possible with a paid training package
Drinks: Lounge with coffee and tea, fitness bar with mineral drinks, shakes and power bars – for a fee
Wellness: sauna, steam bath, solarium, relaxation area, women’s sauna, in Fitness First Studios pool with outdoor area with loungers
Audience: upscale audience, as it is quite expensive
Opening times: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., 365 days a year
Location / accessibility: always central location with good connection according to the website
What costs extra ?: Lockers, special training packages, vacations, fitness checks, personal training, … some costs extra, get a complete price overview during the trial training
Branches: 77x in Germany
Certainly some of you already know McFit. No wonder with over 240 studios across Europe. Many additional offers from McFit are only available in their own branches. Or have you ever trained somewhere else in the cage?
Price: standard contract 19.90 euros per month
Contracts / Memberships: Contract period at least 12 months
Courses: live courses, open group workout, cyberobics
Trainer / Personal Training: Trainer guarantee from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Additional offers (EMS, vibration training, etc.): Express workout in a circle, box workout, back street, sling zone for training with ropes, The Cage for training with several stations such as ropes and Co., Shape It – the ladies area, core workout for stomach and back, kinesis, stretching area, vibration
Drinks: can be bought at the machine, own ones are allowed
Cleanliness / showers: Showers available, free use
Audience: from the age of 15 you can train
Opening times: 24 hours, 365 days a year
Location / accessibility: Increased only in the big cities
What does extra cost?: One-off activation fee of 29 euros
Branches: 240x Europe-wide
When you start in FitX, you are provided with everything you need right from the start. FitX gives you a lot of useful stuff for sports. Are you open 24/7 and that you can train anywhere in Germany with your card? Here is more information:
Price: 20 euros a month
Contracts / Memberships: Contract period at least 12 months
Offer: free training plans, starter package with many goodies such as a drinking bottle, a towel and a training bag, up to two free trial workouts, your own locker, train everywhere in Germany
Equipment: the latest equipment for strength training, free weights, bicycle ergometers, steppers, rowing machines, cross trainers, treadmills, indoor bikes
Courses: all courses included, 36 different ones to choose from
Trainer / Personal Training: Coach support included, trainer guaranteed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Additional offers (EMS, vibration training, etc.): circuit training, ladies gym, “gymnastics corner” with ropes, sling trainers and Co.
Drinks: Beverage flat rate included, 24 hours
Cleanliness / showers: free use of showers
Audience: everyone is welcome from the age of 15
Opening times: 24 hours, 365 days a year
Location / accessibility: good connection guaranteed
Herewith I share you splendid view that I captured in the evening in Frankfurt, Germany. I usually call it a night at my balkony enjoying a view after light or heavy dinner.
I could see overall Frankfurt city view at one sight. Whenever taking view in my own eyes, I think of people out there, still walking down the street quite busy to head to somewhere. Some people are going home late after long day from work, and others may be going to enjoy night life no matter what day of the week it is. There would be other group still studying at library or working in the city. Here is Frankfurt, one of chaotic cities and busy bee-type city in Germany.
Yet, I still miss my path in this city wandering around what could be the next of mine.
I first came to know about this gummi is from Korean community who likes popular german products to buy. This one is so popular for Koreans to try and buy from Germany. As you see its shape, it looks so interesting to make me feel like ‘I want to buy one and taste it for real.’ I thought I can simply get it from grocery stores as living in Germany, but I could not easily get it offline store. (I tried but failed so many times)
But then, I also tried to get it online in Amazon and could finally find one !
To be honest, When I peeled it off for the first time, I was little be disappointed ’cause I thought earth printing would be also on the gummi with blue color. But it is just print on its package. (for you to know! )
Taste? I guess It is more like marshmallow than jelly in my perspective. I mean, It is more like fluffy than chewy. But it does not mean the gummie tastes bad at all. With berry-grape-taste fruity filling jam inside, Combination of the jam and its real texture makes it much more full taste in mouth.
If I have to say any bad side of the products, My tongue turned to be blue after eating several gummi. HAHAHA but it would not say it is really bad but simply fun. I think it could be awesome gift not only for children but also for adults who like marshmallow and unique gummi products and have a sweet tooth.
I hope you guys also try this tasty gummi, you will never regret of buying!
Oh, and If you want another unique gummi, I can suggest you “Trolli Glotzer Schaumzucker Gummibon“. I have never tried this by myself, but i guess it would taste similar with different looks. It can’t be much more perfect enough for Halloween !
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Amazon has transformed from a small online bookseller into one of the largest online marketplaces in the world with a range of millions of items since 1994 and now even offers its own credit card. With its own bonus program, it can be worthwhile for Amazon customers after a certain turnover. There are two versions: The classic credit card is available for all Amazon customers, the Prime credit card is reserved for certain members.
Amazon credit card
Bonus program when shopping at Amazon (2 bonus points per full euro purchase value)
VISA card in the first year without card price
As one of the largest online marketplaces in the world, the original online book retailer Amazon now sells millions of different products. The offer extends far beyond media and books and includes electronic items as well as household goods or food.
The mail-order giant now also offers its own credit card, which is issued by Landesbank Berlin (LBB). This is available in two versions.
The credit card that all Amazon customers can apply for is free for the first year. After that there is an annual fee of 20 euros.However, there is an option to recoup these costs through the bonus program linked to the card. In addition, customers receive a starting credit of 50 euros for the first application, which can be used immediately after confirmation of the card application. The Amazon Prime credit card appears to be more attractive: it generally does not require a user fee, also brings 50 euros in starting credit and provides more bonus points per purchase.
The bonus program The bonus program of the classic Amazon credit card provides that you get two bonus points for every full euro you spend with Amazon. If the card is also used by other retailers, you will receive a bonus point for every two euros spent on the card.
The Prime Credit Card bonus program rewards you with three bonus points for every euro you spend at Amazon. The following also applies to this card: use at other retailers is “rewarded” with a bonus point for every two euros spent on the card.
You can redeem the points earned for purchases from Amazon. Every point is worth a cent there. Converted, this means that when you buy with an Amazon.de credit card, you get a maximum of two cents back at Amazon and a maximum of 0.5 cents from other retailers. With the Prime credit card, there is a maximum of three cents per Amazon purchase.
Sample calculations You are applying for the Amazon.de credit card for the first time. You will then receive a € 50 start credit, the fee for the first year will be waived and you will collect points.
Costs & requirements You can apply for the Amazon credit card directly from Amazon online. For the application, the online retailer provides an online form that you can fill out and send after logging in with your Amazon access data. To apply, you must be at least 18 years old and have a German place of residence. Prime membership at Amazon is also mandatory for the Prime credit card.
Amazon usually reviews your application within a few seconds so that the card can be used immediately for the next purchase including the card credit. If there are problems with the creditworthiness, the test can also take longer.
Overview of fees (as of May 2019) The Amazon credit card costs 19.99 euros per year. Each additional partner card then costs 9.99 a year. The Prime credit card is free of charge, as is a possible partner card linked to it
When you apply for a credit card for the first time, Amazon will refund the first annual fee to your credit card account for the classic card.
Other fees Debit interest with a partial payment function of 14.98 percent effective per year Example: You use your limit of € 500 to buy an electronic item. If you pay back only small installments, you will have to expect interest of more than 50 euros per year. Withdrawal fees if the available limit of three percent is used, but at least 7.50 euros in Germany and five euros abroad.
Example: If you withdraw 200 euros abroad without credit, more than six euros will be charged. If you withdraw 50 euros three times abroad, you will have to pay 15 euros. In Germany, the second example would even be due for 22.50 euros. Foreign currency fees for card use outside the euro zone amounting to 1.75 percent of sales For example, if you shop in the U.S. for $ 400, you will have to pay a $ 7 fee.
*Summary of Amazon credit card*
Bonus program when shopping at Amazon
VISA card in the first year without card price
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Requirements for the application
If you want to apply for an Amazon credit card, you must either already be an Amazon customer or become one with the card application. In addition, the applicant must:
Be at least 18 years old
Have a permanent residence in Germany
Have a current account in Germany
Have an adequate credit rating
It is not necessary to open an account with Landesbank Berlin.
When and how can I cancel my credit card? The Amazon credit card can be canceled at any time. There is no minimum term. For the termination to be effective, it should be made in writing.
Write your termination. Please refer to the earliest possible time for termination and ask for confirmation in the letter. This should also include your cancellation: name, address, customer number, date and signature. Send the signed letter by post to Amazon.de KartenService Landesbank Berlin AG, Gustav-Meyer-Allee 1, 13355 Berlin or by fax to: 030/2455 2450.
Beware of termination When canceling, make sure that the card is no longer charged. If you cancel, you usually have to pay the open amount to LBB within 14 days.
Initial credit limit: 200 euros The standard credit limit is initially 200 euros. The final card limit will only be determined after you have released it in full and your credit rating has been checked. You will be informed of this after approximately 14 days after receiving your Amazon credit card. However, it is also possible to contact LBB directly to inquire about the individual credit card limit.
Advantages of the Amazon VISA card
Starting credit: Anyone applying for the card will receive a starting credit of 50 euros.
Fast shipping: The credit card is delivered within a week after the customer has identified himself using the Postident procedure.
Bonus program: With every purchase from Amazon or other retailers, the cardholder receives bonus points that can be redeemed for purchases from Amazon.
Prepaid function: The card is equipped with a prepaid function and can therefore be charged for safe shopping.
Automatic point collection: If the Amazon credit card is stored directly as a payment method in the Amazon customer account and at other frequently visited retailers, you automatically collect points with every purchase.
Free cash withdrawals: Anyone who withdraws cash with a credit card at home or abroad does not pay any fees to Visa. Fees for the machine operators can still arise.
Annual fees: The classic card costs EUR 19.99 per year, only the Prime model remains free of charge.
Interest with the installment facility: If the installment facility is used, you can expect high effective annual interest of 14.98 percent.
Fees for assignments abroad: When paying abroad, 1.75 percent of fees are due outside the Eurozone.
High turnover required: The classic card is only worthwhile if you have an annual turnover of over 1,000 euros at Amazon.
Due to the high annual fee, the classic Amazon credit card is mainly interesting for loyal Amazon customers with a four-digit annual turnover. Prime customers, on the other hand, can benefit from the free card. But: There are fees for cash withdrawals and use abroad. Therefore, those types of credit cards are particularly useful alternatives to the Amazon card that do not charge foreign currency or withdrawal fees abroad.
Online fashion has brought designers, boutiques and department stores directly to the consumers’ fingertips. And the convenience it brings is unprecedented when compared to a brick and mortar fashion store. E-commerce is a booming industry. In 2019, the e-commerce industry in Germany alone is forecast to be worth 58.5 billion euros, increasing 9% (or 5 billion euros) from the previous year. But how would these online fashion brands rank on a brand index?
And why should they care?
Considering the fast changing pace of the fashion industry, knowing how they rank against their competitors should be considered highly important for fashion brands. With 52 fashion seasons in the year now, it can be very easy to lost track of what is trending and, most importantly, what consumers want to buy. Plus, with more and more people buying online and not just the younger generations, online fashion brands need to be able to cater for all ages, styles, and tastes. The best way to find out if your brand is staying in favor with your target audience is via brand tracking.
Online Fashion Brand Index: the Latana Brand Score
Here’s the good news:
We’ve drawn on data from the best online fashion brands Germany. In June 2019, we surveyed 1000 people aged between 18-65 to get an immediate insight into how well a brand is performing.
To be able to accurately rank the online fashion brand, we used the Latana brand score. The brand score is simply a weighted average drawn from aided brand awareness (40%), unaided brand awareness (30%) and brand consideration (30%). The score is then given out of ten.
To compile the brand score, we look at two things:
1. Aided brand awareness expands on this further by asking consumers which brands they know based on a list of brands provided.
2. Finally, brand consideration: “which of the following brands would you consider using from the list below?”Participants were given a list of all brands mentioned in this article. These include: Amazon, Zalando, Bonprix, About You, Baur, Schwab, Asos, Shein, Conleys and Breuninger. And from these 1000 participants we surveyed in Germany, we present the brand score results, with rankings from best to worst.
Are you ready to find out where your brand ranks?
From Amazon to Zalando: How Online Fashion Brands Rank on the Brand Index
As one of the Big 4 technology companies (alongside Facebook, Google, and Apple), it’s no surprise that Amazon ranks the highest of all the online fashion brands on the brand index. In 2012, Amazon made a leap into the world of online fashion ecommerce. Since then there’s been the Met Gala and fashion week sponsorships and it boasts a large range of products, fast service, free shipping and returns.
Amongst our 1000 survey participants, Amazon’s brand score ranked at: 6.5, with 92% aided brand awareness and 80% brand consideration.
Fashion retailer Zalando is a European eCommerce company with headquarters in Berlin. Founded in 2008, Zalando had a 5.3 billion Euro revenue in 2018 and offers both over 1500 high street and high end fashion brands to the European market. It is expected a European company would rank well amongst the Germany-based survey respondents, and it closed in at second place with a brand score of 5.2 including 89% aided brand awareness and 56% of brand consideration.
Servicing over 35 million customers in more than 30 countries, Hamburg fashion retailed Bonprix has been in business since 1986. Bonprix’s website ranks as one of the top 10 most visited websites in the German-speaking market and offers affordable fashion items to the European market. It ranked highly in Germany, with a third-best brand score of 4.6. Aided brand awareness polled at 79% with brand consideration at 48%.
4. About You
Alongside Bonprix, About You is another Otto Group subsidiary brand. Founded in 2014, About You generated over 450 million euros in revenue in 2018 and ranked as one of the top 5 online retailers in the German-speaking market. Offering a wide selection of over 200 000 items spanning from 1200 designer brands as well as their own brand, About You achieved a brand score of 4.5. This was made up of an aided brand awareness of 68% and a brand consideration of 51%.
British brand Asos was founded in London in 2000 as a fashion brand targeted at the young adult market.. It sells over 850 brands and ships to almost 200 countries around the world, with the Asos German brand launched as part of its international strategy in 2010. Their aided brand awareness was ranked significantly lower than About You, dropping to 37% however brand consideration ranked higher at 54%. Overall their brand score was 4.
Compared to other highly ranked brands Baur has a long history, with humble beginnings as a mail-order company back in 1925. Last year it held a gross revenue of 758 million euros and its ecommerce website focussed on fashion, home and lifestyle products to a target audience of women between 40-55 years old. It had a brand score of 3.2 with aided brand awareness at 60% and brand consideration at 30%.
Since 1881, Breueninger has been serving fashion and lifestyle products to the German market. What started as a high street brand, it evolved into a department store with stores Germany-wide. It now has an accompanying online store, with fashion and lifestyle products for women, men and children. Its brand score was a 3, with aided brand awareness ranking at 33% and brand consideration ranking at 36%.
Mail order company Schwab had a brand score of 2.8, made up of brand awareness at 42% and brand consideration at 21%.
Shein ranked a 2 for its brand score, with a drop in aided brand awareness (22%) yet ranked higher in brand consideration at 43%.
Conleys brand score was 1.5%, with aided brand awareness at 9% and brand consideration again slightly higher at 49%.
– The difference in brand score and brand awareness between the different brands is not that large as we scale down the brand index. However, there is a very big difference between the best and worst ranked companies: Amazon and Conleys. Therefore, Conleys know they have a log way to go before they can overtake Amazon.
– The difference in brand consideration is substantial between Amazon and Zalando – 24%. This is interesting to note for Zalando as Amazon is not predominantly a fashion retailer. It would be interesting for them to look more into how Amazon promotes their fashion section and learn from their marketing campaigns. The difference between the rest of the brands is not as big. This will be good news for the other online fashion brands as it means that with the right strategy, they make be able to overtake some of their competitors soon.