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Expat Life


Relocating can also result in dislocating. When moving to a new location, social contacts within the personal sphere can easily fall away. Creating new connections beyond expats in the Ruhr Metropolis can raise wellbeing in the new community beyond a sense of belonging.

It can be a pleasant surprise how local nationals are willing to assist in improving dialogue and making connections. Beyond the social environment, the local health and wellbeing infrastructure aids physical and mental balance.

While English speakers might use wellbeing, the word wellness is established in the German language to signify pampering or taking care of oneself. And since a good number residents in Ruhr invest in wellness, much is on offer to benefit expats.

Spas coexist with sports clubs, health centres and yoga. The national healthcare system is robust, cover is universal and the availability of good professionals such as doctors the norm. 

The Events Overview

From stunning light shows to funfairs, Christmas markets to marathons, jazz to reggae music gigs and long standing festivals, living in the Ruhr offers many great reasons to celebrate. Virtually any excuse creates an opportunity for street activities where a kaleidoscope of events take place every year. Photo Ruhr Tourismus / Eckhard Spengler.