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Expat Life


Ruhr is an easy place for expat families and single people alike. As for setting up home, the variety of stores for furnishings and fittings in and around the towns of the Ruhr Metropolis is extraordinary. Concerning telecommunications, competition is high but things don’t happen overnight in Germany. Service levels of many of the established giants can be extremely frustrating. Especially for those with high expectancy from home. Contracts and deals are a jungle.

Local utilities companies offer complete services with a few national giants and lower priced competitors also available. Expect similar confusing tariffs as in other countries. In an emergency, response times are normally extremely short and the assistance offered is professional.

Those who have brought a pet can expect loving attention and high quality care from vets. As well as mostly tolerant neighbours. Those renting should remember that landlords do not have to accept pets.

Original language movies are popular among expats living across the Ruhr Metropolis. Films are screened regularly in English original with subtitles, known as OmU and without, portrayed as OV. A wide variety of cinemas or movie theatres can be found, both large and small.

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