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The Ruhr Metropolis is a sprawling region that encompasses great cities, dozens of large town, villages and vast stretches of countryside. It boasts a colourful collection of people of diverse nationalities and cultures. Even so, one reality is that expats remain few and far between compared to German nationals. Obvious or casual encountering of another international resident is not so frequent as in many other global locations.

Some expats manage to get together quasi spontaneously in a locality of choice. These gatherings can become a wonderful, yet casual tradition. Word spreads that foreigners can just come along at their leisure to meet with others. Should you wish to help the community by notifying us of places in the Ruhr Metropolis, please get in touch. Thank you!

By Vincent Green / Jul 7 2021

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The public transport system in Ruhr is extensive, safe and normally efficient. A dense network of trams above and below ground as well as buses serve the cities and suburbs. Links via the local and S-Bahn train systems interconnect many neighbouring communities.

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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