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Located in central Germany on the River Main, Frankfurt boasts not only beautiful vistas and wonderful architecture, but is also a global financial powerhouse. The city is a major draw for expats from around the world who are attracted to the buzzing, confident and international character of the city. Frankfurt manages to combine effortlessly its role as a leading modern business centre with a charming cultural character.
Living in Frankfurt as an expat
Besides being a major economic hub in not only Germany but Europe, the city is also an important industrial metropolis and a key transport centre, attracting professionals from all over the world. And while it is predominantly the economy that entices expats to live in Frankfurt, the city is nonetheless beautiful and enchanting, brimming with history and culture, and expats living in Frankfurt enjoy a wonderful lifestyle.
There are superb opportunities for shopping, and myriad sightseeing attractions such as museums, historic spots and world-class opera and theatre to enjoy.
Getting around in Frankfurt is easy with the city's excellent rail connections, river transport and the Autobahn system. The city is home to the third busiest airport in Europe and is the natural hub for anyone wanting to explore the surrounding towns or the German countryside.
Accommodation in Frankfurt can be expensive and contributes to the fairly steep cost of living, but salaries are generally raised in order to afford residents a decent standard of living. While there are many different types of property available in the city, demand for affordable housing in Frankfurt is high and expats need to act quickly to secure a home.
Expat families and children
Expat parents moving to Frankfurt with children will have a number of different schooling options. While public and private schools in Germany offer an excellent standard of teaching, most expats prefer to have their children educated at one of the many international schools in Frankfurt.
There is also plenty for expat families to get up to in their spare time. More than 50 parks and green spaces grace Frankfurt, most of which are suitable for walkers, runners and picnickers. Some parks in the city even have designated areas for roller-skating, ping pong, football and basketball.
Cost of living in Frankfurt
Negatives are few and far between, but it's important to weigh up the pros and cons before relocating. Certainly one of the cons is Frankfurt's relatively high cost of living, especially in comparison to other areas like Berlin. Indeed, it is the second most expensive city in Germany after Munich, and the price of accommodation is particularly high, especially in the city centre.
Climate in Frankfurt
Frankfurt is blessed with a temperate continental climate, and new arrivals will be pleased to know that temperatures are never too extreme, though the winter can get cold, stormy and often snowy.
Ultimately, the advantages of living and working in this cosmopolitan city far outweigh any negatives, and these continue to entice expats. Crime is virtually non-existent and the unemployment rate is relatively low. With its eminently central location, business trips to surrounding cities in Europe are made easy, explaining why Frankfurt is so favoured by the expat community.
►Learn more about what there is to see and do in this German city in Lifestyle in Frankfurt
"Compared to Oxford, we get more for our money in Frankfurt. Being an international city, we get to meet people from all over the world. It is definitely not difficult to meet people in similar shoes. I love the fact that it’s just so easy to travel around Frankfurt. Having a good public transport network is very important to me." Read more about Singaporean expat Yolande's experience of Frankfurt.
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