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12 posts, 23:49 yesterday
In the Netherlands the state pension for a single person is €1100. For a married couple it is €1600. You need to have lived there from age 17 until 67. If you lived there 25 years, then you get 50%.
2,774 posts, 23:05 yesterday
Under a new US and British trade agreement, in the spirit of the Brexit game of chicken, KFC will be renamed to CKFC "Commonwealth of Kentucky Fried Chicken" Thank you for bearing with us..
43 posts, 22:14 yesterday
That. Unfortunately... I find that unless I have laid everything out the night before and written a list of what I planned to do, then other than absolute "have to's", pretty much nothing will…
38 posts, 21:59 yesterday
I agree. Whilst the experience itself is pretty shit with Ryanair*, I have found them no worse than any other airline in terms of reliability. In fact, as a I have mentioned on here before, during…
15 posts, 21:28 yesterday
I don't think the current rules for Canadian immigration are the way you describe them (needing a job offer to get permanent residence). There's something called "Express Entry" for skilled workers…
31 posts, 20:36 yesterday
Bloody hell...dunno, HEM All I remember from my travels is: I peed in Sweden and I peed in Indonesia ) and the water flushed either clockwise or anti-clockwise. Fun is: on the Equator: but I…
2 posts, 20:21 yesterday
Hello TT, I tried search functionality and couldn't find specific answer for similar questions. If I select 1st option- I understand that Deutsch Post is going to notify the certain sender (or…
1,027 posts, 19:51 yesterday
Like playing board games? Interested in meeting new people? We are a group of English-speaking people getting together to play board games (and games with specialized card decks). Bring your favorite…
197 posts, 19:31 yesterday
In the Einbürgerungstest, there are 33 questions, selected from a full range of 310. Each question is multiple choice, with 4 possible answers. You need 17 correct to pass. All 310 are published…
32 posts, 17:17 yesterday
Hi Guys, thank you to everyone who cared to respond, I used to get Langnese Honig back in the middle-east, yes Langnese have a honey production line aimed at Auslanders, it was the 1st German…
12 posts, 16:01 yesterday
There's no need for this. My middle name is used on all my job contracts. Also the Rentenversicherung and my Verdienstabrechnungen are addressed to my middle name and surname. My first name doesn't…
18 posts, 15:42 yesterday
An international school teacher also suggested that my daughter may have a processing disorder. She claimed my daughter simply cannot follow instructions. What came out was that my daughter simply…
3 posts, 13:30 yesterday
Slightly off topic, but I hate that you are forced to average the billing for utilities. I understand that its desirable for some people but I should have the option to pay whatever my bill is. It…
1,835 posts, 12:04 yesterday
Exactly. Work a lot and save shedload of money, while learning German alongside. Then think about self-financing study as above. Most migrants do not haave the luxury of a sponsor. Background of…
637 posts, 11:09 yesterday
Thanks to your comment, I hightailed into the nearest Lidl yesterday and bought 6 packets of the double Gloucester. I nearly wept with joy and had to restrain myself from grabbing the nearest…
5 posts, 08:10 yesterday
Makes sense I suppose, also why it's quite a long period. If we come somewhere for studying and then leave as soon as it ends, we will probably be seen as having just come for the education, not to…
26 posts, 06:32 yesterday
That way he gets no leave this year though. Since he is starting at the end of November he loses at least 2 days (unless he already took them at the old employer) It's not mandatory for the new…
1,104 posts, 19 October
You mean Regierungspräsidi... Darmstadt, the last federal bit? Well done  I do not know exactly what it means but when I got that request, I certainly assumed it meant it'd be completed as long as I…
57 posts, 19 October
I can get pretty much all that stuff via TV player and TV catchup  BUT... and this goes for anyone who longs for UK TV, with perhaps the exception of BBC iPlayer and NowTV (if either work for you)…
5 posts, 19 October
Go to a small shop that sells RC stuff (remote controlled airplanes, cars and so on) and talk to the owner... He will know the local "scene" and might be able to point out a local enthusiast with a…
38 posts, 19 October
For a long time - several decades - property prices were in the doldrums here, of course. There was an oversupply in most places. Last time I rented, just over a decade ago, the rent was lower than…
79 posts, 19 October
Sad to say I missed this but, reading the aghast astonishment on twitter at the awfulness of it, that really does take the biscuit . And - despite one's dignity being inviolable - it's apparently…
10 posts, 19 October
Why am I expecting a post on here soon from the same OP along the lines of: “ can anyone get me health insurance? I didn‘t know I needed it for the visa process? They won‘t accept my Dad‘s Blue…
6 posts, 19 October
I don't think this is correct. Regarding the converter, perhaps it is a DC-AC or AC-DC converter, but you would need a special one for a wind system, a normal one would not work. In any case,…
563 posts, 19 October
My British boss at a genetics lab long ago claimed he gave himself giardia on purpose to lose weight, though he was actually never overweight. At times he was actually underweight. He was a running…
517 posts, 19 October
sweet dreams are made of this, who am I to disagree? some of them want to use you, some of them want to be used by you, some of them want to abuse you, some of them want to be abused by you... these…
5 posts, 18 October
I don't know about the rental market in Dusseldorf but I hope he can find a renter. If it were in Munich he could get one in 2 days. Meanwhile, maybe you can help him find one. Best of luck!
6 posts, 18 October
Most of what you say there is entirely standard. Most of us transfer our number, many of us don't really use it as a phone much. There's nothing unusual in any of that. Will you need another starter…
2,821 posts, 18 October
May I point out that these WF-letters always accuse the recipient of illegally sharing someone elses intellectual property? There is not a single case in Germany (known to me) where somebody got…
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