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Electronic high precision material, photographic equipment.
Germany has developed an important new technology sector which already employs over 1.7 million people, and there is a shortage of skilled labour.
The Neuer Markt, which is the German equivalent of the NASDAQ, is composed of 271 companies, 56 of which are linked to the Internet, it represents 80% of this sector's stock capital in Europe.

Germany has a continental climate, a cold winter often with snow and a hot and dry summer with temperatures sometimes going up to 30° in July.
In the western part of the country there is a lot of rain and very frequent temperature changes.
Heavy winds blow from the west.
In the north-west the climate is oceanic.
The summers are hot and the winters are very mild.

Working in Germany - Formalities
If you are staying for less than three months you can enter the country with only a valid identity card.
This does not allow entry to other members of your family, neither does it entitle you to work.
If you stay over three months you have to apply for a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis).


Medicine /Hospitalization
The German public health system encourages the use of public hospitals. It is however possible to be treated by private services in a university or regional hospital if you have a complementary medical insurance.
German doctors are very competent. It is possible to find French-speaking doctors (our list of Useful Addresses).

A letter or a postcard takes a stamp costing 1,10 DM

Licence :
Your French driving licence must be converted into a German one within a year.
It is best to apply for a local one during the first six months of your stay.
To do this you have to go to the Strassenverkehrsamt, taking your French licence and identity photos.
If you don't do this within the time limit you will be obliged to sit for another driving test.

Importing a car
You have to register your car within 12 months following your arrival, we recommend that you go about it immediately after you have moved to Germany.
Go to the registration service which deals with the area in which you live (Strassenverkehrsamt) with the following documents (which must be up-to-date) :

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Your suitcase
Winter on the North Sea coast can be intensely cold with the wind and the humidity, even though the temperatures are not very low.
In summer the evenings tend to be cool.
Also don't forget to bring a raincoat and an umbrella.
Munich : thick sweater, suit and tie recommended.
Cologne : suit and tie for business.

German schooling is very similar to French schooling.
The German equivalent to the French baccalauréat is the Abitur, which is recognized and has an automatic equivalence.
The equivalence of a degree in French Studies is the Zwischenprüfung.
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