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Bavarian Purity Law: The Festival of Beer Tradition

The Bavarian Purity Law of beer has a long tradition. In 1516, a law concerning the ingredients of beer was enacted. It was determined that there is only three ingredients that are allowed to be component of beer: barley, hops and water (later yeast was supplemented). In late July there will be a beer festival in Munich celebrating the 500 years anniversary of this purity law. A short abstract…

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Pension insurance – across national borders

Working in different countries and having relocated, implicates, beside personal and occupational new experiences, some bureaucratic burden. To be secured and able to enjoy your retirement, a part of your salary feeds the pension insurance. The (German) pension insurance system works througout an inter-generation contract. German employees compensate for current pensioners and can count on the fact, that the next Generation will (partly) pay their pension.  However, this System is etablished in…

Munich: most livable city

Munich: most livable City in Germany

Munich was rated as Germany´s most livable city, in global comparison Munich succeded the 4th place. The top three are Vienna, Zurich and Auckland. The Mercer Study The consulting firm Mercer conducts every year a study regarding life quality in metropolises worldwide. The study approaches cities, which are good places (with a high quality of life) for companies and governments to transfer their…

St. Patrick´s Day Munich: It´s getting green

Munich is going to celebrate the St. Patrick´s Day Munich already this weekend  with a huge parade, an event programm including dancing and music shows, and a glittering after show party. Sunday, the 13th of march 2016 will be the main day of the Festival, though on the 12th of march there will be already some activities aswell. The Parade of St.…

Service excellence again certified by the “EuRA Global Quality Seal”

Since 2010, Start-Up Services is holding the EuRA Global Quality Seal and has been recertified on February 26th, 2016 for another two-year cycle. We are currently investing in the high quality of our relocation services and process to secure the best results for our clients and their employees. The European Relocation Association (EuRA) certifies qualified relocation service providers based on…

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Strong beer festival in Munich 2016

Every year around end of February the “fifth” season, the strong beer festival (Starkbierfest), starts in breweries in and around Munich. Originally invented by monks to make the fasting period between carneval season and Easter more bearable, the strong beer is very popular still nowadays. The name says it all, the beer stands for a special brew with 7.5-8.15% alcoholic…

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Child benefit and European professional card – Immigration Alert 02-2016

The year 2016 entailed already some regulation changes, both on European and German level. Being within a relocation process implies that these rearrangements also regard you. One of the changes refers to the German child benefit policy. German citizens, EU nationals and Non-EU residents with a settlement or residence permit in Germany have a right to child benefit. Since the year 2016 started, in order to request child…

Landlord’s Confirmation of Residence – Immigration Alert 01-2016

On the 1st of November 2015 the new “Bundesmeldegesetz” (Federal Citizens’ Registration Act) came into force. This new law regards both the registration of German citizens and of foreign residents. One of the main points of the new statute is the “Wohnungsgeberbestätigung” – which is the Landlord’s Confirmation of Residence. If you are in a process of Relocation, this also…

carnival season in Munich 2016

Carnival Season in Munich 2016

The Carnival Season in Munich has started a couple of days ago. Munich may not be known as the German capital for carnival like the cities of Cologne or Mainz, however there is a tradition of celebrating the “foolish season” also in the Bavarian capital. You will start seeing many more colourful and super-sweet doughnuts in bakeries, know as the…