Any of you Formosans have lived in Germany long time before? Or are there Germans here? I have visited and stayed short time in Germany and there is a chance to move there now.
How would you compare Germany with Taiwan? Education, acceptance of foreigners in the work force, opportunities for moving up etc. I find in Taiwan there is always a glass ceiling for foreigners and it is much lower than one would imagine. Not only in the corporate world, but also socially. You can only get so far with friendship with the locals here etc.
In Taiwan I see people making 60k and the rich living pretty much the same life. Of course what one buy is different than the others but on a fundamental level they both experience the same public transport, health care, education etc. Back home the differences between rich and poor are screaming in another level.
What would be a good monthly/yearly amount to live in Germany if you want to experience a simple but comfortable life in the city but not the largest cities like Frankfurt and Munich?
I did read a lot of other ‘foreigners in Germany’ forums but I think I prefer a comparison with life in Taiwan specifically.
For me Taiwan is safer than Germany and more convenient, but although Germans are very reserved socially, I feel more a belonging feeling there than here with much of Taiwanese friendships being in a very superficial level. It is much harder to have thins done financially here even if you have the money because you are a foreigner and foreigners leave etc etc
In Germany you are seeing in a different light especially if you have the money to support yourself and has a very good background professionally. Here the pool of competition is very distinct and even the best ones are considered average if not sent on expat packages.
Culturally I think Germany is more open to diversity, more socializing in parks (especially in summers), more cultural diversified events.
Housing is cheaper, at least to buy, and are in better condition than here. Not a concrete block with zero sunlight and little square footage for the price of 30M ntd.
As a foreigner you can negotiate better according to your experience in companies.
Taiwan has a much much better control of crime than Germany. I felt unsafe in several areas of Frankfurt and even small cities during the night and day.
Urban public transport is better here. Long distance transporte is better in Germany.
Those are just some points out of my head. But I woul really appreciate if any one wants to chip in in the differences between here and there. Also why would you prefer one over the other in a bigger picture?
Thanks for reading the long post