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Solo Living and Dating for Expats in Germany

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: October 2013

Solo living has become popular in Germany over the last few decades. The percentage of single Germans was nearly one fifth of the whole population in 2011. This figure was 14% in 1991 and is expected to reach 23% in 2030. Many people choosing to live alone have comparably high incomes and enjoy the freedom, independence and peace of mind.

If you are moving to Germany alone, or if you have recently begun living on your own, you may feel lonely for the first few weeks. However, this will not last long. If you are new to Germany, you will soon get to know your colleagues and your neighbours. If you have been in Germany for a long time you will already have established a friendship group who will likely visit you frequently. If you would like to meet other expatriates, groups and clubs covering most areas of Germany are available with many meeting regularly.    

Today’s fast growing technology enables you to chat with friends or family members all over the world without any difficulties, no matter if you just want to talk over the phone or if you want to chat face to face. 

Another way to meet new people in Germany is via social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, in recent years this has become a popular way to meet new people with similar interests. If you are looking for a relationship in Germany you may like to try dating websites. Germany has many different sites with some catering for certain types, for example elitepartner.de focuses on people with a higher education.

You can search online with certain key words to find a dating website, such as ‘German dating’. You can find many articles discussing different dating websites. For example, this article https://www.visahunter.com/articles/the-best-online-dating-sites-in-germany/ gives an opinion of seven dating websites in Germany as below:

  • Friendscout24.de
  • EDarling.de
  • ElitePartner.de
  • Parship.de
  • DatingCafe.de
  • Finya.de
  • LaBlue.de

Normally, you can register yourself and create a profile for free with the registration process being just a few simple steps. However, you may need to pay a membership fee or buy credits (sometimes called stamps) to see further details of other members. Membership fees differ depending on the website and the length of your subscription. Some dating websites do offer free services but there is a general view that paid websites provide better services than free ones.

Always remember to take care to secure your personal information when you submit it to a website or pass it to another person. Generally speaking, big popular websites will have better protection for your personal information.

You need to be aware of the online dating scam. This often involves someone meeting others online with the sole intent of defrauding money out of them, earning their trust before requesting money or financial help. You can find more information on most dating websites, which provide useful information such as safety tips. You can also find tips to avoid such scams by searching online using key words such as ‘dating scam’ or ‘romance scam’. 

If you do find or you suspect you are being scammed, you should stop contacting and paying any money to the fraudsters. You can report them to the local police station, which you can find here https://www.polizei.de/nn_196750/Polizei/DE/Home/home__node.html?__nnn=true.  If it’s in emergency, always dial 110.

 

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