Living and working in Germany, info for expats
Information related to living and working in Germany
Random notes about living in Germany for expats
Finding other people in the same situation.
Pension / RetirementI think the rules for the state pension is that you need to have paid into it for 5 years to be able to get anything. Info and contact them at www.deutsche-rentenversicherung.de
Bank accountMost charge for a bank account, without you getting anything for it, which is indeed just stupid.
Postbank, Sparda and Commerzbank offers bank accounts for free.
Those that are free usually have the condition attached that your paycheck shall go into it, check the small print.