Global Lifestyle Facts

In 2012, over 214 million people moved abroad for work, retirement, to experience new cultures or for economic or political reasons.

Germans are no longer World Travel Champions

Based on stats released by the governmental tourism bureau of China, Germans have just been moved to second place on the list of Reiseweltmeister (world travel champions).

Results from other tourism offices differ from this latest result, but are in agreement to China beginning to overtake the Germans in regards to Reiselust (also similar to Wanderlust).

In 2011, Germans spent almost 61 billion euro on travelling with the favorite locations being Germany itself, Spain, and Austria. The euro numbers for travel spending in 2012 are expected to be even higher.

Nationalities in Oberursel

Mid-November 2012, Spiegel Online reported about the steady flow of immigrants into Germany. In the first half of 2012, half a million foreigners came to stay, a 15% increase from the year before.

The newcomers to Germany are mostly from Greece, Spain, and Portugal.

Below is the chart for our small town of Oberursel, located northwest of Frankfurt, and home to Frankfurt International School (FIS).


The school’s student body contributes to the high number of South Koreans, U.S. Americans, and Britons around here.


Cold and Homeless around Frankfurt

With temperatures supposedly dropping to an all-time low in the coming days, the homeless are the ones who suffer most. Temps can get as low as – 25°C ( -13 F).

If you are in Frankfurt or the surrounding area… if you see any homeless without a warm place to sleep, please call the Kältebus (an organization to pick up homeless during very cold periods) at 069 – 43 14 14.

While I’m at it, here is the number for the Kältebus in Hamburg: 040 – 40 17 82 15; In Berlin, call 0178 – 52 35 838


Winter can be deadly

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Edited on 3 Feb 2012:

Kältebusse 2012

Emergency Dental Service in Hessen

Just discovered this notice in our Oberursel paper, published 9 June 2011:

– Starting 1 June 2011 –

If you need emergency dental care, then contact the Notfallvertretungsdienst for Hessen at 01805 – 60 70 11.

You no longer have to go through your dentist to find out what on-call dentist is available in an emergency.

Calling this number will give you the nearest dental emergency clinic operating in your area.