Safe and secure

There are many reasons why you can feel at home in Germany: It is recognised as one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Germany has largely been untouched by serious natural disasters. And our political system is stable. It’s no wonder that surveys show that people who move to Germany tend to be happy here. You can read more about it in this section.

Safe and secure

One of the most peaceful countries

One of the most peaceful countries

In comparison, Germany is one of the safest countries worldwide. In the world´s leading ranking “global peace index” Germany is one of the top 20 most peaceful countries (ranked 16 out of 163 countries and regions). Iceland is classified as the world´s safest country, Iraq and Syria as the most dangerous.

Emergency telephone numbers

Emergency telephone numbers

There are good reasons why people in Germany feel so safe and secure. A number of institutions are in place to protect our society against criminality, terrorism and other threats. But if you should need help, you can reach the most important emergency services under the following telephone numbers:

  • Police: Emergency number 110
  • Fire department: Emergency number 112
  • Emergency rescue service/Ambulance: Emergency number 112

Political and legal order

Political and legal order

Since its founding, the Federal Republic of Germany has been a very politically stable country. The government is divided into the legislative, executive and judicial branches. The purpose of this structure is to prevent a concentration or abuse of political power. Moreover, it guarantees a high degree of legal certainty. In other words, you can rely on Germany’s laws and respect for the law, and on its administrative structures and judicial system. Further information about Germany’s political system can be found here.

Germany and its partners

Germany and its partners

Germany is a secure country, both internally and in its dealings with the rest of the world. Through its many alliances, partnerships and memberships in organisations, Germany maintains a friendly relationship with many countries and works with them to promote peace, democracy and respect for human rights. Germany is a member of the European Union, the United Nations and NATO, as well as the G8 and G20, among others.

German authorities

German authorities

Do you want to register with the local registry office? Are you interested in extending your Residence permit? Whatever your concern, you can normally be confident that your request will be handled properly. And help in finding the right office is sure to be available – for example by dialing 115 for assistance in German (this number is subject to a fee). Experts will answer your questions about everything from registering your new address to obtaining a driver’s licence or visa. In addition, you can use the office finder to find out which office is responsible for your specific concern.

Environmental disasters

Environmental disasters

So far, the environment has been treating Germany well: It has been spared strong earthquakes, severe tornadoes and devastating floods (except for e.g. the 1962 storm surges in Hamburg and the Elbe floods in 2002, for example), and this is reflected in its ranking in the World Risk Report. This study assesses a country’s risk of suffering from natural hazards or climate change. Of the 173 countries in the study, Germany is among the 20 safest. And just in case something should happen, we can rely on a very well prepared disaster management system.

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Why people from all over the world feel at home in Germany (German, English, Spanish)

Everyone in Germany is guaranteed a life in dignity and freedom

Five types of insurance to cover the major risks

Information on the World Wide Web

Federal Ministry of the Interior

Information about safety and security in Germany (German, English)

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Information on the political system in Germany (German, English, Turkish, Russian)

Government Agency Finder for Germany

Nationwide search tool for public authorities (German)

115: The public administration's customer service

The number to call for government agencies and offices (German, English)

Vision of Humanity

Ranking of countries by peacefulness (English)

2016 World Risk Report

Study results of the World Risk Report (German, English)