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Brazil and Germany in Comparison – What Brazilian Emigrants Living in Germany Tell about their Experiences

April 25, 2022
On the plane to Germany: Brazilian emigrants

Interview with two Brazilians in Germany

While our team mainly consists of Germans who have emigrated to Brazil, we would now like to introduce you to the other side. There are also some Brazilians living in Germany who left their home country behind to start a new life. Two of them are Júlia (30) and Alex (23). We asked them what they miss most about their country and what insider tips they have for your Brazil vacation.

Júlia, you have been living in Germany for 5 years now, right? What made you decide to emigrate?

(Júlia) The reason was my work. In 2017, I applied for a job in Germany. After the first interview, I was accepted and a few months later I moved to Cologne in Germany.

And you, Alex?

(Alex) My father is German, so I always had a connection to the country. I also learned German from a very young age. After I finished school, it was clear to me that I wanted to study in Germany. The educational opportunities are just perfect here! In the end, that was my motivation to emigrate.

You have roots in both nations and have lived in both countries for a long time. What do you think is the biggest difference between Germany and Brazil?

(Alex) For one thing, definitely the weather. Where I come from, São Paulo, it never gets really cold. The summer is longer and sunnier. But on the other hand, you also sweat a lot. The other thing is the people. Brazilians are open and warm right from the beginning. In Germany, it takes more time for people to come out of their shells. Brazil also lives from its spontaneity. Since I emigrated here, I look at the clock much more often (laughs).

Do you agree, Júlia? And what do you miss most about your home country?

(Júlia) Yes, I agree! Especially concerning the people. Germans are very organized and follow the rules. In Brazil, the clock ticks differently. Brazilians are more cheerful and always in a good mood. It is also much easier to make friends. What do I miss the most? Definitely my family and friends. But also, the Brazilian parties, the beach, samba, and the food.

Which destination would you recommend to a Brazil traveler and why?

(Alex) Caraíva! It's a small, cute village on the coast of Bahia. For me, it is the perfect place to relax and enjoy life. Caraíva is the perfect vacation spot. All the good things Brazil has to offer can be found here: delicious food, friendly people, bright sun, and a gorgeous beach.

(Júlia) I would recommend every tourist to visit Rio de Janeiro on their trip to Brazil. The city is just incredibly diverse and there is so much to discover. However, my personal favorite place is Jericoacoara. If I could describe paradise, this place would be it!

Last but not least, we asked the two whether they have now emigrated to Germany for good or whether they would like to live in Brazil again someday. For both it is clear: “In the long run? Neither country!”

Source: Tina Meyerhof

Source: Aventura do Brasil