Please register - Düsseldorf´s authorities

pass_klPut your name here, your address there, then sign on the dotted line... if you want to be able to watch TV in your new home, make a phone call, turn on the heating or the lights, you have to fill in lots of forms.
The trip to the Einwohnermeldeamt (Residents Registration Office) should be one of the first things you do because according to North Rhine-Westphalia’s registration law you are obliged to register in your new district within a week after moving.
Penalties may apply if you leave it longer. Furthermore, you only feel like a genuine Düsseldorf resident when it’s official, don’t you?

The world of consulates in Düsseldorf

flaggenNot only trade fair visitors and tourists come to Düsseldorf – 18 percent of the 585,000 citizens are from abroad.
The cultural influence of foreigners is visible in Little-Tokio at the central station or in the large number of international restaurants and book stores.
Their range of products goes from russian newspapers to japanese comics.

In 2007 14,290 of the 37,172 new citizens were people from other countries. In comparison only 33,521 people were leaving Düsseldorf.
Turkish (15,017) and greek (10,464) nationals like the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia the most, followed by 6,835 Italians and 6,595 citizens of Serbia and Montenegro as well as 6,499 people from Poland.
The British (2,378) and Spanish (2,934) rather account for the minority.

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