Why you’ll pay more to send parcels in Germany from next year

Deutsche Post subsidy DHL is set to increase the cost of parcel delivery.

Why you'll pay more to send parcels in Germany from next year
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As of January 1st, customers who use DHL will pay an average of three percent more to send parcels, the Bonn-based company announced on Tuesday.

The increase depends on the type of package.

A medium-sized parcel weighing up to two kilos, for example, will cost €4.79 in a DHL branch for domestic shipping in future, compared with the current €4.50. The cost of shipping a 10-kilo parcel will rise by a euro to €10.49.

The last time the company raised its parcel prices was in 2017.

The company said the price increase was due to there being more staff and extra transport costs.

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Customers who organize their mail delivery online and hand it in to a post office pay significantly less. The medium-sized two-kilo parcel will be 30 cents cheaper online.

The only type of shipment not affected by the price hike is the 'S' (small) package, which can weigh up to two kilos. That will still cost €3.79 – and is the same whether posted in the branch or online.

Costs are on the up

The price increase comes as no surprise. Competitors, such as Hermes, have already raised their retail prices this year

In addition, both Deutsche Post and its competitors raised prices for businesses. These companies in turn are likely to have passed on most of the higher costs to private customers.

Thanks to the online boom, the parcel sector has enjoyed strong growth in the last few years, a trend which is likely to continue in future.

However, companies will also have to shoulder higher costs for staff. Meanwhile, government climate protection requirements will result in firms having to invest more in measures, such as a modern fleet of vehicles for delivery.

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Living in Germany: Battles over Bürgergeld, rolling the ‘die’ and carnival lingo

From the push to reform long-term unemployment benefits to the lingo you need to know as Carnival season kicks off, we look at the highlights of life in Germany.

Living in Germany: Battles over Bürgergeld, rolling the 'die' and carnival lingo

Deadlock looms as debates over Bürgergeld heat up 

Following a vote in the Bundestag on Thursday, the government’s planned reforms to long-term unemployment benefits are one step closer to becoming reality. Replacing the controversial Hartz IV system, Bürgergeld (or Citizens’ Allowance) is intended to be a fair bit easier on claimants.

Not only will the monthly payment be raised from €449 to €502, but jobseekers will also be given a grace period of two years before checks are carried out on the size of their apartment or savings of up to €60,000. The system will also move away from sanctions with a so-called “trust period” of six months, during which benefits won’t be docked at all – except in very extreme circumstances. 

Speaking in parliament, Labour Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) said the spirit of the new system was “solidarity, trust and encouragement” and praised the fact that Bürgergeld would help people get back into the job market with funding for training and education. But not everyone is happy about the changes. In particular, politicians from the opposition CDU/CSU parties have responded with outrage at the move away from sanctions.

CDU leader Friedrich Merz has even branded the system a step towards “unconditional Basic Income” and argued that nobody will be incentivised to return to work. 

The CDU and CSU are now threatening to block the Bürgergeld legislation when it’s put to a vote in the Bundesrat on Monday. With the conservatives controlling most of the federal states – and thus most of the seats in the upper house – things could get interesting. Be sure to keep an eye out for our coverage in the coming weeks to see how the saga unfolds. 

Tweet of the week

When you first start learning German, picking the right article to use can truly be a roll of the “die” – so we’re entirely on board with this slightly unconventional way to decide whether you’re in a “der”, “die”, or “das” situation. (Warning: this may not improve your German.) 

Where is this?

Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

Residents of Frankfurt am Main and the surrounding area will no doubt recognise this as the charming town of Kronberg, which is nestled at the foot of the Taunus mountains.

This atmospheric scene was snapped on Friday morning, when a drop in temperatures saw Kronberg and surrounding forests shrouded in autumnal fog.

After a decidedly warm start to November, the mercury is expected to drop into single digits over the weekend. 

Did you know?

November 11th marked the start of carnival season in Germany. But did you know that there’s a whole set of lingo to go along with the tradition? And it all depends on where you are. First of all, the celebration isn’t called the same thing everywhere. In the Rhineland, it’s usually called Karneval, while people in Bavaria or Saxony tend to call it Fasching. Those in Hesse and Saarland usually call it Fastnacht. 

And depending on where you are, there are different things to shout. The ‘fools call’ you’ll hear in Cologne is “Alaaf!” If you move away from Cologne, you’ll hear “Helau!” This is the traditional cry in the carnival strongholds of Düsseldorf and Mainz, as well as in some other German cities.

In the Swabian-Alemannic language region in the southwest of the country, people yell “Narri-Narro”, which means “I’m a fool, you’re a fool”. In Saarland at the French border, they shout “Alleh hopp!”, which is said to originate from the French language. 

Lastly, if someone offers you a Fastnachtskrapfe, say yes because it’s a jelly-filled carnival donut. And if you’re offered a Bützchen? It’s your call, but know that it’s a little kiss given to strangers!