PROGEDO GmbH & Co KG
Fon: +49 (0)152 – 28 77 000 6
Branch Manager: Dorit Reinecke
Managing Partner: Jörg Holsten
Between old town and Bürgerpark, Bremen’s green axis, is PROGEDO’s Bremen office.
Our team offers highly competent advice, goal-oriented service and information on relocation, settling-in and immigration of international employees and their families to companies as well as private individuals.
Established companies or young start-ups – our experts are by your side!
The catchment area of PROGEDO Bremen contains the regions surrounding the cities of Bremerhaven, Emden, Wilhelmshaven, Oldenburg, Vechta and Osnabrück.
Because building land is rare in Bremen, new properties are basically only built by restructuring existing buildings. As relocation manager on site Dorit Reinecke knows every corner of Bremen. Thanks to her phenomenal local knowledge and her profound network she’s very familiar with Bremen’s housing market. We help you to come up on top of your competitors on your home search.
Furnished or unfurnished apartment, small or big home- with their know-how our relocation specialists will find the perfect home for you.
Additionally, to our professional support of home search, we provide you with services concerning daycare for your children, organizing your driver’s license transformation and dealing with authorities.
Progedo is especially proud of it’s team of immigration specialists, which aids customers with their application of a residence title. Be it checking your degree in Anabin, requesting a pre-approval letter from the federal employment agency, obtaining a visa or the application for an electronic residence title at the responsible department, PROGEDO informs you quickly and competently. According to the German legal service law (§2 Abs 1 RDG) we’re not allowed to provide you with legally binding information. Should a legal service be necessary, we work together with professional, independent lawyers.
Of course, we offer further education for HR departments with our workshops on matters concerning immigration processes during onboardings of new employees. Ask us!
We’ll gladly provide you with further information. Just send us a short message to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get back to you immediately.
Progedo Profile Bremen
Bremen in figures
Bremen is one of three city states in Germany (together with Berlin and Hamburg). Bremerhaven also belongs to the free hanseatic city of Bremen. The city has 570.000 inhabitants and is Germany’s 11th largest city. It is divided into five districts with 88 departments. The city of Bremen is located at the river Weser and thanks to Bremerhaven it has an overseas port.
More information can be found on: www.bremen.eu
Housing Market Bremen
A move to Bremen from abroad needs to be well-prepared in advance and you need all your personal documents. It’s best to start looking for an accommodation when you’ve settled for a date of arrival.
Once you have received your visa (if applicable) you can book a flight and a temporary accommodation from afar. We advise our customers to store their personal belongings until they’ve found an unfurnished accommodation. This can, at worst, take a couple of months.
Of course, we can get you connected with professional removal services, which support you with the transport of your goods and can also store them until you move in.
Average rental prices for Hamburg for furnished */ unfurnished apartments in the city center
- 1 room, 20-30 sqm living space, furnished ca. 650€, unfurnished 450 €
- 2 rooms, 40-60 sqm living space, furnished ca. 800 € , unfurnished 550 €
- 3 rooms 60-90 sqm, living space, furnished ca. 1200 € , unfurnished 800 €
- 4 rooms 80-120 sqm living space, furnished. ca. 1400 € , unfurnished 900 €
Source: own research & experience
*furnished apartments usually include additional costs like water, gas and internet but exclude electricity
The climate in Bremen is rather mild in the winter due to its closeness to the North sea and is moderate in the summer because of mostly Western winds. Rarely temperatures drop below 0 degrees Celsius in winter. In the summer it has had average temperatures around 17 degrees Celsius. Yearly average are 4 hours of sunshine per day. In comparison to other German cities that’s not a lot. Even in the summer there are rarely more than 7 hours of sunshine per day. There are many rainy days in Bremen though, on average 13-18 per month. The amount of rain is rather average though, Munich, in comparison, has significantly more rainy days. During the last couple of years, the climate in Germany has significantly changed, though, so Bremen’s weather has been warmer, sunnier and dryer. Applicable numbers for this haven’t been statistically measured yet.
School and Kindergarten Bremen
School system – Bremen‘s school system starts with elementary school (grades 1-4). Elementary school is usually determined by residential district. After that, children continue with visiting secondary school: Either a secondary school (certificate of secondary education after 9th grade, general certificate of secondary education after 10th grade) or grammar school (diploma after 13th grade). Aside from state schools, Bremen has an international private school, where we advise our customers to apply early, because capacities are limited.
Kindergarten – In Bremen all children from the age of three until they enter school have a right to free public daycare and lunch in a day care center. In order to receive such a daycare opportunity, one needs to apply at district exchanges for a Kita-Pass which is send out at the beginning of each year. If one moves to Bremen during a year, the Kita-Pass gets send out after registration with a day care center has been accomplished. For children younger than three years of age, daycare bears additional costs which depend on family size and income.
International School Bremen:
Dorit Reinecke manages our office in Bremen. Due to her year-long experience in the mobility sector and having lived abroad in Australia herself, Dorit Reinecke knows personally about the challenges of a relocation. She’s worked for PROGEDO Bremen for many years and has helped numerous expats on their move to Bremen.
Together with Jörg Holsten the relocation agency Bremen lives our slogan „the first friend abroad “with a lot of enthusiasm and professionality.
Jörg Holsten, Managing Partner PROGEDO Bremen, has successfully graduated business studies after a commercial apprenticeship and graduating school. He worked in key-accounting in a multi-national food-corporation before he founded PROGEDO relocation services in 1995. He’s married and has two kids. To the question on why it had to be a relocation agency he replied: „I’ve always been eager to help, so it was obvious for me to become the first friend abroad. “
Beyond the pure Immigration & Relocation business we would like to share our knowledge with you and excite you for our hometown!
10 Facts about Bremen:
The smallest state in Germany
The free Hanseatic city of Bremen is Germany’s smallest state with only 419 square kilometers and including the cities Bremen and Bremerhaven.
One of the most popular cities in Germany
With an annual 40 million visitors yearly and 1.4 Million hotel overnight stays, Bremen is among the top 10 of Germany’s favorite city destinations.
Bremen has its airport in the middle of the city
Bremen is the only German city that has an international airport that’s only 10 minutes away from the city center.
Bremen is a University city
More than 30,000 students study at two universities and four higher education institutions which include up to 165 research institutions and cooperation partners.
Town hall and “Roland “in Bremen were declared world heritage sites by the UNESCO. The 10 m statue of “Roland“ is one of Bremen’s landmarks, that was the highest free-standing statue in the middle ages.
World famous- The Bremen Town Musicians
Since 1953, the sculptor Gerhard Marck’s bronze statue reminds us of the Grimm brother’s tale. The statue with donkey, dog, cat and rooster is another one of Bremen’s landmarks together with the statue of Roland. Every day, people touch the donkey’s forelegs in order to make a wish come true.
For Bremen the sky is not the limit. In Europe, Bremen is considered one of the most important space station locations. The upper level of the Ariane-rocket is build by Airbus, the technology corporation OHB develops, builds and tests Galileo-satellites and international experiments about weightlessness take place in Bremen‘s drop-tower.
Geographically Bremen and Bremerhaven are 65 km apart. The sea town is one of the world’s biggest car transshipment locations in the world. It has the fourth biggest container port in Europe. Climate house and German emigrant’s house are award winning visitor attractions.
Bon Appetit – The Schaffer banquet
This meal is one of the oldest, annual brother’s banquets of the world. It’s organized by the foundation “Haus Seefahrt“, which was founded in 1545 and supports widows and orphans of sea crew members who have died on sea.
Please, do spit!
The Gesche-Gottfried-Spitting-Stone is on the Dome’s court between Neptunfountain and St-Petri-Dome. It marks the place where the last execution in Bremen took place in 1831. According to legend, the head of the poison mixer Gesche Gottfried rolled to this exact spot. As a sign of disapproval of the murderess strollers spit on that stone.
Applying for a residence title in Bremen
Bremen’s foreigner’s department is in Stresemannstraße 48 (Link: https://www.service.bremen.de/sixcms/detail.php?gsid=bremen128.c.613616.de) and is responsible for the application of electronic residence titles for foreign employees.
Of course, our professional immigration specialists provide our customers with all the necessary information so they can hand in their documents perfectly prepared at the foreigner’s department. Additionally, we accompany you or your employee to their respective appointment.
PROGEDO doesn’t provide legal service according to §2 Abs 1 RDG. If there’s need for legal service we work together with independent, competent lawyers.
Finding an apartment in Bremen
Finding an apartment in Bremen is in comparison to Hamburg, Frankfurt or Munich a smaller challenge. One of the reasons is that prices are lower. But in the more popular districts like Oberneuland, Schwachhausen or the eastern suburbs there are always more applicants than offers. In all other centrally located districts and in the Overseas city, where the Overseas port used to be, there are more applicants than offers as well. If one doesn’t speak German it’s close to impossible to keep up with competitors.
Thanks to our know-how it’s feasible though. With a little patience, flexibility and good planning we always find a suitable apartment for our customers!
Bremen has many districts with very different price categories. Currently landlords consider one third of your income as a maximum rent payment. A positive SCHUFA-entry as well as a declaration of no rental debts are essential for their commitment.