Leona Quigley

Leona has her roots in the South of Ireland, where she grew up on her family farm. She went on to study World Politics at Leiden University College, The Hague and then completed her MPhil in International History at Trinity College Dublin. Leona has now settled in Berlin, having fallen in love with the city. In her spare time she is working on perfecting her German in anticipation of her doctoral studies, during which she plans to study modern German social history. Her hobbies include bouldering, dancing and reading a healthy mix of history books and corny fantasy fiction. You can find more info about her on LinkedIn.

Latest posts by Leona Quigley

The Swiss social security number (AHV): A guide for international residents and workers

Aug 10, 2023

The Swiss social security number (AHV): A guide for international residents and workers

Switzerland’s robust and well-established social security system ensures a high quality of life and provides reassuring stability, whether you’ve lived...

The 6 best German athletes of all time

Aug 09, 2023

The 6 best German athletes of all time

Sports play an important role in Germany’s culture, society and national identity. Due to the country’s strong passion for everything...

The Swiss identity card: What it is and how it works

Aug 02, 2023

The Swiss identity card: What it is and how it works

Having identity documentation is important no matter where you live in the world, and Switzerland is no different. Whether it...

The German next to the Austrian flag

Aug 02, 2023

Germany vs. Austria: Similarities and differences

As you cross the border from German Bavaria into Austria, hiking southeast towards Salzburg, you may not notice any sudden...

A mother and her child reading a book on Mother's Day in Switzerland

Jul 28, 2023

Mother’s Day in Switzerland: How the Swiss celebrate motherhood

Like many countries the world over, Switzerland dedicates a day each year to celebrating mothers and mothering figures. Since ​​Switzerland...

Senior checking papaers to claim her pension in Germany as a foreigner

Jul 21, 2023

Collecting a pension in Germany for foreigners

Are you a foreign resident considering retirement in Germany? Your eligibility to collect a pension in Germany depends on several...

The German flag in front of the German Bundestag as a representation of the national anthem

Jul 03, 2023

The history and lyrics of the German national anthem

A national anthem is meant to be a symbol of national identity and unity. In the best cases, it represents...

A small Dutsch and German flag on a keyboard representing the comparison of Germany vs. the Netherlands for expats

Jun 23, 2023

Germany vs. the Netherlands: A comparison for expats

The Netherlands and Germany have a lot in common, starting with a 350-mile border. Despite their troubled history, the Dutch...

Frustrated young man holding a paper after being fired in Germany

Jun 23, 2023

What to do if you’re fired in Germany

Being fired or let go from your job can feel like the end of the world, but you’re not alone....

Driving instructor in Germany explains the driving signs

Jun 09, 2023

The 13 most important driving signs in Germany

No matter how experienced you are at driving, being well-informed about traffic signs and regulations is essential to staying safe...

A phone screen showing a German weatherr app

May 25, 2023

The 5 best weather apps in Germany

Knowing the weather ahead of time is key for your plans in Germany, whether you’re on holiday, planning a trip...

Tierpark Berlin, one of the best zoos in Geermany

May 25, 2023

The 5 best zoos in Germany

There’s nothing quite like a trip to the zoo. Germans know this especially well, as  Germany has some of the...