Nell Zink

How to Send Things to Germany

A Series of Essential Advice, This Month from Author Nell Zink

If you have not yet moved to Germany, I don’t know what’s stopping you. My nickname for it is “the Big Rock Candy Mountain.” But until you do, there are some things you should know for the sake of your friends who get here first. You may want to send them money, books, or other stuff. Here’s how to do it.

To send money: it’s true that Germans wire each other money using SWIFT/BIC codes and the interminable IBAN. However, they also deposit checks, and the fees are about the same. To send money to Germany, write a check as you normally would and put it in the mail. The recipient’s bank will take care of translating your dollars into euros. Tip: if you are in Germany and have money in an account in America, you can use the check-writing technique to get your hands on it!

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Nell Zink was born in 1964 in southern California and grew up in rural Virginia. She now lives in Bad Belzig, south of Berlin. She is the author of the novels The Wallcreeper (Dorothy, 2014) and Mislaid (Ecco, 2015).

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