Europe’s Fastest Developing City
Situated in the northeastern part of Germany, Berlin is a city that has undergone tremendous development and rejuvenation in the post-war years. It has been destroyed, divided, united and now is in an adolescent growth spurt of exploration and soul-searching. Berlin has quickly become a city to watch.
Creative individuals from around the globe have flocked to Berlin and it has transformed into a dynamic, sophisticated melting pot that has developed a reputation as a creative hub for avant-garde fashion, culture, art, and media. Unlike many other cities in Germany, Berlin presents an eclectic mix of people from different ethnicities and backgrounds and this has created a rich tapestry of multiculturalism in which you are just as likely to enjoy Lebanese or Russian food as German, will hear diverse languages being spoken on every street corner and can enjoy the experience of living amongst a whole host of different cultures, traditions and personalities.
Despite its often-hectic pace, Berlin functions to German precision - impeccably. Service is attentive, public transport is reliable, the streets are safe and the health care system is world class and accessible to all. For expats, this area of the world provides endless opportunities and, on the whole, settling in to life in the city is relatively pain free. There is a very large expatriate community, top schooling and educational institutions, plentiful shopping and leisure amenities, and cutting-edge cultural experiences but, perhaps best of all, many expatriates find that they can enjoy a high standard of living without having to compromise lifestyle.
Life in Berlin is not all late-night parties and gallery surfing. Right on the doorstep expatriates will find Potsdam, beautifully harmonious landscape of palaces, parks, hills and lakes that was home to the German emperors and Prussian kings of days gone by. Other options for escape to tranquility are available in the form of the stunning forest landscape in Spreewald, which is about 60 miles south of Berlin, or the breathtaking natural lakes of Uckermark. Other popular getaway for expatriates include the Baltic coast and the popular seaside resort of Rügen, which offers stunning coastlines and long fine sand beaches.
Undertaking a massive task such as an overseas relocation can be daunting, particularly if you are moving to a foreign country and don't speak the language. Within the Expat Info Desk guide to living in Berlin, you will discover all the practical information you need to consider before and after your relocation. This extensive guide will become your bible. From navigating the labyrinth that is the German immigration system, helping you find a home and choosing a school for your children, to knowing where to buy international foods, deciding how to spend your weekends and simply where to see an English-language movie, the Expat Info Desk Berlin Expatriate guide gives practical, easy-to-understand information so that you and your family can really enjoy the life that Berlin has to offer.
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Our guide was written by Phoebe Jamieson and last published on Thursday 16th December 2010.
As of December 2008, approximately 470,000 of Berlin’s residents (14% of the population) were of foreign nationality, originating from 195 different countries.