Quality of location and living conditions Berlin

Berlin attracts talents from the Baltic Sea area and Eastern European countries, amongst them also the keenly sought experienced talents.

Living conditions
This needs to be assessed on the backdrop of living costs: the average rent in Berlin per m² is around 10 €, with approx. 3.50 € services, tax and insurance. Though it must be added, that living space is becoming rare in Berlin which will soon lead to a significant increase in rents. 75-95% of all households have an access to broadband up to 50MBits/s.

Several “expat” online advisor sites state living costs from 800 to 1,000 € per month for one person (obviously with a low to average spending level).

Quality of life
In Germany, childcare is a strong point. On average, parents are entitled to 30-48 hours weekly formal care. This obviously depends on many factors. However, some care centres are fully booked and application waiting list are full for the next years, while others advertise “free places” – which reflects both the density of children in some areas and the different quality levels of childcare centres.

With regards to health care, Berlin has 2.3 medical doctors per 1,000 citizens. Berlin has 81 hospitals with approx. 20,000 beds.

In terms of safety, of the 520,437 crimes and offences, 0.8% were life-threatening or sexual attacks. Most are financially motivated crimes (over 60%), and roughly 10% are (physical) crimes against people.

Berlin has 2 airports with an average of 52 direct passenger flights to other cities on a daily basis. There is an international airport in construction that was to replace the two existing airports. It is said that already it will prove to be too small. Infrastructure for international movement is not a strong point of Berlin. The loss of AirBerlin has disconnected Berlin from many cities, in particular in the BSR and East European cities. Within Germany, fast trains to Frankfurt and Munich, with approx. a 4 hours’ journey to each, Berlin is easily reachable.

Within the cities, public transport covers the city well, with busses, trams, underground (U-Bahn) and regional subway (S-Bahn). Busses, however, are felt to circulate not often enough, in particular in the outskirts of Berlin, where more people need to move to. Also, the regional subway and underground have been repeatedly disrupted in the past years, which hampers gentrification of areas surrounding the centre.

Number of Berlin population is 3,601,131 people. The median age is 42.7 years. 17% of the population in 2017 were foreigners. In 2016 8% of the population earned over 5,000 € gross salary, 13% below 1,300 € gross salary, 20% between 2,600 and 3,600 € gross.

Cultural climate
It is difficult to determine the cultural activities per year, as the question remains, what to include. From movies, to concerts, talks, opera, theatre, festivals etc. we have researched an amount of 571,500 events in 2017.
The total revenue of the cultural-creative sector was 15.6 bn € in 2015. And the share of the total public expenditure on culture constituted in 2018 with758 m € 3% of the overall household of the state of Berlin.

Status: 01/2019


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