Berlin is the city where the world goes to party, but also to live and to experiment with new ideas: Social movements, technologies, fashion, art, music, sexuality and multiculturalism. The Berliners are creative, hedonistic, weird and some of the most tolerant people on earth.
Berlin is the largest city and the capital of German and also one of the 16 constituent states in Germany. The city proper is the second in population in the European Union. It ranks seventh in the most populous urban settlements in the European Union. The metropolitan region of Berlin- Brandenburg boasts a population of 6 million. Berlin lies on the banks of river Havel and Spree in the northeastern part of Germany. It is cosmopolitan with residents from 180 countries around the world. The temperate seasonal climate influences Berlin City due to its locality in the European plains. Wounded from the communist rule during the cold war, Berlin is now a prosperous capital. Itis a center for multinational companies, investors and an expert workforce. Berlin provides excellent value to the elements of the business.
Berlin is a city that embraces cultures from the diverse people of the world. This can be termed to be both a blessing and a curse. It is easy to meet other native English speakers if you are from a country where English is the first language. You can find affordable events on Meetup.com such as trips on the weekend where you get to meet other individuals with interests same to yours.
But, for expats who travel to Berlin to learn German, life can be quite tricky. It can be frustrating to try to live a quotidian life or speak foreign languages that you never learned earlier in life.
Employees in bars and restaurants from trendy neighborhoods such as Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg will switch to English if they find you struggling to speak German. Although their intentions are good, it becomes tough to learn the German language without having to attend classes. You may even have the illusion that it is easier to run into an expat in the streets as compared to a native German speaker.
Expat love to move from one restaurant to the next experimenting on the rich culinary cuisines throughout the city. The food prices in Berlin are within the budget of many people who visit. You can have a variety of the delicious cuisines to choose from within your budget. You can try any of the many Kebab and Falafel kiosks and restaurants or one of the Kebab restaurants across the city.
The cost of housing in the city is cheap as compared to other European capitals such as Paris and London. But, this comes at a price. Berlin city is the only capital in the European Union which contributes negatively to its countries Gross Domestic Product. Expats can get decent housing with a monthly rent budget of 1000 euros or fewer. You can also get sublets otherwise known as Wohngemeinschaften or Wgs for a monthly budget of less than 500 Euros.
Arts and culture The city’s cultural life should be enough motivation for those who have not decided whether to live here. The vibrant cultures, affordable cost of living, tolerant social scenes and its location has made Berlin attractive to creative professionals from around the world. Berlin is a hub for programmers, designers, and artists from almost every part of the globe. Berlin is also recognized as the silicon valley of Europe. In Berlin, there is always something for every one of its residents and visitors. You can go to a club, even on a Wednesday, or spend your time in the evening doing a screen printing or attend one of the many gallery openings in the city.
The combination of a political stability and spectacular growth of the economy has spurred the growth of the real estate market. Berlin has been named as a haven for investors from all over the world. It offers a safe and conducive business environment in the most prosperous nation in Europe.
The dynamic real estate trends also contribute to the reduced cost of doing business.
The current political events have also contributed to putting Berlin on the map as a hub for investors. UK’s decision to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States have attracted investors to Berlin who would otherwise have headed to London or New York.
One of the downsides of this city is that it can sometimes be a difficult place to navigate as an expat. Newcomers have to deal with the impenetrable glass ceiling of the German bureaucracy.From finding housing to applying for visas or getting employment, foreigners find it rough to establish themselves in Berlin. But, the government has put in place many services to assist newcomers to have a foothold in Berlin.
This guide is a road map for expats and long-term visitors on how to settle in Berlin with the greatest of ease.
It begins with an overview of Berlin‘s complex and fascinating history, and will continue explaining the daily life and how Berliners tick. Readers learn, how to get a visa and residence permit, rent an apartment or buy a condominium, register with the authorities, get the utilities and telecommunications up and running, open a bank account, find a job, start a business, thrive on a budget, attend the university, enroll their children in school, and keep in the pink of health. And much more.
It is packed with insider tips on the notorious German bureaucracy and lists key contacts, sources of information and available support. A useful vocabulary and a comprehensive resource list for further research are also included. Finally, the aim of this book is to encourage you to discover this exciting city for yourself.
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