Berlin

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Quality of life in Berlin

Berlin is a sprawling, diverse metropolis, home to people from around the world. Although it is roughly nine times the size of Paris, Berlin's key districts are well-connected by public transport or cycling roads, and many even close enough for walking. The flexible work environment combined with easy access to venture capital attracts young people and entrepreneurs, making Berlin one of the most vibrant startup scenes in Europe.

Berlin is one of the top ten city matches for 30.6% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
128/263
Details
Large apartment$1246.06
Medium apartment$968.91
Rent index [score]0.73
Small apartment$691.76

Cost of Living

6
106/261
Details
5km taxi ride$11.00
A Cappuccino$2.80
A beer$0.97
A kilogram of Apples$2.10
Bread$0.59
Inflation [score]0.57
Lunch$9.50
Monthly fitness club membership$42.00
Monthly public transport$94.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$57.74

Startups

9
18/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups51
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.81
Coworking spaces [score]0.80
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co43
Meetups [score]0.83
Meetups groups200
Meetups members143590
Number of investors609
Number of startup events in the last 12 months1070
Number of upcoming meetup events192
Startup climate scene [score]0.91
Startup events118
Startup events156
Startup events [score]0.80
Startups [score]0.92
Total number of startups1314

Venture Capital

9
20/228
Details
Funding accelerator namesAxel Springer Plug and Play, Startupbootcamp Berlin, Techstars Metro
Number of funding accelerators4
Venture capital [score]0.85

Travel Connectivity

7
17/260
Details
Airport hub142
Airport hub [score]0.63
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.82

Commute

6
15/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Germany/Berlin
Traffic handling [score]0.82

Business Freedom

9
24/259
Details
Business freedom90.00
Business freedom [score]0.97
Freedom from corruption79.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.86
Lack of labor restrictions50.60
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.29
Time to open a business10.50
Time to open a business [score]0.89

Safety

8
111/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.65
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year1
Guns per 100 residents30
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.97
Lack of guns [score]0.86
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.92

Healthcare

8
50/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.71
Healthcare quality [score]0.90
Life expectancy (years)81.04
Life expectancy [score]0.86

Education

7
15/230
Details
Best university in rankingHumboldt University of Berlin
Best university ranking57
Country mean scores in PISA math test517.09
Country mean scores in PISA reading test507.68
Country mean scores in PISA science test524.12
PISA math ranking (high school)12
PISA ranking14
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.91
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)11
Percent of happy students0.78
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.18
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.14
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.12
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.17
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.12
University quality [score]0.53

Environmental Quality

7
99/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.64
Cleanliness [score]0.65
Drinking water quality [score]0.70
Urban greenery [score]0.86

Economy

5
130/258
Details
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.34
GDP per capita$45888.42
GDP per capita [score]0.73

Taxation

4
199/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.45
Income tax level [score]0.35
Profit tax (% of profit)0.49
Time overhead to file company taxes218
VAT (Sales Tax)0.19

Internet Access

6
113/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)46.88
Internet access (download) [score]0.75
Internet access (upload) [score]0.37
Upload speed (Mbps)7.79

Leisure & Culture

9
17/263
Details
Art galleries88
Art galleries [score]0.78
Cinemas82
Cinemas [score]0.58
Comedy clubs64
Comedy clubs [score]0.85
Concert venues108
Concerts [score]0.73
Historical sites235
Historical sites [score]0.93
Museums153
Museums [score]0.84
Performing art venues104
Performing arts [score]0.69
Sport venues56
Sports [score]0.68
Zoos25
Zoos [score]0.88

Tolerance

7
82/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.87
LGBT Equality Index85.92
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.88
LGBT adoption rights✖ Step-child adoption only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Civil unions
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.50

Outdoors

5
144/260
Details
Urban area elevation (meters)44.00
Water access [score]0.92
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Berlin are in the 106th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,077$1,415
$1246
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$42
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$25
Monthly public transport$94
Lunch$10
-35%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$48,922
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

30.30
Guns per 100 people
1.01
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Berlin in position 110 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Embassy of Afghanistan in Berlin, Germany

Taunusstrasse 3 , 14193 Berlin Germany

Phone: (+49) 30 20 67 35 10

Embassy of Germany in Kabul, Afghanistan

Wazir Akbar Khan, Mena 6 , P.O. Box 83, Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: calls from Germany,w,ldwide: + 93 (0) 20 - 210 15 12,calls from Afghanistan: (020) - 210 15 12

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

160

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Berlin

6:35 What to Do in Berlin, Germany | 36 Hours Travel Videos | The New York Times

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On living in Berlin

Berlin is the capital of Germany and one of the 16 states (Länder) of the Federal Republic of Germany. With a metro area population of 4.5 million and 3.5 million within the city limits, Berlin is Germany's largest city, though the Ruhr area has a larger metro area population.

Berlin is best known for being the German capital, multiculturalism and tolerance, a lively nightlife, its many cafés, clubs, and bars, street art, and numerous museums, palaces, and other sites of historic interest. Berlin's architecture is quite varied. Although badly damaged in the final years of World War II and broken apart during the Cold War, Berlin has reconstructed itself greatly, especially since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, when Potsdamer Platz was "Europe's largest building site" for a while. You can see architecure from various periods in the centre of the city: from a few medieval buildings near Alexanderplatz to the ultra-modern glass and steel structures at Potsdamer Platz. Because of its tumultuous history, Berlin remains a city with many distinctive neighbourhoods. And due to its long history as a cosmopolitan capital (first of Prussia and later of Germany) it has attracted immigrants from all over the world for more than three hundred years. Many of them have left and continue to leave a distinctive mark on the city.

Berlin can be seen as a cluster of centres. Berlin has many boroughs (Bezirke), and each borough is composed of several localities (Kiez or Viertel) — each of these boroughs and localities have their unique style. Some boroughs of Berlin are more worthy of a visitor's attention than others. Berlin used to be divided into 23 boroughs, and these boroughs are used in Wikivoyage as they remain foremost in popular conceptions of the city and are generally of a good practical size and cultural division for visitors. In January 2001, the number of boroughs was reduced from 23 to 12 for administrative purposes - mostly by fusing old boroughs together - sometimes across the former inner-Berlin border. The boroughs can roughly be grouped into six districts:

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