Moving to Berlin

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expats moving to BerlinExpats moving to Berlin are often lucky enough find themselves in Hemingway's romanticised idea of what life overseas should be – far too much talking and far too little working. More than twenty years have slipped by since the city was reunified after the Cold War and now continental Europe's largest capital is attracting a variety of expats with one thing largely in common: creative prowess.

Berlin is funky and international. Rent is cheap here; the price tag is often a third of what accommodation would go for in Paris or London. As a result, the low cost of living in Berlin has beckoned to those that often thrive in the underbelly such as artists, designers, musicians, writers and performers.

Unemployment rates are high, however, the social pressure to work is low and tolerance has been taken to a new limit – in fact, locals are known to be less open-minded than they are outright experimental. Suits are relatively rare on the city's wide avenues and job opportunities for expats in the formal sector are few and far between. But still, the city acts as a centre stage for residents with an entrepreneurial edge. 

Furthermore, a tradition of intellectual freedom and a policy of loose liquor laws that only require bars to close once the last patron has had the last of their alcohol has created a throng of hip cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs that cater to every want and whim. Not to mention, because of the city's long division there seems to be more of everything, from train stations to zoos and art studios.

Berlin also benefits from civic services that are commonplace to any major metropolis in Western Europe; including an easy and efficient public transportation system, effective healthcare and first-rate education opportunities, especially when it comes to higher learning.

Though many native Berliners are abandoning the city for greener pastures of employment, there continues to be a massive influx of internationals; and expats who move to Berlin can certainly look forward to a healthy community that is imparting its own character on the German capital.

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