Berlin is a dynamic and constantly changing city that attracts people like a magnet. With over 3,5 million citizens Berlin is also the largest city in Germany. Since 2004 it has been recovering from a decline in population that dated back to the 1990s. In 2012 alone, 164.577 people moved here, thus making the city reach a level unseen since before the World War II. (Source: Berlin-Brandenburg Statistic Office)
Most of the new Berliners are highly educated or pursuing higher education, with the majority being between 18 and 32 years old. In 2012 the people under the age of 33 was 68 % of all newcomers that year. (Source: Berlin-Brandenburg Statistic Office) The positive inflow has helped the city on the one hand to stay versatile, international and unconventional and on the other to turn into a key location for information and communications technologies; a place where trends are being born and new businesses are flourishing.
Berlin is also among the worldwide top cities for students due to its relatively low cost of living, numerous leisure activities, rich cultural offer and thrilling night life. The city has also an excellent public transport system with 15 commuter train lines, 10 subway lines, 22 tram lines, and 150 bus lines. Last but not least, Berlin is Germany’s greenest major city. Recreational areas, forests, rivers, lakes, and canals make up more than 30% of its territory. (Source: Berlin-Brandenburg Statistics Office; Berlin – A Success Story 2013)