Why Berlin? Scroll down to familiarize yourself with Berlin's business infrastructure, see the benefits Berlin as the German capital brings to you and learn what services for companies and investors Berlin offers to your business.
- State area: 892 square kilometers
- Population: 3.6 million, 19% foreigners
- GDP: 153.3 billion EUR
- Economic growth: 3.0%
- Export volume: 14.72 million EUR
- Unemployment rate: 7.8%
(Data source: Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, 2019/20 Economic and innovation report Berlin)
The capital connects Western and Eastern Europe. It is the intersection of European transport routes for the largest economic region in the Western world.
Trans-European transport routes such as road, rail, aviation and inland shipping cross one another in the capital. The metropolitan region is enhanced by a network of regional and inner-city transport routes. With the new Berlin Brandenburg BER airport and modern design of the motorways, railways and shipping routes, the transport infrastructure in the capital has a secure future.
Future is made in Berlin
Berlin is one of the largest science centres in Europe, with internationally renowned universities and research institutions. The city's intensive collaboration between science and industry is reflected in diverse networks and cooperation opportunities. Along with science, tech and research centres, Berlin counts the highest concentration of researchers and academics in Germany (per capita).
Center of political & economic decision making
Berlin is Germany’s most international city and a gateway to Central and Eastern Europe. As the capital, Berlin is at the center of German economic and political decision making. Foreign investors and entrepreneurs benefit from being in an environment of German and global ingenuity with half a million citizens from approximately 190 countries.
Berlin is also home to 160 diplomatic missions, international business clubs, chambers of commerce and national and local industry associations. Germany’s Federal Government, Parliament, Council and representative offices of the 16 states are located in Berlin. Companies in Berlin gain a significant advantage through their proximity to policymakers.
Berlin loves talents, and talents love Berlin
The multi-cultural metropolis Berlin is attracting more and more international talent: At the end of 2019, the percentage of foreign nationals in the capital amounted to roughly 21%, a rise of 4% compared to 2018. Berlin is interesting for everyone: for young university graduates and young professionals as well as for experienced professionals. Unique in Europe: Berlin Partner offers free support for recruitment, onboarding and personnel development - the Business Talent Package.
LIVING IN EUROPE’S CAPITAL OF COOL
Berlin is ranked 6th in the world for the best quality of life (PwC 2019). Work and living spaces are relatively inexpensive and the tech- and service-centered economy encompasses numerous industries and research facilities that make employment opportunities diverse.
Berliners are relaxed and enjoy their unique public spaces. With almost 3.6 million inhabitants, it is surprising that a quarter of the area is made up of forests, parks, lakes, rivers, and canals. People can also enjoy spectacular museums, two zoos, two world-famous concert venues, three opera houses, and Berlin’s vibrant nightlife! There are also bilingual state schools, European schools and private international schools.
Entrepreneurs and investors are supported with extensive funding and financing programmes in Berlin. Both the economic development agency Berlin Partner for Business and Technology and Berlin’s Chamber of Commerce offer investors quick and non-bureaucratic support during relocation.
Berlin’s service packages
The service packages provided by Berlin Partner for Business and Technology are a unique service for entrepreneurs and investors. We advise you in creating tailored concepts for subsidies, lend support with other economic development assistance and help you search for centrally-located real estate and qualified personnel.
You already have set your business model for Berlin? Check out the "Gruendungswerkstatt”, Berlin’s first free English online tool for company founders to open your company with the advisory of the IHK Berlin Chamber of Commerce experts.
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