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Anonym
16 June 2016
Overall impression

I don’t even know where I’d rather live if not here! A European capital. A city with rich history. Well-developed infrastructure. Healthy economy and politics (some might disagree, but not I), reasonable people, extremely tolerant.
Seaside: many lakes within 30 minutes!

Attitude to foreigners

Foreigners are a fixture here. Not speaking German is fine.

Impression of local population

True Germans are boring dicksheads, but there are few such in Berlin. Most people are considerate, disciplined, law-abiding and fun. Even the Turks and other Arabs are cool guys, not like those in Russia. And they make delicious doner.

Climate

Perfect for a Russian. I am from Siberia and I don’t like hot weather, while tired of sub-zero temperatures. Summers can be as hot as +30 with winters as cold as -15. Average temperature is very comfortable for the appropriate season.

Education

Must be good. I studied in Russia. Some locals are uneducated, but education here isn’t obligatory, you can either study or not.

Quality of medicine (quality and cost)

I haven’t had any treatments yet. The most I did was get my teeth examined using my insurance. I chanced upon a Russian doctor then.

Language (learning of the local language and communication with the local people)

German isn’t easy to learn, as any other language, but English. There are many people here who have only mastered the phrase “Noch ein bier bitte” in the several years here.

Transport (road access, quality of roads, level of driving, gasoline cost, public transportation)

Public transportation is excellent, but expensive. A monthly pass costs 78 euro.
You don’t need a car at all here. However, it is extremely easy to rent a car per day or per week, should the need arise. The car will be top-quality too. There are many car2go smarts all over the city, just get in and drive at 9 cents per minute.
You can also get around by bike or scooter year-round.
Going abroad: wherever.

Prices (cost of living, food, entertainment)

Cheaper than European average. Cheaper than Russia.

Job (search complexity, level of salary)

Salaries are a bit lower than in the other European IT centers, but that is compensated by the living costs here. Prices here are noticeably lower than in general in Europe. There are many start-ups working officially primarily in English. We have only one German among the 6 of us.

Housing (cost, availability, rent, purchase)

Renting a place isn’t easy. It is a long process, unlike Moscow. Finding a flat takes months. I looked at 10 options during a month, but only 2 responded positively. Luckily, those were the ones I wanted. Demand exceeds supply here, so the prices keep growing. Still, accommodation here is cheaper than in the major Russian cities.

Crime

There is an about 50% chance that the iphone you lost in some club won’t be returned to you. Overall, I haven’t encountered any crime. I don’t deem street sellers as thugs, a pity there are few such dudes in my district.

Women \ men (for dating)

Just get to a club and go for it. Many use tinder successfully. The girls here are all for it.

Internet access (availability, price)

Cable internet is poor and expensive. LTE has been very nice lately.

The region's economy (crisis, inflation)

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