‘All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words, ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’ ‘ [I am a Berliner (citizen of Berlin)!] — John F. Kennedy, U.S. President, 1963
Berlin is the capital of the German Republic. And it is not only the country's political center, it is also the biggest city with a population of 3.5 million. This metropolis never sleeps. Berlin is home to world-renowned universities, major companies and startups. Berlin is also known for its multiculturalism, vibrant nightlife and art scene. Not to mention the museums and the world-class theatres. Berlin is, to put it simply, the place to be. This has made the world over a name for itself, and is more in vogue than ever before. The capital of Germany has so many different elements, that's hard to sum up in a nutshell.
Berlin offers an extremely broad range of academic and research opportunities, with 60 research facilities and more than 40 higher education institutions. In the city 200,000 people from all over the world research and work.
Berlin consists of 12 districts. Berliners also call them their "Kiez," the immediate vicinity, meaning the small area within a city quarter. For example, the Neukölln district is as big as the whole city of Mannheim. Berlin is an extremely green country. Numerous parks, gardens, and lakes are nearby and have a distinct effect on the city's look. The flea markets are popular, and endless activity list. The city and its unique rhythm enchants a lot of people. The interaction between different cultures enriches and strongly shapes the unique character of the city. Berlin is also a place for young artists to give presentations. Around 15 per cent of the inhabitants of the city are foreigners.