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Why should you live and work in Germany | The big 3 city comparison

People across the world in the tech industry want to immigrate to Germany more than any other country, and it’s not without good reason.

Although things have gone remote for a lot of businesses, location is still a huge factor for many people. From the diversity and culture of every city, to the opportunities they hold, there’s nowhere better in Europe for tech talent to settle than Germany.

Reports show that on average, Germans work 20% less than full time UK workers. Not to mention that a bottle of wine costs on average just €5 in Germany and €9 in London, and you’ll see change from a euro for half a pint of local beer at only €0.89.

Cheers to that!

So, here’s a breakdown of the three most popular German cities for tech workers at the moment:

Berlin

Perfect for young entrepreneurs and start-up founders, the creative hub that is Berlin sits at the top of most searches when it comes to relocating to Germany for a tech job.

Startup Genome ranks Berlin as the number one city in Europe for its capacity to attract talent – and fifth in the world.

It seems it’s not for a lack of interest in people moving to Germany, more than it’s a lack of knowing how to find these people who are looking and securing them for your business.

With a 77% visa acceptance rate and the second highest percentage of immigrant founders in the world, (Silicon Valley clearly taking the top spot), Berlin is a great option for people looking to find a start-up that suits them to a tee.  

Munich

The largest city in Bavaria, Munich is a thriving and exciting tech hub – something that most places claim, but Munich most definitely lives up to.

With some big-name U.S. tech companies including Adobe, Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel and Microsoft, think of Munich as the slightly more mature sibling of Berlin. It’s the city where business gets done.

Although the cost of living in Munich is a fair bit higher than most other German cities, the wages do stand pretty well above the national average, so you can keep the cheap local lager flowing.

Hamburg

A city more understated than Munich, and considered friendlier than Berlin, it has a vibrant character of its own and a huge amount going on for budding entrepreneurs.

It’s Germany’s wealthiest and second-largest city (sixth in the EU), and slowly developing as a tech hub in its own right, well known for its creative and innovative scene.

Home to a whole host of exciting start-ups, second to Berlin in terms of how many, there are plenty of options when it comes to the type of business to join here. Not to mention the international names such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Airbnb and Yelp having headquarters reside in the city.

It’s also at the front of the race for gaming, with Goodgames, Bigpoint, and Innogames all calling Hamburg home.

If you’re thinking of a move to Germany and you’re curious about what it brings for you, send us a message and we’ll talk you through it.