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Information about BERLIN After World War II, Berlin was a crippled pawn, sandwiched between East and West, with a literal and metaphoric wall deeply dividing the two halves. The northeastern German city even suffered the ignominy of losing its capital status, as the West German government fled to Bonn. Today, the Cold War and the iconic events of November 1989, which saw the Berlin Wall torn to pieces by those whom it had oppressed for so long, are starting to seem like a distant memory and all the talk in Berlin is of the future. In the biggest construction project in Europe since World War II, a new Berlin has emerged from the forest of cranes dotting the no-man’s land that was the divided city’s dead heart. Potsdamer Platz is the most voluminous project but the most symbolic recent construction is at the Reichstag. British architect Lord Foster has rejuvenated the German parliament with an impressive glass dome that symbolises the new transparency in German politics – that of a nation with nothing to hide, which is attempting to distance itself from the ghosts of its past. Coupled with this wave of new construction is a city laden with historical charm – from the old streets of East Berlin, which are slowly being restored after remaining unchanged for 50 years, through to the grand architecture of Museumsinsel and Unter den Linden, and the green lung of the Tiergarten Park. Tourism is on the rise, as visitors come to savour the intoxicating mix of old and new. Big business, too, is booming, as government bodies flock back from Bonn and relocate in the capital, along with investment from many other parts of the country and from all over Europe. Key industries such as electronics, manufacturing and information technology reflect the hopes for a brighter future for Berlin.
 
Available Trades in BERLIN ASSOCIATIONS & ORGANISATIONS
CHEMICALS & PHARMACEUTICALS
GOVERMENT OFFICES & SERVICES
MEDICINE & MEDICAL SERVICES
MUSEUMS - ART GALLERIES & AUTION ROOMS
MUSIC - LITERARY - ARTISTIC & CULTURAL ACTIVITES
 


GERMANY

Temperatures
 
Temperatures:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
A-10491417191814951
P464033424965736948494643
S225688876421
A=Aver. Daily Temp. (°C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900/1800 3G 2100

GPS
GPS: 52 31 N, 13 24 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Generally Mon-Fri: 06.00-20.00 and Sat: 06.00-16.00. Shops can regulate their own opening hours. Smaller towns may close their shops from 13.00-15.00 for lunch. Shops are closed on Sunday.

General Information
Capital: Berlin
Area: 357,050 km2
Population: 82.6 million
Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.
IDD: +49
Emergency number: 07
Timezone: GMT +1 Hr (+2 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: German (official). Some English and French. Native minority languages: Danish, Sorbian, Romany & Frisian

Government
Government: Federal Republic

Religion
Religion: 34% Roman Catholic, 34% Protestant, 4% Muslim

Health
Health: Tetanus, Diphtheria

Currency
Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: All 100.00 USD = 66.8534 EUR GBP = 110.480 EUR CHF = 66.1543 EUR

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 08.00-16.00

Alcohol Limit
Alcohol Limit: 0,8 ‰

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Outside Cities: 100 km/h, Dual carriageways and motorways: 130 km/h

Traffic
Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years. Wearing of seat belts is compulsory in front and back seats.

Driving License
Driving License: Insurance is mandatory. Members of the EU, the USA and Australia do not need an international driving licence to drive in Germany

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Jan 6 Epiphany (Baden-Wuerttenberg and Bavaria), Good Friday (variable), Easter Monday (variable), May 1 Labor Day, Ascension Day (variable), Whit Monday (variable), Corpus Christi (variable), Jun 7 Catholic Communities Day (Sajonia and Turingia), Aug 15 Ascension of the Virgin (Bavaria and Saarland), Oct 3 Day of the German Unity, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Dec 25/26 Christmas Day/St. Stephen"s Day

Climate
Climate: Temperate; cool, cloudy, wet winters and summers; occasional warm foehn wind


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