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Old 10-01-2010, 11:07 AM
 
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If you had to choose where to live for several years which city would it be - and why?
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:45 AM
 
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Stockholm. It's quieter, safer and more beautiful (IMO). Berlin is more modern and livelier, but I don't care about that sort of thing so much. I would love to visit Berlin on a regular basis, though.
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Old 10-01-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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Stockholm.
Because I have family and friends there.
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Old 10-01-2010, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Stockholm - highest level of gender equality in the world; more tolerant of immigrants; same-sex marriage; much more aesthetically appealing; hotter locals; better media environment; everyone can speak English
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Old 10-01-2010, 05:38 PM
 
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Stockholm definitely
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:11 PM
 
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Stockholm...but Berlin is a VERY cool city!
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Old 10-01-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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I suppose it depends on what you're looking for. Berlin is much bigger, has a wider variety of people, more food and shops, a hot spot for arty and alternative types right now, in mainland Europe so a train/bus/car ride or plane flight anywhere is fast and cheap, extremely cheap in general. Stockholm is more beautiful, but quieter, more remote, less food choices, more expensive, more difficult to find housing (read a story of students camping outside their campuses since they have nowhere to live), maybe a bit more of a serious business vibe than an alternative one among the people, diversity is Swedes and a ton of people from war ravaged countries like Somalia. Unemployment is higher in Berlin, but Stockholm has higher unemployment than other major Scandinavian cities. I would choose Copenhagen if Danish wasn't so incredibly difficult to learn. It's close to Sweden and Germany, has higher employment, many beautiful coastal areas nearby, bike friendly city. Stockholm may have better known musicians, but often touring bands do not go up there. Copenhagen is within reasonable distance to mainland Europe where touring bands usually hit when going to Europe. Of course, that'd be another advantage for Berlin.
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Old 10-02-2010, 01:16 AM
 
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Many German cities top city ranking comparisons and the amount of wealth per capita. There are many small towns surrounding major German cities that retain their old architecture. Also many old castles to see. The major German cities were just torn apart during the wars and rebuilt quickly and cheaply, whereas Stockholm was never touched. Who knows in 20-50 years they may make those hastily built uglier areas pretty again. Germany has a similar social safety net as the Scandinavian countries. It's Gini coefficient is pretty high above most European countries, just below Nordic countries. However, it is quite a bit lower on the Human Development Index and this Happiness Rating based on percentage of people doing well and those who are suffering (Sweden does much better on both). These poor rankings could be partly due to the former Communist portion of the country. Anyone from that region care to speculate why? It's also quite green minded. Sweden may in fact be a bit less safe (http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_tot_cri_percap-crime-total-crimes-per-capita - broken link) than Germany, higher reported rape as well, though it likely depends on where you live in each city/country. Berlin votes much further left and Green during elections, while Stockholm favors the center-left parties (though not by a huge margin).

It's a tough call really. One is a bit more pretty, quieter, remote, the other city is more vibrant and the country it is in offers far more options, but it's possible there may be more visible signs of poverty.

Check videos on Youtube and use Google Maps street view (Germany's should be up next month).
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Old 10-02-2010, 05:02 AM
 
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Thanks for your input.
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Old 10-02-2010, 05:06 AM
 
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If you had to choose where to live for several years which city would it be - and why?
Amsterdam b/c it is an honest city with intelligent people.
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