Berlin

The reunited Berlin is emerging as one of the creative hubs of Europe. Its 'poor but sexy' image has helped attract a vibrant youth culture and a growing high-tech business sector.

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Cultural infrastructure and output

Title Figure Date Source Notes
Number of national museums 18 Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Number of other museums 140 Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Number of public libraries 88 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Number of public libraries per 100,000 population 2.50 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Number of book loans by public libraries per year (million) 23.58 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Number of book loans by public libraries per capita per year 6.81 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites 3 UNESCO
Number of other heritage/historical sites 8,689 Landesdenkmalamt Denkmalliste Berlin
% of public green space (parks and gardens) 14.40 Berlin.de
Number of theatres 56 Deutscher Bühnenverein Theaterstatistik 2009/2010
Number of theatrical performances at all theatres per year 6,900 Deutscher Bühnenverein Theaterstatistik 2009/2010
Number of live music venues 250 Berlin.de
Number of major concert halls 2 Statistisches Bundesamt Deutschland
Number of comedy clubs 15 Qype Germany
Number of dance performances per year 111 Deutscher Bühnenverein Theaterstatistik 2009/2010
Number of art galleries 421 Landesverband für Berliner Gallerien
Number of specialist public cultural HE establishments 5 Das Bildungs-und Studenten-Portal
Number of specialist private cultural HE establishments 12 Berlin.de/Movie-college.de
Number of students of specialist Art & Design public institutions 5,091 Das Bildungs-und Studenten-Portal
Number of non-professional dance schools 104 Gelbe Seiten
Number of cinemas 94 Filmförderungsanstalt
Number of cinema screens 266 Filmförderungsanstalt
Number of cinema screens per million population 77 Filmförderungsanstalt
Number of films given theatrical release in the country in a year 508 Spitzenorganisation der Filmwirtschaft Filmstatistisches Jarbuch 2011
Number of foreign films given theatrical release in the country in a year 315 Spitzenorganisation der Filmwirtschaft Filmstatistisches Jarbuch 2011
Number of film festivals 33 Berlin.de
Number of bookshops 245 Gelbe Seiten
Number of bookshops per 100.000 population 7 Gelbe Seiten
Number of rare & second hand bookshops 4 Gelbe Seiten
Number of book titles published in the country in a year 93,124 Borsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels
Number of night clubs, discos and dance halls 152 Club Guide Berlin
Number of bars 1,247 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Number of bars per 100,000 population 36 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Number of restaurants 4,885 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Number of restaurants per 100.000 population 141 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Number of Michelin star restaurants 14 Michelin Guide Website
Number of festivals and celebrations 63 Time Out Berlin
Number of international students studying in the city 21,805 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg

Cultural consumption and participation

Title Figure Date Source Notes
Number of visits to top 5 most visited museums & galleries 4,718,729 Berlin.de
Number of visits to top 5 museum & galleries per capita 1.36 Berlin.de
Average daily number of visits to top 5 art exhibitions 1,653 The Art Newspaper "Exhibitions & Museum Attendance Figures 2011"
Number of admissions at all theatres per year 2,378,818 Kulturförderbericht 2011 des Landes Berlin
Number of theatre admissions per capita per year 0.69 Kulturförderbericht 2011 des Landes Berlin
Total value of theatre ticket sales at all theatres per year - $m (ppp) 47,683,000 Deutscher Buhnenverein - Bundesverband der Theater und Orchester
Total value of ticket sales at all theatres per capita per year - $m (ppp) 13.78 Deutscher Buhnenverein - Bundesverband der Theater und Orchester
Number of cinema admissions per year 9,126,793 Filmförderungsanstalt
Number of cinema admissions per capita per year 2.60 Filmförderungsanstalt
Number of admissions at main film festival 484,860 Berlinale Official Website Berlin Film Festival
Total value of cinema ticket sales per year -$ (ppp) 80,784,465 Filmförderungsanstalt
Total value of cinema ticket sales per capita per year -$ (ppp) 23 Filmförderungsanstalt
Estimated attendance at main carnival/festival 1,360,000 Karneval der Kulturen Official Website Karneval der Kulturen
Estimated attendance at main carnival/festival as % of city population 39.60 Karneval der Kulturen Official Website Karneval der Kulturen
Number of international tourists per year 2,871,000 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Number of international tourists per year as % of city population 82.99 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg

Contextual data

Title Figure Date Source Notes
Geographical area size, sq. km 892 Statistisches Bundesamt Deutschland
Total population number 3,460,725 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
% of total national country population living in the city 4.23 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Working age population 2,297,921 2010 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Number of households 1,988,500 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Foreign born population % 13.23 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Education level-% with degree level or higher 39 Bildung in Berlin und Brandenburg 2010
Average income per capita per year (ppp) 14,544 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
GDP (ppp)(million) 80,000 Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Creative industries employment % 7.50 Statistisches Bundesamt Deutschland

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