So, as blogged earlier, I am now in Berlin! Mainly because of my job (and some other agenda, which would be revealed via this blog when time comes)
After having lived for 3 wonderful years in Tampere, my first thoughts about this place are pretty mixed. In first look, I did not like this place at all.
What I did not like explicitly:
- This city is too crowded.
- I have met a couple of grumpy people already (thankfully, none of them were Germans).
- The public transport line stations, especially those for S-Bahn and U-Bahn are sometimes very dirty.
- The crime rate is high. I have been advised by lot of friends and colleagues not to rome around in night in empty bus / train / tram etc.. 
- There is a lot of fight in finding an apartment. 
- There is a hell lot of bureaucracy! 
- Health insurance is damn expensive!
- Who said that renting apartments in Berlin is very cheap?
- Relatively well connected public transport
- Good colleagues at work
- More and more Indian restaurants
- Lot of “happening” things around
- It is famous that a german moves with his kitchen. I knew this but never realized that I will not get any houses with a “fitted kitchen”. Mostly, an empty room, which I have to furnish myself. Damn! Thats gonna be an expensive affair.
- Cold rent + warm rent..
- Houses are not so maintained (as they are in Finland)
- A Viatnamese guy was beaten to death one late night, last year by some people at Potsdamer Platz.
- Just in order to apply for an apartment, I have signed and provided my relocation agent with lots and lots of documents. Counting the number of those pages, I could have easily written a master’s thesis in Finland.
- I received my social security number after 5 weeks of stay in Berlin. In Finland, you get it almost instantly! You need something called a Schuffa credit report to apply for an apartment. Its ridiculous that I am new in Germany, still I have to have a German credit report. And yes, they do not accept Finnish credit report.
Of course, most of my comparisons are w.r.t. Tampere (and sometimes Helsinki).