Comparing Berlin vs Cape Town

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1. Berlin

40 Reasons why Berlin is better

Comparing Berlin vs Cape Town

1.Marginally less rainy days in a year
101.2vs 103.6 (Cape Town)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015; WMO, 2015.
2.Appreciably lower unemployment rate
12.2%vs 19.4% (Cape Town)
Low unemployment rate indicates better career opportunities and economic growth. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; city's official stats, 2015.
3.Noticeably more universities
8vs 3 (Cape Town)
Universities as centres of higher education and research, are important contribution to city’s development. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
4.A little bit more inhabitants
3.51 millionvs 3.5 million (Cape Town)
Cities with bigger population usually offer better employment and entertainment opportunities. Big cities attract business, are trade and cultural centres and research hubs. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
5.A bike sharing system
Yesvs No (Cape Town)
Bike sharing system makes a city more cyclist friendly, shows city’s pro cyclist attitude and gives new touristic opportunities. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
6.Possibility of drinking alcohol in public places
Yesvs No (Cape Town)
In general, cities with possibility of drinking alcohol in public places have more thriving nightlife. It's easier to organize parties in public places. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; city's official website, 2015.
7.Appreciably more billionaires from annual Forbes report residing within the city
2vs 0 (Cape Town)
Number of billionaires can indicate if the city has significant agglomerations of personal wealth. Source: Forbes, 2015.
8.Significantly more landmarks from UNESCO World Heritage list
3vs 0 (Cape Town)
The World Heritage List includes 962 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. Source: UNESCO, 2015.
9.Is/was a host city of the Olympics
Yesvs No (Cape Town)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
10.Substantially less people infected with HIV
0.1%vs 17.8% (Cape Town)
Bigger HIV infected population indicates bigger risk of infection and generally, worse health care and prevention system. Source: WHO, 2015.
11.Measurably more prestigious think tanks
7vs 4 (Cape Town)
A think tank (or policy institute) is an organization that conducts research and engages in advocacy in areas such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology issues and in the creative and cultural field. The number of important think tanks can indicate innovativeness and competitiveness of a city. Source: Brookings, 2015.
12.Substantially lower average minimum temperature
5.9°Cvs 11.4°C (Cape Town)
It can get cold in winter but good for doing winter sports, particularly if there is snow. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; WMO, 2015.
13.Didn't have a major natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, flood) during last 100 years
Yesvs No (Cape Town)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015; WMO, 2015.
14.Vastly more airports
2vs 1 (Cape Town)
The presence and number of airports shows how good is connection of city with different international destinations and its international accessibility. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
15.Vastly more ethnic groups
6vs 4 (Cape Town)
More different ethnic groups are the source of more diverse society but also give higher possibility of social tensions. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; city's official stats, 2015.
16.Has river/s
Yesvs No (Cape Town)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015; city's official website, 2015.
17.Has a stock exchange
Yesvs No (Cape Town)
Cities with stock exchanges are usually important financial centres influencing international or national’s financial markets. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
18.Is a Top 50 World Festival host
Yesvs No (Cape Town)
Every year the city is host to a festival included in the list of the top 50 World Festivals. A well-known festival shows a better cultural and entertainment agenda and attracts a bigger number of tourists. Source:, 2015.
19.Higher proportion of men
49.2%vs 47.59% (Cape Town)
There's an oversupply of male population which can be good for single women. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; city's official stats, 2015.
20.Is/was a host city of the CSD
Yesvs No (Cape Town)
Christopher Street Day is an annual European LGBT celebration and demonstration held in various cities across Europe for the rights of LGBT people, and against discrimination and exclusion. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
21.Much lower cost of living than most capitals
The likes of transport, eating out and general cost of living can be really expensive in capital cities e.g. London, but this place is really cheap.
22.The public transport is 24hr on the weekends
Makes it easier to stay out late and get home safely
23.Much better people
People are the friendliest in the world!
24.It has lots of canals
Canals in a city look nice, offer a place to relax and can be used for boating.
25.It has Tempelhof airfield
Tempelhof is a great place for sports, BBQs and also gardening.
26.The clubs never close
The party never stops in Berlin!
27.It has a 'Pfand' bottle recycle system
This keeps the city cleaner of used and unwanted bottles and provides people with money. The city that cleans itself!
28.Is cool
29.It's gay
The city has a main gay neighbourhood (around Nollendorfplatz u bahn). But actually the whole city is gay. LGBT clubs, pubs, bars... are almost on every street, on every corner. The gay population is huge.
30.Has Car2Go
Car2go is a subsidiary of Daimler AG that provides carsharing services in European and North American cities.
31.Home of Berghain
Berghain is often considered to be the best techno club in the world.
32.Multi cultural
33.Closer to Greece
Greece is the cradle of democracy and is only 3 hours from Berlin
34.Friendly and welcoming atmosphere
35.The hotels are cheaper.
A night in a hotel in London is quite expensive.
36.More space to move
The city is a lot more open and spaced out, the streets aren't narrow like most British cities. Roads often are 3 lanes each direction with big wide footpaths. You can actually walk/drive around the city with very little hassle. Try that in London.
37.Has Beer Gardens
Berlin has Many Beer Gardens that London does not
38.Its not!!
because its not!
39.More personal and sexual freedom
It doesn't have all the puritanical restraints of American culuture
40.The bars are open the whole night.
The pubs close very early
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Cape Town
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2. Cape Town

16 Reasons why Cape Town is better

Comparing Cape Town vs Berlin

1.Significantly higher average maximum temperature
22°Cvs 13.4°C (Berlin)
Can get very hot but good when doing water sports. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; WMO, 2015.
2.Has a seaside beach
Yesvs No (Berlin)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015; city's official website, 2015.
3.Distinctly higher average temperature/warmer
16.7°Cvs 9.6°C (Berlin)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015; WMO, 2015.
4.Distinctly lower population density
1400 people/km²vs 3900 people/km² (Berlin)
Population density shows how cramped or spread out inhabitants are. Cities with high population densities can be considered overpopulated, but the extent to which this is the case depends on factors like quality of housing and infrastructure and access to resources. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
5.Vastly higher gross domestic product (GDP)
103$ billionvs 94.7$ billion (Berlin)
The level of GDP shows how rich and productive the city is. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
6.Has mountains nearby
Yesvs No (Berlin)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015; city's official website, 2015.
7.Has smoking ban in public places
Yesvs No (Berlin)
Source: city's official website, 2015.
8.Noticeably cheaper Big Macs (Big Mac Index)
2.87$vs 4.93$ (Berlin)
The Big Mac Index is published by The Economist as an informal way of measuring the purchasing power parity (PPP) between two currencies. The Big Mac PPP exchange rate between two countries is obtained by dividing the price of a Big Mac in one country (in its currency) by the price of a Big Mac in another country (in its currency). Source: Economist, 2015.
9.Notably higher proportion of women
52.41%vs 50.8% (Berlin)
There's an oversupply of female population which can be good for single men. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; city's official stats, 2015.
10.Clearly more big sport facilities (stadiums, arenas, ect.)
4vs 2 (Berlin)
With more large sport facilities (20,000 seats +), a city is able to organize more important sporting events. Source:, 2015.
11.Sizably lower maximum income tax
40%vs 42% (Berlin)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
12.Significantly smaller humidity rate
77.7%vs 81.1% (Berlin)
Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. High relative humidity reduces the effectiveness of sweating in cooling the body by reducing the rate of evaporation of moisture from the skin. In general, higher humidity makes climate harder to stand for people. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; WMO, 2015.
13.Vastly lower minimum income tax
18%vs 24% (Berlin)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
14.Distinctly faster population growth
0.8%vs 0.038% (Berlin)
Population growth is the change in a population over time. The higher the growth the more dynamic society feels. Growth of population can be connected with economic, cultural and social development of the city, which attracts more and more people who want to live in it. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
15.Clearly lower VAT
14%vs 19% (Berlin)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
16.In a country with safaris. in the center of the world.
Closer to safaris with big five (LION, elephants, etc). Has Table Mountain! Robben Island is 12 kms away. Penguins! Close to two oceans.
Cape Town
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