Potsdam, with a population of 160,000, is the capital city of the federal state of Brandenburg in Germany. It is situated just 15 miles to the southwest of Berlin and is part of the larger Berlin/Brandenburg Metropolitan Region. It was long home to the German Kaiser and the Prussian kings and expats living in Potsdam can see the remnants of the city’s history for example during a visit to the Sanssouci Palace, which used to be the official residence of these Prussian royals and the German imperial family. This complex is now part of the largest World Heritage Site in Germany. Potsdam is also famous for its green woodland and lake setting which has earned it the nickname "The City Beneath the Oaks". A rich history of cosmopolitan residents has further led to the building of the historic quarters, such as the Dutch Quarter, the Russian Alexandrovka colony, and the Weavers' Quarter built by refugees from Bohemia. Potsdam is also a center for research and education and new expats living in Potsdam can network and socialize with other international residents at InterNations, the online network for expatriates.
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Potsdam is well served by the German road network and is connected to the A2, A9, A10 and A115 motorways. It is part of the Berlin public transport system and is on the S7 line of the S-Bahn. It also has a mainline railway station with good national connections. Berlin Tegel Airport is 32km from the city center and Berlin Schonefeld is 61km distant. With all these transportation options, an expat moving to Potsdam should not have any trouble physically getting there. Within the city itself, there is a large bus and trolleybus network as well as a tram system. To get more information on living in the city, expatriates moving to Potsdam can benefit from the knowledge shared by other expats on the discussion groups and forums of InterNations, the worldwide largest online expatriate network.
Potsdam is a thriving university town and research center, a position that brings many expatriates to Potsdam to work in these renowned institutions. It has a vibrant film industry and is an important center for many areas of science. Software development, IT, automotive industry, life sciences and biotechnology companies are also all major employers. The city really does offer a wealth of diverse opportunities and expatriates working in Potsdam may find it difficult to keep abreast of all the business and professional openings. InterNations is a great way to keep on top of such developments and forge new connections with other global minds. The forums and discussion groups are a lively source of economic intelligence and they are backed up by InterNations’ content section, including the Expat Magazine, which provides expats in Potsdam with lots of helpful information on the expatriate lifestyle.