In the recent years Berlin started to spark its reputation by its liberal diversity, cool image and low costs of living becoming more and more an attractive destination for international innovative minds. With a growing supportive infrastructure and innovative culture the city’s entrepreneurial spirit has started flourishing, attracting young and ambitions to join the movement.
Berlin has become a magnet for young tech talents from all over the world for a number of reasons:
An attractive hub for investors
Creative industries account for 40,000 companies in the Berlin with over 350,000 workers being employed and producing an annual turnover of over 35 billion euros. According to the recent research, Berlin startups received 1.9 billion euros in funding over the first 6 months in the last year.
Alex Jjung - the cofounder of SoundCloud (a successful Berlin startup) commented about Berlin is that “one of the reasons why it is good for startups is because the whole city is a startup.” In the last three decades the city has evolved a lot and so has its economy.
A place for inspiration for creative minds
Due to its diverse history the German capital embrace this extrinsic mixture of modern and old, which makes it an attractive melting pot for creative minds and innovative businesses as a source of inspiration and generation of cool ideas.
From an interview of a Parisian web developer - Lily, who has recently moved from Brighton to Berlin Lily to work for Brandwatch (one of the world’s leading social intelligence company with offices in the UK, US, Singapore and Berlin) she describes Berlin as the perfect place for innovative ideas to flow with its discussion areas and graffiti covered walls offices.
Lilly said: “It's probably one of the most liberal cities of Europe, you really can be yourself. This city definitely plays by its own rules and because of that it encourages people to be their most creative.”
Amazingly international diversity
According to the Institute of Strategy and Development (IFSE) Berlin start ups are the major employers of international employees with 620,000 registered internationals in the city, which makes 16,5 % of total population of Berlin with over 186 different nationalities reside in the city.
According to the Global Start Ups Ecosystem report, with 49% of its employees are being internationals Berlin’s start-ups beat Silicon Valley (45% internationals) by its diversity and is only topped up by London.
The highest pay for Software developers
Software developers and managers are the most highly paid jobs in Berlin with an average starting salary of 2,900 euros for a software developer rising to an average of 5,000 euros for an experienced developer (10+ years).
The happiest employees in the IT industry
The first comprehensive start-up salary survey in Germany shows that Berliners earn higher salaries and experience more job satisfaction. Additionally, the report showed that those who work in start-ups are happier than those who don’t.
- Strong employment rights
Employment rights in Sweden are one of the cornerstones of the modern Swedish labour market. Swedish Labour unions have a lot of power with the development of an environment where the health and safety of employees come first. In addition to union support, a government agency, the ( ), ensures employees’ well-being at work.
- Equality comes first
Sweden’s anti-discrimination legislation guarantees that everyone has the right to be treated equally regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation or functional disabilities.
- Work permits for your family
Family-focused policies extend to migration regulations; when you apply for a work permit, you can also (including common-law and registered partners) and unmarried children under 21. Your family members can start to work or study right away when you get to Sweden.
- Innovation is highly supported
Sweden encourages innovation. Companies in fields from ICT to energy are at the cutting edge of sustainable development and technological advancement. Swedish companies like IKEA, Ericsson and Spotify have fundamentally changed their fields – and continue to do so. International rankings like the confirm that Sweden is an innovation leader. If you work in Sweden, you could be a part of taking your field to the next level.
- Generous welfare system
In addition to a career where you’re encouraged to develop as an individual, the tax-financed social benefits mean you don’t have to worry about the cost of healthcare, childcare or your children’s education. State subsidies make these and other aspects of life affordable. Eighteen months of paid parental leave – based on income – are offered per child, with job security when you return to work, and sick leave benefit means that you can focus on your health when you need to.
Information for UK nationals moving to or living in Sweden, including guidance on residency, healthcare, passports, and the Withdrawal Agreement.
What you should do
- Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip
- Register as a resident in Sweden
- Exchange your UK driving licence for a Swedish one
Visas, Residency and Entry Requirements
There will be no change in residency rules or registration procedures if you arrive in Sweden before or on 31 December 2020. If you are resident in Sweden before or on 31 December 2020, you will be able to stay.
If there are changes to residency registration processes, we will update this guidance as soon as information is available.
If you plan to live in Sweden for more than 1 year, you must register with the Swedish Population Register. The Swedish authorities will issue you an ID number (personnummer).
You can only register if you have a right of residence (uppehållsrätt) for a year or more and comprehensive travel insurance. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, you will automatically have this right if you can support yourself, either by work or by other independent means, or you are studying.
You will not be able to register if you are still looking for a job when you come to Sweden and or do not meet other requirements for residency.
If you’re planning to move as a dependent to a family member who lives in Sweden you must apply for a residence permit.
Passports and travel
The rules on travel will stay the same until the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. During this time you can continue to travel to countries in the Schengen area or elsewhere in the EU with your UK passport.
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.
Passports from 1 January 2021
From 1 January 2021, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland). This requirement does not apply if you are entering or transiting to Sweden, and you are in scope of the Withdrawal Agreement.
If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra month may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you do not need a visa to enter Sweden. If you’re planning a stay of longer than 3 months.The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.
Visas from 1 January 2021
The rules for travelling or working in Europe will change from 1 January 2021:
- You will be able to travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa for purposes such as tourism. This is a rolling 180-day period.
- Therefore, if you’re travelling to Sweden, previous visits to the Schengen area within the 180 days before your date of travel would count against the 90-day limit.
- If you are travelling visa-free to Sweden and to other countries in the Schengen area, make sure your whole visit is within the limit.
- To stay for longer, to work or study, or for business travel you will need to meet the entry requirements set out by Sweden. This could mean applying for a visa or work permit. You should check with the Swedish Embassy what type of visa, if any, you will need.
- Periods of stay authorised under a visa or permit will not count against the 90-day limit.
The European Commission has not yet set out how the limit of 90 days in any 180-day period for visa-free travel will be implemented for those who are already travelling in the EU or Schengen Area on 31 December 2020.
If you are travelling to Sweden before 31 December 2020 and will stay until 1 January 2021 or later, you should check with the Swedish Embassy for information on how the 90-day visa-free limit will apply to you. This also applies if your stay includes travel to other Schengen area countries.
At border control for Sweden, you may need to:
- show a return or onward ticket
- show you have enough money for your stay
- use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing
- Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit.
Driving in Sweden
Driving licence rules will stay the same until 31 December 2020. If you are a resident in Sweden, you should exchange your UK licence for a Swedish one. You can still use your Swedish licence in the UK for short visits or exchange it for a UK licence without taking a test if you return to live in the UK.
If you are living in Sweden or move there permanently before 31 December 2020, you’ll have life-long healthcare rights in Sweden as you do now, provided you remain resident.
State healthcare: S1
If you live in Sweden and receive an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit, you may currently be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK. You will need to apply for a certificate of entitlement known as an S1 certificate.
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
If you are resident in Sweden, you must not use your EHIC from the UK to access healthcare in Sweden. When you travel to Sweden for a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland, you can use an EHIC to access state-provided healthcare in that country. During that short stay:
- the EHIC covers treatment that is medically necessary until your planned return home
- an EHIC is not a replacement for comprehensive travel insurance
There will be no changes to your healthcare access before 31 December 2020. You can also continue to use your EHIC, as you did before, during this time.
Working and studying in Sweden. If you are registered as a resident in Sweden you have the right to work in Sweden.
If you are resident in Sweden on or before 31 December 2020, your right to work will stay the same, as long as you remain resident. You should check the Swedish Migration Agency website for information on when and how UK nationals can apply for a work permit.
Money and tax
The UK has a double taxation agreement with Sweden to ensure you do not pay tax on the same income in both countries.Existing double taxation arrangements for UK nationals living in Sweden have not changed.
If you are employed or self-employed in the EU and you have a UK-issued A1/E101 form, you will remain subject to UK legislation until the end date on the form.
Most people living in Europe should not see any change to their banking after 31 December 2020. Your bank or finance provider should contact you if they need to make any changes to your product or the way they provide it. If you have any concerns about whether you might be affected, contact your provider or seek independent financial advice.
Pensions after 31 December 2020
There will be no changes before 31 December 2020 to the rules on claiming the UK State Pension in the EU, EEA or Switzerland as a result of the UK leaving the EU.
If you are living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland by 31 December 2020 you will get your UK State Pension uprated every year for as long as you continue to live there. This will happen even if you start claiming your pension on or after 1 January 2021, as long as you meet the qualifying conditions explained in the new State Pension guidance.
If you are living in Sweden by 31 December 2020, you will be able to count future social security contributions towards meeting the qualifying conditions for your UK State Pension.
If you work and pay social security contributions in Sweden, you will still be able to add your UK social security contributions towards your Swedish pension. This will happen even if you claim your pension after 31 December 2020. If you are considering moving to Sweden on or after 1 January 2021 and you are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, the rules depend on negotiations with the EU and may change.
If you are considering moving to Sweden on or after 1 January 2021 and you are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, the rules depend on negotiations with the EU and may change. Tell the Swedish and UK authorities if you are planning to return to the UK permanently.If you get healthcare in Sweden through the S1 form, you must contact the Overseas Healthcare Team on +44 (0)191 218 1999 to cancel your S1 at the right time.
Original Source: GOV.UK
Since its creation in 1995 Java has been a leading programming language due to its unique features, as Java isn’t confined to any processor or computer, which allows it to be used for cross-platform applications, such as web applications and server-side code. Now Java is the most used language for writing Android apps, as well as its widely used for cloud applications, machine-learning environments and IoT.
To become a professional Java developer a wide range of skills is required with a comprehensive understanding of the basics and latest developments.
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Boris Johnson announced the plan for the uk to become the world’s leader in clean wind energy, which will also result in creating more jobs, slashing carbon emissions and boosting exports.
£160 million will be made available to upgrade ports and infrastructure across communities like in teesside and humber in northern england, scotland and wales to hugely increase our offshore wind capacity, which is already the largest in the world and currently meets 10 per cent of our electricity demand.
This new investment will see around 2,000 construction jobs rapidly created and will enable the sector to support up to 60,000 jobs directly and indirectly by 2030 in ports, factories and the supply chains, manufacturing the next-generation of offshore wind turbines and delivering clean energy to the uk.
Through this, uk businesses including smaller suppliers will be well-placed to win orders and further investment from energy companies around the world and increase their competitive standing on the global stage, as well as supporting low-carbon supply chains.
The prime minister has also set out further commitments to ensure that, within the decade, the uk will be at the forefront of the green industrial revolution as we accelerate our progress towards net zero emissions by 2050.
- Confirming offshore wind will produce more than enough electricity to power every home in the country by 2030, based on current electricity usage, boosting the government’s previous 30gw target to 40gw.
- Creating a new target for floating offshore wind to deliver 1gw of energy by 2030, which is over 15 times the current volumes worldwide. building on the strengths of our north sea, this brand new technology allows wind farms to be built further out to sea in deeper waters, boosting capacity even further where winds are strongest and ensuring the uk remains at the forefront of the next generation of clean energy.
- Setting a target to support up to double the capacity of renewable energy in the next contracts for difference auction, which will open in late 2021 - providing enough clean, low cost energy to power up to 10 million homesThese commitments are the first stage outlined as part of the prime minister’s ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution, which will be set out fully later this year. this is expected to include ambitious targets and major investment into industries, innovation and infrastructure that will accelerate the uk’s path to net zero by 2050.
Prime Minister said:
Our seas hold immense potential to power our homes and communities with low-cost green energy and we are already leading the way in harnessing its strengths.
Now, as we build back better we must build back greener. so we are committing to new ambitious targets and investment into wind power to accelerate our progress towards net zero emissions by 2050.
This sets us on our path towards a green industrial revolution, which will provide tens of thousands of highly-skilled jobs.
Together with planned stringent requirements on supporting uk manufacturers in government-backed renewables projects, these measures will mean the industry can reach its target of 60% of offshore wind farm content coming from the uk.
Business and energy secretary Alok Sharma said:
The offshore wind sector is a major british success story, providing cheap, green electricity while supporting thousands of good-quality jobs.
Powering every home in the country through offshore wind is hugely ambitious, but it’s exactly this kind of ambition which will mean we can build back greener and reach net zero emissions by 2050.
Today’s announcement marks the latest stage of the government’s support for renewable energy. last september the third round of the contracts for difference renewable energy auction delivered record-low prices on enough clean energy to power 7 million homes. earlier this year the government announced the next round would be open to onshore wind and solar projects for the first time since 2015.
The UK has the largest installed capacity of offshore wind in the world, with around 10gw in operation off its coasts.
The government’s plan for renewable energy forms part of wider efforts to ensure the uk meets its legally binding target to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and build back greener from coronavirus.
Over the past decade, the uk has cut carbon emissions by more than any similar developed country. in 2019, uk emissions were 42 per cent lower than in 1990, while our economy over the same period grew by 72 per cent.
Hugh Mcneal, CEO of Renewableuk, said:
The government has raised the ambition for offshore wind and renewables, and our industry is ready to meet the challenge. a green recovery with renewables at its heart will be good for consumers and jobs, as well as helping to meet our 2050 net zero emissions target. support for new floating wind projects will ensure the uk stays at the forefront of global innovation in renewables, and provides new opportunities in the low carbon transition.