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2007 Fast Cities

BERLIN, Germany

Population > 3.4 million

Leading indicator > 14% of Berlin's population are immigrants, from 180 nations

Fast companies > MTV Europe; IKV++ Technologies; Ronen Kadushin's Open Design

Berlin is broke and unemployment is sky-high--but despite all that, it's turning into the avant-cultural capital of Europe. Talent from all over the world, drawn by reasonable rents, acres of studio space, and a rebellious, daring spirit, is fueling a red-hot design, fashion, and architecture scene, while world-class research centers spin off technology startups.

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