Facts about the Northwest

The growing city of Oldenburg

Oldenburg is one of the few cities in Germany that is still growing. Its 157,267 inhabitants in 2011 made it Lower Saxony's third largest city, with a larger population than Osnabrück.

The population is expected to rise to 171,000 by 2021. Currently there are 82,890 women in the city, compared to 74,377 men. 17.5 per cent of Oldenburg's inhabitants come from migrant backgrounds.


Average rental prices in the Northwest

The attractiveness of the Northwest is demonstrated, among other things, by the constant increase in the region's population density. The supply of housing has reacted accordingly. New housing construction is encouraged by public policy and the Lower Saxony Housing Support Program, which focuses on promoting rental properties, is highly in demand, particularly among community housing enterprises.

The issue of "affordable housing", in particular for older people, people with disabilities, large families and single parents, is taken just as seriously as encouraging new-build property. A recent study carried out by a bank showed that in Lower Saxony, finance to purchase a home continues to be widely available and is not just the preserve of high earners.

High rates of satisfaction in the Northwest

"Glücksatlas 2013" ('Happiness Map') survey
The empirical "Glücksatlas 2013" survey focused on factors such as work, family, housing and leisure time, all of which were graded by survey respondents on a scale from zero (highly dissatisfied) to ten (highly satisfied).

The survey showed that the most satisfied people live in Northwest Germany, with a 76% satisfaction rate. Survey respondents felt especially positive about the quality of housing, due to the extremely reasonable house prices. How can that be explained? The excellent quality of life in the region can be traced back to job satisfaction. People feel so good about their lives because they have secure, good jobs. Employees tend to prioritize a good working environment and job security.