A big part of your personal happiness is your feeling of health of safety. All of the best beer gardens aren’t really worth much if you don’t feel good and feel safe.
Fortunately, Germany as a whole is a safe place to be. Let’s look at the data:
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ranks Germany as the safest country in all of Europe for homicide rates (2012 data). Germany, which is actually tied with Spain and Austria, has a homicide rate of 0.8 instances per 100,000 people. For background, a homicide is an “unlawful death purposefully inflicted on a person by another person”. Basically, it’s just as a TV show would describe it, but not as entertaining.
The United States, for comparison, has a homicide rate of 4.7 instances per 100,000 people. You’re about six times more likely to be “offed” in the United States than in Germany.
Better yet, Munich typically ranks as the safest city within Germany, making it an even more desirable spot.
Munich is also safer when it comes to robberies, with just 59 per 100,000 people. The United States has almost twice that number. Drug related crimes in Germany happen 292 times per 100,000 people, which is somewhere near average for the developed world. Oddly enough, Switzerland – innocent, passive Switzerland – has over 600 drug related crimes per 100,000.
That brings us to alcoholism. The World Health Organization takes a look at alcohol consumption by country. The report itself is worth a read – colorful, interesting, and full of charts, just like a stock report. A close look at the report will show that Germany – despite all of the beer gardens, Oktoberfest, and gigantic servings of beer – has less episodes of “heavy episodic drinking” per person than the United States. The same goes for percentage of folks with alcohol dependence; there’s less in Germany. And, same for drunk driving deaths: Germany has half the incidence of the United States.
So, since the atmosphere in Germany seems to keep you more or less sober, there will be more time for health and fitness. Data shows (again from the World Health Organization) that for virtually any type of illness or ailment, you are less likely to get it in Germany than in the United States or the United Kingdom. Pick a category: fire, poisoning, rheumatoid arthritis, STD’s, anything – you are far less likely to suffer it in Germany.
So there you have it: Munich and the rest of Germany offer a better crime-free, drug free, drunk-free, healthy environment than the United States alternative.