Families and Children

Dresden is unique not only for its cultural life, but also for its family-friendliness. Here, your family and career come in a single package.

Dresden is a young city and a place where you will be happy to see your children grow up. With 113 births per 10,000 inhabitants, Dresden is the no. 1 city for births in Germany. No other German city provides more places in pre-school care per 1,000 inhabitants.

The number of fathers who choose to take time out to care for their children is gratifyingly high: the rate of 38.7 percent is one of the highest in Germany.

In order to extend the high number of childcare places despite the growing birthrates, one of the city's key investment focuses is on extending childcare facilities. In 2011 48 million euros went into building or restoring 16 facilities.

Many businesses in Dresden have recognized the importance of family friendliness as a corporate value. They help their workforce reconcile their career and family life with flexible working hours schemes or by joining forces to run a childcare facility.

The Dresden Local Family League (Lokales Bündnis für Familie Dresden) works to make the city and industry even more family-oriented and child-friendly.

The range of local schools is also impressive: for years, Saxony's education system has come first in national rankings. Altogether, half of all school-leavers in Dresden have the necessary qualifications for university. That is the highest figure of any large German city; in Munich, for example, only 30 percent achieve that level.

Young talents are consequently supported and enthused with science and technology. Sucessful examples of this are the School Computing Centre, the Children’s University and the projects of the network „Dresden - City of Sciences“. 

Excellence is the city‘s motto

Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.