guests at the borders. Whether for visitors, entrepreneurs or its own citizens – the federal state of Brandenburg offers unusual prospects and creates space to design them with personal dedication. Brandenburg relies on people who take their future in their own hands. So that ev eryone has their own chances, the state provides good general conditions. Equality of opportunities belongs to the quality of life in Brandenburg. Part of this is the alignment of career and family. So children have a legal right to care in a day care centre, lower income families receive grants for holidays and family friendly communities are subsidised. The provision level of child care places is in Brandenburg amongst the best in Europe and Germany. Brandenburg stands