This is something that Ingm has noticed. In her words, “there are as many pharmacies in Berlin as there are Starbucks in Vancouver”.
We’ve spotted areas on the bus commute to her schools where there are four pharmacies within view of each other. They are easy to spot with their common large “A” (for Apotheke 0r pharmacy) and they are ubiquitous at least in downtown areas.
Is it that Berlin has a large population of older people who frequent pharmacies more often? Maybe.
But the reason in all likelihood is regulation.
Pharmacies are always stand-alone (i.e. not inside a drugstore), the entry hurdles are significant, and medicines are highly regulated. All that appears to be a recipe for the dozens of pharmacies in our neighbourhood.