Bergen

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

5
198/265
Details
Large apartment$1817.71
Medium apartment$1475.57
Rent index [score]0.56
Small apartment$1133.43

Cost of Living

1
244/250
Details
5km taxi ride$1.30
A Cappuccino$5.00
A beer$3.60
A kilogram of Apples$3.10
Bread$2.10
Inflation [score]0.13
Lunch$21.00
Monthly fitness club membership$58.00
Monthly public transport$94.00
Movie ticket$13.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$108.98

Startups

2
238/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups1
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.15
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Meetups [score]0.18
Meetups groups31
Meetups members4991
Number of startup events in the last 12 months10
Number of upcoming meetup events14
Startup climate scene [score]0.38
Startup events2
Startup events [score]0.16
Startups [score]0.27
Total number of startups15

Venture Capital

2
193/226
Details
Venture capital [score]0.22

Travel Connectivity

3
122/265
Details
Airport hub49
Airport hub [score]0.28
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.37

Commute

6
43/247
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.84

Business Freedom

10
7/263
Details
Business freedom89.60
Business freedom [score]0.96
Freedom from corruption86.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.96
Lack of labor restrictions48.50
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.25
Time to open a business4.00
Time to open a business [score]0.97

Safety

7
143/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.58
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents31
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.95
Lack of guns [score]0.85
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.90

Healthcare

9
25/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]1.00
Healthcare quality [score]0.81
Life expectancy (years)81.77
Life expectancy [score]0.90

Education

5
92/239
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Bergen
Best university ranking225
PISA math ranking (high school)16
PISA ranking13
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.84
PISA reading (high school)8
PISA science (high school)18
University quality [score]0.13

Environmental Quality

8
61/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.86
Cleanliness [score]0.61
Drinking water quality [score]0.90
Urban greenery [score]0.86

Economy

7
8/262
Details
Currency for urban areaNOK
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.41
GDP per capita$66937.46
GDP per capita [score]1.00

Taxation

5
128/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.62
Income tax level [score]0.35
Profit tax (% of profit)0.40
Time overhead to file company taxes83
VAT (Sales Tax)0.25

Internet Access

8
17/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)98.51
Internet access (download) [score]1.00
Internet access (upload) [score]0.57
Upload speed (Mbps)14.61

Leisure & Culture

5
200/263
Details
Art galleries33
Art galleries [score]0.37
Cinemas12
Cinemas [score]0.18
Comedy clubs9
Comedy clubs [score]0.34
Concert venues35
Concerts [score]0.34
Historical sites26
Historical sites [score]0.55
Museums36
Museums [score]0.35
Performing art venues29
Performing arts [score]0.35
Sport venues27
Sports [score]0.31
Zoos4
Zoos [score]0.63

Tolerance

6
175/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index93.13
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.96
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.29

Outdoors

4
181/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.18
Median peak in meters316.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Water access [score]0.64
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Bergen are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 250 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Bergen will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$984$1,283
$1133
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Movie ticket$13
Monthly fitness club membership$58
Monthly public transport$94
Lunch$21
+8%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Bergen are high. For this job type, Bergen ranks 49th for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Bergen.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$69,009
Median salary
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Locals review Bergen

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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

31.30
Guns per 100 people
1.75
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Bergen in position 146 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

For visits up to 90 days

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Embassies

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Oslo, Norway

Gange- Rolvs gate 5, 0244

Phone: (+47) 22 12 35 70

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People in Bergen

Population of Bergen

213,585
354 /km²
221/264
Density (people per unit of area)
7%
Growth in 2015-2020
Bergen

Demographics of Norway

Median age
39
Elderly people
17%
Life expectancy at birth
82
GDP per capita (in USD)
$66,937
4/262
Unemployment
4%
33/263

Languages

English proficiency score
69
110/228
Common spoken languages
Norwegian

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UX Designer
16.67%
Business Analyst
8.33%
Founder
8.33%
Systems Administrator
8.33%
Web Developer
8.33%
Product Manager
8.33%
Teacher
8.33%
Other
33.33%

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

113

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Bergen

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and the most popular gateway to the fjords of West Norway. The city is renowned for its great location amidst mountains, fjords and the ocean. Steep mountains and highlands within the city offers excellent hiking opportunities. Having fostered many of Norway's greatest bands and artists, the city is also famous for its cultural life and underground/indie music scene. Bergen's unpredictable weather adds to its quirky, unmistakable charm. Bergen was Norway's main city for centuries, and many patriotic inhabitants believe it still is.

Most characteristic for Bergen is the location among steep mountains. Bergen is surrounded by sea (straits and fjords) and the city itself has a large number of lakes. It is a typical Norwegian wooden town, even downtown there are notable neighborhoods of small wooden houses in various styles. In some areas wooden houses have been replaced by taller masonry structures giving the city fascinating mix of old and new.

Bergen has some fine examples of functionalist architecture such as Kalmar House and Sundt shopping centre. "Brutalist" buildings include the science building at the university and the city hall.

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