Bern

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

5
212/265
Details
Large apartment$2300.00
Medium apartment$1700.00
Rent index [score]0.50
Small apartment$1200.00

Cost of Living

1
241/245
Details
5km taxi ride$22.00
A Cappuccino$4.40
A beer$1.50
A kilogram of Apples$3.70
Bread$1.00
Inflation [score]0.10
Lunch$21.00
Monthly fitness club membership$100.00
Monthly public transport$82.00
Movie ticket$18.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$121.35

Startups

3
219/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups1
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.20
Coworking spaces [score]0.62
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co1
Meetups [score]0.21
Meetups groups44
Meetups members6311
Number of investors1
Number of startup events in the last 12 months21
Number of upcoming meetup events15
Startup climate scene [score]0.34
Startup events3
Startup events [score]0.20
Startups [score]0.34
Total number of startups22

Venture Capital

N/A
Details

Travel Connectivity

5
57/265
Details
Airport hub152
Airport hub [score]0.35
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.70

Commute

5
78/255
Details
Traffic handling [score]1.00

Business Freedom

9
59/263
Details
Business freedom82.20
Business freedom [score]0.81
Freedom from corruption86.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.96
Lack of labor restrictions72.10
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.66
Time to open a business10.00
Time to open a business [score]0.90

Safety

9
20/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.97
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year3
Guns per 100 residents24
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.92
Lack of guns [score]0.88
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.90

Healthcare

9
4/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]1.00
Healthcare quality [score]0.82
Life expectancy (years)83.36
Life expectancy [score]1.00

Education

5
62/239
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Bern
Best university ranking110
Country mean scores in PISA math test531.14
Country mean scores in PISA reading test509.04
Country mean scores in PISA science test515.30
PISA math ranking (high school)7
PISA ranking11
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.85
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)14
Percent of happy students0.86
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.12
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.14
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.13
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.21
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.09
University quality [score]0.22

Environmental Quality

9
21/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.81
Cleanliness [score]1.00
Drinking water quality [score]0.98
Urban greenery [score]0.71

Economy

7
12/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area0.97
Currency for urban areaCHF
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.39
GDP per capita$58087.21
GDP per capita [score]0.92

Taxation

6
44/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.82
Income tax level [score]0.45
Profit tax (% of profit)0.29
Time overhead to file company taxes63
VAT (Sales Tax)0.08

Internet Access

6
110/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)29.86
Internet access (download) [score]0.59
Internet access (upload) [score]0.59
Upload speed (Mbps)14.46

Leisure & Culture

4
213/264
Details
Art galleries28
Art galleries [score]0.25
Cinemas39
Cinemas [score]0.19
Comedy clubs5
Comedy clubs [score]0.48
Concert venues54
Concerts [score]0.31
Historical sites24
Historical sites [score]0.45
Museums32
Museums [score]0.40
Performing art venues45
Performing arts [score]0.26
Sport venues18
Sports [score]0.48
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.77

Tolerance

9
37/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index81.79
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.83
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
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✔ Civil unions
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.88

Outdoors

2
230/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.33
Median peak in meters900.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)548.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Bern are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 245 Teleport cities and the most expensive in Switzerland. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Bern 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)

$1,900$2,600
$2300
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$100
Movie ticket$18
Broadband internet connection$42
Monthly public transport$82
Lunch$21
+30%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Bern are above average. For this job type, Bern ranks 67th 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 Bern.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$63,586
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

12%
For annual salary of $40000
12%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

8%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

77/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

32/262
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

24.45
Guns per 100 people
3.01
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Bern in position 13 of 265 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

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Geneva, Switzerland

23 Avenue de France, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland

Phone: +41 22,731 16 16,+41 22 732 44 89

Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the UNOG in Geneva, Switzerland

23 Avenue de France, Geneva 1202, Switzerland

Phone: +41 22 731 16 16,+41 22 732 44 89

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People in Bern

Population of Bern

233,100
923 /km²
135/264
Density (people per unit of area)
1%
Growth in 2015-2020
Bern

Demographics of Switzerland

Median age
42
Elderly people
18%
Life expectancy at birth
83
GDP per capita (in USD)
$58,087
7/262
Unemployment
3%
16/263

Languages

English proficiency score
60
138/228
Common spoken languages
German
French
Italian

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Work in:

Software Engineer
10.91%
Marketing Manager
5.82%
Project Manager
4.73%
Business Analyst
3.27%
Data Scientist
3.27%
Founder
3.27%
Web Designer
3.27%
Other
65.45%

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

213

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Bern

The city of Bern (German: [bɛrn, bɛʀn]) or Berne (French: [bɛʁn]; Italian: Berna [ˈbɛrna]; Romansh: Berna  [ˈbɛrnɐ]; Bernese German: Bärn [b̥æːrn]) is the de facto capital of Switzerland, referred to by the Swiss as their (e.g. in German) Bundesstadt, or "federal city". With a population of 141,762 (November 2016), Bern is the fifth-most populous city in Switzerland. The Bern agglomeration, which includes 36 municipalities, had a population of 406,900 in 2014. The metropolitan area had a population of 660,000 in 2000. Bern is also the capital of the canton of Bern, the second-most populous of Switzerland's cantons.

The official language in Bern is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the most-spoken language is an Alemannic Swiss German dialect, Bernese German.

In 1983, the historic old town (actually called in German: Innere Stadt) in the centre of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bern is ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life (2010).

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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

Switzerland
4th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

10th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

61st

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

3rd

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

2nd

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

31st

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

10th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

5th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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