Bern

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

5
223/263
Details
Large apartment$2176.30
Medium apartment$1665.99
Rent index [score]0.51
Small apartment$1155.68

Cost of Living

1
257/261
Details
5km taxi ride$23.00
A Cappuccino$4.80
A beer$1.70
A kilogram of Apples$3.70
Bread$1.00
Inflation [score]0.10
Lunch$18.00
Monthly fitness club membership$96.00
Monthly public transport$74.00
Movie ticket$20.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$115.88

Startups

3
217/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups3
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.24
Coworking spaces [score]0.60
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co1
Meetups [score]0.19
Meetups groups38
Meetups members5336
Number of investors1
Number of startup events in the last 12 months21
Number of upcoming meetup events10
Startup climate scene [score]0.47
Startup events2
Startup events2
Startup events [score]0.16
Startups [score]0.32
Total number of startups22

Venture Capital

N/A
Details

Travel Connectivity

7
19/260
Details
Airport hub158
Airport hub [score]0.38
Intercity train connectivity [score]1.00

Commute

6
14/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]1.00

Business Freedom

9
57/259
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
39/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.98
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year3
Guns per 100 residents46
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.92
Lack of guns [score]0.78
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.85

Healthcare

7
107/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.42
Healthcare quality [score]0.75
Life expectancy (years)83.36
Life expectancy [score]1.00

Education

6
45/230
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)5
PISA ranking11
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.92
PISA reading (high school)13
PISA science (high school)15
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
21/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.86
Cleanliness [score]1.00
Drinking water quality [score]0.98
Urban greenery [score]0.70

Economy

7
12/258
Details
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
43/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.82
Income tax level [score]0.48
Profit tax (% of profit)0.29
Time overhead to file company taxes63
VAT (Sales Tax)0.08

Internet Access

6
99/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)29.03
Internet access (download) [score]0.58
Internet access (upload) [score]0.58
Upload speed (Mbps)14.40

Leisure & Culture

4
213/263
Details
Art galleries26
Art galleries [score]0.30
Cinemas39
Cinemas [score]0.19
Comedy clubs5
Comedy clubs [score]0.49
Concert venues50
Concerts [score]0.31
Historical sites24
Historical sites [score]0.46
Museums31
Museums [score]0.40
Performing art venues42
Performing arts [score]0.26
Sport venues18
Sports [score]0.47
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.77

Tolerance

5
204/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index81.79
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.84
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]0.21

Outdoors

2
224/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.36
Median peak in meters893.00
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 261 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)

$1,844$2,508
$2176
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$96
Movie ticket$20
Broadband internet connection$42
Monthly public transport$74
Lunch$18
+22%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Bern are high. For this job type, Bern ranks 50th for salaries among 264 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)

$68,562
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

45.70
Guns per 100 people
3.08
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Bern in position 8 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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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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LGBT rights in Bern

Discrimination

Illegal

Marriage

Civil Unions

Adoption

Illegal

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]) 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 141,107 (April 2016), Bern is the fourth 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 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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