Cologne

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
120/263
Details
Large apartment$1252.02
Medium apartment$940.79
Rent index [score]0.74
Small apartment$629.55

Cost of Living

5
138/261
Details
5km taxi ride$12.00
A Cappuccino$2.80
A beer$1.10
A kilogram of Apples$2.60
Bread$1.10
Inflation [score]0.52
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$36.00
Monthly public transport$100.00
Movie ticket$9.60
Price of a meal at a restaurant$68.83

Startups

5
107/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups7
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.36
Coworking spaces [score]0.32
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co3
Meetups [score]0.56
Meetups groups173
Meetups members36470
Number of investors33
Number of startup events in the last 12 months82
Number of upcoming meetup events58
Startup climate scene [score]0.54
Startup events33
Startup events29
Startup events [score]0.58
Startups [score]0.63
Total number of startups200

Venture Capital

3
120/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.32

Travel Connectivity

7
16/260
Details
Airport hub169
Airport hub [score]0.73
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.76

Commute

5
92/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.66

Business Freedom

9
24/259
Details
Business freedom90.00
Business freedom [score]0.97
Freedom from corruption79.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.86
Lack of labor restrictions50.60
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.29
Time to open a business10.50
Time to open a business [score]0.89

Safety

8
114/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.65
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year1
Guns per 100 residents30
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.97
Lack of guns [score]0.86
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.92

Healthcare

8
74/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.63
Healthcare quality [score]0.87
Life expectancy (years)81.04
Life expectancy [score]0.86

Education

5
65/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Cologne
Best university ranking170
Country mean scores in PISA math test517.09
Country mean scores in PISA reading test507.68
Country mean scores in PISA science test524.12
PISA math ranking (high school)12
PISA ranking14
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.91
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)11
Percent of happy students0.78
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.18
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.14
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.12
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.17
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.12
University quality [score]0.16

Environmental Quality

7
126/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.73
Cleanliness [score]0.58
Drinking water quality [score]0.78
Urban greenery [score]0.63

Economy

5
130/258
Details
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.34
GDP per capita$45888.42
GDP per capita [score]0.73

Taxation

4
199/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.45
Income tax level [score]0.35
Profit tax (% of profit)0.49
Time overhead to file company taxes218
VAT (Sales Tax)0.19

Internet Access

7
55/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)48.03
Internet access (download) [score]0.90
Internet access (upload) [score]0.40
Upload speed (Mbps)8.90

Leisure & Culture

5
153/263
Details
Art galleries87
Art galleries [score]0.45
Cinemas41
Cinemas [score]0.41
Comedy clubs56
Comedy clubs [score]0.71
Concert venues93
Concerts [score]0.53
Historical sites124
Historical sites [score]0.48
Museums62
Museums [score]0.60
Performing art venues108
Performing arts [score]0.47
Sport venues35
Sports [score]0.61
Zoos8
Zoos [score]0.76

Tolerance

7
91/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.87
LGBT Equality Index85.92
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.88
LGBT adoption rights✖ Step-child adoption only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Civil unions
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.48

Outdoors

5
92/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.19
Median peak in meters313.35
Presence of hills in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)56.00
Water access [score]0.88
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Köln are in the 138th place of all 261 Teleport cities. 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)

$555$704
$630
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$36
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$22
Monthly public transport$100
Lunch$12
-30%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$41,429
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

30.30
Guns per 100 people
1.01
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Visa

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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Bonn, Germany

Liebfrauenweg 1A, 53125 Bonn, Germany

Phone: +49 228 251 927

Embassy of Germany in Kabul, Afghanistan

Wazir Akbar Khan, Mena 6 , P.O. Box 83, Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: calls from Germany,w,ldwide: + 93 (0) 20 - 210 15 12,calls from Afghanistan: (020) - 210 15 12

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

138

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Cologne

Cologne (German: Köln, Ripuarian: Kölle) is situated on the river Rhein in North Rhine-Westphalia and is the fourth largest city in Germany with around one million residents. It is one of the nation's media, tourism and business hotspots, and is considered one of the most liberal cities in Germany.

Cologne has a rich history reaching as far back as the times of the ancient Roman Empire, when it was founded and remained a constantly inhabited important regional centre since then. Compared to other German and European cities, the ancient and medieval Cologne was relatively large, covering most of the modern-day city centre, and therefore a wealth of architectural heritage can be found across the city ranging from pre-Christian times to strikingly modern buildings, with a high concentration of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, culminating with the magnificent Cathedral (Dom).

Cologne is, however, not only a tourist destination, but on an equal note a major economic centre, a globally important trade fair location, a culture and media hotspot and a major transportation hub. This equal mix of roles and functions is permeable throughout the city and provides it with a constant inflow of various visitors, as well as a very diverse population mix. This all culminates during the traditional Karneval, and makes Cologne one of the most-visited destinations in Germany.

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