Cologne

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
128/265
Details
Large apartment$1400.00
Medium apartment$1100.00
Rent index [score]0.72
Small apartment$760.00

Cost of Living

6
129/245
Details
5km taxi ride$13.00
A Cappuccino$3.30
A beer$1.60
A kilogram of Apples$2.40
Bread$1.10
Inflation [score]0.57
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$34.00
Monthly public transport$110.00
Movie ticket$9.90
Price of a meal at a restaurant$72.20

Startups

5
92/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups5
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.41
Coworking spaces [score]0.31
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co3
Meetups [score]0.65
Meetups groups197
Meetups members57903
Number of investors33
Number of startup events in the last 12 months192
Number of upcoming meetup events96
Startup climate scene [score]0.61
Startup events65
Startup events [score]0.64
Startups [score]0.61
Total number of startups181

Venture Capital

3
123/223
Details
Venture capital [score]0.33

Travel Connectivity

8
16/265
Details
Airport hub169
Airport hub [score]0.73
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.78

Commute

5
57/255
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.69

Business Freedom

9
24/263
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
122/265
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]0.85
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.91

Healthcare

9
74/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.87
Healthcare quality [score]0.88
Life expectancy (years)81.04
Life expectancy [score]0.86

Education

5
77/239
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)14
PISA ranking10
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.86
PISA reading (high school)9
PISA science (high school)13
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
105/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.69
Cleanliness [score]0.64
Drinking water quality [score]0.78
Urban greenery [score]0.74

Economy

5
132/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area0.85
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
203/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.45
Income tax level [score]0.31
Profit tax (% of profit)0.49
Time overhead to file company taxes218
VAT (Sales Tax)0.19

Internet Access

7
61/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)47.88
Internet access (download) [score]0.90
Internet access (upload) [score]0.42
Upload speed (Mbps)9.96

Leisure & Culture

5
156/264
Details
Art galleries88
Art galleries [score]0.42
Cinemas41
Cinemas [score]0.41
Comedy clubs55
Comedy clubs [score]0.72
Concert venues91
Concerts [score]0.49
Historical sites124
Historical sites [score]0.46
Museums64
Museums [score]0.60
Performing art venues113
Performing arts [score]0.47
Sport venues37
Sports [score]0.67
Zoos21
Zoos [score]0.81

Tolerance

8
91/265
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.87
LGBT Equality Index85.45
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.87
LGBT adoption rights✖ Step-child adoption only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not 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]0.67

Outdoors

5
94/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.18
Median peak in meters313.00
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 129th place of all 245 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)

$860$1,300
$1100
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$34
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$22
Monthly public transport$110
Lunch$12
-30%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Cologne are below average. For this job type, Cologne ranks 138th 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 Cologne.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$40,046
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

21%
For annual salary of $40000
31%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

19%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

155/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

187/262
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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

For visits up to 90 days

Required with citizenship of

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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People in Cologne

Population of Cologne

1,952,300
1,978 /km²
66/264
Density (people per unit of area)
3%
Growth in 2015-2020
Cologne

Demographics of Germany

Median age
47
Elderly people
22%
Life expectancy at birth
81
GDP per capita (in USD)
$45,888
96/262
Unemployment
5%
47/263

Languages

English proficiency score
62
120/228
Common spoken languages
German

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Marketing Manager
9.21%
Software Engineer
7.89%
Founder
5.26%
Business Analyst
3.95%
Operations Manager
3.95%
Human Resources Manager
3.95%
UX Designer
3.95%
Other
61.84%

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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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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

Germany
7th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

2nd

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

44th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

17th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

30th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

7th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

11th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

13th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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