Geneva

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

1
259/263
Details
Large apartment$3484.30
Medium apartment$2579.39
Rent index [score]0.13
Small apartment$1674.48

Cost of Living

1
257/261
Details
5km taxi ride$19.00
A Cappuccino$4.40
A beer$1.80
A kilogram of Apples$4.30
Bread$1.40
Inflation [score]0.10
Lunch$24.00
Monthly fitness club membership$120.00
Monthly public transport$74.00
Movie ticket$20.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$133.38

Startups

5
103/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups10
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.42
Coworking spaces [score]0.57
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co2
Meetups [score]0.37
Meetups groups105
Meetups members18353
Number of investors47
Number of startup events in the last 12 months148
Number of upcoming meetup events28
Startup climate scene [score]0.56
Startup events7
Startup events22
Startup events [score]0.32
Startups [score]0.58
Total number of startups125

Venture Capital

4
93/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.38

Travel Connectivity

6
45/260
Details
Airport hub101
Airport hub [score]0.47
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.70

Commute

6
22/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.86

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

8
101/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.76
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
100/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.37
Healthcare quality [score]0.86
Life expectancy (years)83.36
Life expectancy [score]1.00

Education

6
50/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Geneva
Best university ranking137
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]0.18

Environmental Quality

8
40/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.73
Cleanliness [score]0.82
Drinking water quality [score]0.96
Urban greenery [score]0.89

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
83/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)39.34
Internet access (download) [score]0.68
Internet access (upload) [score]0.54
Upload speed (Mbps)12.97

Leisure & Culture

5
158/263
Details
Art galleries75
Art galleries [score]0.50
Cinemas63
Cinemas [score]0.34
Comedy clubs35
Comedy clubs [score]0.68
Concert venues81
Concerts [score]0.38
Historical sites50
Historical sites [score]0.55
Museums62
Museums [score]0.50
Performing art venues83
Performing arts [score]0.45
Sport venues65
Sports [score]0.38
Zoos10
Zoos [score]0.65

Tolerance

5
203/264
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]0.22

Outdoors

7
17/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.64
Median peak in meters1840.50
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)408.00
Water access [score]0.74
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Genève are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Genève 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)

$2,288$2,871
$2579
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$120
Movie ticket$20
Broadband internet connection$61
Monthly public transport$74
Lunch$24
+36%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Geneva are high. For this job type, Geneva ranks 31st 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 Geneva.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$76,850
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 Geneva in position 72 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 Geneva

Discrimination

Illegal

Marriage

Civil Unions

Adoption

Illegal

Climate

Average annual percent chance of sunshine

44

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Geneva

Geneva (French: Genève, German: Genf), Switzerland's second-most populous city and the largest French-speaking city in Switzerland, is one of the world's major centers of international diplomacy, having served as the site of the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross since its foundation in 1863. Although the United Nations is now headquartered in New York, the organization still retains a large presence in Geneva at the Palais des Nations and many of its sister/child organizations, such as the World Health and International Labour Organizations. Geneva itself has only 200,000 inhabitants but 915,000 people live in the metropolitan region.

In 1536, a young man named Jean Calvin, fleeing the persecution of Protestants in France, spent a night in Geneva. As it turned out, he was to do a lot more there than sleeping. After being expelled from Geneva for nearly three years, Calvin returned triumphantly in 1541 to help elevate the city to the rank of a Protestant Rome. The intellectual influence of the Reformation extended to all realms of Genevan life: politics, economy, and administration.

Geneva was an independent republic from at least the 16th century until it became a Swiss Canton on 31 Dec 1813. This is a point of some pride to the Genevois, who still refer to their Canton as the République et Canton de Genève. A favorite festival is the yearly celebration of the Escalade, which commemorates a failed attempt in 1602 by the forces of the Dukes of Savoy to invade the city by climbing and otherwise breaching the city walls. Having turned aside this invasion attempt at the cost of only 16 lives, Geneva had secured its liberty, since the House of Savoy was never again strong enough on this side of the Alps to attempt such an invasion.

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