Lausanne

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

3
242/265
Details
Large apartment$2600.00
Medium apartment$2000.00
Rent index [score]0.37
Small apartment$1400.00

Cost of Living

1
246/250
Details
5km taxi ride$17.00
A Cappuccino$4.30
A beer$1.80
A kilogram of Apples$4.30
Bread$1.90
Inflation [score]0.10
Lunch$22.00
Monthly fitness club membership$89.00
Monthly public transport$76.00
Movie ticket$18.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$120.27

Startups

4
149/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups3
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.29
Coworking spaces [score]0.62
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co1
Meetups [score]0.45
Meetups groups136
Meetups members25412
Number of investors12
Number of startup events in the last 12 months75
Number of upcoming meetup events13
Startup climate scene [score]0.53
Startup events37
Startup events [score]0.55
Startups [score]0.50
Total number of startups99

Venture Capital

5
67/221
Details
Venture capital [score]0.49

Travel Connectivity

7
26/265
Details
Airport hub101
Airport hub [score]0.47
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.87

Commute

6
55/252
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.74

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

8
77/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.78
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

7
110/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.34
Healthcare quality [score]0.84
Life expectancy (years)83.36
Life expectancy [score]1.00

Education

7
25/239
Details
Best university in rankingÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Best university ranking30
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]0.47

Environmental Quality

9
13/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.96
Cleanliness [score]0.78
Drinking water quality [score]0.95
Urban greenery [score]0.91

Economy

7
12/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area0.98
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]0.47
Profit tax (% of profit)0.29
Time overhead to file company taxes63
VAT (Sales Tax)0.08

Internet Access

4
195/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)24.87
Internet access (download) [score]0.53
Internet access (upload) [score]0.26
Upload speed (Mbps)5.43

Leisure & Culture

4
216/264
Details
Art galleries40
Art galleries [score]0.32
Cinemas17
Cinemas [score]0.33
Comedy clubs20
Comedy clubs [score]0.65
Concert venues34
Concerts [score]0.32
Historical sites9
Historical sites [score]0.39
Museums26
Museums [score]0.45
Performing art venues44
Performing arts [score]0.29
Sport venues13
Sports [score]0.20
Zoos7
Zoos [score]0.55

Tolerance

8
41/265
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]0.87

Outdoors

5
78/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.35
Median peak in meters990.50
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)453.00
Water access [score]0.72
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Lausanne are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 250 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Lausanne 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)

$1,200$1,500
$1400
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Movie ticket$18
Monthly fitness club membership$89
Monthly public transport$76
Lunch$22
+25%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$93,706
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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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Lausanne in position 66 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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People in Lausanne

Population of Lausanne

214,600
1,850 /km²
71/264
Density (people per unit of area)
6%
Growth in 2015-2020
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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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Product Manager
13.04%
UX Designer
8.70%
Founder
8.70%
Project Manager
8.70%
IT Manager
4.35%
Marketing Manager
4.35%
Executive Assistant
4.35%
Other
47.83%

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On living in Lausanne


Lausanne, (pronounced low-ZANNE) the capital of the Swiss canton of Vaud, is a medium sized city (around two thirds the size of Geneva) which sits at the northernmost point of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman). The city is the host to the International Olympic Committee and two major universities. It is also the public transport hub of Vaud, and a gateway to the alpine Canton of the Valais, home to some of the best known ski slopes in the world.

As you might expect the large student population makes for a lively nightlife and arts community, revolving around the Flon district. You'll also find a number of quality restaurants and two dozen museums of note, including the Olympic Museum and the offbeat Collection de l'Art Brut. Architecture buffs will find the best preserved Gothic cathedral in Switzerland at the top of the town.

Despite being a very international city (42% of its population being foreign nationals) Lausanne is a French speaking city. English is not as commonly spoken as in Geneva and you will probably have trouble communicating with an average person on the street. Most service-sector employees speak a little English however, and the level of English amongst young Swiss tends to be high (amongst the older generation it is German that tends to be far stronger). A visitor will have little trouble getting around with just English.

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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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