Lausanne

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

4
240/263
Details
Large apartment$2590.16
Medium apartment$1917.92
Rent index [score]0.40
Small apartment$1245.68

Cost of Living

1
257/261
Details
5km taxi ride$18.00
A Cappuccino$4.10
A beer$1.80
A kilogram of Apples$4.30
Bread$1.50
Inflation [score]0.10
Lunch$19.00
Monthly fitness club membership$100.00
Monthly public transport$67.00
Movie ticket$19.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$121.21

Startups

4
147/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups5
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.30
Coworking spaces [score]0.60
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co1
Meetups [score]0.38
Meetups groups108
Meetups members18621
Number of investors12
Number of startup events in the last 12 months12
Number of upcoming meetup events11
Startup climate scene [score]0.50
Startup events3
Startup events6
Startup events [score]0.21
Startups [score]0.50
Total number of startups101

Venture Capital

5
68/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.49

Travel Connectivity

7
25/260
Details
Airport hub101
Airport hub [score]0.47
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.86

Commute

5
68/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.73

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

7
154/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.62
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
104/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.34
Healthcare quality [score]0.85
Life expectancy (years)83.36
Life expectancy [score]1.00

Education

7
20/230
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)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]0.47

Environmental Quality

9
11/264
Details
Air quality [score]1.00
Cleanliness [score]0.76
Drinking water quality [score]1.00
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

4
193/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)24.25
Internet access (download) [score]0.52
Internet access (upload) [score]0.23
Upload speed (Mbps)4.97

Leisure & Culture

4
217/263
Details
Art galleries39
Art galleries [score]0.33
Cinemas34
Cinemas [score]0.34
Comedy clubs20
Comedy clubs [score]0.66
Concert venues34
Concerts [score]0.32
Historical sites10
Historical sites [score]0.40
Museums32
Museums [score]0.44
Performing art venues44
Performing arts [score]0.28
Sport venues25
Sports [score]0.25
Zoos6
Zoos [score]0.55

Tolerance

6
174/264
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]0.31

Outdoors

6
63/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.39
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]0.73
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Lausanne 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 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)

$2,289$2,892
$2590
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$100
Movie ticket$19
Broadband internet connection$53
Monthly public transport$67
Lunch$19
+23%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Lausanne are very high. For this job type, Lausanne ranks 13th 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 Lausanne.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$82,877
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 Lausanne in position 127 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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23 Avenue de France, Geneva 1202, Switzerland

Phone: +41 22 731 16 16,+41 22 732 44 89

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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 should note that at the top of the old town you'll find the best preserved Gothic cathedral in Switzerland.

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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