Lisbon

Quality of life in Lisbon

Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world, is a charming mix of Paris and San Francisco—at a fraction of the price. It offers a relaxed and tolerant environment with great local cuisine. Its central areas are best navigated by foot, allowing you to enjoy the grand architecture and pleasant climate, while its affordable public transportation system offers easy access to the rest of the city.

Lisbon is one of the top ten city matches for 10.4% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
100/265
Details
Large apartment$1100.00
Medium apartment$910.00
Rent index [score]0.75
Small apartment$690.00

Cost of Living

7
74/245
Details
5km taxi ride$6.70
A Cappuccino$2.10
A beer$1.60
A kilogram of Apples$1.70
Bread$0.95
Inflation [score]0.74
Lunch$9.50
Monthly fitness club membership$57.00
Monthly public transport$42.00
Movie ticket$8.10
Price of a meal at a restaurant$50.00

Startups

6
62/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups8
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.50
Coworking spaces [score]0.68
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co36
Meetups [score]0.39
Meetups groups104
Meetups members35430
Number of investors35
Number of startup events in the last 12 months282
Number of upcoming meetup events26
Startup climate scene [score]0.60
Startup events20
Startup events [score]0.45
Startups [score]0.71
Total number of startups251

Venture Capital

4
82/223
Details
Venture capital [score]0.43

Travel Connectivity

4
83/265
Details
Airport hub103
Airport hub [score]0.48
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.37

Commute

5
92/255
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.67

Business Freedom

8
142/263
Details
Business freedom85.30
Business freedom [score]0.87
Freedom from corruption63.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.63
Lack of labor restrictions43.50
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.16
Time to open a business4.50
Time to open a business [score]0.96

Safety

9
68/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.74
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents9
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.96
Lack of guns [score]0.96
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.96

Healthcare

8
165/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.70
Healthcare quality [score]0.78
Life expectancy (years)81.14
Life expectancy [score]0.87

Education

4
110/239
Details
Best university in rankingInstituto Superior Técnico Lisboa
Best university ranking375
Country mean scores in PISA math test481.44
Country mean scores in PISA reading test487.76
Country mean scores in PISA science test489.27
PISA math ranking (high school)21
PISA ranking18
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.79
PISA reading (high school)15
PISA science (high school)17
Percent of happy students0.85
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.25
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.19
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.19
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.11
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.06
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.05
University quality [score]0.11

Environmental Quality

7
122/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.71
Cleanliness [score]0.55
Drinking water quality [score]0.84
Urban greenery [score]0.65

Economy

3
222/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area0.85
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate0.01
GDP growth rate [score]0.26
GDP per capita$26974.63
GDP per capita [score]0.44

Taxation

4
177/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.62
Income tax level [score]0.19
Profit tax (% of profit)0.40
Time overhead to file company taxes243
VAT (Sales Tax)0.23

Internet Access

6
93/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)40.42
Internet access (download) [score]0.69
Internet access (upload) [score]0.53
Upload speed (Mbps)12.13

Leisure & Culture

8
38/264
Details
Art galleries69
Art galleries [score]0.78
Cinemas50
Cinemas [score]0.54
Comedy clubs18
Comedy clubs [score]0.55
Concert venues88
Concerts [score]0.61
Historical sites157
Historical sites [score]0.80
Museums108
Museums [score]0.77
Performing art venues86
Performing arts [score]0.64
Sport venues78
Sports [score]0.73
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.78

Tolerance

10
2/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index95.36
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.98
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not 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✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.97

Outdoors

6
50/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.16
Median peak in meters255.04
Presence of hills in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)29.00
Water access [score]0.97
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Lisbon are in the 74th 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)

$550$840
$690
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$57
Movie ticket$8
Broadband internet connection$28
Monthly public transport$42
Lunch$10
-46%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Lisbon are low. For this job type, Lisbon ranks 228th 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 Lisbon.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$22,910
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

30%
For annual salary of $40000
36%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

23%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

244/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

89/262
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

8.50
Guns per 100 people
1.58
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Lisbon in position 79 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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People in Lisbon

Population of Lisbon

2,577,400
488 /km²
193/264
Density (people per unit of area)
0%
Growth in 2015-2020
Lisbon

Demographics of Portugal

Median age
42
Elderly people
19%
Life expectancy at birth
79
GDP per capita (in USD)
$26,975
180/262
Unemployment
12%
237/263

Languages

English proficiency score
60
142/228
Common spoken languages
Portuguese

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Work in:

Founder
8.50%
Software Engineer
7.64%
Marketing Manager
7.49%
Web Developer
4.03%
Graphic Designer
3.60%
Web Designer
3.60%
Project Manager
2.88%
Other
62.25%

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

218

Climate type

Mediterranean

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Lisbon

6:18 What to Do in Lisbon, Portugal | 36 Hours Travel Videos | The New York Times

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On living in Lisbon

Lisbon (Portuguese: Lisboa) is the capital of Portugal situated on seven hills at the wide mouth of the river Tagus (Tejo) where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. A port city, an economic centre, a cultural powerhouse and a thriving mix of Portugal's rich history and vivid contemporary culture, Lisbon enchants travellers with its white bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways, and an easy going charm that makes it a popular year round destination.

Lisbon is also the capital of the Lisbon Region, comprising many other splendid tourist destinations such as the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sintra, the seaside resorts of Estoril and Cascais, or Almada famous for its hilltop Cristo Rei statue, all of which are connected with Lisbon by excellent public transportation links.

Lisbon is built on seven hills, so getting around Lisbon can be a workout. Numerous slopes and few really flat areas is one of Lisbon's trademarks. This is also a city of enchanting contrasts: The elegant squares, broad avenues, monumental buildings and rectangular layout of the lower areas quickly gives way to the hilly, narrow, winding, unpredictable and cramped streets of districts such as Alfama and Bairro Alto. The elegant dining rooms and smart rooftop bars of expensive hotels seems like a different world compared to the excellent restaurants disguised behind an inconspicuous façade in a modest Bairro Alto street. Quality patisseries and restaurants thrive side by side with late night bars and noisy discos. The old, tiny squeaky trams (one of the city's trademarks) are no less of a contrast to the efficient metro network.

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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

Portugal
20th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

40th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

131st

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

4th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

12th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

18th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

46th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

25th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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