Lisbon

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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 9.3% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

8
86/263
Details
Large apartment$944.97
Medium apartment$761.97
Rent index [score]0.81
Small apartment$578.98

Cost of Living

7
72/261
Details
5km taxi ride$8.10
A Cappuccino$2.10
A beer$1.40
A kilogram of Apples$1.60
Bread$0.81
Inflation [score]0.73
Lunch$9.50
Monthly fitness club membership$51.00
Monthly public transport$41.00
Movie ticket$6.40
Price of a meal at a restaurant$45.00

Startups

6
53/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups18
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.55
Coworking spaces [score]0.66
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co36
Meetups [score]0.35
Meetups groups88
Meetups members24826
Number of investors35
Number of startup events in the last 12 months272
Number of upcoming meetup events19
Startup climate scene [score]0.62
Startup events13
Startup events37
Startup events [score]0.42
Startups [score]0.72
Total number of startups177

Venture Capital

3
142/227
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Venture capital [score]0.28

Travel Connectivity

4
85/260
Details
Airport hub103
Airport hub [score]0.48
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.37

Commute

5
104/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.69

Business Freedom

8
140/259
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]0.17
Time to open a business4.50
Time to open a business [score]0.96

Safety

9
57/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.75
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
77/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.72
Healthcare quality [score]0.77
Life expectancy (years)81.14
Life expectancy [score]0.87

Education

5
136/230
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)27
PISA ranking29
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.81
PISA reading (high school)29
PISA science (high school)32
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
121/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.73
Cleanliness [score]0.56
Drinking water quality [score]0.79
Urban greenery [score]0.65

Economy

3
218/258
Details
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
187/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.62
Income tax level [score]0.21
Profit tax (% of profit)0.40
Time overhead to file company taxes243
VAT (Sales Tax)0.23

Internet Access

6
101/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)41.61
Internet access (download) [score]0.70
Internet access (upload) [score]0.45
Upload speed (Mbps)10.02

Leisure & Culture

8
42/263
Details
Art galleries69
Art galleries [score]0.78
Cinemas51
Cinemas [score]0.54
Comedy clubs18
Comedy clubs [score]0.55
Concert venues91
Concerts [score]0.60
Historical sites125
Historical sites [score]0.78
Museums106
Museums [score]0.76
Performing art venues87
Performing arts [score]0.64
Sport venues86
Sports [score]0.73
Zoos2
Zoos [score]0.77

Tolerance

5
190/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index96.25
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.99
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
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]0.11

Outdoors

6
49/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.17
Median peak in meters269.99
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 72nd place of all 261 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)

$466$692
$579
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$51
Movie ticket$6
Broadband internet connection$28
Monthly public transport$41
Lunch$10
-49%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$24,011
Median salary
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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 76 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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LGBT rights in Lisbon

Discrimination

Illegal

Marriage

Legal

Adoption

Legal

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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