Nicosia

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

9
40/263
Details
Large apartment$588.28
Medium apartment$501.55
Rent index [score]0.90
Small apartment$414.82

Cost of Living

6
101/261
Details
5km taxi ride$7.30
A Cappuccino$4.30
A beer$1.40
A kilogram of Apples$2.50
Bread$1.20
Inflation [score]0.59
Lunch$15.00
Monthly fitness club membership$56.00
Monthly public transport$44.00
Movie ticket$9.90
Price of a meal at a restaurant$70.04

Startups

3
189/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups3
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.24
Coworking spaces [score]0.32
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co2
Meetups [score]0.11
Meetups groups4
Meetups members127
Number of investors1
Number of startup events in the last 12 months29
Startup climate scene [score]0.36
Startup events2
Startup events3
Startup events [score]0.16
Startups [score]0.43
Total number of startups56

Venture Capital

2
189/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.23

Travel Connectivity

2
202/260
Details
Airport hub61
Airport hub [score]0.32

Commute

5
113/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.80

Business Freedom

7
163/259
Details
Business freedom74.50
Business freedom [score]0.65
Freedom from corruption63.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.63
Lack of labor restrictions58.20
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.42
Time to open a business6.00
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

8
92/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.74
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents36
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.95
Lack of guns [score]0.83
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.89

Healthcare

7
125/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.60
Healthcare quality [score]0.65
Life expectancy (years)80.48
Life expectancy [score]0.83

Education

1
220/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Cyprus
Best university ranking375
University quality [score]0.11

Environmental Quality

4
220/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.49
Cleanliness [score]0.35
Drinking water quality [score]0.45
Urban greenery [score]0.20

Economy

3
238/258
Details
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate-0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.10
GDP per capita$30769.09
GDP per capita [score]0.50

Taxation

7
19/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.89
Income tax level [score]0.59
Profit tax (% of profit)0.25
Time overhead to file company taxes127
VAT (Sales Tax)0.19

Internet Access

3
209/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)19.77
Internet access (download) [score]0.45
Internet access (upload) [score]0.17
Upload speed (Mbps)3.95

Leisure & Culture

7
96/263
Details
Art galleries63
Art galleries [score]0.58
Cinemas80
Cinemas [score]0.59
Comedy clubs66
Comedy clubs [score]0.67
Concert venues79
Concerts [score]0.62
Historical sites66
Historical sites [score]0.86
Museums47
Museums [score]0.47
Performing art venues112
Performing arts [score]0.56
Sport venues31
Sports [score]0.62
Zoos5
Zoos [score]0.50

Tolerance

6
185/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index65.72
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.67
LGBT adoption rights✖ Single only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
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✖ Unrecognized
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.44

Outdoors

2
227/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.30
Median peak in meters685.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)148.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Nicosia are in the 101st place of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly lower compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. 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)

$430$573
$502
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$56
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$37
Monthly public transport$44
Lunch$15
-34%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$41,312
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

36.40
Guns per 100 people
1.87
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Nicosia in position 78 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

336

Climate type

Mid-Latitude Steppe and Desert

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Nicosia

Nicosia (Greek: Λευκωσία) (Turkish: Lefkoşa) is the centrally located capital of Cyprus and by far the largest city on the island. It also acts as a separate administrative capital for the Nicosia district. The municipality of Nicosia governs only the central portion, but the city now sprawls for several kilometers and has engulfed surrounding villages and settlements. Its population hovers around 250,000 (a third of the total population of Cyprus) but the city has a feel of one much larger. It is the administrative and financial hub of the island as well as home to several universities, colleges and other educational establishments. It also hosts most foreign embassies and offshore companies (a big industry in Cyprus nowadays). Along with its international students and foreign workers it has developed a truly cosmopolitan feel.

Nicosia is one of the very few divided capitals in the world. The barbed wire and guardtowers of the Green Line cuts the town in two, with the northern side being the capital of the self-proclaimed Northern Cyprus and the southern half being the capital of the Republic of Cyprus.

Politics aside, Nicosia is a little short on both the archaeological treasure troves and beaches with pulsating nightlife that bring most visitors to Cyprus. But the Old City with its museums and churches is pleasant enough, and precisely due to the comparative lack of tourists, the city retains more of an authentically Cypriot air than the resorts of the southern coast. Fantastic little cafes invite you in for a Cypriot coffee, so just walk around and see the many woodworking shops that are deep within the City, and take a walk down to the Green Line, the boundary that now divides North from South. Being the financial and administrative centre of the island, it is by far the best place for shopaholics.

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