Nicosia

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

9
36/265
Details
Large apartment$540.00
Medium apartment$470.00
Rent index [score]0.90
Small apartment$400.00

Cost of Living

6
91/250
Details
5km taxi ride$6.50
A Cappuccino$4.40
A beer$1.40
A kilogram of Apples$2.00
Bread$0.80
Inflation [score]0.62
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$50.00
Monthly public transport$40.00
Movie ticket$8.50
Price of a meal at a restaurant$69.20

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]0.31
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co2
Meetups [score]0.10
Meetups groups3
Meetups members112
Number of investors1
Number of startup events in the last 12 months29
Startup climate scene [score]0.36
Startup events1
Startup events [score]0.10
Startups [score]0.43
Total number of startups54

Venture Capital

2
183/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.25

Travel Connectivity

2
205/265
Details
Airport hub61
Airport hub [score]0.32

Commute

2
222/251
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.83

Business Freedom

7
165/263
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
91/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.76
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]0.82
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.89

Healthcare

7
139/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.57
Healthcare quality [score]0.60
Life expectancy (years)80.48
Life expectancy [score]0.83

Education

2
194/239
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Cyprus
Best university ranking375
PISA math ranking (high school)37
PISA ranking40
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.39
PISA reading (high school)33
PISA science (high school)39
University quality [score]0.11

Environmental Quality

4
223/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.47
Cleanliness [score]0.30
Drinking water quality [score]0.52
Urban greenery [score]0.18

Economy

3
241/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area0.93
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
19/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.89
Income tax level [score]0.58
Profit tax (% of profit)0.25
Time overhead to file company taxes127
VAT (Sales Tax)0.19

Internet Access

4
203/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)24.54
Internet access (download) [score]0.53
Internet access (upload) [score]0.18
Upload speed (Mbps)4.07

Leisure & Culture

7
87/264
Details
Art galleries94
Art galleries [score]0.60
Cinemas81
Cinemas [score]0.61
Comedy clubs66
Comedy clubs [score]0.68
Concert venues107
Concerts [score]0.63
Historical sites64
Historical sites [score]0.87
Museums48
Museums [score]0.48
Performing art venues109
Performing arts [score]0.57
Sport venues30
Sports [score]0.63
Zoos5
Zoos [score]0.52

Tolerance

7
123/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index73.65
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.75
LGBT adoption rights✖ Single only
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✖ Unrecognized
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.68

Outdoors

2
234/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.27
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 91st place of all 250 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)

$450$630
$540
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$50
Movie ticket$9
Broadband internet connection$37
Monthly public transport$40
Lunch$13
-38%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Nicosia are below average. For this job type, Nicosia ranks 143rd 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 Nicosia.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$39,238
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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People in Nicosia

Population of Nicosia

234,900
335 /km²
230/264
Density (people per unit of area)
3%
Growth in 2015-2020
Nicosia

Demographics of Cyprus

Median age
36
Elderly people
12%
Life expectancy at birth
79
GDP per capita (in USD)
$30,769
172/262
Unemployment
15%
243/263

Languages

Common spoken languages
Greek

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Work in:

Software Engineer
10.17%
Project Manager
8.47%
Founder
8.47%
Teacher
5.08%
Account Manager
3.39%
Marketing Manager
3.39%
Product Manager
3.39%
Other
57.63%

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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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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

Cyprus
16th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

13th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

73rd

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

6th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

28th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

34th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

5th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

55th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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