Oulu

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

8
87/263
Details
Large apartment$961.49
Medium apartment$774.47
Rent index [score]0.81
Small apartment$587.45

Cost of Living

5
161/261
Details
5km taxi ride$1.80
A Cappuccino$4.00
A beer$2.40
A kilogram of Apples$2.10
Bread$1.20
Inflation [score]0.49
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$47.00
Monthly public transport$53.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$82.30

Startups

3
219/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups1
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.15
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Meetups [score]0.10
Meetups groups3
Meetups members96
Number of investors2
Number of startup events in the last 12 months1
Startup climate scene [score]0.23
Startup events1
Startup events [score]0.10
Startups [score]0.40
Total number of startups82

Venture Capital

3
129/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.33

Travel Connectivity

3
143/260
Details
Airport hub3
Airport hub [score]0.10
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.44

Commute

6
34/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.88

Business Freedom

9
13/259
Details
Business freedom90.70
Business freedom [score]0.99
Freedom from corruption89.00
Freedom from corruption [score]1.00
Lack of labor restrictions53.70
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.34
Time to open a business14.00
Time to open a business [score]0.85

Safety

8
76/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.76
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year3
Guns per 100 residents28
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.91
Lack of guns [score]0.87
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.89

Healthcare

8
72/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.65
Healthcare quality [score]0.86
Life expectancy (years)81.08
Life expectancy [score]0.86

Education

5
51/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Oulu
Best university ranking225
Country mean scores in PISA math test526.53
Country mean scores in PISA reading test524.02
Country mean scores in PISA science test545.44
PISA math ranking (high school)8
PISA ranking5
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.96
PISA reading (high school)6
PISA science (high school)4
Percent of happy students0.65
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.12
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.11
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.15
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.13
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.17
University quality [score]0.13

Environmental Quality

9
37/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.94
Cleanliness [score]0.91
Drinking water quality [score]0.81
Urban greenery [score]0.74

Economy

4
203/258
Details
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate-0.00
GDP growth rate [score]0.14
GDP per capita$40346.97
GDP per capita [score]0.64

Taxation

5
103/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.65
Income tax level [score]0.35
Profit tax (% of profit)0.38
Time overhead to file company taxes93
VAT (Sales Tax)0.24

Internet Access

5
147/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)26.18
Internet access (download) [score]0.54
Internet access (upload) [score]0.45
Upload speed (Mbps)9.84

Leisure & Culture

2
253/263
Details
Art galleries27
Art galleries [score]0.49
Cinemas12
Cinemas [score]0.40
Comedy clubs10
Comedy clubs [score]0.56
Concert venues40
Concerts [score]0.44
Historical sites18
Historical sites [score]0.19
Museums22
Museums [score]0.24
Performing art venues44
Performing arts [score]0.51
Sport venues18
Sports [score]0.60
Zoos1
Zoos [score]0.27

Tolerance

6
158/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index78.28
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.80
LGBT adoption rights✖ Step-child adoption only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
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 rightsOther type of partnership
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.38

Outdoors

5
99/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.20
Median peak in meters338.50
Seaside access1.00
Water access [score]0.84
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Oulu are in the 161st 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)

$806$1,117
$961
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$47
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$21
Monthly public transport$53
Lunch$12
-25%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Oulu are above average. For this job type, Oulu ranks 107th 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 Oulu.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$48,863
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

27.50
Guns per 100 people
3.25
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Oulu in position 70 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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People in Oulu

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LGBT rights in Oulu

Discrimination

Illegal

Marriage

Other Type Of Partnership

Adoption

Step-Child Adoption Only

Climate

Average day length (hours)

13.5

Climate type

Continental Subarctic

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Oulu

2:55 City of Oulu - Finland / 4K / DJI OSMO

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On living in Oulu

Oulu (Swedish: Uleåborg) is the biggest city in Northern Finland, with some 200,000 inhabitants (counting by the administrative borders, the city itself has a little less).

Oulu is the capital of the province of Oulu and the region of Northern Ostrobothnia. It is the fifth largest municipality in Finland by population, and the largest and most important in Northern Finland. As a result of two consolidations of neighbouring municipalities, first Ylikiiminki on January 1st 2009, and then Haukipudas, Kiiminki, Oulunsalo and Yli-Ii on January 1st 2013, its land area is over 3,000 square kilometers (five to ten times the size of other similar sized cities in Finland). As urban area it comes fourth, after the capital region, Tampere and Turku.

Oulu is known for its high-tech focus, with free wireless Internet access, Panoulu, in the city center. A lot of Finnish IT companies, including Nokia, have offices in Oulu or nearby areas. In 1988 Jarkko Oikarinen wrote the first irc server and client here. Oulu is also home of Oulun Kärpät, a successful hockey team playing in the top Finnish league, Liiga.

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