Oulu

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

8
88/265
Details
Large apartment$970.00
Medium apartment$800.00
Rent index [score]0.82
Small apartment$620.00

Cost of Living

5
168/250
Details
5km taxi ride$1.70
A Cappuccino$3.60
A beer$2.40
A kilogram of Apples$2.10
Bread$1.20
Inflation [score]0.48
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$54.00
Monthly public transport$54.00
Movie ticket$12.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$79.12

Startups

2
230/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.10
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Meetups [score]0.10
Meetups groups4
Meetups members228
Number of investors2
Number of startup events in the last 12 months5
Startup climate scene [score]0.17
Startups [score]0.38
Total number of startups81

Venture Capital

3
124/221
Details
Venture capital [score]0.34

Travel Connectivity

3
143/265
Details
Airport hub3
Airport hub [score]0.10
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.45

Commute

6
13/252
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.92

Business Freedom

9
13/263
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

9
60/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.89
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year3
Guns per 100 residents34
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.91
Lack of guns [score]0.84
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.87

Healthcare

8
86/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.66
Healthcare quality [score]0.83
Life expectancy (years)81.08
Life expectancy [score]0.86

Education

5
47/239
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)11
PISA ranking6
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.96
PISA reading (high school)3
PISA science (high school)5
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
14/265
Details
Air quality [score]1.00
Cleanliness [score]0.91
Drinking water quality [score]0.91
Urban greenery [score]0.76

Economy

4
207/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area0.90
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate-0.00
GDP growth rate [score]0.14
GDP per capita$40346.97
GDP per capita [score]0.65

Taxation

5
106/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.65
Income tax level [score]0.33
Profit tax (% of profit)0.38
Time overhead to file company taxes93
VAT (Sales Tax)0.24

Internet Access

5
145/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)32.46
Internet access (download) [score]0.62
Internet access (upload) [score]0.46
Upload speed (Mbps)10.17

Leisure & Culture

2
256/264
Details
Art galleries27
Art galleries [score]0.48
Cinemas12
Cinemas [score]0.39
Comedy clubs10
Comedy clubs [score]0.55
Concert venues39
Concerts [score]0.43
Historical sites18
Historical sites [score]0.16
Museums21
Museums [score]0.24
Performing art venues45
Performing arts [score]0.51
Sport venues13
Sports [score]0.58
Zoos1
Zoos [score]0.27

Tolerance

8
50/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index77.55
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.79
LGBT adoption rights✖ Step-child adoption only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year 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 rightsOther type of partnership
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.88

Outdoors

5
106/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.18
Median peak in meters326.00
Seaside access1.00
Water access [score]0.84
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Oulu are in the 168th place of all 250 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)

$530$700
$620
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Movie ticket$12
Monthly fitness club membership$54
Monthly public transport$54
Lunch$12
-25%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Oulu are below average. For this job type, Oulu ranks 139th 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 Oulu.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$39,861
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

7%
For annual salary of $40000
15%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

24%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

155/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

77/262
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

34.20
Guns per 100 people
3.25
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Oulu in position 39 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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People in Oulu

Population of Oulu

211,200
38 /km²
264/264
Density (people per unit of area)
6%
Growth in 2015-2020
Oulu

Demographics of Finland

Median age
42
Elderly people
21%
Life expectancy at birth
81
GDP per capita (in USD)
$40,347
132/262
Unemployment
9%
202/263

Languages

English proficiency score
67
112/228
Common spoken languages
Finnish

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Work in:

Retired
33.33%
Web Designer
33.33%
Founder
33.33%
Other
0.00%

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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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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

Finland
6th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

12th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

65th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

26th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

4th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

16th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

7th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

4th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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