Sofia

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

10
17/264
Details
Large apartment$416.29
Medium apartment$337.66
Rent index [score]0.96
Small apartment$259.03

Cost of Living

9
27/261
Details
5km taxi ride$2.70
A Cappuccino$1.40
A beer$0.61
A kilogram of Apples$1.10
Bread$0.17
Inflation [score]0.89
Lunch$6.30
Monthly fitness club membership$26.00
Monthly public transport$25.00
Movie ticket$5.90
Price of a meal at a restaurant$29.64

Startups

5
89/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups8
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.38
Coworking spaces [score]0.68
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co7
Meetups [score]0.23
Meetups groups51
Meetups members6807
Number of investors13
Number of startup events in the last 12 months118
Number of upcoming meetup events14
Startup climate scene [score]0.42
Startup events16
Startup events17
Startup events [score]0.44
Startups [score]0.68
Total number of startups184

Venture Capital

4
114/232
Details
Funding accelerator namesEleven Startup Accelerator, LAUNCHub
Number of funding accelerators2
Venture capital [score]0.36

Travel Connectivity

3
150/264
Details
Airport hub41
Airport hub [score]0.25
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.26

Commute

6
41/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Bulgaria/Sofia
Traffic handling [score]0.82

Business Freedom

5
219/262
Details
Business freedom66.90
Business freedom [score]0.50
Freedom from corruption43.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.35
Lack of labor restrictions71.60
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.65
Time to open a business23.00
Time to open a business [score]0.75

Safety

8
108/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.55
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents6
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.96
Lack of guns [score]0.97
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.96

Healthcare

6
211/263
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.69
Healthcare quality [score]0.56
Life expectancy (years)74.49
Life expectancy [score]0.47

Education

2
200/238
Details
Country mean scores in PISA math test442.60
Country mean scores in PISA reading test436.13
Country mean scores in PISA science test446.47
PISA math ranking (high school)36
PISA ranking39
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.40
PISA reading (high school)36
PISA science (high school)35
Percent of happy students0.76
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.44
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.39
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.37
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.04
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.04
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.03

Environmental Quality

5
172/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.37
Cleanliness [score]0.38
Drinking water quality [score]0.72
Urban greenery [score]0.60

Economy

3
233/261
Details
Currency for urban areaBGN
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.35
GDP per capita$17860.31
GDP per capita [score]0.30

Taxation

9
8/264
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.85
Income tax level [score]0.90
Profit tax (% of profit)0.27
Time overhead to file company taxes453
VAT (Sales Tax)0.20

Internet Access

6
61/264
Details
Download speed (Mbps)37.07
Internet access (download) [score]0.61
Internet access (upload) [score]0.67
Upload speed (Mbps)18.40

Leisure & Culture

5
157/263
Details
Art galleries30
Art galleries [score]0.64
Cinemas26
Cinemas [score]0.64
Comedy clubs53
Comedy clubs [score]0.70
Concert venues43
Concerts [score]0.76
Historical sites64
Historical sites [score]0.53
Museums55
Museums [score]0.54
Performing art venues59
Performing arts [score]0.75
Sport venues39
Sports [score]0.72
Zoos4
Zoos [score]0.76

Tolerance

7
55/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index84.38
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.86
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, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✖ Not legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.62

Outdoors

3
221/264
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.45
Median peak in meters1191.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)554.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Sofia are in the least expensive 20 percent of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly lower compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Sofia will very likely decrease your daily costs of living. 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)

$349$483
$416
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$26
Movie ticket$6
Broadband internet connection$9
Monthly public transport$25
Lunch$6
-64%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Sofia are low. For this job type, Sofia ranks 223rd 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 Sofia.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$22,076
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

6.20
Guns per 100 people
1.71
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Sofia in position 155 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

For visits up to 90 days

Required with citizenship of

Embassies

Embassy of Afghanistan in Sofia, Bulgaria

57 Simionsko Shose, 1700 Sofia

Phone: (+359-2) 9627476

Bulgarian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Wazir Akbar Khan , 15th Street/Shirpur Street, Kabul

Phone: (+93) 20 210 31 48

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People in Sofia

Population of Sofia

1,152,556
271 /km²
243/264
Density (people per unit of area)
3%
Growth in 2015-2020
Sofia

Demographics of Bulgaria

Median age
42
Elderly people
19%
Life expectancy at birth
75
GDP per capita (in USD)
$17,860
206/261
Unemployment
10%
218/262

Languages

English proficiency score
57
156/227
Common spoken languages
Bulgarian

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Work in:

Software Engineer
13.19%
Founder
9.34%
Marketing Manager
3.85%
Teacher
3.30%
Project Manager
2.75%
Systems Administrator
2.75%
Account Manager
2.20%
Other
62.64%

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.7

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Sofia

Sofia (София) is the capital of Bulgaria. It is also the biggest city in the country with about 1.4 million citizens (including suburbs). Today, Sofia is a dynamic European capital, distinguished by its unique combination of European and Communist-style architecture as well as many beautiful Orthodox churches. Furthermore, it claims to be one of the few European capitals with beautiful scenery and a developed ski-resort so close to it - the Vitosha mountain.

Sofia was founded around 2,500 years ago. Over the centuries, it has been given several names — Serdika, Sredets and the remains of the old cities can still be viewed today.

Near Sofia lies Boyana church, which is one of the most valuable memorials of Bulgarian and European culture. The church has frescoes, acclaimed by specialists as the best examples of eastern medieval art from the 13th Century AD.

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