Tallinn

Quality of life in Tallinn

With its stunning old town and high tech culture, Tallinn offers a unique blend of history and the modern 21st century living. It is among the most wired cities in the world, offering universal free public wifi and free public transportation for residents. The vibrant start-up scene is actively supported by the government and the city's strong tech eco-system. With low tax rates, cost of living and the seaside location, Tallinn is a truly inviting place to live.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

9
46/265
Details
Large apartment$690.00
Medium apartment$560.00
Rent index [score]0.90
Small apartment$440.00

Cost of Living

7
75/250
Details
5km taxi ride$4.50
A Cappuccino$2.80
A beer$1.20
A kilogram of Apples$1.30
Bread$0.52
Inflation [score]0.73
Lunch$7.70
Monthly fitness club membership$61.00
Monthly public transport$23.00
Movie ticket$7.40
Price of a meal at a restaurant$53.26

Startups

5
102/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups6
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.33
Coworking spaces [score]0.41
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co2
Meetups [score]0.20
Meetups groups38
Meetups members8615
Number of investors33
Number of startup events in the last 12 months68
Number of upcoming meetup events1
Startup climate scene [score]0.46
Startup events17
Startup events [score]0.42
Startups [score]0.67
Total number of startups270

Venture Capital

5
67/227
Details
Funding accelerator namesStartup Wise Guys, GameFounders
Number of funding accelerators2
Venture capital [score]0.53

Travel Connectivity

2
183/265
Details
Airport hub28
Airport hub [score]0.20
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.18

Commute

6
26/252
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.82

Business Freedom

8
144/263
Details
Business freedom79.00
Business freedom [score]0.75
Freedom from corruption69.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.72
Lack of labor restrictions57.20
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.40
Time to open a business3.50
Time to open a business [score]0.98

Safety

9
22/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.89
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year3
Guns per 100 residents9
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.93
Lack of guns [score]0.96
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.94

Healthcare

7
112/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.83
Healthcare quality [score]0.69
Life expectancy (years)77.56
Life expectancy [score]0.65

Education

5
58/239
Details
Best university in rankingTallinn University of Technology
Best university ranking700
Country mean scores in PISA math test524.66
Country mean scores in PISA reading test516.29
Country mean scores in PISA science test541.40
PISA math ranking (high school)8
PISA ranking4
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.97
PISA reading (high school)5
PISA science (high school)3
Percent of happy students0.66
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.11
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.09
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.05
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.15
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.13
University quality [score]0.10

Environmental Quality

8
67/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.88
Cleanliness [score]0.76
Drinking water quality [score]0.78
Urban greenery [score]0.74

Economy

4
194/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area0.92
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.40
GDP per capita$26998.78
GDP per capita [score]0.44

Taxation

5
95/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.46
Income tax level [score]0.62
Profit tax (% of profit)0.49
Time overhead to file company taxes84
VAT (Sales Tax)0.20

Internet Access

4
198/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)21.97
Internet access (download) [score]0.49
Internet access (upload) [score]0.27
Upload speed (Mbps)5.63

Leisure & Culture

7
56/264
Details
Art galleries111
Art galleries [score]0.54
Cinemas87
Cinemas [score]0.63
Comedy clubs81
Comedy clubs [score]0.68
Concert venues115
Concerts [score]0.61
Historical sites99
Historical sites [score]0.80
Museums49
Museums [score]0.66
Performing art venues114
Performing arts [score]0.69
Sport venues28
Sports [score]0.52
Zoos2
Zoos [score]0.78

Tolerance

8
98/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index75.08
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.76
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 legalityIllegal in some contexts
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]0.75

Outdoors

5
143/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.11
Median peak in meters47.50
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)29.00
Water access [score]0.80
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Tallinn are in the 75th place of all 250 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly lower compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Tallinn 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)

$450$680
$560
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$61
Movie ticket$7
Broadband internet connection$16
Monthly public transport$23
Lunch$8
-48%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Tallinn are below average. For this job type, Tallinn ranks 171st 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 Tallinn.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$32,418
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

20%
For annual salary of $40000
20%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

20%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

39/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

185/262
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

9.20
Guns per 100 people
2.67
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
HIGH GUN CRIMELOW GUN CRIMEFEW GUNSMANY GUNS
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Tallinn in position 35 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

For visits up to 90 days

Required with citizenship of

Startup Visa

Estonian Startup Visa
Investment requiredFunding providedDuration
NoNo1.5 years
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People in Tallinn

Population of Tallinn

405,100
1,233 /km²
107/264
Density (people per unit of area)
-5%
Growth in 2015-2020
Tallinn

Demographics of Estonia

Median age
42
Elderly people
19%
Life expectancy at birth
77
GDP per capita (in USD)
$26,999
178/262
Unemployment
6%
150/263

Languages

Common spoken languages
Estonian

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Work in:

Software Engineer
11.62%
Founder
11.08%
Marketing Manager
5.00%
Web Developer
3.65%
Product Manager
3.11%
Web Designer
3.11%
Systems Administrator
2.16%
Other
60.27%

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LGBT rights in Tallinn

Discrimination

Illegal In Some Contexts

Marriage

Other Type Of Partnership

Adoption

Single Only

Climate

Average day length (hours)

13.2

Climate type

Warm Summer Continental

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Tallinn

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On living in Tallinn


Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, lies on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, only 70 km (43 mi) south of Helsinki. A city of over 400,000 inhabitants, it is home to a third of the country's population, and besides serving as the national capital, it is also the capital of Harju County in Northern Estonia.

Tallinn has been and continues to be an important port of the Baltic Sea, with the busy passenger section of the port reaching the foothill of the picturesque medieval Old Town, which has been astonishingly well preserved and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. In a striking contrast, the immediate outskirts thereof are filled with a cluster of modern office towers, with intermittent architectural monuments to the Soviet era. Further out, you will find a bewildering variety of historic and modern neighbourhoods, religious, civic, industrial and maritime heritage. This all provides for the city seeing very sizeable tourist traffic given its size, which in turn means the infrastructure is robust and extensive.

Tallinn is a historic city dating back to medieval times. The first fortress on Toompea was built in 1050 and Tallinn was first recorded on a world map in 1154. In 1219, the city was conquered by Valdemar II of Denmark, but it was soon sold to the Hanseatic League in 1285. The city, known as Reval at the time, prospered as a trading town in the 14th century, and much of Tallinn's historic centre was built at this time.

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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

Estonia
37th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

67th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

56th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

89th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

129th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

6th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

32nd

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

42nd

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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