Vilnius

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Quality of life in Vilnius

By Gabija Mušeikytė

Vilnius is an innovative city with great business freedom and affordable housing. Offering one of the fastest public wifi upload speeds in the world and a low cost of living, the city has become an attractive business center. Along with its modern facilities and high environmental quality, Vilnius has a rich historical background that remains an important part of the city’s identity.

Vilnius is one of the top ten city matches for 3.5% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

9
45/263
Details
Large apartment$658.69
Medium apartment$532.10
Rent index [score]0.90
Small apartment$405.51

Cost of Living

8
59/261
Details
5km taxi ride$4.00
A Cappuccino$2.40
A beer$0.93
A kilogram of Apples$0.97
Bread$0.63
Inflation [score]0.78
Lunch$6.50
Monthly fitness club membership$50.00
Monthly public transport$33.00
Movie ticket$6.80
Price of a meal at a restaurant$41.48

Startups

4
139/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups3
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.24
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co1
Meetups [score]0.21
Meetups groups43
Meetups members8626
Number of investors7
Number of startup events in the last 12 months75
Number of upcoming meetup events10
Startup climate scene [score]0.35
Startup events3
Startup events15
Startup events [score]0.21
Startups [score]0.60
Total number of startups209

Venture Capital

3
133/228
Details
Funding accelerator namesStartupHighway
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.32

Travel Connectivity

2
168/260
Details
Airport hub46
Airport hub [score]0.26
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.16

Commute

6
36/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.82

Business Freedom

8
162/259
Details
Business freedom80.00
Business freedom [score]0.77
Freedom from corruption58.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.56
Lack of labor restrictions60.00
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.45
Time to open a business5.50
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

9
49/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.74
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents1
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.94
Lack of guns [score]1.00
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.97

Healthcare

6
176/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.75
Healthcare quality [score]0.72
Life expectancy (years)73.63
Life expectancy [score]0.42

Education

4
148/230
Details
Best university in rankingVilnius University
Best university ranking700
Country mean scores in PISA math test483.02
Country mean scores in PISA reading test477.31
Country mean scores in PISA science test495.70
PISA math ranking (high school)33
PISA ranking32
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.80
PISA reading (high school)36
PISA science (high school)26
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.21
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.16
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.03
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.05
University quality [score]0.10

Environmental Quality

8
43/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.75
Cleanliness [score]0.81
Drinking water quality [score]0.89
Urban greenery [score]0.90

Economy

5
161/258
Details
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.50
GDP per capita$27051.09
GDP per capita [score]0.44

Taxation

7
40/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.57
Income tax level [score]0.75
Profit tax (% of profit)0.43
Time overhead to file company taxes171
VAT (Sales Tax)0.21

Internet Access

7
33/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)32.33
Internet access (download) [score]0.61
Internet access (upload) [score]0.80
Upload speed (Mbps)25.09

Leisure & Culture

5
150/263
Details
Art galleries54
Art galleries [score]0.60
Cinemas25
Cinemas [score]0.54
Comedy clubs34
Comedy clubs [score]0.60
Concert venues52
Concerts [score]0.62
Historical sites39
Historical sites [score]0.57
Museums55
Museums [score]0.52
Performing art venues57
Performing arts [score]0.60
Sport venues33
Sports [score]0.52
Zoos5
Zoos [score]0.45

Tolerance

7
97/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index74.46
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.76
LGBT adoption rightsMarried couples only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
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✖ Unrecognized
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.58

Outdoors

4
163/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.16
Median peak in meters235.00
Urban area elevation (meters)98.00
Water access [score]0.71
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Vilnius are in the 59th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly lower compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Vilnius 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)

$498$819
$659
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$50
Movie ticket$7
Broadband internet connection$12
Monthly public transport$33
Lunch$7
-53%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$28,256
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

0.70
Guns per 100 people
2.28
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Vilnius in position 79 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Embassy of Lithuania in Kabul, Afghanistan

House 2, Street 1, East Wazir Akbar Khan

Phone: +93 799 740521

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LGBT rights in Vilnius

Discrimination

Illegal In Some Contexts

Marriage

Unrecognized

Adoption

Married Couples Only

Climate

Average number of clear days per year

49.4

Climate type

Warm Summer Continental

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Vilnius

6:15 What to Do in Vilnius, Lithuania | 36 Hours Travel Videos | The New York Times

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On living in Vilnius

Vilnius (also known under its Polish and Yiddish name, Wilno and its German name, Wilna) is the capital and largest city of Lithuania. It lies on the bank of the Neris river and has approximately 560,000 inhabitants. Vilnius was the European Capital of Culture in 2009, along with Linz in Austria.

Inhabited since the Middle Ages, Vilnius has always been a multinational city with Polish, German, Jewish, Russian and Belorussian people making up a substantial share of its population. According to the last census of 2011, the population included 63.2% Lithuanians, 16.5% Poles, 12% Russians, 3.5% Belarusians, and 1.0% Ukrainians. During World War II, 80,000 Jews from Vilnius were murdered by the Nazis and their Lithuanian collaborators at the forest of Paneriai and other nearby places. After the war, most of the urban Polish population was moved to Poland, while during 1950–1970 they were replaced by people from parts of Lithuania, neighbouring parts of Belarus, as well as Russia, Ukraine and other Soviet republics.

Vilnius International Airport (IATA: VNO), Rodunios kelias 10a, +370 5 273 9305, is the largest civil airport in Lithuania and is 6km south of the city center. There are flights to most major airports in the northern half of Europe and a few destinations nearby former CIS countries and some regular and charter flights to Mediterranean destinations. Over half of the destinations are served by either budget or charter airlines. A list of airlines can be found here.

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