Warsaw

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Quality of life in Warsaw

By Adam Stasiak

Warsaw, a unique blend of the old and new, is comprised of 18 districts, each with their distinctive characteristics. Warsaw's widely varied architecture reflects its tumultuous history and adds to a vibrant cultural scene - both classical and underground. Its history, cuisine and quality of life have made Warsaw an increasingly popular destination and its reasonable cost of living adds to the charm.

Warsaw is one of the top ten city matches for 7.0% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

8
79/263
Details
Large apartment$897.56
Medium apartment$719.72
Rent index [score]0.84
Small apartment$541.88

Cost of Living

8
45/261
Details
5km taxi ride$3.60
A Cappuccino$2.50
A beer$0.77
A kilogram of Apples$0.69
Bread$0.33
Inflation [score]0.84
Lunch$5.90
Monthly fitness club membership$31.00
Monthly public transport$27.00
Movie ticket$6.50
Price of a meal at a restaurant$35.91

Startups

6
58/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups15
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.51
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co8
Meetups [score]0.52
Meetups groups139
Meetups members55483
Number of investors49
Number of startup events in the last 12 months194
Number of upcoming meetup events48
Startup climate scene [score]0.55
Startup events11
Startup events14
Startup events [score]0.39
Startups [score]0.70
Total number of startups250

Venture Capital

6
49/227
Details
Funding accelerator namesOrange Fab Poland
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.63

Travel Connectivity

4
93/260
Details
Airport hub94
Airport hub [score]0.44
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.32

Commute

5
94/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Poland/Warsaw
Traffic handling [score]0.67

Business Freedom

6
198/259
Details
Business freedom68.70
Business freedom [score]0.53
Freedom from corruption61.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.61
Lack of labor restrictions58.00
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.42
Time to open a business37.00
Time to open a business [score]0.58

Safety

9
18/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.84
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year0
Guns per 100 residents1
Lack of gun related deaths [score]1.00
Lack of guns [score]1.00
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]1.00

Healthcare

7
127/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.74
Healthcare quality [score]0.67
Life expectancy (years)77.52
Life expectancy [score]0.65

Education

5
82/230
Details
Best university in rankingWarsaw University of Technology
Best university ranking550
Country mean scores in PISA math test518.54
Country mean scores in PISA reading test518.19
Country mean scores in PISA science test525.82
PISA math ranking (high school)10
PISA ranking9
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.93
PISA reading (high school)9
PISA science (high school)9
Percent of happy students0.68
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.14
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.11
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.17
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.10
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.11
University quality [score]0.10

Environmental Quality

7
124/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.51
Cleanliness [score]0.67
Drinking water quality [score]0.73
Urban greenery [score]0.82

Economy

5
156/258
Details
Currency for urban areaPLN
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.54
GDP per capita$25105.40
GDP per capita [score]0.41

Taxation

5
99/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.61
Income tax level [score]0.40
Profit tax (% of profit)0.40
Time overhead to file company taxes271

Internet Access

5
138/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)17.07
Internet access (download) [score]0.40
Internet access (upload) [score]0.63
Upload speed (Mbps)16.17

Leisure & Culture

7
52/263
Details
Art galleries52
Art galleries [score]0.74
Cinemas45
Cinemas [score]0.62
Comedy clubs66
Comedy clubs [score]0.90
Concert venues56
Concerts [score]0.77
Historical sites54
Historical sites [score]0.76
Museums54
Museums [score]0.74
Performing art venues72
Performing arts [score]0.70
Sport venues61
Sports [score]0.64
Zoos27
Zoos [score]0.78

Tolerance

5
226/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.42
LGBT Equality Index45.26
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.45
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✖ Unrecognized
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.46

Outdoors

5
116/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.12
Median peak in meters98.55
Urban area elevation (meters)138.00
Water access [score]0.86
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Warsaw are in the least expensive 20 percent of all 261 Teleport cities and the most expensive in Poland. 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)

$773$1,022
$898
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$31
Movie ticket$7
Broadband internet connection$11
Monthly public transport$27
Lunch$6
-59%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$30,330
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

1.30
Guns per 100 people
0.26
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Warsaw in position 43 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Embassy of Afghanistan in Warsaw, Poland

1, Goplanska Street, 02-954

Phone: (+48-22) 88 55 410

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People in Warsaw

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.9

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Warsaw

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On living in Warsaw

Warsaw (Polish: Warszawa) is the capital of Poland and, with 1.7 million inhabitants, its largest city. It's on the River Vistula (Polish: Wisła), roughly equidistant (350 km, 217 mi) from the Baltic Sea (Bałtyk) in the north and the Carpathian Mountains (Karpaty) in the south.

Warsaw's history of rapid development after many wars that ravaged and destroyed the city has earned it a reputation as a "phoenix city", able to recreate itself from the ruins and regain its erstwhile glory every time. During the Second World War, it suffered a fate similar to Rotterdam and Dresden in that it was almost completely razed, although in the case of Warsaw it was a much more tragic story of successive destruction and defeat. Due to the great efforts of its surviving inhabitants and, indeed the entire nation, it was rebuilt from a field of rubble, with its historic core recreated, but much of its heritage was lost. Warsaw also had one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe, which for the most part perished during the war, making Warsaw an important place of Holocaust remembrance.

Today, Warsaw is a bustling metropolis and one of the European Union's fastest-developing capitals and the Union's ninth most populous urban centre. It has a mixture of new and old in its eclectic architectural mix, and is constantly changing. While sprawling, it is quite easy to navigate for tourists thanks to a good public transit system, and most important sights are quite close to each other. There is no shortage of accommodation options and a wide choice of restaurants and bars. Warsaw's nightlife is also on the rebound, and a reborn cafe culture has taken over the city. There is a large variety of museums, galleries and other tourist attractions, and there is always something happening throughout the year.

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