Recently Madrid has become one of the most active and innovative capitals in Europe. From art exhibitions to nightlife, right now it is the place to be. It is full of young people and has become the centre for the global gay community, thanks to new laws on civil rights and same-sex marriages. Finding accommodation is not a problem and is affordable. Public transport is good and efficient. The underground system is one of the best in Europe, on a par with those in Paris and London. Traffic runs smoothly most of the day, but can be a problem in the rush hours. Madrid is a wonderful city to live in, whether for a few months or several years.