Lisbon among the top 10 cities preferred by expats to live and work

The top spots in the ranking are unsurprisingly occupied by Southeast Asian cities

Lisbon is a top choice for expats living and working abroad / Photo by Motoki Tonn on Unsplash
Lisbon is a top choice for expats living and working abroad / Photo by Motoki Tonn on Unsplash
19 March 2020, Redaction

In a world which seems increasingly small but with more and more opportunities, people often consider moving to another place to live for different reasons. The InterNations website has recently published a ranking of "the 30 best cities to move to in 2020" based on a study involving some 20,000 expats, foreigners who live and work outside their country of origin. The results include cities from all over the world, from Asia to Europe, amongst other destinations.

Despite the initial difficulties of the language barrier, the Asian cities of Taipei, Kuala Lumpur and Saigon top the list, and those with experience of living there say that if you can speak English, then you'll get by. These capitals in Southeast Asia rank at the top of the list, mainly because the cost of living is affordable, although the quality of medical services, security or employment expectations of a foreigner vary somewhat between each city.

The first city outside of Asia to make the list is Montreal (Canada). The opposite is true in this case: despite good working conditions, good medical services and safety, the cost of living is a little more expensive, although not quite as expensive as other Canadian cities such as Toronto or Vancouver.

The first European cities on the list are Portugal's very own Lisbon and Barcelona (Spain). The two Iberian cities, each with their own characteristics and charm, also resemble each other if you're looking for a lively social life, somewhere close to the coast and destinations that welcome foreigners. They are good destinations for work, with great access to medical services and security.

Other cities in northern Europe, more precisely Zug and Basel (both in Switzerland), The Hague (the Netherlands) and Aachen (Germany), complete the top 10.

Click here to see the full top 30: The 30 best cities to move to in 2020, according to 20,000 expats (Business Insider)

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