Working abroad: The ultimate guide to choosing the right city

Working abroad: The ultimate guide to choosing the right city
There's isn't one thing in particular that attracts you to a different city, sometimes it’s just a feeling you get when you’re there, something you can’t quite put your finger on. Apart from that though, there are a few other factors that can be taken into account when it comes to choosing the best city to work in. Whether you're a student wishing to carry out an internship abroad, a young graduate looking for your first job at an international company or a professional with a few years' experience up your sleeve looking for a new adventure, there are many reasons for choosing to work abroad.  We decided to compare different cities from around the world using a set of specific criteria, to find out which is the ultimate city to work in, not only in terms of work opportunities and conditions, but also quality of life. The criteria we used to compare these cities, from all around the world, are:
  • Overall happiness
  • Most "tolerable" cities
  • Job opportunities
  • Work-life balance
  • Overall quality of life
  • Highest paid cities in the world
  • Price of beer (very important obviously)
At the end of this article, you can find the overall best cities to live in, based on the number of appearances and ranking on these lists!

World's happiest cities

  1.  Koh Samui, Thailand
  2. San Sebastián, Spain
  3. Auckland, New Zealand
  4.  Madison, USA
  5.  Monterrey, Mexico
  6.  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  7. Gold Coast, Australia
  8. Dubai, UAE
  9. San Jose, Calfornia
  10. Åarhus, Denmark
Source: National Geographic

Most “tolerable” cities

(crime levels, threat of conflict, quality of medical care, censorship, temperature, schools, transport links) melbourne
  1. Melbourne, Australia
  2. Vienna, Austria,
  3. Vancouver, Canada
  4. Toronto, Canada
  5. Calgary, Canada
  6. Adelaide, Australia
  7. Sydney, Australia
  8. Helsinki, Finland
  9. Perth, Australia
  10. Auckland, New Zealand
Source: The Telegraph

Most job opportunities

  1. London
  2. New York
  3. Singapore,
  4. Toronto, Canada
  5. San Francisco, USA
  6. Paris, France
  7. Stockholm, Sweden
  8. Hong Kong, China
  9. Sydney, Australia
  10. Chicago

Best cities for work-life balance

  1. Paris, France (30.84 hours per week, 1,603.8 hours per year, 18% fewer hours than global average)
  2. Lyon, France (31.36 hours per week, 1,630 per year, 28.5 days holiday per year)
  3. Moscow, Russia (31.66 hours per week, 1,646 hours per year, 31 days holiday per year)
  4. Helsinki, Finland (31.91 hours per week, 14% fewer hours than global average)
  5. Vienna, Austria (32.27 hours per week, 1,678 hours per year, 27 days holidays per year)
  6. Milan, Italy (32.53 hours per week, 12% fewer hours in office than global average)
  7. Copenhagen, Denmark (32.64 hours per week, 11.4% fewer hours than global average)
  8. Luxembourg, Luxembourg (32.75 hours per week, 1,703 hours per year, 31 days holiday)
  9. Vilnius, Lithuania (33 hours per week)
  10. Brussels, Belgium (33.02 hours per week, 1,717 hours annually, only take 18 days holiday per year)
Source: Business Insider UK

Overall quality of life

Based on social and economic conditions, health, education, housing and environment – to assess where there should locate and how much they should pay staff Vienna
  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Zurich, Switzerland,
  3. Auckland, New Zealand
  4. Munich, Germany
  5. Vancouver, Canada
  6. Dusseldorf, Germany
  7. Frankfurt, Germany
  8. Geneva, Switzerland
  9. Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Sydney, Australia
Source: Mercer

Highest paid cities in the world

  1. Zurich, Switzerland
  2. Geneva, Switzerland
  3. Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  4. New York, USA
  5. Miami, USA
  6. Copenhagen, Denmark
  7. Sydney, Australia
  8. Oslo, Norway
  9. Los Angeles, USA
  10. Chicago, USA
Source: UBS 

Average price of beer

(33cl av. supermarket + av. Bar price) Krakow
  1. Krakow $1.66 = 1,47 euros
  2. Kiev $1.66 = 1,47 euros
  3. Bratislava $1.69 = 1,50 euros
  4. Malaga $1.72 = 1,52 euros
  5. Delhi $1.75 = 1,55 euros
  6. Ho Chi Minh City $1.78 = 1,58 euros
  7. Mexico City $1.96 = 1,75 euros
  8. Belgrade $1.97 = 1,75 euros
  9. Asunción $1.98 = 1,76 euros
  10. Bangkok $2.11 = 1,87 euros
Source: GoEuro

Who are the overall winners?

  1. Sydney, Vienna, Auckland: 4 appearances
  2. Copenhagen: 3 appearances
  3. Zurich, New York, Paris, Vancouver, Toronto, Luxembourg: 2 appearances, highest on the list.

Runners up: Helsinki, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, Paris, New York, Luxembourg, Zurich: 2 appearances, slightly lower score

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