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Ranked: The World’s Best And Worst Cities For Expat Workers To Live And Work Abroad

Taipei, Taiwan

It’s no surprise that Taipei was named the No. 1 city for expat workers to live and work abroad, according to a new survey from InterNations — a network and guide for expats worldwide. The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, was named the second-best city to move to for expat workers, followed by Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, and Montreal. Coming in 6th place, Lisbon is the top-ranked European city on the list.

Out of the 82 cities in the ranking, 17 of them are from Asia. More than 20.000 respondents in 82 cities around the world took part in InterNations’ 2019 Expat Insider survey. With the respondents representing 178 nationalities and living in 187 different countries around the world.

Kuwait City has been ranked as the worst city in the world for expat workers to live and work abroad. Kuwait City was in the last place of the 82 cities surveyed, with Rome and Milan second and third-worst. Expats were unhappiest in Kuwait city, followed by Rome, Milan, Lagos (Nigeria) and Paris (France). Three cities in the United States are among the 10 worst places to live.

The US cities considered the worst cities for expat workers to live and work abroad include San Francisco (coming in at number 77 of 82 cities worldwide), Los Angeles (ranked 76) and New York City (ranked 74).

The World’s Best And Worst Cities For Expat Workers To Live And Work Abroad

RankCityCountry
1TaipeiTaiwan
2Kuala LumpurMalaysia
3Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam
4SingaporeSingapore
5MontrealCanada
6LisbonPortugal
7BarcelonaSpain
8ZugSwitzerland
9The HagueNetherlands
10BaselSwitzerland
11AachenGermany
12DohaQatar
13PragueCzech Republic
14Mexico CityMexico
15Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
16SydneyAustralia
17MadridSpain
18BudapestHungary
19CalgaryCanada
20BangkokThailand
21ManamaBahrain
22Luxembourg CityLuxembourg
23ViennaAustria
24TallinnEstonia
25Panama CityPanama
26TokyoJapan
27MiamiUS
28MuscatOman
29MelbourneAustralia
30BrusselsBelgium
31DusseldorfGermany
32RotterdamNetherlands
33JakartaIndonesia
34DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
35HoustonUS
36LausanneSwitzerland
37ChicagoUS
38BernSwitzerland
39TorontoCanada
40SantiagoChile
41ZurichSwitzerland
42HamburgGermany
43ShanghaiChina
44BogotaColombia
45NairobiKenya
46OsloNorway
47HelsinkiFinland
48AmsterdamNetherlands
49FrankfurtGermany
50CologneGermany
51MunichGermany
52Hong KongHong Kong
53LuganoSwitzerland
54MoscowRussia
55VancouverCanada
56Buenos AiresArgentina
57WarsawPoland
58BostonUS
59JohannesburgSouth Africa
60BeijingChina
61BerlinGermany
62Sao PauloBrazil
63SeoulSouth Korea
64AucklandNew Zealand
65Cape TownSouth Africa
66StockholmSweden
67CopenhagenDenmark
68AthensGreece
69GenevaSwitzerland
70LondonUK
71IstanbulTurkey
72DublinIreland
73YangonMyanmar
74New YorkUS
75LimaPeru
76Los AngelesUS
77San FranciscoUS
78ParisFrance
79LagosNigeria
80MilanItaly
81RomeItaly
82Kuwait CityKuwait

The 10 best cities in the world for expat workers to live and work abroad, 2020

  1. Taipei, Taiwan
  2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  3. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  4. Singapore
  5. Montreal, Canada
  6. Lisbon, Portugal
  7. Barcelona, Spain
  8. Zug, Switzerland
  9. The Hague, Netherlands
  10. Basel, Switzerland

The 10 worst cities in the world for expat workers to live and work abroad

  1. Kuwait City, Kuwait
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. Milan, Italy
  4. Lagos, Nigeria
  5. Paris, France
  6. San Francisco, US
  7. Los Angeles, US
  8. Lima, Peru
  9. New York, US
  10. Yangon, Myanmar

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Alexandra Dimitropoulou
Deputy executive editor at the ​CEOWORLD magazine. Writer, internet person, professional restaurant recommender, and native New Yorker. Passions: health & wellness, coffee, running & dogs.
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