More and more people are considering working abroad. But where could you go? Which are the most liveable cities in the world and which are in the most beautiful countries to explore? Recent studies may well have the answer.
There are a number of markers for what makes a good city. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Quality of Living Index is one of the most comprehensive as it was originally designed as a tool for companies to put together relocation packages for expatriates.
The 2022 version assessed living conditions in 172 cities based on more than 30 factors, grouped into five categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Things like congestion, crime and how the city’s health care providers have handled Covid-19.
But other sources can also be useful. The telegraph recently published its guide to the most beautiful countries in the world, according to a methodology ranking 36 criteria divided into sub-categories including respect for the environment, natural wonders, weather, geological curiosities and biodiversity. In addition, Bloomberg recently reported on the six best cities for expats.
Overseas work is on the rise
Recent research suggests that more Americans want/can work abroad:
- A recent survey by Wise found that while Americans are still hesitant to take vacations (due to inflation and rising costs), they are excited about the idea of working abroad. 50% of respondents said they would work abroad. if their employer allowed them to and 30% say they have more flexibility to work from anywhere in the world compared to a year ago.
- As companies offer more remote work opportunities (as indicated by the harvard business review), interest in so-called Digital Nomad visas is booming. In 2021, “the number of American digital nomads with traditional jobs increased by 42%, from 6.3 million in 2020 to 10.2 million in 2021”.
So where is it good to go? Ideally, you’ll want a country that’s easy to live in (safe enough, clean enough, and with access to healthcare and possibly schools). But maybe you want a beautiful place, with wonderful things to see, study and eat.
So which places keep coming back again and again? Which places are easy to live in and also in beautiful countries?
The most liveable cities in the world
In the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Livability Index for 2022, cities in Western Europe and North America fared well on scale, while, unsurprisingly, Chinese cities decreased in scale due to the pandemic – the war in Ukraine has severely affected habitability issues in Russia, Ukraine and neighboring countries.
In the top ten, there are no American cities in 2022:
- Osaka—10th largest city—Japan’s third largest city is known as a foodie’s paradise.
- Melbourne—10th largest city—the city that has “four seasons in one day,” has been number one seven years in a row.
- Amsterdam—9th—is beautiful (listed by UNESCO) and has excellent health care.
- Toronto—8th—great transportation systems, beautiful vistas and health care.
- Frankfurt—7th—one of the biggest movers, up 32 places this year, driven by job opportunities, culture and flight hubs.
- Geneva—6th—its healthcare and infrastructure are legendary and although one of the most expensive cities in the world, its natural beauty sets it apart.
- Vancouver — 5th — health care, infrastructure with a cosmopolitan and friendly atmosphere that takes advantage of wide open spaces.
- Calgary — 3rd municipality — where culture and nature go hand in hand
- Zurich—3rd municipality—a good all-rounder with healthcare, nature, culture and efficiency.
- Copenhagen—2nd—galleries, bikes, culture, history and healthcare.
- Vienna – 1st – first place in 2018 and 2019 due to its stability, culture, healthcare, education and natural beauty.
Damascus, Lagos, Tripoli, Algiers and Karachi are also the cities with the lowest scores on this habitability index.
The most beautiful countries in the world
So which of these “most livable” cities are in the most beautiful countries?
Four of the ten most livable cities, melbourne, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgaryare in The telegraph‘s for the most beautiful countries—Canada and Australia.
Using The Telegraph guide, 2000 possible points were available for each country, but he “calculated the answer per square kilometer, to make sure [it] didn’t reward size over substance.” Here’s the top ten:
- Peru — 10th — for its ancient ruins, Andean peaks and massive biodiversity in its jungles and rainforests.
- Italy — 9th — beats France (12th) and Spain (11th) due to its dreamy long coastline (think Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre or Venice) and ancient remains.
- India — 8th — for its colors, its flora, its fauna, its palaces, its waterways and its temples.
- New Zealand — 7th — for its rugged landscapes, wilderness and biodiversity.
- Norway – 6th – for its “high mountains, 47 national parks, deep fjords (including the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord) and endless coniferous forests”.
- Mexico—5th—has the greatest biodiversity of any top ten country (the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef system is the third largest in the world) as well as its cactus landscapes, beaches, culture, and food.
- Japan—4th—for mountains, hot springs, volcanic terrain, and culture.
- Canada — 3rd — due to the breathtaking mix of arctic tundra, grasslands and seascapes, as well as the northern lights.
- Australia — 2nd — for light, Aboriginal art and history, beaches, forests and reefs.
- America – 1st – because it’s “a continent masquerading as a country”, the United States is an easy choice for the most beautiful country, as reported The telegraph. Its mountains, islands, lakes, deserts, glaciers, grasslands and canyons come together in the “most glorious of all geographical puzzles”.
However, there are other things that make life good: the warmth of the people and their energy, as well as the investments, the job opportunities and of course, the closeness to friends and family.
Best new cities for expats
Bloomberg recently reported on six thriving cities for expats – Kuala Lumpur, Lisbon, Dubai, Bengalūru (Bangalore), Mexico and Rio – two of which are located in The telegraph‘s Top Ten of the most beautiful countries in the world.
bengaluru is undergoing massive changes and receiving huge amounts of investment and although it may seem “difficult” to newcomers in the sense that the infrastructure is not yet complete and complete, it is an invigorating place.
Likewise, Mexico The city’s 22 million people might not seem like an obvious choice for expats, but the city is very progressive (the first to legalize gay marriage in Latin America), at the end of a lot of investment, full of talent and ambition and wonderful culinary choices.
The friendliest cities in the world
Although habitability issues are the biggest, it can be helpful to be around friendly people when you find yourself in a new place and starting a new life.
CNTraveler recently wrote about the friendliest cities in the world (as voted by its readers). Interesting way, Lisbon and Copenhagen were two cities in the top ten that popped up on other lists regarding beauty and livability. San Miguel de Allende has been rated as a very friendly city, and conveniently happens to be in one of the ten most beautiful countries (Mexico) according to the list of The telegraph.
Incidentally, while Mexico and Portugal don’t have Digital Nomad visas, International Citizens (which helps travelers relocate abroad) reports that most people apply via Portugal’s D7 visa and Portugal’s visa. temporary or non-profit resident of Mexico. The first allows people to stay in Portugal for one year with the option to renew for two more, while the second allows people to live and work remotely in Mexico for up to four years.