The best and worst cities to work and live in Europe for expats
InterNations is a global community for people who live and work abroad - has carried out its annual Expat Insider survey, - Euronews.travel reports.
They quizzed almost 12,00 expats to generate a ranking of 50 cities across the world. And this year four European cities made it into the top ten.
Valencia has been decided to be the best city for expats in Europe
Actually, Valencia comes in as the best city in the world for expats in 2022.
Expats described public transportation as affordable and 92 per cent said they enjoy the opportunities for playing sport. Nine out of ten expats said they feel safe in the city.
Valencia ranked third in the ease of settling in index and three quarters of expats said they feel at home and happy with their social life. The city also comes in third in the personal finance category where 83 per cent of expats rate the cost of living positively compared to 45 per cent globally.
However, those surveyed said they were unhappy with the job market and work opportunities. The city came in last place for career prospects.
Lisbon came in fourth in the overall rankings, but was one of the highest rated for the weather.
Expats also said they like the culture and nightlife options.
The city ranked highly for safety, too, with 94 per cent of expats saying they felt safe compared to 81 per cent globally.
However, Lisbon drops down the rankings when it comes to working opportunities with 27 per cent saying they do not feel they are paid fairly.
Madrid has good leisure activities and a welcoming culture
Madrid comes in just ahead of Lisbon in the rankings for quality of life, and is similarly loved for its sunny climate.
The Spanish city is one of the best rated for nightlife and culture and is considered the most welcoming expat destination.
Three out of four of those surveyed said they found it easy to get used to the local culture.
Like Valencia, however, the city drops when it comes to working abroad. Nearly a third of expats say they are worried about job security.
Basel’s expats enjoy fair pay but struggle to make friends
Although coming in 7th in the overall rankings, Basel was voted second best city globally for personal finances.
Expats said they feel that their disposable household income is enough to lead a comfortable life abroad. Four out of five felt they are paid fairly for their work.
Almost all those surveyed said they enjoyed the natural environment and felt safe in the Swiss city.
However, the city ranked low in the ease of settling in index, with 30 per cent of expats describing local residents as unfriendly and 58 per cent saying they struggle to make friends.
So which ones are the worst?
Paris comes in second last in the rankings of best cities for expats, criticised for expensive housing and high cost of living. Those surveyed also said they found local residents unfriendly and struggled to make friends.
The French capital is ranked highly for its dining options and nightlife, however.
Two Italian cities also come in the bottom ten.
Milan expats said they were unhappy with working hours and work-life balance.
Italy’s capital Rome was criticised for its job market and career prospects.