The Best Cities for Working around the World

If you’re thinking about working in a place other than the one you were born or are a native of, then you may want to look around carefully, because working as an expat or a stranger in a new culture is not always as easy as it seems. That is, of course, unless you choose the right city to try your luck in – and then it can be a great experience.

In the past, New York, Hong Kong, and Dubai were considered some of the favourites, but this no longer holds true; these cities didn’t make it within the top twenty. If you’ve ever wondered which cities are the new destinations for their quality of life and opportunity for work, then this one’s for you. Here are the best cities for working around the world.

The top five outside of Europe

In a list where the world cities are ranked according to certain criteria for work enjoyment (health, safety, schools, public services, environment, consumer goods, and so on), the following cities topped the list:

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • San Francisco, USA
  • Boston, USA
  • Chicago, USA

Europe rules 

Europe, however, by far seems to dominate. Here are some of the top cities:

  • Vienna – The city of grand architecture, wonderful symphony and strudels has a lot more to offer for the start-up; it was named the best place to work in for expats in the year 2016. The city was ranked the highest because of its overall standard of living.
  • Zurich – The Swiss know what they’re doing as well; Zurich has long been known for its banks, but is amongst the kindest cities to expats from all over the world.
  • Paris – Paris has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe (despite the country’s financial turmoil), and is a haven for expats to work, thanks to its quality of life and excellent infrastructure.
  • London – technologically ready, strong in its economy and a city gateway, London is one of the most desirable cities to work in, as a commercial property consultant and expert like Commercial People will tell you (incidentally, other places in the UK are worth a look as well, such as Plymouth, Chelmsford, Merthyr Tydfil, Gloucester, Halifax, and more).

So there you have it – the most desirable places to work around the globe. It would, however, also be interesting to know, perhaps, what the least desirable places are to work in, worldwide. If you’re thinking about visiting those places, you may want to make it a holiday rather than a career choice. The least desirable cities for work seem to be: Baghdad (Iraq), Bangui (Central African Republic), Sana’a (Yemen), Port-au-prince (Haiti) and Khartoum (Sudan).