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Planning to move this year? These Are the World’s Best 20 Cities According to Expats

Dec 5, 2023 | Knowledge Base, Mexico, Portugal, Spain | 0 comments

If you find yourself contemplating a move this year and are eager to embrace the expat life, look no further than InterNations’ recently unveiled Expat City Ranking for 2023.



This comprehensive report, based on the insights of over 12,000 expats hailing from 177 different nationalities and residing in 181 countries or territories, has identified the top 20 cities around the globe that offer the most fulfilling living and working experiences.



Malaga, Spain: A Gem on the Costa del Sol


Topping the list is the historic city of Malaga, Spain. Nestled in the heart of Andalucia on the Costa del Sol, Malaga boasts not only a rich history but also a vibrant arts and culture scene. Birthplace of the renowned artist Pablo Picasso, the city resonates with creativity. Expats ranked Malaga first for local friendliness and climate, citing the pleasant Mediterranean weather as a significant draw.



The city excelled in work and leisure, work-life balance, safety, affordable public transportation, recreational sports, and social life.



Malaga’s appeal extends beyond its top ranking. With a temperate climate, a rich cultural tapestry, and a culinary scene that tantalizes the taste buds, the city offers a holistic living experience. Expats find solace in the safety of the city, efficient public transportation, and a plethora of recreational activities, creating a vibrant social life.



Spain Dominates the Top Spots


Spain emerges as a haven for expats, with three cities in the top three positions. Following Malaga, Alicante and Valencia claim the second and third spots, respectively. The Spanish cities are celebrated for their quality of life, ease of settling in, and personal finance, creating an enticing environment for those looking to make a move.



Factors Contributing to City Rankings


InterNations took into account several crucial factors to determine the rankings. Quality of life, ease of settling in, and personal finance were key considerations. Cities that offered a harmonious work-life balance, a friendly local community, and favorable weather conditions secured higher positions.



The World’s 2o Best Cities to Live


  1. Malaga, Spain
  2. Alicante, Spain
  3. Valencia, Spain
  4. Ras Al Khaimah
  5. Abu Dhabi, UAE
  6. Madrid, Spain
  7. Mexico City, Mexico
  8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  9. Bangkok, Thailand
  10. Muscat, Oman
  11. Dubai, UAE
  12. Lisbon, Portugal
  13. Barcelona, Spain
  14. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  15. Nairobi, Kenya
  16. Zurich, Switzerland
  17. Athens, Greece
  18. Stockholm, Sweden
  19. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  20. The Hague, the Netherlands



Keep in mind that while rankings provide a general overview, individual preferences play a significant role in choosing the right destination. Consider your own priorities, career goals, and lifestyle aspirations to ensure a seamless transition to a city that aligns with your personal definition of the ideal expat experience.

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