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What do the world's most livable cities have in common?

If you are wondering what the world's most livable cities for European expats have in common, it's that they made this list! Each year ECA International publishes their location ratings which objectively evaluates a host of factors to form an assessment of the overall quality of living in over 480 locations worldwide. The "livability factors" include topics like the availability of health services; housing and utilities; isolation; access to a social network and leisure facilities; infrastructure; climate; personal safety; political tensions and air quality.  

So, let's take a peek at what was revealed this time related to European expat's wish lists.

This report determined the Danish and Swiss capital cities of Copenhagen and Bern at the top of the 20 most livable locations for European expatriates for the second consecutive year.

It may not be a surprise that these two are the cream of the crop, and it shows that “cities in Scandinavia, Switzerland and the Netherlands have offered good livability across the board for many years now; with factors such as excellent infrastructure."

Edinburgh and Aberdeen actually were top locations in the UK, not London which is sitting at #49, sneaking into the top 50. And, Dublin has crept up to number nine, making the Irish capital now on par with Gothenburg and Luxembourg as having among the most superior living conditions for European expats. 

In Asia, check out these articles to better understand where Asian expats find as most livable:

Singapore Remains the Most Liveable Location for Asian Expats

Hong Kong dropped out of the Top 40

Chinese cities continue to rise

ECA said its location ratings system objectively evaluates a host of factors to form an assessment of the overall quality of living in more than 480 locations worldwide. The system aims to help companies establish appropriate allowances to compensate employees for the adjustment required when going on international assignment. The impact of some of the factors assessed will vary according to the home location of the assignee.


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