Prague ranked among top 10 expat cities in the world
Kuala Lumpur is the number one city for expats who want to live and work abroad in 2021, according to a survey of more than 12,000 people interviewed by InterNations, an online expat community with more than 4 million members in the world.
The Malaysian capital tops the list of 57 cities in the world. Malaga, a port city in southern Spain, and Dubai, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, rank second and third, respectively.
The investigation, conducted in January 2021, asked expats to rate their satisfaction in four main categories, including quality of life (such as a healthy environment and robust WiFi infrastructure), ease of setup (such as language barriers and friendliness) local residents), personal finances (such as access to affordable health care) and working abroad (such as job security and a stable local economy).
Prague is not only part of the world top 10 of the Expat City ranking (7th), but also of the top 5 for two indices.
It ranks 4th in the Urban Work Life index, after Munich (1st), Aachen (2nd) and Dublin (3rd). Expats are particularly satisfied with local career opportunities (60% versus 45% globally), work-life balance (79% versus 66% globally) and working hours (82% versus 66% in the world).
The city also ranks 5th in the urban quality of life index. “I appreciate the great opportunities for socialization, activities, travel and personal growth,” says a Ukrainian expat.
In fact, 83% of expats rate local leisure options favorably (vs. 72% globally) and 91% are satisfied with the transportation system (vs. 69% globally).
Healthcare is not only readily available (87% vs. 76% globally) but also easy to pay for (85% vs. 61% globally). When it comes to housing, things are a bit different: while it is easy to find for expats (73% vs. 60% globally), 43% find it hard to afford (vs. 39% in the world). world).
Despite this, Prague ranks 14th in the Finance & Housing index, and almost two-thirds (66%) are satisfied with their financial situation (compared to 64% globally). It does even better in the local cost of living index (11th): 61% positively assess this factor (against 48% globally).
The Getting Settled Index (38th) shows rather mixed results. Expats find local residents generally hostile (32% vs. 16% globally), as well as unfriendly towards foreign residents (35% vs. 18% globally), ranking the city 53rd in the sub-category of local friendliness.
“Culture can be a bit abrupt,” says an expatriate woman from Canada. However, 72% are satisfied with their social life (compared to 57% globally) and feel at home in Prague (compared to 65% globally).
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