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Copenhagen and Bern named most liveable cities

Global mobility expert ECA International evaluated cities on a range of factors such as infrastructure, air quality and personal safety for its annual liveability rankings

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The Swiss city of Bern topped the ranking with Copenhagen
The Swiss city of Bern topped the ranking with Copenhagen

The Danish and Swiss capital cities of Copenhagen and Bern have been jointly named as top of the 20 most liveable locations for European expatriates for the second consecutive year.

 

Cities around the world are evaluated annually by global mobility expert, ECA International (ECA), on a variety of liveability factors including: 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.

 

Which other cities perform well?

 

Elsewhere, Dublin has re-entered the top 10 locations in the world for European workers for the first time since 2016. Sitting in joint ninth position, the Irish capital is now on par with Gothenburg and Luxembourg as having among the most superior living conditions for European expats.

 

Alongside Dublin, cities in northern European and Scandinavian nations once again dominate the top 10 most liveable locations for European expats. The Netherlands and Switzerland each have three cities within the top 10.

 

“Cities in Scandinavia, Switzerland and the Netherlands have offered good liveability across the board for many years now; with factors such as excellent infrastructure, reliable transport systems, and a high level of healthcare all contributing to their consistently excellent liveability score,” said Neil Ashman, senior location ratings analyst at ECA International.

 

Edinburgh is the only UK city to make the top 20, closely followed by Aberdeen at 21.

 

“Edinburgh and Aberdeen lead the way for UK cities in terms of liveability due to a range of factors including lower air pollution and a greater level of personal security,” added Ashman.

 

“However, what really makes these two cities outshine others in the UK is the existing expat community. This is an important factor in the liveability analysis as a solid network of expatriates will help newcomers feel less isolated and reduces the anticipated culture shock for workers that relocate from overseas.”

“Cities in Scandinavia, Switzerland and the Netherlands have offered good liveability across the board for many years now; with factors such as excellent infrastructure"

The most liveable non-European location for European expats is Toronto, Canada. Canadian cities in general all score very well, with Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal all scoring higher than Belfast, London and Glasgow in the UK, the analysis finds.

 

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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