Revealed: the 7 most liveable cities for expats

April 19, 2022

Whether you're looking for sun, sea, and sand, or simply trying to find somewhere new to live after a lifetime of hard work, there are many cities around the world that expats call home.

A recent survey by Global Finance has revealed some of the most liveable international cities. Based on factors such as quality of life, economic strength, and cultural development, the study offers some interesting insights about where you might want to settle down.

If you’re considering moving to a new country in the near future, read on to find out seven of the most liveable cities that could be right for you.

7. Paris, France

Boasting beautiful architecture, culture in abundance, and excellent nightlife, it should come as no surprise that Paris ranks at number seven on the list of most liveable cities for expats. From the cathedral of Notre Dame to the Musée d'Orsay, there is plenty to keep you busy.

While Paris offers many vibrant neighbourhoods to choose from, its excellent rail links mean that it’s easy to get away from the bustle of city life. If you want somewhere quieter, perhaps with more space and a garden, there are plenty of charming towns and villages nearby.

From the vibrant tower blocks of Saint-Denis to the elegant homes of Versailles, Paris offers something for everyone.

6. Sydney, Australia

For many years, Sydney has been one of the most popular destinations for expats and it isn’t hard to see why. With temperate weather and a stunning coastline, the city is an excellent choice if you prefer a warmer climate.

Sydney also offers a vibrant arts and culture scene, as well as a wide variety of different cuisines to appeal to foodies of all different types.

The country has also seen strong economic growth, despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, meaning there are many job opportunities. According to figures from the Australian government, their GDP is set to be 6.6% higher by the end of 2022 than it was prior to the pandemic.

5. Melbourne, Australia

A friendly and diverse city that’s famous for its natural beauty, Melbourne narrowly beats Sydney for the number five place on this list.

One of the biggest advantages that it has over other places on this list is its strong focus on environmentalism. While the city might be famous for its coffee and easy-going culture, its recent focus on environmental initiatives have put it on the map as one of the most sustainable cities in the world.

4. Singapore, Republic of Singapore

Coming in at number four is our very own city of Singapore. With good weather, excellent food, and vibrant culture, it has everything an expat could want. It isn’t a coincidence that a 2021 survey found Singapore to be the happiest country in south-east Asia!

Singapore is a great location to do business and its strong economy attracts expat workers from across the world. This means that there is an abundance of job opportunities for people who want to settle down.

3. Shanghai, China

Despite the recent lockdowns caused by outbreaks of coronavirus, Shanghai has been an attractive city for many years. Due to this, there is a thriving expat community, so it can be easy to meet new friends.

There are a variety of social groups, such as Brits Abroad and the American Club Shanghai, which offer the chance to mingle with other people in the same boat as you.

Along with Beijing, Shanghai is considered one of the most sophisticated Chinese cities. Boasting sophisticated shopping malls, haute cuisine, and a trendy bar scene, living here can be exhilarating and it’s not hard to see why it’s so popular.

2. Tokyo, Japan

As a major international city, it isn’t surprising that Tokyo sits so highly on the list of most liveable cities. With modern public transport, busy nightlife, and many different varieties of food, this thriving metropolis has much to offer to any expat.

While it can be an expensive city to live in, the city offers a very high quality of life, with good schools and excellent healthcare, meaning it can be a perfect place to raise a family.

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, the outskirts of Tokyo can be surprisingly quiet. Away from the central districts, you can find plenty of cosy suburbs that offer a more peaceful alternative to the noise of inner-city life.

1. London, United Kingdom

While its weather might not compare to some of the entries on this list, London is a hugely popular choice for international expats, and it isn’t hard to see how it reached the number one spot.

The city has an almost unparalleled depth of culture, from Buckingham Palace to the National Gallery, which means you’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re looking for things to do. On top of this, London boasts an incredible nightlife and many high-class restaurants.

As a major international financial hub, the city also offers an abundance of work opportunities for professionals. Many companies choose London as the base for their headquarters, making it a great place for expats looking to progress their careers in industries such as finance or technology.