The city that has given us Christophe Waltz, Schubert and the wiener (no sniggering at the back), though not, curiously, the Viennese whirl – as this came from Britain – now finds itself at the top of the quality of life rankings.
Vienna has displaced Melbourne as the world’s most liveable city, ending seven consecutive years at the top of the EIU’s Global Liveability Index. Osaka and Tokyo are meanwhile in the top 10 for the first time, and Hong Kong has overtaken its regional rival Singapore:
Before even downloading the report, it had occurred to me that high risers Vienna and Melbourne have something in common: their love of the coffee house. Vienna’s coffee house culture is laden with history and is now UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. Melbourne is now arguably the global capital of coffee. Third-placed Osaka also has good coffee – as I recall from visiting Kuromon Market – but it might have some catching up to do.
But coffee or not, it’s hard not to shake off the feeling that this index is for the elite. At the end of the day, these are very expensive cities indeed. Good liveability comes at a high price.
The EIU Global Liveability Index 2018 can be seen here (registration required).
We might not want to study abroad in great numbers (a pity, as there are wonderful experiences to be had), but all that appears to change once we enter the workforce. Brits are reportedly more willing to work overseas than ever.
Maybe it’s Brexit, or the fancy Instagram pictures posted by travel influencers (faked or otherwise). Perhaps it’s the price of a London pint. Or it’s all three. Whatever the reasons, there has been a significant increase over the past four years in British workers’ willingness to work overseas, according to a new report by Boston Consulting Group and totaljobs.com.
The study called Decoding Global Talent looked at the job preferences and mobility of 366,000 workers across 197 countries worldwide, including their willingness to relocate for work. The percentage of respondents wanting to move abroad in Britain showed the biggest increase of any country worldwide, jumping from 44% in 2014 to 62% in 2018.
This is especially true of Millennials under 30 or Brits with advanced degrees: 73% would leave for a job elsewhere. As for where they would like to move to, it’s the usual suspects: Australia is first, while the US, Canada and Germany are also popular destinations.
In an interesting twist, the same survey shows that the most appealing city worldwide for global workers is none other than London, ahead of New York, Berlin, Barcelona and Amsterdam. The report cites the British capital’s
rich history, abundant old-world charm, an international and diverse population, and, not incidentally, an electorate that voted by a three-to-two margin to stay in the EU.
Right – Brexit (again).
Hollywood has had a curious love affair with the city for years. Tourists are drawn to its je ne sais quois. It’s even home to the world’s most expensive footballer.
But it’s very much a non, merci from expats, who have rated Paris the worst city worldwide for getting settled. The French capital is surprisingly third from bottom in InterNation’s Expat City Ranking 2017.
According to InterNations, more than double the global average of respondents believe it very hard to live in the City of Light without speaking the local language.
(Last time I checked the local language was the very widely spoken French, learned from an early age in many schools worldwide; some people, eh.)
Top spot this year has gone to Manama which, as the capital of Bahrain rather than the isthmus linking the two Americas, isn’t a typo.
Manama, according to the survey, is the easiest city for getting settled (92% of respondents say its easy to live there without speaking Arabic). It furthermore does well for urban work life and Bahrainis are also said to be very friendly.
The top 10 is as follows:
- Kuala Lumpur
As for the opposite end of the table, Lagos came bottom, with expats reportedly being unhappy with their personal safety and the local political instability. Nigeria’s biggest city was also ranked the third most stressful city worldwide in a separate survey conducted recently by Zipjet.