Moving to a high-risk country? Read this first

UK newspaper The Independent has highlighted the top 10 worst places in the world to live in, the least jolly part of the EIU’s Global Liveability Ranking 2015 announced recently:

They won’t be terrible for everyone, of course; much depends on one’s individual context. But if you do find yourself considering a move to an unstable environment (with dangers like social unrest, civil crime or even terrorism), or if you’re an employer assigning staff to a difficult location, you might want to first read the words of Stephen Haynes, Head of Wellbeing at the British Council.

Over a series of posts on LinkedIn, he talks about how organisations can better understand and manage the wellbeing of staff posted to “fragile and high risk locations” – locations like Damascus and Tripoli cited in the EIU report:

 

 

Canada, Australia have world’s most liveable cities, says EIU

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has unveiled, to no real surprise perhaps, that Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world, for the 5th year running. The news comes days after ECA International’s Cost of Living survey was revealed for 2015 (showing very different results, interestingly enough). The Australian city is joined in their top 5 by Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Adelaide, with seven of the top 10 accounted for by cities in Australia and Canada:

If you’re young and fancy a move to one of these places, however, you might be put off by high living costs:

The EIU’s Global Liveability Ranking is not the only quality of living index, of course, with the likes of Mercer and Monocle magazine offering very different perspectives (hello Tokyo):

Ultimately, liveability is entirely subjective. If you’re young and into tech, you might be more cheerful in a city like San Francisco. People with families will prefer Singapore over Bangkok, while young professionals might be more motivated living in a Chinese city. London continues to divide opinion.

Where would you rather be?