Copenhagen and Bern top choices for European expats

Copenhagen and Bern have scooped the joint top spot as the most ‘liveable’ cities in the world for European expats.

It is the second consecutive year the two cities have headed the annual Location Ratings Report from global mobility expert, ECA International.

Clean air, good facilities and low crime rate among the benefits that make Copenhagen and Bern the most liveable cities in the world for European expats.

The Netherlands performs well in the rankings, with three cities in the top ten – The Hague, Eindhoven and Amsterdam. Switzerland also has three cities in the top ten with Geneva and Basel joining Bern.

Luxembourg City, Stavanger in Norway and Ireland’s capital city Dublin complete the top ten.

“‘Europeans relocating for work or looking to move abroad can expect a better quality of life in many locations in Ireland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany or Norway: countries that dominate the top 20 of our rankings,” said Neil Ashman, location ratings analyst at ECA International.

“Northern European cities in places such as Scandinavia have consistently scored well for expat liveability. Excellent transport links, a high standard of healthcare and long-term political stability mean that overseas workers from elsewhere in Europe can adapt to these locations with ease.”

UK cities rank fairly low on the list as attractive options for European expats, with the exception of Edinburgh, which retains its position in joint 19th place along with Stockholm, Sweden.

Meanwhile, Aberdeen was at number 21, Cardiff at 24 and Manchester at 39. Belfast and London tied for 47th place, with Glasgow coming in at 55th.

“Pollution, crime rate and terrorism threats are among the factors that affect the liveability of major UK cities such as London, Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow,” said Ashman.

Article published 14th February 2020