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2019-12-03 23:09:44

Workers who daydream of packing their bags to move abroad may want to consider Taipei for a personal and professional reset.

For the second year in a row, Taiwan’s capital was named the No. 1 city for expats to move abroad for work, according to the annual Expat Insider survey by InterNations, an online resource group for expats around the world.

More than 20,000 expat workers participated in the survey and represented 178 nationalities living in 187 countries or territories.

For the best cities ranking, expats rated 25 elements of living abroad that measured quality of life, getting settled, work-life satisfaction, financial security and housing, and local cost of living.

Taipei came out on top thanks to its high ratings for overall quality of life. The city ranked third out of 82 cities for this particular category. Tokyo, Japan, came in first, while Zug, Switzerland, came in second for top quality of life standards.

Expats in Taipei were especially satisfied with local transportation, as well as available and affordable health care.

Workers did note that getting settled in Taipei was more difficult, likely because of a language barrier where many residents primarily speak Mandarin Chinese or Taiwanese Hokkien. However, newcomers did rank locals high in terms of friendliness, and the majority of people who recently moved to Taipei said they were happy with their new social life.

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, was named the second-best city to move to for expats and was identified as the world’s easiest city to get settled in. While Malay is the official language of the country, English is widely used, and 92% of expats found it easy to live in Kuala Lumpur without speaking the local language. That’s compared to a 47% average of expats who feel similarly in other cities across the world. Expats in Kuala Lumpur rated financial security and affordable cost of living highly, and though long-term career opportunities were lacking, expats said they were very satisfied with their jobs in general.

Recent reports have found people who move abroad are happy not just with the change to their daily lives, but they’re also seeing benefits to their careers. One MetLife survey found 91% of expat workers who receive company benefits are satisfied with their jobs, compared to 73% of their colleagues who stay local. And according to HSBC’s latest expat survey, the average 18 to 34-year-old’s salary rose 35% after relocating overseas, from $40,358 to $54,484.

Here are the best cities around the world to move to for work.

10. Basel, Switzerland

Switzerland Basel-Stadt Basel

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93% of expats feel safe in their new city82% of expats rate the availability of health care positively59% of expats feel at home in the city50% of expats find it easy to adjust to local culture72% of expats are satisfied with their job63% of expats are satisfied with their work-life balance9. The Hague, Netherlands88% of expats feel safe in their new city70% of expats rate the availability of health care positively69% of expats feel at home in the city56% of expats find it easy to adjust to local culture73% of expats are satisfied with their job68% of expats are satisfied with their work-life balance8. Zug, Switzerland

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98% of expats feel safe in their new city87% of expats rate the availability of health care positively67% of expats feel at home in the city43% of expats find it easy to adjust to local culture65% of expats are satisfied with their job67% of expats are satisfied with their work-life balance7. Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain.

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82% of expats feel safe in their new city88% of expats rate the availability of health care positively77% of expats feel at home in the city77% of expats find it easy to adjust to local culture65% of expats are satisfied with their job70% of expats are satisfied with their work-life balance6. Lisbon, Portugal96% of expats feel safe in their new city72% of expats rate the availability of health care positively73% of expats feel at home in the city79% of expats find it easy to adjust to local culture63% of expats are satisfied with their job74% of expats are satisfied with their work-life balance5. Montreal, Quebec, Canada91% of expats feel safe in their new city64% of expats rate the availability of health care positively66% of expats feel at home in the city71% of expats find it easy to adjust to local culture73% of expats are satisfied with their job73% of expats are satisfied with their work-life balance4. Singapore

Central Singapore’s iconic promenade and skyline.

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100% of expats feel safe in their new city79% of expats rate the availability of health care positively73% of expats feel at home in the city77% of expats find it easy to adjust to local culture64% of expats are satisfied with their job54% of expats are satisfied with their work-life balance3. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam79% of expats feel safe in their new city68% of expats rate the availability of health care positively71% of expats feel at home in the city71% of expats find it easy to adjust to local culture79% of expats are satisfied with their job71% of expats are satisfied with their work-life balance2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petronas Twin Towers at sunset, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

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78% of expats feel safe in their new city86% of expats rate the availability of health care positively75% of expats feel at home in the city74% of expats find it easy to adjust to local culture80% of expats are satisfied with their job68% of expats are satisfied with their work-life balance1. Taipei, Taiwan

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