Lisbon is the sixth best city in the world for expatriates

  • ECO News
  • 3 December 2019

The Portuguese capital has risen 12 places in the list of the best cities to live in chosen by expatriates. The ease of "settling down" is one of Lisbon's strong points.

After Portugal qualified on the podium of the best expatriate destinations, Lisbon reached the top 10 of the best cities to live for these professionals. The Portuguese capital rose 12 places compared to last year, in the ranking prepared by InterNations.

In a list dominated by Asian cities, with the capital of Taiwan taking the crown, Lisbon is in sixth place, and in the 2018 ranking was in 18th. It is the first European city to appear, being immediately followed by Barcelona. These two places stand out for their ease of “settling down”.

This aspect is assessed by elements such as the friendliness and hospitality of the places where Lisbon is at the top of the table. In the quality’s assessment of urban life, Portugal’s score was driven by aspects such as leisure and climate, and hampered by the quality of transport.

Even so, the worst classifications of the Portuguese capital were in financing and housing, as well as in urban professional life. The ranking is based on the opinions of more than 20,000 expatriates, i.e. people who were sent to another country to work, according to the InterNations definition of 178 nationalities.