An increasing number of employees work abroad. So where are the most popular locations for expat living?

Mercer’s 2015 Quality of Living report shows the most popular locations – taken from an analysis of living conditions in 440 cities. 39 factors were considered, including:

• Culture and environment
• Political stability
• Safety
• Infrastructure
• Ease of doing business

Vienna in Austria topped the list, followed by Zurich in Switzerland.

London dropped two places to 42nd spot in the 2015 list. The factors preventing a higher ranking were cited as traffic congestion and air pollution.

Mayor Boris Johnson is aiming for London to become the first Ultra Low City by 2020. He is penalising rather than encouraging drivers who aren’t ‘driving green’. (He plans to increase to congestion charge for diesel vehicles to £10. Paris will ban diesel engines from 2020. London could follow.) Perhaps this will influence London’s standing in future Quality of Living polls?

Here is the new list of top 10 locations for quality of living – a big factor when it comes to expat locations:
1. Vienna, Austria
2. Zurich, Switzerland
3. Auckland, New Zealand
4. Munich, Germany
5. Vancouver, Canada
6. Dusseldorf, Germany
7. Frankfurt, Germany
8. Geneva, Switzerland
9. Copenhagen, Denmark
10. Sydney, Australia

It is interesting to note that these – and the rest of the top 30 countries are all within America, Europe or Australasia.

“Whilst these countries are often more familiar regarding their cultures and languages, it is still important to plan ahead and carefully prepare for a move abroad,” says Kevin Wieczorek, Sales & Marketing Director of BTR International. “Providing support regarding lifestyle and practical living arrangements as well as the move itself is crucial to the success of any relocation.”

If you would like to find out more about the support available for international assignees, contact Kevin or call +44 (0) 1582 495495.

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