Mercer’s List: Here are the best cities in the world for expats to live in

  • Mercer’s 2016 list of best cities for expats is dominated by European, Canadian and Scandinavian cities
  • US and UK cities were ranked below the top 25
  • Singapore is Asia’s top city followed by 5 Japanese cities
  • The Philippines has only one city in the list and ranks below the lower half

New York-based consultancy firm Mercer has released its 2016 list of best cities in the world for expatriates to live in.

Not surprisingly, the list is dominated by European, Scandinavian and Canadian cities. The closest an American city – San Francisco – could get is at number 28, while the highest ranked Asian city is Singapore at 26th spot.

The top five cities, in particular order, are Vienna (Austria), Zurich (Switzerland), Auckland (New Zealand), Munich (Germany), and Vancouver (Canada).

Rounding up the top ten are Dusseldorf (Germany), Frankfurt (Germany), Geneva (Switzerland), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Sydney (Australia).

Aside from San Francisco, other US cities who made it to the top 50 are: Boston (34th), Honolulu (35th), Chicago (43rd), New York City (44th), Seattle (46th) and Los Angeles (49th).

United Kingdom’s London came way below at no. 39 while Edinburgh came at no. 46. France’s Paris is ranked 37th, Spain’s Barcelona at 39th and Italy’s Milan at 41st.

Joining Singapore as the best Asian cities to live are 5 Japanese cities – Tokyo at 44th, Kobe at 46th, Yokohama at 49th, Osaka at 58th and Nagoya at 62nd.

Hong Kong is at no. 70, Seoul at 73rd, Taipei at 84th, Kuala Lumpur at 86th, Bandar Seri Begawan at 102nd, Beijing at 118th and Bangkok at 129th. (Click here to read more)

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