Valencia and Alicante, the best cities in the world to live according to expats

When we think of big cities to live, almost with certain automatisms we mainly come up with several names: New York, London, Paris, Milan Y Rome. However, despite being towns full of history, culture and leisure, they have something in common: expats don't like. Or, put another way, those who live in these cities but are not born in them will not value them in a positive way, as is clear from a survey conducted by InterNations.

According to 'Bloomberg', these five large cities had some of the lower rankings in a global survey of more than 15,000 people representing 173 nationalities. Concerns about health care, safety, work-life balance, as well as affordability of housing definitely influenced the scores offered.

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"Expats in big cities like New York, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong or London struggle to find affordable housing and, in general, are dissatisfied with their financial situation. Expats in these cities are also often dissatisfied with their work-life balance, "he explains, Malte Zeeck, Founder and Co-CEO of InterNations, a Munich, Germany-based expat network with around 4 million members.

But nevertheless, Spain stands out at the other end of the scale, with four cities among the ten locations best valued by expats. In this way, the best cities to live are Valencia Y Alicante, occupying the first two positions of the classification. Further, Malaga appears in the sixth position, while Madrid does it in ninth position. In this way, Spain stands out as one of the best places to live in the world.

In addition to the four Spanish cities, Lisbon, Panama City, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Kuala Lumpur Y Abu Dhabi complete the top ten. On the contrary, other cities, a priori with more names on paper, obtain really low scores: thus, New York appears in position 3. 4, London does it in the 51, Paris in the 61, Milan in the 63 Y Rome in the 64, put Pyrrhic considering that only 66 cities were analyzed.

Spain wins by a landslide thanks mainly to their way of life. According to 'Bloomberg', the InterNations survey was conducted in March, so does not capture the full impact of the changes caused by the covid-19 pandemic. However, the sentiments captured in the survey echo the trends seen this year with residents looking to relocate from big cities as they assess their jobs and lifestyle.