Lisbon is in the 20 best cities in the world to reside as a foreigner!
Lisbon stands out for its climate, the friendliness of the Portuguese, the ease of adaptation to the local culture and its cost of living.
Lisbon is thus part of the list of the 20 best city in the world for expatriate foreigners, occupying the 18th place of this elite list according to the ranking "Expat City Ranking 2021", internations.
In this analysis, thousands of expatriates were interviewed who answered 12,400 questions about various factors such as quality and cost of living, housing, finances, ease of making friends or welcoming them in the country in which they decided to live.
The list is led by Kuala Lumpur, Malaga and Dubai, followed by Sydney, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, Prague, Mexico City, Basel or Madrid in 10th place. At the end of the list comes Rome, in 57th place, Milan and Johannesburg, with poor scores in the rates of life at work or quality of life.
Lisbon was the leader of this list in 2020, and has now fallen to 18th place. The main factors were the fall in the safety and policy indicator to 15th place and the quality of life to 12th place, but the biggest factor was the fall to 26th place in housing and 29th in health and environmental issues. All these factors have been getting worse in the last 12 months which is easily explained by the lack of will ingness and capacity for firm policies in these areas, both at the municipal level and at the government level.
However, we are still above average when it comes to the people Portuguese with 84% of respondents saying it is easy to adapt to Portuguese culture and its people with 69% to highlight the friendliness of the locals.
Source: "Expat City Ranking 2021"