Lisbon is the third best city in the world for foreigners to live

  • Home >
  • News >
  • Lisbon is the third best city in the world for foreigners to live

Lisbon is the third best city in the world for foreigners to live
Reading time: 2 minutes
Published: 27th November 2020, 9:17pm
Updated: 19th March 2021, 6:10pm

Lisbon rises to 3rd place in a worldwide ranking

After the 6th place reached in 2019, this year Lisbon rises to the 3rd place in the ranking of the best cities in the world for foreigners to live and work, in the Expat City Ranking 2020.

Of the 66 cities in the Expat City Ranking 2020, Lisbon occupies the 3rd place. It should be noted that 82% of expatriates feel at home in the Portuguese capital (vs. 64% globally). Another 79% are happy with their social life (vs. 59% globally), placing the city in 3rd place in the world also in this factor.

 


 

A Sunny, safe and Social city

Lisbon is also considered a sunny, safe and social place for expatriates. Also in the quality of urban life, Lisbon scores well. The index shows how much expatriates like Lisbon, with the Portuguese capital reaching 5th place in the Subcategory of Leisure and Climate. In fact, 89% of foreigners are satisfied with local leisure options (vs. 71% globally). In addition, 96% of expatriates are satisfied with Lisbon’s weather and climate (against 64% globally), and 56% even much (vs. 26% globally). Almost all expatriates in Lisbon (99%) think the same way about their personal security (vs. 82% globally). While Lisbon still occupies a good 6th place in the Local Cost of Living Index, with 64% of expatriates feeling satisfied with this aspect (vs. 46% globally).

However, the Portuguese capital does not perform as well in the Finance and Housing sector, ranking 27th in the Index. Almost three out of eight expatriates (37%) have difficulty finding housing in Lisbon (vs. 27% globally).

Professional and personal life balance

Finally, the city achieves mixed results on the Life at Work Index (23). Expatriates report being very happy with their jobs in general (79% happy vs. 65% globally) and their balance between personal and professional life (83% happy vs. 64% globally). But they are dissatisfied with local career opportunities (37% unhappy vs. 34% globally) and the state of the local economy (19% unhappy vs. 18% globally).

At the top of the Expat City Ranking 2020 are the Spanish cities of Valencia and Alicante, followed by Lisbon, followed by Panama, Singapore, Malaga, Buenos Aires, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid and Abu Dhabi, closes the top 10.

A hand full of reasons for this result

As we have reported in previous articles, there are plenty of reasons that support this rise of Lisbon in the ranking of the best cities in the world to live and work in as we explain in the article “Porto and Lisbon are the friendliest cities in Europe”. Lisbon is Portugal’s capital city and we have recently listed “8 Reasons Why You Should Move to Portugal”. There are plenty of cultural highlights and historic venues near Lisbon, like the wonders of Sintra and its mountains and the sunny and posh Cascais

Buy your dream home in Lisbon


 

Source: Diário Imobiliário

 

11th December 2020
Portugal has been part of a battlefield between the US and China for the…
26th November 2020
Before the capital's Golden Visa scheme could come to an end, Chinese…

Buying Property in Portugal

Portugal Homes has very experienced and knowledgeable professionals working with some of the most established and reputable developers Portugal has to offer. Our vast experience allows us to guide you through the best investment choices.

Whether you want a holiday home or an investment property, we select the best units for your profile and take care of all the process from start to finish. Even after the sale! Our After Sales services assume the responsibility of furnishing your property at your taste, taking care of the property in your absence, managing the rentals if you wish to rent your property when you’re not in Portugal and so much more!

To learn more about the Portuguese Non-Habitual Resident Program and our After Sales services, please fill the form below.

The overall experience was great from follow up to After Sales. I would like to give special thanks to Mr. Simon, Ms. Francisca and Ms. Mariana.

Investor from UAE

Luísa is a very understandable person, she knew exactly what we were looking for and even showed us and gave us more choices to pick from. Very professional advice, hospitality and service.

Roshana (Zulfiqar) Mian | Hong Kong

My property advisor, Mathew McGurn, was truly excellent! His knowledge, professionalism and attention to details was much appreciated. He worked hard to not only find a property that fit all my requirements, he negotiated successfully with agents making sure my offer won over other buyers bidding for the same property. In addition, his communication skills, prompt response time and general help with my getting settled in Portugal went above and beyond the normal.

Investor from the USA

Dear Sérgio, thank you so much for arranging our 1º Esquerdo place. We love our place, and your attention to detail is very much appreciated. 

Tim Thronson - Investor from the USA

A full service, one stop opportunity. Very easy for us a foreigners. Ryan Dunn went above and beyond for us. We appreciate him and his work!

Jose Arias - Investor from the USA

Everyone I met with and spoke with has been extremely knowledgeable and professional. Dealing with native English speakers who understand things from my perspective was very reassuring. Finally, knowing that I had Matthew in my corner gave me the confidence to proceed with the process of buying an apartment in Lisbon. Thanks very much.

Investor from the USA