Has your mind ever wandered… thinking, where would I truly want to live if given the opportunity to live anywhere in the world. Of course, varying factors would influence your decision, among them distance from family, economic conditions, climate and quality living conditions. Well, MSN Money recently published a list of the best cities around the world, to reside in. Would you dare to be whisked away? Even if it’s just in your imagination? … Take a look:
Sydney, Australia – joint 10th
Australia’s largest city makes the top 10. Home to a host of gorgeous beaches and a relaxed culture, crime rates in the region also fell to a 40-year low in 2017. It also has a reputation for little congestion and excellent healthcare.
Basel, Switzerland – joint 10th
Basel was a new entrant in last year’s survey and is in joint 10th place this time around. While it’s not a cheap city to live in, Basel does benefit from a picturesque old town, with cobbled lanes, a medieval castle and over 30 museums to choose from. It’s also a great food center.
Copenhagen, Denmark – 9th
Taking in the cobbled squares, pretty canals and bustling restaurants in the city center it’s not hard to see why Copenhagen is often dubbed one of the happiest places to live in the world. It also has a low crime rate and its residents enjoy a good work-life balance.
Geneva, Switzerland – 8th
A tiny city, spanning just six square miles, Geneva’s residents embrace the outdoors, walking around the picturesque city and its famous lake. It is also a renowned business center and a popular spot for expats.
Frankfurt, Germany – 7th
Located on the Main river, Frankfurt is Germany’s financial hub and home to the European Central Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Trade Fair. But don’t let that fool you; it also has one of Germany’s top club scenes, having been the birthplace of the nation’s techno movement back in the 90s.
Dusseldorf, Germany – 6th
If culture is your thing, then you can’t do much better than Dusseldorf. The city is home to a mammoth 100 galleries, 26 museums, a world-class opera house and amazing architecture. What’s more, most of the city is easily accessible on foot or by bike, with plenty of landscaped parks to make that journey even more pleasant.
Vancouver, Canada – 5th
Vancouver is the highest-ranking North American city, with the bustling west coast sea port boasting a great healthcare system and beautiful scenery including mountains and rainforests. It’s thought to be one of the world’s cleanest cities too, though it also has Canada’s most expensive property prices.
Munich, Germany – joint 3rd
Yet another German city making the top 30 list. Boasting terrific public transport, loads of parks and gardens and a bustling nightlife, epitomized by the annual Oktoberfest, Munich is a winner with locals and expats alike.
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand – joint 3rd
Auckland is one of the smaller cities on the list, located on the north island of New Zealand. It’s also the top performing English-speaking city and scores well because of its stable infrastructure, ethnically diverse population, high personal safety, stunning harbor surroundings and great lifestyle.
Zurich, Switzerland – 2nd
Yet again Zurich comes up just short. It’s one of the world’s wealthiest cities but also one of the most expensive to live in. Zurich boasts beautiful scenery, low crime and excellent rates of employment.
Vienna, Austria – best city to live in
Vienna tops the list for an incredible ninth year in a row, with Mercer pointing out the city provides residents and expats with a safe place to live, well-structured public transport and a variety of cultural and recreation facilities. It’s not bad to look at either.