More and more people — especially those just entering the labor market — are attracted to the opportunity of working abroad, but what does life in another country bring?
The Expat City 2021 report, conducted by German NGO InterNations, offers an interesting take on this issue. The NGO offers assistance to workers living in foreign countries and has included Prague in its list of the best cities for expats.
The capital of the Czech Republic ranked seventh out of a total of 57 cities in the InterNations survey in which more than 12,000 expats took part. Other European cities also in the top ten include Málaga, ranking second, Basel in ninth, and Madrid tenth in the rankings respectively.
The evaluation focused on four key topics; The Quality of Life, Ease of Settling, Working Abroad, and the Cost of Living.
In addition, there were further sub-categories such as Work-Life Balance, which Prague ranked second in, also ranking high in the Quality of Urban Living index.
Expats in the city appreciated the many opportunities for socialization, leisure activities and personal development, and also praised the transport infrastructure around the city and the availability and price of medical services.
The Czech capital does however have room for improvement, placing 28th in the Safety and Politics Index and just 14th in the Finance and Housing Index, with expats explaining that they can often find housing but cannot always afford it.
Prague also performed poorly in the Getting Settled Index, finishing in 38th place with expats revealing that they often feel hostility towards them from locals and frequently find themselves facing a language barrier.
Despite this, 72 percent of expats said that on the whole they feel at home in Prague, 8 percent above the global average.