Wellington ranked best in the world for quality of life

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Wellington has been ranked best in the world for quality of life by a new report.

The survey, conducted by Deutsche Bank, compared cities around the world on a multitude of factors, including cost of living, pollution, climate and property values, before concluding that New Zealand’s Wellington is number one.

“Wellingtonians know we live in the best spot on earth, and now the rest of the world is hearing about it as well,” comments the city’s Acting Mayor Paul Eagle.

“The international survey is a big endorsement that we’re on the right track here in Wellington. It ranks us ahead of much bigger cities like New York, Sydney and Los Angeles and even ahead of cities that pride themselves on quality of life like Melbourne and Edinburgh.”

“It’s also a powerful reminder of the things we need to protect for future generations: our local environment, affordable and accessible housing, ease of movement, quality public transport, and good paying jobs.”

Wellington Ambassador Simon Wolf forecasts that the city’s ranking will help to attract more people to visit, work and live there, not just New Zealanders from around the world, but people around the world.

 

Expats and young professionals rate Belgian quality of life

7th April 2017

Expats and young professionals who have moved to Belgium are extremely happy with life, finds a new poll.

The study by BNP Paribas Fortis found that 96 per cent of young expats who work or study in the country are very satisfied with their life.

Many people dream of living and making a career in a foreign country. Every expatriate has his/her own reasons for relocating and will have specific expectations of the host country.

“Millennials are the driving force behind this contemporary intra-European mobility, with more and more young expats in Europe seeking new academic and professional experiences elsewhere,” comments Salvatore Orlando, Head of Expatriates at BNP Paribas Fortis. The BNP Paribas Fortis-ThinkYoung survey focuses on expats between 18 and 28 years of age living in Belgium, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Italy or France.”

The most common reason for expatriate students to leave their home country and come to Belgium is that there was an opportunity provided by their university or school in their home country, while 39 per cent said they wanted to experience another culture. Also 39 per cent of the respondents gave the desire to learn another language or improve their language skills as a major reason for leaving.

More than 8 out of 10 young professionals, meanwhile, say their decision to move to Belgium was to give their career a positive boost. Other reasons for leaving were the opportunity to learn another language, the standard of living and the quality of life in the host country.

Andrea Gerosa, founder of ThinkYoung, comments: “It’s a meaningful move, driven not by the desire to have fun but by the willingness to learn more, improve skills, and enhance career opportunities.”

Once in Belgium, expat students experience above all a more developed social life (63 per cent). Nearly 6 out of 10 praise the quality of the Belgian education, and half of the polled people said that they have a better quality of life.

Asked about the benefits of their relocation to Belgium, 42 per cent of young professionals said they have a bigger personal spending and disposable income. About 36 per cent of the young professional expats said that their quality of life improved. Other advantages of their relocation are affordable living costs (26 per cent) and an increase in financial savings (17 per cent).

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