Expat Life is Bitter-Sweet in Copenhagen. Expat Report - 2020

Is this a paradox, or just a coincidence?! Copenhagen typically tends to rank as one of the best cities in the world. It seems however that expats have a bitter-sweet opinion about it.

Expat City Ranking 2020, Internations.org

“Placing 46th out of 66 cities in the Expat City Ranking 2020, Copenhagen ends up in the bottom 10 for nearly all factors featured in the Getting Settled Index. The only exception is the ease to live there without speaking the local language (13th). But expats in the Danish capital really seem to struggle with making new friends, which 59% say this is hard (vs. 33% globally).

An expat shares that it is “difficult to make friends with the Danish locals”. It is no surprise then that 34% are unhappy with their social life as well (vs. 24% globally). Copenhagen can also be found among the bottom 10 of the Local Cost of Living Index (57th): 72% of expats are unhappy with the local cost of living (vs. 36% globally), and 16% even very much so (vs. 8% globally).

On the brighter side, Copenhagen ranks 17th in the Quality of Urban Living Index. This is due to its great results in both the Safety & Politics (12th) and the Health & Environment subcategories (10th). In fact, 89% are happy with the political stability (vs. 61% globally), and 95% rate the urban environment positively (vs. 65% globally).

Lastly, Copenhagen also receives good results in the Urban Work Life Index (17th), with especially high ratings in the Work-Life Balance subcategory (2nd). Close to nine in ten expats (89%) rate their working hours positively (vs. 65% globally), with a Brazilian expat saying they enjoy the “flexibility and working hours”.

Copenhagen was placed 67 out of 72 in 2019.

This bitter-sweet picture only mirrors the overall country ranking for the previous six years.

Source: https://www.internations.org/expat-insider/2020/the-best-worst-cities-for-expats-40063

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