Prague is among the top 10 best cities for expats in the world, ranking 7th out of 57 destinations according to the Expat City Ranking 2021 by InterNations. Expats who live in the Czech capital appreciate its public transport, healthcare, career and leisure opportunities, and quality of life the most.
When it comes to choosing the place where to live, the atmosphere of the city and the quality of life can be decisive factors. In the process of relocation, expats are mainly interested in safety, availability of healthcare, good transport accessibility, or the quality of services and cultural activities. Based on these criteria, Prague not only made it into the global top 10 Best Cities for Expats but also placed among the top 5 for two indices in terms of working conditions and the overall quality of life.
The Czech capital ranked 4th in the Urban Work Life Index and 5th in the Quality of Urban Living Index. In the question of opportunities to enter the local labour market, Prague ranked as the fourth-best city in the world. Prague even dominates the Work-Life Balance Subcategory and ranks second worldwide. Expats are particularly happy with their working hours: with more than three-quarters (82%) agreeing that one does not have to spend unnecessarily much time at work.
“I enjoy the great opportunities for socializing, activities, and travelling, and personal growth,”says an expat from Ukraine.
When it comes to the quality of life in the city, 83% of expats favourably rate the local leisure options and up to 91% are satisfied with the transportation system. Even though local residents might not seem friendly at the first sight, 72% of expats are happy with their social life and feel at home in Prague. According to 85% of foreigners, healthcare is not only easily available but also easy to afford (87%) – in this respect, Prague surpassed the victorious Kuala Lumpur by as much as six per cent. In terms of financial freedom, Prague still ranks in the top 15 and nearly two-thirds of expats living here are satisfied with their financial situation while 61% (compared to 48% globally) rate the local living costs positively.
According to the Czech Statistical Office, more than 228,000 foreigners currently live in Prague. There are also city districts where expats make up more than a quarter of the population. For example, 33% of Nebušice’s inhabitants are expats, and in Prague 2, foreigners make up 26% of the 50,000 population. And because the City of Prague values all of its inhabitants, one of the crucial priorities of the city’s strategic development is to attract more foreign talent from abroad, make sure they feel welcome and eventually make Prague their long-term home.
The Expat City Ranking is a part of the annual Expat Insider survey by InterNations. In 2021, more than 12,000 expats living in 186 countries across the globe provided information on various aspects of their lives, such as how they live in the city, what their career opportunities are, or how financially demanding life is in the world’s metropolises. The first place in the ranking was awarded to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, the second is the Spanish Malaga and the third Dubai. In addition to Prague and Malaga, other European cities in the top 10 include Basel (9th place) and Madrid (10th place).