Expats praise quality of life in Switzerland

Zug and Basel are among the top ten cities in the world for expats, says a new ranking published by InterNations. Both cities impress with their high quality of life, with Zug described as boasting the best in the world.

The quality of life in Zug is higher than anywhere else in the world, say the expats. Image Credit: Zug Tourismus

The Munich company InterNations surveyed expats about life in 82 cities around the world, posing questions on quality of life, acclimatization and work in the city, finances, housing and the cost of living.

Zug ranked eighth

Climbing an impressive 15 places from last year’s 23rd in the Internations’ Expat City Ranking, Zug was named eighth in the world. Its high quality of life sealed the deal: in this category, Zug ranked higher than any other city, thanks to high scores for safety and politics (1st place), and transport (2nd). Expats also praised Zug’s urban surroundings, cleanliness and easy access to medical care, with the report describing it as a quiet green city.    

“It is Zug’s overall package that makes it attractive to expats and the Swiss,” said president of the city Karl Kobelt in an article from “Luzerner Zeitung”. Kobelt adds that Zug also offers interesting jobs, moderate tax rates and beautiful living surroundings. Nature is close by, he highlights, as well as education institutions and a wide offer for shopping, culture and sport. Zug furthermore boasts safety, transport infrastructure and proximity to Zurich Airport.

Basel scoops tenth

With Basel coming in 10th in the survey, two Swiss cities feature in the top ten. Basel’s quality of life also impressed, with the city taking sixth place in the world for this category. The range of transport and safety were praised in both Basel and Zug, while expats also appreciate the secure job market.  

Swiss cities boast a top quality of life

The ranking was led by Taipei, followed by Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. Other Swiss cities featured were Lausanne (36th), Bern (38th), Zurich (41st), Lugano (53rd) and Geneva (69th). All Swiss cities in the ranking are in the top 20 for quality of life.

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