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The Best European Capital Cities To Work

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Best European Cities To Work

Work Study Across Europe

Broadly, there are two types of people; those who are content to work in their nation of birth and those who are willing to travel anywhere for a better life.

In the current socioeconomic climate of Europe, there are increasing numbers of people who can be filed into the latter of these two types.

Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has sent a ripple effect across the continent.

This decision may well massively change the fortunes of any nation and leaving the EU is now becoming a hot topic in a number of other nations.

Just take a look at this article from the Guardian which explores the countries most likely to follow Britain out of the EU. It includes some important nations including France, Italy and even Germany.

Political and economic uncertainty means that increasing numbers of people are considering relocating elsewhere for work.

In recent years, there has been a relatively consistent migration of people from eastern European countries such as Poland, Lithuania.

In fact, take a look at this post from the Daily Mail which perfectly illustrates this by showing how Polish migrants now stand as the second biggest ethnic minority in the UK, just behind Indians.

Now, this pattern has been flipped on its head, with people looking to head to other locations rather than the UK.

Obviously, anyone considering moving for work in Europe would take a look at the capital cities of the biggest and most stable nations.

So, aside of London, you might consider Rome, Madrid, Paris, or Berlin as legitimate places to look for a new job.

However, according to a new study conducted by, these cities may not necessarily be your best option.

‘The Best European Capital City To Work In throws up a number of curveballs as well as some more familiar results. For example, it found Bern, Switzerland to be the best city to work in.

The Top 10 was full of other surprises.

  1. Bern, Switzerland
  2. Copenhagen, Denmark
  3. Berlin, Germany,
  4. Minsk, Belarus
  5. Reykjavik, Iceland
  6. Vienna, Austria,
  7. Vilnius, Lithuania
  8. Oslo, Norway
  9. Brussels, Belgium
  10. Chisinau, Moldova

Aside of Berlin, which did feature high in the table, a number of large cities didn’t find themselves in a very favourable position.

London placed 18th, suffering particularly in the cost of living and traffic commute categories. Madrid came 24th, struggling in similar areas and also having a not particularly great unemployment rate score.

The French capital came in at 29th, showing good figures for the average hours worked but scoring low with traffic commutes.

Rome came even further down the table at 31st, with particularly bad unemployment rates and traffic commute figures.

These results were found by comparing the cost of living, the average monthly salary, unemployment rate, traffic commute index and average hours worked in each city.

The individual statistics were taken from each nation’s government figures and site Numbeo.

For the full results, check out The Best European Cities To Work In 2017 Edition

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