Expats love Lausanne's natural environment but are less impressed by the dining options Keystone / Laurent Gillieron
All four Swiss cities in the Expat City Ranking 2022 have gained places since last year – however, there's still plenty of room for improvement.
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Born in London, Thomas was a journalist at The Independent before moving to Bern in 2005. He speaks three official Swiss languages and enjoys travelling the country and practising them, above all in pubs, restaurants and gelaterias. more from this author | english department
Basel climbed from 9th to 7th in this year's InterNations survey, which features 50 cities around the world. Lausanne and Zurich remain solidly mid-table (18th and 20th respectively – up from 21st and 34th) and 34th-placed Geneva again gets the Swiss wooden spoon (although at silver-spoon prices) but has improved significantly from 47th last year (out of 57).
As in previous years, all Swiss cities scored really well for their natural beauty and safety but all were criticised for how hard it is to make friends. Lausanne did best in the Ease of Settling In Index, coming a lowly 27th, ahead of Geneva (36th), Basel (42nd) and Zurich (43rd). Indeed, Zurich is in the bottom ten for all three subcategories: Local Friendliness (44th), Finding Friends (43rd), and Culture & Welcome (42nd).
Overall, Valencia was the place to be, according to expats, defined by InterNations as people who decide to“live abroad for an unspecified amount of time, without any restrictions to origin or residence”. The Spanish city is followed by Dubai, Mexico City, Lisbon and Madrid. The places not to be were Hong Kong, Istanbul, Paris, Frankfurt and, in 50th position, Johannesburg.
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