Kuala Lumpur Is The World’s Best City For Expats

People wearing protective masks cross a street in front of Petronas Twin Towers, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

Kuala Lumpur is the World’s Best City for expats as the city comes on top of the Expat City Ranking 2021.

Kuala Lumpur (1st out of 57) excels in getting settled for expats where 75% feel at home (vs. 65% globally), and 78% find it easy to get used to the local culture (vs. 65% globally).

Most are also happy with the friendliness of the local population in general (81% vs. 69% globally) and towards foreign residents (77% vs. 67% globally).

“I love Kuala Lumpur’s culturally diverse environment and the overall friendliness,” says a U.S. expat.

Kuala Lumpur also ranks 1st out of 57 in the Finance & Housing Index. Expats find housing both affordable (74% vs. 42% globally) and easy to find (91% vs. 60% globally). Another 80% are satisfied with their financial situation (vs. 64% globally), and 64% say that their household income is more than enough (vs. 52% globally).

The city ranks 3rd out of 57 in the Local Cost of Living Index as well, with 78% rating this aspect positively (vs. 48% globally).

However, it gets average results in the Urban Work Life Index (30th). Expats are happy with their working hours (6th) and their work-life balance (7th), but not so much with the local economy (40th) and the career opportunities (44th).

Lastly, Kuala Lumpur only ranks 41st in the Quality of Urban Living Index. For factors such as political stability (35% happy vs. 64% globally) and public transportation (57% vs. 69% globally), satisfaction is below the global average.

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