The 5 Best European Cities for Expats

Even if you love the USA, most of us have dreamed about moving to Europe. The huge variety of cultures on your doorstep is a pull for many, but that also means it’s not always easy to figure out which city would suit you best.

Luckily, we’ve done a *lot* of tough research in the office (eating Lindt chocolates and googling beautiful European castles) to make your life easier when it comes to making that choice.

You can rest assured there’s something for everyone in Europe, here are our recommendations:


It’s the most obvious choice for a good reason – London has it all. It’s one of the most vibrant, diverse cities in the world, so don’t be surprised if you hear more foreign languages than English when on the tube.

Brits may not be renowned for their friendliness, but once you’ve broken the barriers, you can guarantee you’ll have the time of your life in London, and it’s our top pick for those wanting to experience new cultures and flavours on every corner.


If you hadn’t considered Portugal – now is the time to start. Porto is a beautiful city sat on the beach, which already gives it 100s of points in our eyes. To sell it even more, the dollar goes further than in most euro countries due to the 2009 recession.

Considered an all-round friendly nation, over a quarter of Portuguese speak English, so you’d manage to get by, particularly in the capital. Plus, if you have a little bit of willing (and some school-level French or Spanish), you may manage to get to grips with the Portuguese language quicker than expected.


So yes, the winters are very cold… and very dark. But did you also know that Scandinavians are the happiest people in the world? Clearly, something is very right, and we want in.

Sweden has a booming economy and a large number of industries continue to hire native-English speakers, a huge bonus if you or a s/o is job hunting. The Swedish language is notoriously difficult, but if that puts you off, all you need is to walk into a Swedish bakery and we reckon you’ll be persuaded.


If it was possible to rank them, Vienna would definitely be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Huge, ornate buildings are on every corner, you just can’t help but spend your time wandering through the city with your eyes up.

From an expat point of view, Vienna is friendly, open-minded and liberal, with a slower pace of life. It’s the perfect city to wake up to everyday feeling as though you’re on vacation .


If the 35 hour working week doesn’t get you packing your bags, the constant stream of croissants and fresh bread surely will. France is undoubtedly one of the foodiest countries in the world, and Bordeaux has it all.

Located in the south-west of the country, Bordeaux doesn’t have the prices or the unreliable weather of Paris, in northern France. Sat in the wine country, it’s picturesque, relaxed and siestas are a complete norm… the dream, right?

Europe has so much variety it’s hard to choose just five cities. We also love The Netherlands, Denmark and of course, for all the foodies out there, Italy.

Don’t forget, if you’re looking to move to Europe, it’s important to find a reliable international mover to take you through the paces of emigrating.

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