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Montreal ranked the 5th best city in the world to live and work abroad

If you've been thinking of picking up and moving to a different Canadian city, Montreal is probably your best option. 

Because according to the 2019 Expat City Ranking, Montreal is the fifth best city in the world to live and work abroad in 2020.

The Expat City Ranking is based on the annual Expat Insider survey by InterNations, which collects information on various aspects of expat life from more than 20,000 expatriates representing 178 nationalities and living in 187 countries or territories around the world. 

The ranking includes 82 cities worldwide, and Montreal beat almost all of them. 

The number one city in the ranking was Taipei, followed by Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. 

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Infographic by InterNations

Outranking the other Canadian cities in several areas, Montreal was ranked as the best Canadian city for Urban Work Life (10th worldwide), Local Cost of Living (11th), and Finance & Housing (8th).

The 514 was also ranked fifth worldwide in the Housing subcategory. 

While 62 per cent of expats rated the affordability of housing positively, 79 per cent said it's easy for expats to find housing in Montreal. 

While collecting survey information, expats were asked about their favourite aspect of living in Montreal. 

One Dutch expat cited the "living accommodation," while another from the U.S. stated "affordability."

Montreal actually ranked at number 33 for expats’ satisfaction with their financial situation, compared to Toronto (79) and Vancouver (80) which both landed in the bottom five worldwide.

In terms of complaints about Montreal, the lowest ranking aspects of the city were the availability of healthcare and the local climate and weather. 

"The weather is a hassle," an expat from Brazil said. "Winter is too long and cold," another from Venezuela said.

But despite there being too much snow and excessively long waits to see a doctor, it seems expats from all over the world agree that Montreal is a wonderful place to live and work nonetheless. 

Lead photo by

Warren Wong

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