Published: 22 November 2018  []

The Hague was ranked #11 of the 72 best cities in the world for expats, according to the InterNations Expat City Ranking 2018, which was published on 20 November.

The Hague especially scored high in terms of work-life balance. Four of out of 5 expats in The Hague said they were satisfied with this balance. In addition 73% of the expats said they were satisfied with their job, nearly 10 percentage points more than the global average of 65%.

However, The Hague scored poorly in the area of career prospects. More than 1 in 3 said they had experienced this in a negative way. This was more than in Rotterdam (17th place) and Amsterdam (13th place). According to the survey, expats said it was easy to get settled in The Hague and they found the local population friendly and welcoming. A survey participant from India said, ‘There is no discrimination in terms of race or religion.’

While the expats quickly felt at home in the city, it was difficult to make friends. ‘The local residents are friendly but not willing to strike up real friendships,’ an expat from New Zealand said.

About the survey

More than 18,000 respondents from 187 different countries took part in the survey. The 3 best cities for expats according to the ranking are Taipei, Singapore and Manama (Bahrein). The 3 worst are Rome, Riyadh and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).

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