The favourable weather, culture, and nightlife and welcoming locals are some of the main reasons expats enjoy living in Lisbon, however, pay and career opportunities are seen as being poor in the capital.
Overall, Lisbon is fourth out of the 50 cities across the globe which feature in the Expat City Ranking 2022 and is also in fifth place in three out of the five indices featured in the survey: Quality of Life, Personal Finance, and Ease of Settling In.
The survey found that Lisbon is one of the cities where expats are happiest with their life abroad (86 percent happy vs. 71 percent globally). Only expats in Valencia are even happier. It is also one of the best-rated cities on the Quality of Life Index (5th). Almost all expats (98 percent) are happy with the climate and weather (vs. 62 percent globally), ranking the city first in this regard.
Quality of life
In fact, 17 percent moved to the Portuguese capital for a better quality of life (vs. 7 percent globally), and they are not disappointed. “Everything is great here — the climate, the people, the food, and the nature,” says an Indian expat.
Expats also highly appreciate the culture and nightlife (87 percent happy vs. 67 percent globally) and the opportunities for recreational sports (94 percent vs. 81 percent globally). On top of that, more than nine out of ten feel safe in Lisbon (94 percent vs. 81 percent globally) and find it easy to get around on foot and by bicycle (93 percent vs. 77 percent globally).
Lisbon also ranks fifth in the Ease of Settling In Index, with particularly great results in the Local Friendliness (4th) and Culture and Welcome (2nd) Subcategories. “I love the hospitable, patient, and easy-going Portuguese people. They are helpful, kind, and polite,” says a US American expat according to Internations.
In fact, expats describe the local residents as generally friendly (82 percent vs. 66 percent globally), find it easy to get used to the local culture (81 percent vs. 62 percent globally), and are happy with their social life (69 percent vs. 59 percent globally).
Wages and income
Lastly, Lisbon also lands in fifth place in the Personal Finance Index, mainly due to expats’ high satisfaction with the cost of living (69 percent happy vs. 45 percent globally). However, just 71 percent say that their disposable household income is enough or more than enough to lead a comfortable life, about the same as the global average (72 percent). This might be related to the fact that 27 percent of expats in Lisbon feel that based on industry, qualifications, and role, they are not paid fairly for their work (vs. 20 percent globally).
“Wages, in general, are very poor in Portugal,” says an Irish expat in the report. Since they also rate the state of the local economy negatively (25 percent vs. 17 percent globally), the city only ranks 44th in the Salary and Job Security Subcategory. What is more, 28 percent find that moving to Lisbon has not improved their career prospects (vs. 18 percent globally). For this factor, the city ranks second to last worldwide, only ahead of Valencia (50th). However, thanks to the Work & Leisure Subcategory (9th), Lisbon still ranks 36th in the Working Abroad Index overall. More than seven in ten (72 percent) rate their work-life balance positively (vs. 62 percent globally).
The plural of city is cities, not city's!
By Phil from Algarve on 29 Nov 2022, 12:32
There is a typo in the headline - it should be "cities", not "city's"
(Lisbon one of the happiest city's in the world)
By Doreen Ann Jones from Lisbon on 29 Nov 2022, 13:15
Why do local people look so eternally miserable?
By S from Other on 29 Nov 2022, 14:01
Lisbon is a beautiful city with happy friendly people, especially the locals!
By Lisa from Other on 30 Nov 2022, 13:37
Certainly not for the native Portuguese.
By Diogo F. from Madeira on 01 Dec 2022, 12:48
By S from Other on
Well must be you that is constant bitter with Portugal if that the case go back to your own country
By isabel oliveira from Lisbon on 04 Dec 2022, 13:13
By S from Other on
Well by your comments this apply to you that seems always bitter and miserable where in Portugal .
By isabel oliveira from Lisbon on 05 Dec 2022, 08:22