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Glasgow tops Madrid in Expat City Index

The latest Expat City Index that was compiled by LoanLink, a German online mortgage company, rates 70 different cities around the world based on four categories; economics, living, environment and urbanisation and family and society.  

In this year’s rankings of the best global cities to be an expat Glasgow topped Madrid and not only that, it was the only British centre that made the top 10. It came fifth overall in the rankings beating not only Madrid but also Melbourne. 

The Expat City Index also revealed that the best cities to be an expat are Ottawa in Canada, Canberra and Wellington in Australia.


Why live in Glasgow?

Glasgow ranked so highly in the Expat City Index because there are numerous reasons why it’s the perfect city to live in. 

1. Cost of living is low

Compared to other UK cities the cost of living in Glasgow is a lot lower. It’s about 20% cheaper than living in London and 10% cheaper than other UK cities. 

2. Good quality of life

Expats in Glasgow experience a great quality of life due to everything this cosmopolitan city has to offer. There are plenty of properties to buy and rent at good prices and it’s also frequently pronounced the best city for shopping, outside of London.

3. Top notch food and entertainment

The city is perfect for food lovers with plenty of restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes. It’s also full of history, arts and culture. It’s home to over 20 museums and art galleries plus famous venues such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery. If music is your thing then Glasgow won’t disappoint because it’s Scottish Opera, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Ballet and has major pop and rock acts play at different atmospheric venues, such as the Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

4. Nature to explore

Glasgow is situated right on the River Clyde making a beautiful setting but there’s also many destinations that make a lovely day out including the The Glasgow Science Centre, the Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour and the 70 parks that the city boasts excellent for outdoor activities. 

It’s not surprising that so many choose to live and work in the city, especially with the residents being so warm and welcoming. If you want to live in a city but don’t want the London prices Glasgow is definitely a fantastic alternative. 

Other key takeaways from the Expat City Index

  • Cape Town in South Africa ranked as the worst city for expats
  • Ottowa, Canada came top scoring highly for Air Pollution, English proficiency, and house price to income ratio. 
  • Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh ranked at 12 
  • London came 43rd in the rankings 


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