Choosing the next destination can be a very big challenge for people with no idea what they are after. Therefore, we chose the best places to live in the world to help you decide.
Of course, this is not an easy task.
The selection criteria depend a lot on the climate, region, characteristics or even the peculiarities of each environment, such as the rush of technological innovation or rural areas, for example.
So, before continuing, the tip is to imagine and idealize what you want: a place with many beaches? Warm or cold? With lots of buildings and rush? Out of place and close to nature?
If you’ve already defined these criteria, let’s go! After all, you need to get organized to live in your next home.
What this article covers:
1. Toronto, Canada
No, this is not our first item on the list because of the promotion of the Murdoch series.
What happens is that Toronto offers many opportunities for Brazilian newcomers and its well-planned organization and administration places it in the 4th best place in the world to live (according to 2017 data).
Here you can find:
- Quality Study: The University of Toronto, a public institution, receives the most research funds in the country!
- Employment opportunities: whether they are qualified or not, there is always a shortage of manpower. Also, they are not picky. Students also have diverse opportunities that are not restricted to working in Fast-food, as is the case in Brazil.
- Quality of Life: as much as it may not seem, Toronto is very receptive. About half of the country is made up of people who come from outside, in fact.
- Food, art and culture: as it is as mixed as in Brazil, you will find diverse environments and no resistance to its dogmas as in other regions.
Also, all parks and squares are structured with fixed (non-chemical) sanitized public toilets and squares with tables and chairs for leisure.
There are more than 1600 parks, 839 sports fields and over 670 recreational facilities throughout the city with integration to green areas, which makes the place very attractive and pleasant to live in.
2. Zurich, Switzerland as one of the places to live
Anyone looking for a higher standard of living, more comfort, security and less problems with corruption should consider living in Zurich.
In addition to being the most populous city in Switzerland, Zurich is also the most expensive, but on the other hand, it is full of jaw-dropping attractions and sights.
The fantastic River Limmat and the wonderful Lake Zurich attract the attention of tourists all over the country.
The environment is peaceful, people are very polite, the streets are safe, there is little traffic and the environments are marked by several churches and museums.
Despite the luxury, large malls here are not so common and street fairs and variety stores take over the sidewalks and downtown.
The gastronomy is impeccable and is mirrored in the countries close to the border: Germany, France and Italy.
However, the costs of products and living in general are quite high compared to neighboring German cities close to the border.
3. Munich, Germany
Munich is the third most populous capital in Germany, also known as the “Capital of German Beer”.
With regard to security, there is no doubt that, of those listed so far, this one receives the most attention. However, that’s not the main reason this city made our list of best places to live.
Of course, health, education, leisure and security matter, but what nobody tells you after that is how the city works.
Despite being among the 100 most expensive cities to live in, Munich works very well for those who don’t have that much money.
Public transport, whether by subway or bus, is much more organized, punctual and efficient. You can do practically everything moving around the city lines.
To live in Munich, it is not necessarily necessary to have a car. The service is great and the area is so well located that most people go to their appointments by bicycle.
The City has incredible bike paths and, don’t think it’s like in Brazil: here, pedestrians and cyclists are very respected. Education reigns. If you have a track, it’s their preference.
Another nice point is garbage collection. In Germany, garbage is serious business. Since childhood, we learn to separate and recycle everything that is consumed.
Queues anywhere? Not here. Different from what happens in Brazil, if there are many people and queues start to appear, new boxes are opened immediately.
Anyone who wants to live here should keep in mind that this is a “do it yourself” country and, therefore, outsourced services such as maids are very well paid.
If you are not ready to take care of the house, this may not be the best option.
4. Osaka (Japan)
This city stands out for being a financial center. In fact, Osaka has been an important Japanese economic hub since the 4th century, when the place was established as a commercial port region.
There are records of human populations occupying the region since the 5th and 6th centuries BC. On the other hand, the first record of the name Osaka, which means “great mountain”, is from the end of the 15th century. Another striking point of local history was the brief period in which the city was the capital of the Japanese Empire between the 7th and 8th centuries.
Currently, Osaka is the third largest metropolis in Japan and has more than 2.5 million inhabitants in its urban area alone. If we consider the metropolitan area, this number increases to more than 19 million, making it the second largest in the country.
One of the biggest attractions there is its openness to business. According to another census conducted in partnership with the EIU, the Global Financial Centers Index 2021, Osaka is the 32nd best city to do business. It is there that the headquarters of important multinational companies such as Panasonic are located.
5. Adelaide (Australia)
Australia often appears among the best countries in the world. For this very reason, Australian cities could not be left out of the best places to live.
Adelaide is the capital of the state of South Australia (or South Australia) and the fifth largest metropolis in the country, with about 1.4 million inhabitants. Its name is a tribute to a former queen of the United Kingdom, married to King William IV. Both reigned when the city was founded in 1836.
In addition, the city has great historical importance as it was initially inhabited by free settlers. This is one of the reasons why Adelaide is so religiously diverse, having been called the “city of churches”. To this day, it has an intense cultural life, with sports and gastronomy festivals.
Another strength is education. The QS institute ranked Adelaide as the 26th best university city on the planet. That’s where the University of Adelaide is located, the eighth best in the country and 108th best in the world according to the QS World University Ranking 2022. One of its specialties is the Petroleum Engineering course, classified as the 11th best in the area.
Did you like the tips? Which of these cities would you like to live in? Leave it in the comments.