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Wednesday, May 26

Expat havens

According to a 2002 survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Melbourne and Vancouver are the best cities in the world for expatriates to live in. It rated cites based on 12 factors, including housing, education, recreational activities and climate.

Here's the list:
1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vancouver, Canada
3. Perth, Australia
4. Vienna, Austria
5. Toronto, Canada
6. Geneva, Switzerland
7. Zurich, Switzerland
8. Adelaide, Australia
9. Brisbane, Australia
10. Sydney, Australia
11. Copenhagen, Denmark
12. Düsseldorf, Germany
13. Frankfurt, Germany
14. Oslo, Norway
15. Montreal, Canada
16. Calgary, Canada
17. Helsinki, Finland
18. Stockholm, Sweden
19. Berlin, Germany
20. Amsterdam, Netherlands
21. Tokyo, Japan
22. Osaka, Japan
23. Honolulu, Hawaii
24. Hamburg, Germany
25. Munich, Germany
26. Auckland, New Zealand
27. Wellington, New Zealand
28. Brussels, Belgium
29. Reykjavik, Iceland
30. Luxembourg, Luxembourg
31. Boston, Massachusetts
32. Lyon, France
33. Paris, France
34. Barcelona, Spain
35. Atlanta, Georgia
36. Chicago, Illinois
37. Lexington, Kentucky
38. Miami, Florida
39. Cleveland, Ohio
40. Houston, Texas
41. Los Angeles, California
42. Minneapolis, Minnesota
43. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
44. Hong Kong, China
45. Lisbon, Portugal
46. Madrid, Spain
47. London, England
48. San Francisco, California
49 Seattle, Washington
50. Singapore
51. Manchester, England
52. Dublin, Ireland
53. New York, New York
54. Milan, Italy
55. Detroit, Michigan
56. Budapest, Hungary
57. Prague, Czech Republic
58. Rome, Italy
59. Washington, D.C.
60. Taipei, Taiwan
61. Seoul, South Korea
62. San Juan, Puerto Rico
63. San Jose, Costa Rica
64. Athens, Greece
65. Montevideo, Uruguay
66. Santiago, Chile
67. Buenos Aires, Argentina
68. Dubai, UAE
69. Tel Aviv, Israel
70. Warsaw, Poland
71. Zagreb, Croatia
72. Abu Dhabi, UAE
73. Guangzhou, China
74. Shanghai, China
75. Panama City, Panama
76. Amman, Jordan
77. Bahrain, Bahrain
78. Beijing, China
79. Shenzhen, China
80. Moscow, Russia
81. Pretoria, South Africa
82. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
83. St. Petersburg, Russia
84. Tianjin, China
85. Sao Paulo, Brazil
86. Kiev, Ukraine
87. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
88. Lima, Peru
89. Istanbul, Turkey
90. Kuwait, Kuwait
91. Tashkent, Uzbekistan
92. Tunis, Tunisia
93. Quito, Ecuador
94. Johannesburg, South Africa
95. Bucharest, Romania
96. Asuncion, Paraguay
97. Casablanca, Morocco
98. Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
99. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
100. Baku, Azerbaijan
101. Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
102. Bangkok, Thailand
103. Caracas, Venezuela
104. Tripoli, Libya
105. Guatemala, Guatemala
106. Mexico City, Mexico
107. Manila, Philippines
108. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
109. Belgrade, Yugoslavia
110. Harare, Zimbabwe
111. Cairo, Egypt
112. Libreville, Gabon
113. Colombo, Sri Lanka
114. Douala, Cameroon
115. Hanoi, Vietnam
116. Bogota, Columbia
117. Nairobi, Kenya
118. Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
119. Jakarta, Indonesia
120. Tehran, Iran
121. New Delhi, India
122. Dakar, Senegal
123. Abidjan, Ivory Coast
124. Mumbai, India
125. Algiers, Algeria
126. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
127. Dhaka, Bangladesh
128. Lagos, Nigeria
129. Karachi, Pakistan
130. Port Moresby, PNG

I can't believe the US of A was beat by a socialistic bunghole nation like Japan! Don't they know that the US is heaven on earth? Well they should! I say we find the people who made this dumbass survey and make them pay! Nuke their whole damn country! And Japan while we're at it!

And that's probably why we ranked so low. Intolerance. It's no wonder America's top ranked city is Honolulu, the only place in the US that lacks an ethnic majority. I'm sure Honolulu's high cost of living didn't help either.

Australian cities appear five times in the top 10. Five! The only thing that prevented Melbourne from getting a perfect score, apparently, was its weather, which is "notorious for providing four seasons in a single day."

Another survey, this one conducted in 2004 by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, rated quality of life in general for all the cities' inhabitants, not just for expats. Honolulu and San Francisco tied for 24th place in this study. The cost of living in both of these cities, unfortunately, is very high. I'm still waiting for someone to give me a good reason why I shouldn't relinquish my American citizenship, become an Aussie and live in Melbourne.

Oh well, at least we're better off than Port Moresby. What a dump that place must be.


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