KUALA LUMPUR: The friendliness of people in Kuala Lumpur helps expatriates in getting settled and enjoying work life here. And this has resulted in Kuala Lumpur being placed number four, out of 51 cities, in the Expat City Ranking 2017.
Manama, Prague, and Madrid take the top spots in the ranking in the annual Expat Insider survey.
Kuala Lumpur is followed by Amsterdam (5), Barcelona (6), Johannesburg (7), Bangkok (8), Basel (9), and Frankfurt (10).
One in four expats said they found it easy to make friends in Kuala Lumpur and 71% of those surveyed here said they felt “at home” in the city.
Malaysia, as a whole, did very well in the “ease of settling in index”, placing number 5. Malaysia was placed 18th in this index last year.
Overall, Malaysia was placed 15th in the rankings for the best country to stay and work, moving up 23 places from the 38th spot last year.
A South African expat living in Kuala Lumpur was quoted in the survey as saying he enjoyed “the easy-going temperament and friendliness of the local people”.
The majority of expats rated the general friendliness towards foreign residents positively in Manama (84%), Amsterdam (83%), Kuala Lumpur (78%), and Madrid (74%), compared with a global average of 67%.
The rankings are based on data collected in the annual Expat Insider survey, which is conducted by InterNations, a global network and information site. The survey involved more than 12,500 expatriates representing 166 nationalities living in 188 countries or territories. They were asked questions on various aspects of expat life.
Apart from an in-depth analysis of expat life in 51 cities, the survey ranks them by a variety of factors including quality of urban living, ease of getting settled, working abroad, family life, finance and housing.