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11 Of The Greatest Cities For Living Abroad In 2016

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Sunset over the amazing Park Guell in Barcelona, stunning park designed by Antonio Gaudi. Benches with the Trencadis Tecnique. That's one of the most visited and famous attractions in the Spanish city.

As summer fun cools down and fall routines heat up, it’s about the time of year when true wanderlust sets in. No longer are we looking for the next quick island escape: We want to live, work and thrive in cities that can support our careers as well as our insatiable travel bug.

In short, we want to move abroad. And we’re in luck, because plenty of recent reports on the topic herald many fabulous cities to choose from.

The lineup below includes some of our favorite cities primed to be cheap for expats this year coupled with information from three major recent studies: HSBC’s annualExpat Explorer survey, for which nearly 27,000 respondents rate countries largely on the ease of balancing career with family life; Eurostat’s Urban Europe report, which meshes statistics with polls about quality of life; and the InterNations Expat Insider survey, which focuses on ease of settling in and making friends.

Taken together, these resources make one eye-catching wish list for our next global hometown. Take a look, take your pick, and pack your bags!

  • 1 Valencia, Spain
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    According to the Urban Europe report, this coastal city is currently experiencing a bump in tourism that tips its hand as a charming place to be. You’ll find cheap rent, great food and glorious beaches here, too.

  • 2 Toronto, Canada
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    Toronto earned high marks for its quality of life in not just one but two global surveys this month. Come here if you’re looking to escape crowds and live among friendly neighbors from diverse backgrounds.

  • 3 Antwerp, Belgium
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    You’ll fall fast and hard for this quaint city that, according to the Urban Europe report, is gaining traction as an “alternative destination.” If fashion, art and a bustling university scene are considered “alternative,” then we’re quite alright to call this home.

  • 4 Taipei, Taiwan
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    Taiwan dominated the InterNations rankings because of its friendly residents and a lucrative economy for finding jobs and saving money. Street markets, cosmopolitan vibes and great food make Taipei the place to be.

  • 5 Sydney, Australia
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    Who wouldn’t want to live this close to some of the most iconic surf spots on Earth? In fact, 59 percent of expats in Sydney report they’re more active than they were in their old hometowns, according the Expat Explorer survey.

  • 6 Santiago, Chile
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    It isn’t often that a South American city graces a conversation about the best places to move abroad. But we’ll give Santiago kudos any day for its low cost of living and treasure trove of artsy neighborhoods to explore.

  • 7 Vienna, Austria
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    High scores for transportation, health and wellbeing brought Austria to the top of InterNations’ rankings as a country. More specifically, the capital city of Vienna is known for being extremely livable.

  • 8 Singapore
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    To what should be nobody’s surprise, Singapore topped the Expat Explorer ranking for the second year in a row. High incomes and a downright incredible food scene make this place a consistent winner.

  • 9 Mexico City, Mexico
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    InterNations ranked Mexico top for “ease of settling in” for the third year running, as 79 percent of expats say it’s easy to make friends here. We’d choose Mexico City as our hometown for its museums, parks and cutesy coffeeshops.

  • 10 Sofia, Bulgaria
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    When we heard Sofia was one of the cheapest cities for rents in Europe, we couldn’t help but be enthused: If you choose to make this historic city your home, you’ll also be within striking distance of one of Europe’s all-time cheapest beach getaways.

  • 11 Barcelona, Spain
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    You know Barcelona’s festive beach clubs, but did you know it was also named Europe’s first Capital of Innovation? Urban Europe recommends this city for itsseamless integration of technology and public services.

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Zimbabwe’s Airline, Kenya’s Bond to Be Sold

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Kenya Central Bank has said the country will in November sell 20-year amortised infrastructure bond worth 50 billion shillings ($489 million) just as Zimbabwe pushes to privatise airline.



The the bond which will have an 11.95 per cent coupon will have its proceeds used for road, water and energy projects, it said.

It added that it would accept bids for the bond from Monday to Tuesday and auction it on Wednesday. ($1 = 102.1500 Kenyan shillings).

Also Zimbabwe has invited bids for the state-owned airline.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is pushing ahead with a drive to privatise and end state funding to loss-making firms, Air Zimbabwe’s administrator said on Monday.

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Air Zimbabwe, which owes foreign and domestic creditors more than $300 million, was in October placed into administration to try and revive its fortunes.

The troubled airline is among dozens of state-owned firms, known locally as parastatals, that are set to be partially or fully privatised in the next nine months as the government seeks to cut its fiscal deficit seen at 11 per cent of GDP this year.

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Air Zimbabwe administrator Reggie Saruchera said in a notice published in media on Monday that potential investors should make their bids before November 23 after paying a non-refundable deposit of $20,000.

Saruchera did not indicate whether investors would be allowed to tender for partial or total shareholding in Air Zimbabwe. He was not immediately reachable for comment.

Only three of Air Zimbabwe’s planes are operational, with another three grounded, which has forced it to abandon international routes.(NAN).

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The world’s first-ever underwater hotel now open in the Maldives (See Photo)

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The Underwater hotel is More than 16 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean, the two-story villa has a private gym, a bar, an infinity pool and butler’s quarters. The only way to stay there is to buy a four-night, $200,000 package, which includes a personal chef and private boat.



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