This week in Expatria: 2-9 March 2015

The first in a series of photography from international student and expat, Amy Lees. ITALY.

Lists, Lists and More Lists

Digital Media’s preoccupation with ranking every facet of life in a list continues as data provided this week, by Mercer, into the quality of life for internationally-based business people was released.

THE STRAITS TIMES reports Mercer’s list as follows:

  1. Vienna
  2. Zurich
  3. Auckland
  4. Munich
  5. Vancouver
  6. Dusseldorf
  7. Frankfurt
  8. Geneva
  9. Copenhagen
  10. Sydney

Relocate Global state that this is the 6th year in a row that Vienna’s headed the list. The top Asian city is Singapore (26th) and Montevideo (78th) the top-ranker for South America, Singapore also doubles as the world’s expensive city.

The Mercer report does not give as glowing report to the Gulf Coast as it does Europe and Australasia. The findings ranked Dubai (74th) and Abu Dhabi (77th) as the region’s only top 100 representatives.

Comparing this list to the most expensive cities to live in is illuminating. Data provided by The Economist show that four of the top ten cities for living (according as Mercer) are amongst the top ten most expensive.


Young expat lost in Beijing penal system

Facts and figures were the sole finding of last week. The Wall Street Journal provided a cautionary tale in the shape of Noak Jonsson, an 18 year old expat based in Beijing who was detained after a barroom brawl sprawled out into the streets. Jonsson served a month in prison and the article highlights the difficulties expats can come up against when entangled in native law and order.


A Nairobi Satire

On a lighter note, Frances Woodhams of appears in The Telegraph, providing a fictional account of a hapless western news reporter based in Nairobi. Her satire, in the vein of Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop, has her protagonist desperate to find some strife in the rurality of Kenya and, what appears, the backwaters of journalism.

Jeremy takes up his microphone once again: “Quick Isaiah, focus on me and make sure you get  that child in the background.”

Isaiah’s camera starts rolling and Jeremy is broadcasting loud and clear: “As the day closes in Mandera slum, a sense of utter hopelessness pervades …”


World’s most expensive cities

Mercer’s report into the quality of life for expat business people

David Sapsted’s comment on Mercer’s findings

The Gulf Coast’s expat destinations ranked

Noak Jonsson’s Story.

Frances’ Woodhams’ satire