When relocating to work abroad, it’s not always the case that we have a partner by our side to experience new cultures, cuisines, and experiences. So, when flying solo, where are the best cities to live and work in as a young single person?
To find out just this Compare The Market has looked into 7 factors including the cost of going on a date, the unemployment rate, internet download speeds and rent prices around Europe, and ranked the best European cities from highest to lowest based on their total scores.
Below are the top 10 European to live and work in for young singles*:
|Rank||City||Cost of a
|Number of Attractions||Unemployment
*Please note just five of the seven factors have been included in this table for simplification.
As a city that’s well known for its buzzing city life, and relatively low cost of living, it may be of little surprise that Budapest ranks top of the list for working singles. As the 3rd cheapest European city for a date, for the 6h quickest internet speed of the European cities analyzed, and with 3,186 restaurants and bars, Budapest is the perfect balance of work and play for young singles – even though the average rent may be more expensive than other countries on the list at an average of $640.00 (USD).
Prague and Lisbon make up the top three European countries for working singles, filled with rich cultural heritage, and cheap date night costs. In both countries the cost of an average date night is under $100 (USD) per person and for those that enjoy a crisp beer the average is just under $2 (USD) a pint.
When it comes to working remotely abroad, fast internet speed is essential for optimum productivity. For those where technology is a key component of their jobs, Copenhagen in Denmark has the quickest speed at 123.96 Mbps, followed by Zurich and Stockholm. Zurich in Switzerland has the lowest unemployment rate out of the European cities, alongside Prague and Copenhagen, making these some of the easiest cities to find work in.
And finally, you’ll want to stay somewhere where the rent is affordable, and Sofia in Bulgaria fits that description perfectly with average monthly rent being only $310 (USD).
Finding love in a foreign country doesn’t have to be difficult, and some cities make it extra easy to find cheap date night spots. The city with the cheapest date is Istanbul in Turkey, with a cost of only $39.34 (USD) for 2 cinema tickets, 1 bottle of wine, a 5km taxi journey, and a three-course meal for two in a medium-priced restaurant.
The dataset ranks 50 different cities across the world, based on how good it would be to be a young single person there. To do this, 7 different factors were used. Once the factors were collected, they were normalised, to provide each factor with a score between 0 and 1. The normalised values were then summed, to give each city a total score out of 7. The cities were then ranked from highest to lowest, based on their total scores. The factors used are as follows:
All data correct as of 30/09/22