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The Safest Cities To Relocate To In 2021

Relocating to a new city is a big decision for a lot of people, and for many, safety is of their utmost concern. Meanwhile, the idea of “safety” might have changed for a lot of people after the pandemic—recently, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), sponsored by NEC, released their Safe Cities Index 2021 based on digital, health, infrastructure, personal, and environmental security.

Looking for a new city to relocate your talents to? Here’s a list of the safest cities for your consideration.

 #5 Tokyo

Despite being the largest city in the world (including the entire Tokyo metro area), Tokyo is also named the fifth safest city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit. With the full score being 100, Tokyo scored 87.7 in both infrastructure and health security—which doesn’t come as a surprise as Japan has been known for having one of the longest life expectancies alongside a well-established infrastructure. 

What about doing business in Japan? Well, the island nation has been known as the technological heartland for decades—think about tech giants such as Sony and Nintendo and how they have influenced our lives over the years. 

#4 Sydney

Next up we have a place from the land down under—Sydney, the financial center of Australia that provides approximately 25% of the country’s total GDP.

While its infrastructure and health security score are slightly lower than Tokyo’s, the overall score is higher nonetheless. In terms of digital security, it scored an impressive 83.2 out of 100. What exactly does that entail, you may ask? In short, it signifies the digital literacy of the population—how well informed they are about cyber security (e.g. creating safe passwords), for example. 

With great infrastructure and racial diversity, Sydney would be a great choice for those looking to work with diversified cultures. 

#3 Singapore 

Singapore was known for its economic miracle during the latter half of the last century. Today, it is one of the biggest financial hubs in the world, with a paramount influence over the world’s economy. 

When it comes to safety, though, it also ranks highly on the list, taking third place on EIU’s safest cities list. It scored an impressive 92.1 in terms of infrastructure, meaning that it has a sound system for those who live there, with decent social security in place. 

With its pro-business and cost-competitive environment, it would be a great place to relocate to for those who are looking to establish themselves in the global financial market. 

#2 Toronto 

Another city that is known for its cultural diversity, Toronto is also known for its sound infrastructure and now, safety. While it scored a modest 88.6 in terms of infrastructure, what contributed to Toronto’s high ranking is its environmental security score, which is a staggering 90.3. 

The government in Toronto has long been a strong advocate for environmental development, with focuses on green energy and policies. Coupled with its sound infrastructure and finance sector, Toronto would be a perfect choice for those looking for long-term stability. 

#1 Copenhagen 

Taking the top place with an overall score of 82.4 is Copenhagen, a city that is also known for being one of the happiest cities in the world. With clean air and great facilities, it is also named the best city for European expats. 

Apart from being a scenic location with canals running through the city (not to mention the abundance of bicycles), it is also known for its sound social system, with comprehensive healthcare and social services. 

On top of that, Copenhagen also has a buzzing startup scene that offers ample opportunities for entrepreneurs and talents from around the world. Apart from being a safe place to live in, it is also a great place to expand your network if you are in the IT scene.


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