Which are the World's Best Cities for Work-Life Balance?

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Many people dream of living in a vibrant city with endless opportunities to succeed in their chosen careers. Major cities often have thriving cultural scenes with plenty to do, and anything you want is available 24/7. These exciting metropolises provide practically everything - except work-life balance.

According to Forbes, many wonderful cities offer work-life balance for those who crave balance and feel peace, quiet, and time away from work are important parts of a successful life.

The world's best cities for work-life balance

1. Copenhagen, Denmark 🇩🇰

Top of the list is Copenhagen; the people of this beautiful city enjoy shorter working weeks and very generous annual leave. Finding a quiet space in Copenhagen is easy too, with an abundance of parks and green spaces and the iconic Nyham harbour, every day feels like a holiday.

2. Helsinki, Finland 🇫🇮

Not only does Helsinki have a vibrant arts culture and wonderful food to enjoy, but it is also an absolute paradise for raising a family. Finland is famous for its generous and flexible parental leave. The allowance per family, per child, is 320 days (160 for each parent), with some of that time allowed to be transferred from one parent to the other. All this and more makes it a top destination for work-life balance.

3. Stockholm, Sweden 🇸🇪

'Fika' culture, which means 'to have a coffee', is an important part of life in Sweden, so it will be no surprise that it is heavily integrated into everyday work life here. Like its neighbours, short work weeks, generous leave pay, and allowances are all the norm for the residents of Stockholm. Add a seaside culture and stunning archipelagos to visit in your downtime, and you'll wonder why you didn't pack your bags for Stockholm years ago.

Which other cities made the list?

  • Oslo, Norway 🇳🇴
  • Auckland, New Zealand 🇳🇿
  • Gothenburg, Sweden 🇸🇪
  • Reykjavik, Iceland 🇮🇸
  • Vienna, Austria 🇦🇹
  • Edinburgh, Scotland 🇬🇧
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland 🇬🇧

So, if you want to further your career in a city that feeds your soul and your goals, these fabulous destinations are definitely worth considering.

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