2. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Charming and quiet yet robust and buzzing with energy, Amsterdam is a favorite for travelers and expats. The city never shows its dull side, probably because it does not have one.
Its contemporary vibe blends with the cool canals and small-village appeal that radiates from every street. Housing is affordable, and the job market is hot. Plus, jobs come with excellent health and insurance benefits that make taxes become very worth it.
A four-day workweek is common here, and you can spend your time off in the trendy music halls, world-class museums, and enjoying the Venice of the North.