The World’s Best Cities for Work-Life Balance, Ranked

Kisi’s team analyzed figures on work intensity, institutional support, legislation and quality of life across all cities to determine which had the best work-life balance in 2022. They looked at elements such as number of vacation days offered, quality of outdoor spaces, health services, air quality, road safety and other data points to calculate where workers were most likely to achieve the perfect balance between work and life. Here’s what they found.

Key points to remember:

  • Amsterdam, the Netherlands, had the number of overworked workers (8.6%), followed by Buenos Aires, Argentina, (8.8%) and Sydney, Australia (9.7%). Workers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (23.4%), Hong Kong, Hong Kong (17.9%) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (17.1%), work the longest hours.

  • Air quality is best in Bern, Switzerland, followed by Portland, USA, and Vancouver, Canada.

  • Overall happiness is highest in European cities such as Bern and Geneva (Switzerland) and Helsinki (Finland).

  • Stockholm (Sweden), Vancouver (Canada) and Amsterdam (Netherlands) where the only cities on the 2021 list that dropped out of the top 10 in 2022.

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Maria D. Ervin