Luxembourg named best city for work and living

Workers in Luxembourg have the highest wages compared to their free time 

If you prefer working less while earning more, it’s time to move to Europe.

A new study conducted by comparison agency Expert Market suggests that out of 69 key economic cities around the globe, Luxembourg provides the best balance for work-related earnings and free time.

The average wage in Luxembourg is roughly $31.63 per hour and workers are entitled to 32 days of paid leave annually — Shutterstock Luxembourg named best city for work and living
The average wage in Luxembourg is $31.63 per hour and workers are entitled to 32 days of paid leave each year – Shutterstock

The average employee in Luxembourg earns $4,491.50 per month while working only for 142 hours meaning the wage is $31.63 per hour. Workers in the pint-sized city-state also have 32 days of paid leave annually, which gives them the highest level of earnings in combination with the amount of free time among all the cities compared.

The city-state is closely followed by Munich and Paris, while the whole top 10 ranking was dominated by European cities, two of them being in France.

Out of all cities in the United States, only New York managed to be listed in the higher positions of the ranking.

“US cities don’t fare too well though, with New York emerging as the only US city in the top 25. Big Apple employees were paid more generously than most, with an average monthly salary behind only Zurich and Geneva in Switzerland,” the study says.

Working hours in Luxembourg are only 142 hours per month — nito / Shutterstock Luxembourg named best city for work and living
The number of working hours in Luxembourg are only 142 per month – nito / Shutterstock

“However, high numbers of hours worked bring the city’s overall ranking down to 13th.”

From the other side of the ranking, the three worst places to work and living that were surveyed are Bogotá, Bangkok and Jakarta.

“The Indonesian capital ranks bottom overall, and fourth from bottom for salary, with an average monthly wage of just $548,” the agency said.

10 best cities for working less and earning more

  1. Luxembourg
  2. Munich
  3. Paris
  4. Helsinki
  5. Lyon
  6. Copenhagen
  7. Rome
  8. Dublin
  9. Oslo
  10. London