A new study by software company Kisi has identified the top 10 cities for work-life balancebut you won’t find the United States there.
By taking into account factors such as flexible work options, vacation days, paid parental leave, safety and access to health care, the study was able to show which regions were best suited for a healthy balance between professional life and private life.
Kisi also noted each region’s air quality, amount of outdoor space, and inflation.
The top 10 cities for work-life balance in the world included:
- Oslo, Norway
- Bern, Switzerland
- Helsinki, Finland
- Zürich, Switzerland
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Geneva, Switzerland
- Ottawa, Canada
- Sydney, Australia
- Stuttgart, Germany
- Munich, Germany
Oslo ranked first thanks to its booming job market in the life sciences, IT, energy and environmental sectors.
Kisi data estimates that workers in Oslo take an average of 25 vacation days a year and receive 707 days of parental leave.
Seattle was the highest-ranked US city for work-life balance at 32, while six of the top ten were located in Europe. German cities also made up around a third of the top 30.
The noticeable gap that US cities have left reveals exactly what needs to be done to compete with other regions for top talent.
Now that employees have the flexibility to work from anywhere, many are taking advantage of digital nomad visas in countries known for their lower cost of living and work-life balance.