All those who have been defending the quality of life in a city like Barcelona, will undoubtedly be pleased to read the news in such publications as those by the newspaper, El País, in this article, confirming how an increasing number of professionals who work in different parts of the world, end up choosing their homes and setting up residence in the Catalan capital.
Concrete evidence exists and is well documented in this article, which gives an example such as the prestigious Swiss architect, Gus Wüstemann, who after working and living in cities such as Zurich, Mumbai, Sydney or New York has ended up choosing Barcelona as his main residence. This is because he is absolutely in love with the incomparable quality of life in this city. For fourteen years, Wüstermann has been living with his family in the city, a life that combines his work activity at his studio in Zurich from Monday to Thursday, followed by the rest of the week in Barcelona, where he also owns a studio.
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If you need more examples, this article also refers to Steve Cahill, a former executive of the British multinational Colt, a company that has more than 35,000 customers throughout Europe and has its own customer service centre in Cataluña. After terminating his relationship with the company, Cahill remained in Barcelona and started working independently as a freelance entrepreneur. Perhaps Cahill is the one who best explains the reasons why this phenomenon increases every day, since it ensures without doubt that Barcelona is a safe city, full of talent, good infrastructure, excellent transport links, and a very diverse cultural scene. If you join the city, it is easy to make friends here. What's more, rental prices are affordable for foreigners, the food is excellent, the sun always shines and the sea and the mountains are closeby. So it is understandable why this British entrepreneur sums up the fact that no other city quite like Barcelona has such a "perfect combination".
This trend is such that even Barcelona Global, an association of professionals created five years ago, has observed differences in the past and current members. Although originally foreign members were few and far between, at present, the general director of Barcelona Global, Mateu Hernandez, assures that foreigners already represent 20% of the total members. First they were multi-national executives and workers, but later the scientific community settled down in the Catalan capital as well as international businessmen who offer their services to all over the world.