For InterNations, the new year is certainly off to a good start: we have just welcomed the two millionth global mind. It seems like it was only yesterday that we celebrated InterNations member no. 1,000,000 here at the Munich head office.
Overall, 400,000 new people joined our international community in 2015. In the past year, our numerous InterNations Ambassadors and Group Consuls hosted an amazing 40,000 official events and activities for 1.25 million guests around the world.
These numbers obviously speak for themselves. Nevertheless, let’s take a closer look at some of the 390 InterNations Communities across the globe, as well as the two million global minds they now connect.
From Munich to London to Dubai: The Most Active Cities
Unsurprisingly, the InterNations Munich Community — where it all began more than eight years ago — is our third-largest worldwide, following closely behind London, probably Europe’s most international city, and the uncontested winner Dubai, the leading expat hub for the entire Middle East. Munich and London, together with vibrant Madrid and Brussels, the heart of the European Union, are also among our top communities when it comes to the number of official events and activities per month.
No wonder: the most popular interests among our members include “dining out”, “lunch & brunch”, “sightseeing”, “movies”, and “professional networking” — and these metropolises offer ample opportunity to find other international people to explore the city with, to try out a hip new restaurant, or to rebuild your business network after moving abroad. But expats with somewhat more specialized interests can also find someone to share their personal passion.
An InterNations Munich Group dedicated to Schafkopf (literally: ‘sheep’s head’), a popular Bavarian card game, might not be particularly surprising, considering the location, but we have an equal number of backgammon enthusiasts in Munich as well. Not to mention the groups catering to outdoor painters and metalheads in Dubai, or to burger lovers and conspiracy-thriller book club members in the UK capital.
From Palau to Maseru: The Tiniest InterNations Communities
In comparison to the bustling InterNations Communities in the global top three, with over 60,000 members in Dubai alone, foreign residents in our smallest communities might be feeling somewhat lonely. A glance at our member statistics reveals that we even have a few expats currently living in Pyongyang, though the North Korean capital is hardly known as the most welcoming of destinations.
In comparison, the Pacific serenity of Micronesia seems a lot more appealing. However, there are only 89 InterNations members right now, spread out over the largest of more than 2,100 islands, like Kiribati or Palau, and a total surface area of more than seven million square kilometers.
At least, our 175 members in Maseru have a far easier time if they are looking for a bigger and busier expat community nearby: they can simply leave the landlocked enclave of Lesotho for a trip to Durban or Johannesburg.
From Language Skills to Travel Destinations: Record-Breaking Members
And what about individual InterNations members rather than entire InterNations Communities? If our member no. 2,000,000 is the ambitious sort, they have some rather challenging benchmarks to meet. The most polyglot person on our platform lists 20 different languages in their member profile, and the most widely traveled member has been to an astonishing 292 destinations across the globe — and counting.
Potentially, InterNations also has some ambitious goals to aim for: according to global market research company Finaccord, there are currently over 53 million expats worldwide. A startling figure that shows how many people are in need of a supportive community like ours and the company of other global minds.
But don’t worry — we are not actually planning for rampant growth in the future. Still today, with a size of two million, we make sure that every new registration on our website is individually reviewed in order to protect our members from spammers, combat fake profiles, and hold up our high quality standards. InterNations will always remain the trusted and close-knit community that it is and that our members appreciate.
Here’s not only to the next million, but especially to the two million highly international, widely traveled, multilingual, open-minded, social, and welcoming people that have already found their way to us. In short: here’s to you!