Top Countries for Expats

Often travelers are more aware of how to find cheap traveloptions, such as cheapairplane tickets, discount hotel rooms, discounttravel deals, and cheap vacation packages thanthey are of which countries treat Expats the best.

Singapore is the most attractive country in the world to liveas an expatriate for the fourth year running, according to a new report fromHSBC Bank.  The study surveyed over22,000 expats from around the world who live and work abroad. 

Ranking for each country was based on three overallfactors: 

  • Economics including disposable income, wage growth, savings, economic confidence, entrepreneurship, politics, career progression, work/life balance, and job security.
  • Experience including quality of life, culture, health, making friends, integration, safety, finance, healthcare, and property.
  • Family including integration, health, quality of life, overall cost of children, childcare quality, school quality, closeness with partner, social life, and tolerance.

People surveyed were locally employed or posted indefinitelyto a full-time job at a competitive salary. Results had nothing to do with the desirability as a visitordestination, nor did they reflect desirability for retirement specific to U.S.or Canadian income.  Instead results werebased on where the world’s expats are the happiest.

The following are how the top countries ranked, and whichareas they excelled in:

·     Singaporecame in first and ranked high in all three groups but did particularly well ineconomics.  Its only low economic rankingwas for work/life balance because it is a good place for workaholics.  Singapore’s experience rankings were high formost individual factors, but low for culture, making friends, andintegration.  Its family rankings weregood for every individual factor other than overall cost of children, where itranked very low.


·     New Zealandcame in second in part due to its high ranking as excellent for families, wherethe only low ranking was for social life. It also ranked high in experience, with property as its only lowranking.  It lost ground in economics,with low ranking scores for disposable income, wage growth, and savings.


·     Germanycame in third earning high ranking for economics and did well in all of theindividual factors.  Germany ranked wellin family considerations, but low in integration and social life. To get along,expats need to learn the language and try to fit in.  Experience rankings were mostly in themidrange, but low for making friends and property.


·     Canadacame in fourth as a result of enjoying many of the features of the U.S. whilesuffering from comparatively fewer quality of life problems.  Its less than top ranking for experiences wasa little surprising, with its only low-ranking factor was making friends.  Canada did well in economics, with mediocre rankingonly for disposable income and savings. Canada was ranked as a good place for most family factors, but not ashighly for closeness with partner and social life.


·     Bahraincame in fifth and has long been a relative island of calm among its fractiousneighbors.  Bahrain’s economic rankingswere good to excellent except for economic confidence, which is likely areflection more of its neighboring countries than Bahrain itself.  Its experience rankings were mostly high,except for low positions in culture, health, and integration.

The remaining overall rankings, in descending order, are:Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, France,India, Indonesia, Spain, Malaysia, Mexico, Hong Kong, Ireland, Vietnam, Russia,Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Turkey, Poland, Saudi Arabia, China,Philippines, South Africa, Japan, and Brazil.



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