Best Countries for Expats


Best Countries for Expats

HSBC’s 2013 Expat Explorer poll of the best countries for expatriates is out, and the results are certainly interesting.

Marking a trend in recent years, Asian nations took two of the top spots.

Over 7,000 globally based expats were surveyed by HSBC with questions being asked in the categories of economics (looking at income, disposable income, host economic satisfaction), experience (covering issues such as commuting, diet, work/life balance, culture) and raising children (assessing the quality of childcare, education, health and wellbeing etc).

Of all the nations surveyed these were the ones which made it into the top 20;

  1. China
  2. Germany
  3. Singapore
  4. Cayman Islands
  5. Australia
  6. Canada
  7. Russia
  8. Belgium
  9. United Arab Emirates
  10. Hong Kong
  11. Turkey
  12. United States
  13. Qatar
  14. New Zealand
  15. South Africa
  16. Mexico
  17. France
  18. Netherlands
  19. Saudi Arabia
  20. Spain

The United Kingdom just missed out on a space in the top 20 by coming in at 22nd.

However, while China nabbed the number one spot as a result of high experience and economics scores, the nation didn’t rank so well in the raising children category. From the statistics it seems that China offers adult expats a better quality of life and higher income than the other nation’s studied but doesn’t provide children with the same health, education and life quality benefits.

Another area where China struggled to score highly was fitting in to the new culture, with the language barrier proving a particular difficulty.

Germany took 2nd position and compared with China appears to have ticked a lot of boxes in the raising children abroad category. The nation also scored well in terms of travel, transport and healthcare. Areas where Germany didn’t fare so well include social life, local culture and making friends.

If you’re looking for a comparatively easy commute, a good working environment a high quality of childcare and a reasonable disposable income then Singapore, which came in third in this league table, could be the country for you.

While the UK scored well for entertainment, feeling welcome at work, ease of integrating into the local community and healthcare, it was dragged down the rankings by poor weather, a bad work/life balance, its low quality accommodation and the comparatively low income it offered.

For the complete survey and access to all the survey results go to HSBC Expat Explorer.

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Tom Denver-Banks
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As Tom’s father was in the RAF his family moved several times before settling in Germany when Tom was 13. Although Tom is British by birth, he considers Germany his home and has no plans to leave the nation. Tom currently works as a translator in a law firm but enjoys writing blog posts for various expat and travel websites in his spare time.