Menstuff® has compiled
information on the 21 countries with the best quality of
life in the world for expats
The countries with the best quality of life in the world
have a good work-life balance, access to quality healthcare,
education, and infrastructure, as well as cost of living and
Great weather also helps.
In a new survey by InterNations, the world's largest
network for people who live and work abroad, the company
asked 14,300 expats, representing 174 nationalities and
living in 191 countries or territories, to rate 43 different
aspects of life abroad on a scale of 1-7.
From this, InterNations calculated the scores to get an
The Quality of Life index took into account factors such
- Leisure Options;
- Personal Happiness;
- Travel & Transport;
- Health & Well-Being;
- Safety & Security.
1. Taiwan The country rose right to the top of the
ranking for its quality of medical care and its
affordability. It also polled first place for quality of
life among female respondents and second for men.
2. Austria The country rocketed to the top of the
charts, thanks to its clean water and clear air, which made
it secure first in the Health & Well-Being sub-index.
72% of respondents also rated the transport infrastructure
as very good.
3. Japan The country rose from seventh to third
place this year, mainly due to gaining poll position in
transport infrastructure. Expats also highly rated the
island nation's peacefulness and quality of medical
4. Spain The country, famed for its good weather,
rises in the rankings because expats voted it highly for in
the Ease of Settling In Index. They say that friendliness
and, more specifically, the attitude of locals towards
foreigners makes it a great place to live.
5. Costa Rica Warm weather and improvements in the
language category helped boost the country. 79% also said
they feel at home in the local culture.
6. Malta While the country is very popular with
Brits for the weather and local culture, it has dropped from
3rd place last year in the Work-Life Balance sub-category to
20th in 2016.
7. Czech Republic The country was a hit with
expats with children as the availability and costs of
childcare and education there are rated well. 74% said that
education is easy to afford.
8. Singapore The city-state dropped from first to
eighth place this year due to rising cost of living and
mainly the affordability of healthcare.
9. Germany The country is popular with expats due
to it being one of the top rated places to find a job, while
also hitting near the top of the sub-ranking for general
10. Switzerland While healthcare, education, and
the ability to find a job helps Switzerland hit the top 10,
the rising cost of living keeps the country from the top
11. South Korea The country nearly made the top
10, thanks to its career-opportunities and favourable
environment for those with families.
12. Canada The environment, feeling welcome, and
short working weeks boosted the country in the ranking this
13. New Zealand "Most people tend to mentally lump
Australia and New Zealand together but there are some
surprising differences concerning expat life in these
destinations," said InterNations. For example, New Zealand
scores more points when it comes to healthcare, due to
14. Portugal This country is considered one of the
"dream destinations" for expats, and 91% of respondents who
live there say they are generally satisfied with their
15. France The country has on average only 41 hour
working weeks and ranks highly for the quality and
affordability of a good education.
16. Australia The country is considered one of the
best places in the world to raise a family, while also
coming second in the sub-rankings for both the availability
of education and education options in general.
17. Luxembourg The country dropped down the list
due to the continual higher cost of living, leaving less
cash in people's pockets each month. However, it still makes
the rankings due to employment opportunities, beautiful
surroundings, and high-quality healthcare and education.
18. Ecuador The country made the list mainly
because of the expats who class themselves as travelers. The
language barrier can be an issue for those who want to stay
longer than a few months or a year.
19. Finland "74% of expat parents in Finland are
in complete agreement that the education options are easy to
afford," said InterNations. It also scored highly in the
Health & Well-Being sub-category.
20. Hungary The country has rapidly climbed the
ranking thanks to its relatively low cost of living but
abundant career opportunities.
21. Denmark The country has the shortest working
week out of all those surveyed at 39 hours. However, it fell
down the list for quality of life during to scoring low on
childcare options and availability.
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