Can you identify 2019’s top 10 expat destinations?
Every year, the InterNations' Expat Insider survey questions expats from all around the world about their experiences. In 2019, over 20,000 respondents representing 182 nationalities were asked to rank their home abroad in terms of quality of life, ease of settling in, personal finance, ease of working there and family life. Can you identify the top 10?
- It’s the 7th largest economy in Asia and for expats, salaries are relatively high compared to the cost of living. Lonely Planet says: "Generous like its 23 million people, and a culture as luxuriant as Jade Mountain on a sunny day.”
- Known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities, this is an exciting place to be. In the survey it actually ranks top for ‘personal finances’ and ‘working abroad’. The food is fabulous and cheap. If you like sudden, warm rain, the monsoon season is a hoot.
- This is a place expats find particularly friendly. It’s relatively cheap to live here compared to its neighbours and, if you’re a European, it’s easy to pop home. Better known for its beaches than a work destination, the seven hills of its capital are gaining in popularity.
- Perhaps its proximity to one of the biggest sources of expats gives this one a boost. Renowned for beautiful resort holidays, but also for extreme violence, expat living is probably concentrated in the exciting capital.
- Another European destination where the cost of living is typically less than its neighbours and the sun shines most of the year. The capital is renowned for its art, culture, football and elegant bars, cafés and restaurants.
- A financial powerhouse and renowned hub for the rest of Asia, this has been a cosmopolitan destination for centuries. High expat salaries will be eaten away by a sky-high cost of living. Your home is likely to be high in the sky too.
- The Middle East had to feature in the top ten and this cluster of 33 islands is the winner in 2019. In this tax-free destination, expats make up almost 50% of the population, and over 80% say they love it there.
- Straddling the equator, its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and wildlife-rich areas that attract carefully controlled tourism. Its capital with 16th- and 17th-century palaces stands at over 2,500 m.
- According to 'International Living' this is the most popular retirement haven for expats in Southeast Asia. The cost of living is three times less than the US, cities are relatively crime-free and food, influenced by four cultures, is sublime.
- A European country that registered a new name just 3 years ago, its capital city draws tourists by the droves. Low wages are balanced by a low cost of living, with baroque cities and good work opportunities tempting expats to work here.