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RANKED: Top 10 Best Countries for Expats
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RANKED: Top 10 Best Countries for Expats

Singapore is the best place to live in the world as an expat, according to HSBC’s 10th annual "Expat Explorer: Broadening Perspectives” survey. 

HSBC commissioned Britain’s YouGov polling agency to survey nearly 28,000 expats (people aged 18 or over and living away from their home country) between March and April this year, living in 159 countries and territories.

Of those, 46 countries and territories made into the ranking—inclusion required a minimum sample of 100 expat respondents, including at least 30 expat parents.

Image: Bloomberg Business Week
Image: Bloomberg Business Week

As quoted by Lonely Planet, the survey has been running for ten years, and the company says it is the world’s largest and longest running study of expat life. 

The survey asked 27 questions on topics ranging from personal finance, work-life balance, and overall cost of raising children, which made up three league tables: Economics, Experience, and Family.

In the master league table combined from the three, Singapore came out on top, the third year in a row that it’s earned that title. The survey revealed that Singapore has the richest, safest, and best quality life for expats, as quoted by Quartz.

Singapore has been named the best place for expats. Image: BigBoom/Shutterstock
Singapore has been named the best place for expats. Image: BigBoom/Shutterstock

The report says a key reason expats love Singapore is the bumper salaries; 73% say they can earn more there than at home, 42% say their annual income has increased since moving there, and 65% said they have more disposable income than at home. The average wage is around $118,000 a year.

Safety is also a revered element for expats in Singapore, with 82% saying they feel safer there than at home. One of the biggest downsides was the cost of childcare, which 85% said was more expensive than at home. But it looks like the trade-off is worth it for them.


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