Who’s never dreamed of leaving everything behind to visit new horizons? Did you know that according to the UN, 232 million people worldwide live abroad? There are those who are curious and who aspire new perspectives, those who want to learn a new language, and those who want to discover exotic cultures and taste a different variety of foods.
General quality of life, working abroad, family life, leisure and making friends, international romance and finances… From these various areas of expat living, InterNations, the biggest expat survey worldwide put together an in-depth questionnaire asking their 1.5 million participants the 10 best places to live and work in 2015.
Australia’s “down under” arrives in second place worldwide for being one of the safest places to live. Forget your job and move to a land of open space, forests, beaches and Kangaroos. Living in Australia isn’t only about having fun, but expats say that the quality of life has also improved.
Who isn’t fascinated by the beauty of precious stones, cordilleras, Colombian coffee, Andean valley and the Amazon rainforest? Surrounded by myths and stereotypes, the image of Colombia does not discourage expats. Travellers say they meet a lot of people that they can now call their friends and are very satisfied with their lives altogether.
Costa Rica is also known as the country of “pura vida” (the pure life). It is the country to visit if you love to socialize, learn Spanish and meet new people. Costa Rica is overflowing with tropical forests, all its abundant vegetation and its multicolored butterflies. The people are very close to their family. In terms of balancing work and pleasure, Costa Rica is one of the best places to live, raise a family and work. You’ll have enough free time to enjoy and meet the locals around a “Guaro” a liqueur based cocktail popular in Costa Rica.
Do you have a high salary, but you’re forced to pay the majority of your expenses every month? Consider leaving for Hungary! Housing is very affordable for expats and the country has one of the best travel and transport systems in the world, so you’ll get more for your money.
Kazakhstan is the ideal destination for career-minded travellers. Kazakhstan is one of the only countries where employers provide housing for foreign employees. Furthermore, 75% or foreigners say they are satisfied with their financial situation – a lot more than the average worldwide, which is at 45%.
Germany is one of the most industrialized countries and most developed in the world. Germany is an economic powerhouse and foreigners who live there are not worried about their personal safety. The country received the highest rating in the world in relation to career development prospects and job security. In addition, 8 out of 10 believe that the quality of medical care in Germany is excellent. Compared to the rest of the world, only 50 % believe their country is as excellent.
¡Viva los sombreros! Mexicans are some of the most warm and hospitable people. 8 out of 10 people who move to Mexico are very satisfied of their new country. In Mexico, it is common to serve tequila as a shot along with salt and a slice of lime.
The tranquility, the photogenic lands, sports and adventure … Are you dreaming it? New Zealanders are amongst the most welcoming people worldwide. So it is no surprise that 3 out of 4 will find it easy to settle down in the country.
The happiest foreigners are found in the Philippines. 56 % of people are fully satisfied with their relationships. Moving to the Philippines could be a reason to find a life partner and it’s a good place to start a family.
And you? What are the best places to live in the world?