It’s official: these are the best places to work and live abroad

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If you’ve dreamed about spreading your wings and flying overseas to start a new career, then you’re not alone.

But, if you’re planning to give in to your wanderlust and travel the world, than you may want to think carefully about your destination.

From taxes, to wages, to work-life balance, there’s plenty to take into account when making your decision.

And now HSBC have made things a little easier with a brand-new report, which has unveiled the best places in the world to live if you’re a foreigner.

They asked people to judge their new homeland based on how quickly they’d been able to settle in and integrate with the locals, how the move had benefited their finances, and how much it had improved their family’s lives.

The winner was, overwhelmingly, Singapore.

Almost two-thirds of people living abroad in Singapore told HSBC that their overall quality of life had improved after moving there, with more than 60 percent earning more than they did in their own country – and saving more as a result.

On top of all that, almost 90 percent said that they felt safer in Singapore than they did at home, with almost half adding that they felt their lifestyle was far healthier.

New Zealand, Canada, and the Czech Republic also made it into the top five, with many praising the countries for their friendly and welcoming locals; they were said to be some of the best and easiest countries to make yourselves at home in.

The survey also favoured Sweden, with many insisting it is the best place for raising children, thanks to the incredible childcare facilities on offer.

Or, if money really is everything, Switzerland offers the best wages, with just under 30 percent revealing that they were now earning over £154,055 on average.

HSBC’s tables ranked 45 countries in total – and the UK made it to the 22nd spot on the overall league table (although it’s worth pointing out that it performed better in terms of economic benefits than it did experience or family).

The USA came in even lower, ranking in at number 30.

Both, however, performed far better than Brazil, Egypt, China, and Italy, who came in at the very bottom.

HSBC’s top 16 countries to work abroad in

  1. Singapore
  2. New Zealand
  3. Canada
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Switzerland
  6. Norway
  7. Austria
  8. Sweden
  9. Bahrain
  10. Germany
  11. Australia
  12. United Arab Emirates
  13. Hong Kong
  14. Taiwan
  15. Netherlands
  16. Spain


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.