The HSBC Expat Explorer survey is the largest global expat survey of its kind – with over 7,000 expats contributing to topics like finance, culture, feeling welcome, healthcare and raising children. The 2013 survey results are in meaning we now have the latest information and feedback on what other expats have to say about the best countries to work in, where to live abroad, and additional advice.
There are three key categories in the survey: economics, experience and raising children. When looking at all three categories findings show that the top three countries to live in are:
Here is a closer look at how China, Germany, and Singapore were named the top three countries in this survey:
71 China-based expats from the UK (20%), USA (46%), HK (8%) and Russia (3%) were included in the profile of China. Of these, a high portion of these individuals relocated to China to help further their career- 23% to follow recruitment in a specific profession. The top occupations of participants included education (20%); construction, manufacturing, and utilities (17%); management, consulting, marketing, advertising and public relations (11%). A few areas that launched China to the top of the list include income, host economic satisfaction, sports, social life, organizing finances, cost of child care, using the local language and enjoying local food.
A few high-ranking categories that put Germany into second place include host economic satisfaction, traveling more, healthcare access and quality, local transportation, quality of child care, health and well-being of your children and children learning a new language. The survey gathers that Germany overall is a good place for expats who are raising children.
Singapore took third place in the 2013 HSBC Expat survey thanks to its increased earning potential, yet lower cost of living. Other items that expats boasted about include commuting, sports, work environment, setting up utilities, local transport, quality of education for children, quality of childcare and improved health of children.
Get more inside information and let it help you when deciding where to become an expat. You can find more on the 2013 HSBC Expat survey results here.