Singapore, New Zealand, Sweden top survey of expat life

September 24, 2015 09:32
Singapore is a great place to live for expats, especially if you're one of the 28 percent of them who earn US$200,000 or more per year. Photo: AFP

Singapore has topped a survey of expatriate life in 39 countries.

The eighth annual HSBC Expat Explorer survey, called Balancing Life Abroad, polled 21,950 respondents about three aspects of life in their temporary home: economics, experience and family.

The tiny city state had the highest overall score, The Wall Street Journal reported. 

It was ranked second for economics (covering personal finances, local economy and working life), third for experience (covering lifestyle, people and setting up), and third for family (covering relationships, education and childcare, and raising children).

In the poll, 59 percent of expats in Singapore agreed “it is a good place for expats to progress their career”, while 67 percent rate the country highly for its quality of life, saying it’s “better living there”, and 65 percent said “their children’s health and well-being is better” than in their country of origin.

Many of the respondents from Singapore were in lucrative jobs: 30 percent worked in banking, insurance or financial services; and 28 percent earned more than US$200,000 a year.

New Zealand ranked highest for experience (and came second overall), and Sweden topped the poll for family life (coming third overall).

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