Singapore beats Norway as best world destination for expats.

Published:  4 Oct at 6 PM
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For the third year running, the city state of Singapore has taken the crown as the best expat destination on the planet.

The 2017 HSBC Expat Explorer survey is one of the most reliable and respected of the annual ‘best place’ expatriate studies. Singapore’s top rating isn’t a surprise, as it’s been at the head of the pack for the past two years, but Norway’s second place is an indication of how much the world expat environment is changing.

Singapore’s top score was helped along by a majority of respondents’ voting it as the best place to work and live, with 83 per cent confident about its stable political scene and a further 72 per cent happy with the local economy. Culturally, the two countries’ living experiences are as disparate as chalk and cheese, but common factors include stable politics, great welfare systems, high employment statistics, good salaries and safety and security for families.

Both countries scored high in happiness indices as well as overall quality of life, with the also-rans in the top ten including the UAE, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and Austria. All these countries are traditionally popular with expats of all shapes and sizes, from retirees through expat professionals to families relocating for work, but one of the most important indications of Singapore’s popularity was its high earnings potential and its effect on expats’ disposable income.

The city state won even more approval as the perfect place for child-rearing due to its obsession with safety and security. Children’s health and wellbeing scores were high, and 72 per cent of respondents were more than pleased with its high-quality education. The only drawback, it seems, was the inescapable fact that Singapore is one of the world’s most expensive places to live, making expat work-life balances less than satisfactory due to costs.
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