Ecuador again scores highly in expat index

Published:  9 Feb at 4 PM
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Ecuador has been named the best place to live and work as an expat, according to a recent InterNations survey.

The report, The World Through Expat Eyes, quizzed more than 14,000 people on why they relocated, how life abroad was and how happy they were, and found that the South American country came out on top ahead of Luxembourg and Mexico respectively.

InterNations took 61 one popular countries among expats into account, rating them on a number of factors including ease of settling in, overall quality of life, how welcoming they were, how easy it was to make friends, cost of living, personal finance and work and family life.

Ecuador’s low cost of living as well as how easy it was to make friends in the country helped it claim top spot among expats. It also scored well in the personal finance category, while more than four in five people said settling down in the country was easy.

Luxembourg, in second place, scored well in the careers department, with 64 per cent of respondents saying they moved to the landlocked European nation for job-related reasons. However, settling in was said to be more difficult, with the country finishing a lowly 46th in that particular category.

Mexico, meanwhile, claimed third spot because of the personal happiness of expats who have relocated there and the friendliness of its people. Some 91 per cent of respondents were happy with their life in the Central American country, while 44 per cent said they could envisage staying forever.

The top five countries were completed by Switzerland and the US respectively, while Greece, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were at the other end of the scale.
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