Finland tops survey for expat kids education

Published:  9 Feb at 6 PM
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One of the most important aspects of moving overseas en famille is the childrens’ safety, education and quality of life.

Expat parents looking to settle in an unfamiliar country in order to take up a new job or start a small business need to put their childrens’ welfare high on the list of preferences. Finding a good, affordable international school, discovering what leisure activities are available, finding housing amongst other friendly families and, most importantly, ensuring the location is good for all-round health and safety can take time and cause stress.

Many helpful annual expat surveys cover the majority of destinations, with the latest report from InterNations giving a great deal of attention to family relocation. Expats living across 45 countries were surveyed, with the Family Life Index pointing out the best and worst for those considering expatriation.

Top of the tree for family life and wellbeing was Finland, with not one single expat parent respondee having anything but praise for childrens’ education, safety, health, leisure activities and general wellbeing. A new arrival in the high rankings was the Czech Republic, climbing the ladder from 14th to second best for the quality of affordable education.

Although Israel may not be a popular place to further a career, childcare options come highly recommended, as does the education provided. Austria, however, fell from top place last year to fourth due to expats reporting a less than satisfactory showing in education and local friendliness towards children and their families.

Sweden’s rating dropped slightly from last year’s position due to a fall in parents’ satisfaction with the education system. The Nordic country’s education is in crisis and it showed, whilst Norway soared up the ratings from 17th to sixth due to an improvement in childcare facilities and Australia’s fabulous leisure activities won huge praise from families.

Taiwan is good for family safety as well as friendliness, and the high standard of German education comes free, although most expat parents choose the equally good international schools. The standard of French schools depends on learning French, but most expat kids seem to cope very well, unlike some parents!

The Netherlands was rated as a solid choice for family wellbeing and education, and Poland scored well for its reasonable childcare costs and quality education. Singapore’s mixed results included high scores for family as well as children’s wellbeing, but failed miserably on the affordable quality education front.

Source: The Independent
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