Online survey names Ecuador as best place for expats

Published:  23 Dec at 3 PM
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A survey of over 14,000 expats in 160 countries has ranked Ecuador as the best place in the world to live in terms of factors such as finances and overall quality of life.

The survey, which was carried out by online community website InterNations, also quizzed expats on family life, making friends, how easy settling into life in a country was, and overall satisfaction with life abroad.

Ecuador was named the best country for expats, followed by Luxembourg and Mexico. Other notable names in the top 10 were the US, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong. At the other end of the scale, Greece, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait filled the bottom three places.

Greece received such a low ranking due to the fact that its economic crisis had resulted in its Working Abroad Index dropping considerably. In the Job and Career and Job Security categories, the European country scored less points than any other nation.

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia finished second bottom because its Quality of Life Index and Leisure Activities category scored so poorly, while Kuwait ended up in last position primarily because of the Ease of Settling in Index and Personal Happiness category gaining low scores.
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