Vietnam trebles its popularity with expats in just one year

Published:  24 Oct at 6 PM
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According to a recent survey, Vietnam’s popularity as an expat-friendly destination has soared over the past year.

In 2015, InterNation’s 64-country survey rated Vietnam in 35th place in its Working Abroad index. Amazingly, the 2016 result showed the Southeast Asian country in 12th place, a huge jump in just one year. In addition, all the major points in the index also improved considerably.

Work-life balance, extremely important for expats working overseas in an unfamiliar culture, was rated in 2015 as completely satisfactory by only 13 per cent of respondents . This year, the number of positive responses had risen to 19 per cent. Job satisfaction was another aspect of life in Vietnam which showed a spectacular improvement, with last year’s 61 per cent rising to 74 per cent in 2016.

The friendliness of the local population was a success last year according to 74 per cent of the survey’s respondents, but even this essential aspect of life overseas has risen this year to 84 per cent. Personal relationships with the friendly locals scored in 2015 at less than 50 per cent, but 63 per cent of those who took part in the survey this year rated making friends much easier.

As a result of the newly recognised popularity of Vietnam, the country is now rated 12th place out of all the countries surveyed as a working overseas destination. Of all the Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam looks to be the best for working, job satisfaction, friendliness and work-life balance.

According to expats who’ve taken the plunge and are now working in the country, life is an adventure mixed with an enjoyable quality of life and good potential for maximising earnings. The fast-growing economy, stunning countryside, beautiful beaches and delicious French/Chinese/Southeast Asian fusion cuisine are all part of the experience, as is the totally Asian bustle of life in the city and the contrasting rural laid-back charm.
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