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Expats’ Top 10 Choice Of Countries To Live

5:04am UK, Wednesday November 25, 2009
An HSBC poll of expatriates lists its top 10 countries with the best quality of life.

1. Canada
2. Australia
3. Thailand
4. Singapore
5. Bahrain
6. South Africa
7. France
8. USA
9. Spain
10. Hong Kong

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  1. November 25th, 2009 at 23:10 | #1

    In all objectivity (of course), I would have expected to find Ireland in the top ten (best golf courses, best guinness, best rugby team, best education system, best rock group, etc., etc. But not everyone is as objective as me.

    • Ireland rox
      December 3rd, 2009 at 16:17 | #2

      And you forgot the most important of all : the best weather 🙂

  2. November 28th, 2009 at 17:17 | #4

    More on the HSBC poll:

    One in two (49%) expats have a positive experience making friends in a new
    country. Canada, which scored top in terms of integration for the 2008 survey,
    emerged as one of the easiest places for expats to make local friends and where
    expats had joined community groups. Asia emerged as the place to go for making
    friends in general, with Thailand ranking as the easiest country overall to make
    friends in, followed by Vietnam, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

    While making friends is easy for most expats, there is a preference for making
    friends within the expat rather than the local community. An exception to this is in
    Brazil, which ranks highest for local community integration, with 94% of expats making
    local friends easily. This was closely followed by Canada and South Africa, both scoring
    91%, and India and Russia, both with 90%.

    Asian and Middle Eastern countries feature heavily as the places most expats make
    friends with other expats, as opposed to local people. In fact, expats living in the
    Middle East, especially those living in Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia, are the least
    likely to make friends with people from the local population.

    One in five (20%) expats have found love overseas, with Thailand being the most likely
    place to fall in love, followed by Germany and Brazil. Almost half (47%) of expats in
    Thailand alone say that they have found love, however if you are a single expat in India
    or Qatar, you best buy a teddy bear – just 4% of expats have found love whilst living there.

  3. December 23rd, 2009 at 20:16 | #5

    Mexico is tops for me. Building a hacienda at the beach for 2000.US a year, mountains, desert, great fishing, reasonable prices for labor, good doctors, good business opportunities, good exchange rate, off the hook seafood all year long, wide open wilderness, lots of gringo expats everywhere, muchisimas bonita mujeres, my place is about 2.5 hrs south of the border so I can go back and forth to my home in San Diego whenever I want, suerte tranquilo-

  4. sara
    March 30th, 2010 at 18:20 | #6

    I live in Ecuador and it is a wonderful country. Its people are so nice and kind, they will give you the most warming welcome. I have put together a helpful fact sheet and also an article on Ecuadorian manners and customs.

  1. November 26th, 2009 at 13:27 | #1

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