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Introduction and Executive Summary

»» The Quality of Life Index is headed by overall winner

Just like last year, we have broken down the individual ratings

One thing is certain: expats looking for a life of leisure

Taiwan, and with Japan, another East Asian country

by gender. Once again, both men and women completely

better like deep fjords, high mountains, and a steep

ranks third. The second place, however, belongs to

agree on the best-rated destination, whereas opinions on

Austria, due to excellent scores for travel and transport,

the runners-up are divided: Cyprus, for example, does vastly

health and well-being.

better among male participants than among women.

»» The first rank in the Ease of Settling In Index goes to
Mexico — again. It successfully defends its reputation
as the go-to place for a warm welcome.

cost of living.
»» Assignee vs. Entrepreneur: In our topical reports, we
portray the “classic” expatriate on a foreign assignment,
and the very opposite — respondents who said goodbye

Focal Point Working Abroad

to their boss and chose self-employment abroad.

»» Taiwan also makes it into the top three of the

This year’s survey report doesn’t focus on gender, though.

Similar to 2014 and 2015, the last section of the report

Working Abroad Index, though it can’t keep up with

With a view to the increasingly digitalized and globalized

features a variety of country profiles and expat portraits by

clear winner Luxembourg. The tiny Grand Duchy’s

nature of work, we are going for a closer examination of

nationality. We have added a new format as well: three

big neighbor, Germany, also lags slightly behind on

the Working Abroad Index in 2016 and all the factors that

regional reports zoom in on Australia and New Zealand,

third place.

play into it. After all, 35% of our respondents cite a career-

key African destinations, and the Arab Gulf states.

»» In the Family Life Index, last year’s number one, Austria,

related reason as their main motivation for relocating.
Expat Insider shows what moves expats around the globe.

drops down to fourth rank. The 2015 runner-up,
Finland, now makes it to the top, ahead of the Czech

Explore the world through their eyes — and enjoy!

Some highlights of this year’s report include:

Republic and Israel.
»» Last but not least, the first place in the Personal

»» “Four Asian Tigers”: Since Taiwan is the 2016 shooting

Finance Index goes to Taiwan, too. With Ukraine,

star, we take a closer look at the so-called Asian Tiger

another newcomer features among the best three

states in a regional comparison.

— also emerging as the top-rated country in the
Cost of Living Index.

»» Working to Live: Also this year, we provide an overview
of countries with the best and worst work-life balance.

Munich, August 2016

Survey Report 2016

Philipp von Plato

Malte Zeeck

Founder & Co-CEO of

Founder & Co-CEO of


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