expat insider 2016 the internations survey.pdf
The Expat Insider 2016 survey was conducted by InterNations,
For a country to be featured in the indices and consequently
combinations for a total of 16 subcategories, and their
with conceptual feedback provided by the independent
in the overall ranking, a sample size of at least 50 survey
mean values used to draw up the aforementioned five
market research company komma GmbH. The online survey
participants per country was necessary. The only exception
ran from 18 February through 13 March 2016 and was
to this is the Family Life Index, where a sample size of more
promoted through the InterNations website, newsletter,
than 30 respondents raising children abroad was required.
These five indices, as well as the responses to the question:
and social media profiles — reaching out both to members
In 2016, 67 and 45 countries respectively met these
“how satisfied are you with life abroad in general?”, were
of our network and expats in general. A total of 14,272
requirements. However, in many countries the sample size
then averaged in order to arrive at the overall country
expatriates took part, representing 174 nationalities and
exceeded 50 or even 100 participants by far.
ranking. The Cost of Living Index, while allowing for a glimpse
living in 191 different countries or overseas territories.
into expatriates’ perception of expenses in their country of
For the rankings themselves, participants were asked to
residence, does not factor into the overall ranking.
The results of the survey are published here in the form of
rate 43 different aspects of life abroad on a scale of one
an overall country ranking of common expat destinations,
to seven. The rating process emphasized the respondents’
Please be aware that the percentages in this report have
and plenty of information grouped around five topical indices:
personal satisfaction with these aspects and considered
been rounded to full integral numbers. In some cases, this
Quality of Life, Ease of Settling In, Working Abroad, Family
both emotional topics such as the friendliness of the local
may lead to all responses to one and the same question
Life, and Personal Finance.
population as well as more factual aspects (e.g. affordability
adding up to either 99% or 101%, instead of 100%. These
of healthcare) with equal weight. The respondents’ ratings
instances are merely due to rounding and are not based
of the individual factors were then bundled in various
on erroneous data.
Survey Report 2016
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