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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

topical indices.

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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