Here’s Where You’ll Have the Best Quality of Life if You Move Abroad
Whether you're motivated by the current political climate in America or simply looking for a radical life reset, there are plenty of good reasons to consider moving abroad. But short of picking "wherever the best food is," how the hell will you decide where to go? Fortunately, the intrepid folks at Expats Insider have put together a brand new list, ranking countries by the quality of life they provide to residents who've relocated there from abroad.
The list, which Expat Insider updates every year, is just one element in its incredibly detailed annual analysis of expat life worldwide, conducted via a survey of nearly 13,000 respondents of 166 nationalities living in 188 countries or territories not native to them.
This year, Portugal topped the Quality of Life index, which is determined by measuring what respondents felt in regard to a number of factors, including leisure options, personal happiness, travel & transport, health & well-being, and safety & security. Taiwan, which took the first spot last year, is ranked second this time around, followed by Spain at number three. The United States, however, has some work to do.
Here's how the rest of the list shook out:
59. Saudi Arabia
49. South Africa
41. United Kingdom
27. Hong Kong
20. South Korea
15. New Zealand
9. Costa Rica
5. Czech Republic
If you're curious, there are also a handful of other indices that might help you narrow your choice of country even further, with lists ranking countries based on things like the ease of raising a family or settling in, as well the ability to find enjoyable jobs and to stretch your dollar.
Of course, you'll obviously want to do a glut of research on the country or countries you have your sights on, particularly regarding what you'll need to do to ensure you'll be able to live and work there legally. That said, Expat Insider's expansive primer on life abroad in a number of countries should get you headed in the right direction.