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Want to live abroad? Here are the top 10 destinations for expats.

Thinking of moving to another country but can't decide which one? Have you considered Ecuador?

Just throwing it out there, but according to a recent report published by the German expat organization, InterNations, it's supposedly the best place in the world to live as an expat. Although probably because it's also the easiest country to get rich in! At least, that's what they're claiming.

FYI: You currently live in the fifth best country for expatriates, just so know you. Yes, the United States came in number five, in case that sways your decision to leave.

To determine the best from the worst, InterNations surveyed 14,000 people not currently living in their home countries about expat life in 160 nations, probing into everything from personal happiness, quality of life, transportation, and ease of settling in, to finances, employment, health & safety, and overall satisfaction.

Bottom of the list: Greece, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, all of which ranked the lowest. 

And the top 10? Here you go. Start packing your bags...

10. Hong Kong

Why you should move there: You're into fast public transportation -- Hong Kong came in second for its sleek transit systems -- and you want to hold onto your job for awhile; the city finished 11th in job security. Also, you don't mind fighting through hordes of democratic protesters.

9. Australia

Why you should move there: Aussies are renowned for drinking a lot (of coffee...) and calling everyone they know/just met "mate", so obviously they ranked high in friendliness. And with ample opportunities to surf and scuba dive, the nation came in number one for leisure activities. 

8. The Philippines

Why you should move there: It's got some of the world's sexiest beaches (and women!), as well as delicious cuisine, all of which help make it the second happiest place to be in the world. Cue the Pharrell Williams...
 

7. Spain

Why you should move there: Aside from the paella, architecture, and laidback, siesta-filled lifestyle, you mean? It also came in third for its leisure (bull-fighting, perhaps?), and boasts the second best overall quality of life.

6. Singapore

Why you should move there: It may be the most expensive city in the world, but it's worth it. There's a vibrant cultural scene, and with plenty of lush forests and jungle to explore, you're still close to nature. Ranked highly for its speedy transit and safety, it's also one of the best places to hold down a job.

5. United States

Why you should move there: Odds are, you already live here. And you know exactly why. Best. Damn. Country. In. The. World. Although if you're not from the US, there are plenty of great reasons to move here as an expat -- these are my 10.

 

4. Switzerland

Why you should move there: It's the world's skiing capital, and the chocolate is among Europe's finest -- which must be why Switzerland ranked best for general quality of life. It also topped the ranking for the best travel and transport systems, as well as for health, safety, and well-being. Which is fine and all, but it's no skiing and chocolate.
 

3. Mexico

Why you should move here: If not for the world's best... Mexican food, move here to make friends; after all, 94% of expats agree the locals are welcoming. The country's picturesque pueblos, and stunning beaches (two of which made our top 25 in the world) might also help persuade you.

2. Luxembourg

Why you should move here: For the money! Luxembourg ranked best for career opportunities, and its robust economy makes it one of the top three richest countries on the planet.  

Of course, the stunning architecture, castles, and excellent wine also make it worth the move, and should give you plenty to do when your family comes to visit.

1. Ecuador

Why you should move here: If the toasty weather, beaches, and ceviches don't sway you, maybe you'll move here for love; 85% of expats reported they're in a happy relationship. Awwww. Scoring the highest for personal happiness, it's no surprise that 82% of foreigners feel at home.


Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. She's a pretty proud expat right now. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.