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Balancing Life Abroad: 39 countries where it pays to be an expat!

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With the rise in global mobility, expat life is becoming more attractive. Apart from good earning, great quality of life and amenities, expats love the challenges and adventures that living abroad brings. On Sept. 23, 2015, HSBC released a report, Balancing life abroad, stating what expats prefer while settling abroad. Specifically, the report ranks each country based on the overall views of the expats; the overall score is the average of the economics, experience, and family scores. Here is a list of 39 most popular countries for expats, along with their overall scores and ranking on vital factors.

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39. Brazil

Overall score – 0.32
Disposable Income - 31
Quality of Life - 37
Healthcare - 39
Social Life - 23

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38. Italy

Overall score – 0.33
Disposable Income - 39
Quality of Life - 14
Healthcare - 33
Social Life - 27

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37. Egypt

Overall score – 0.33
Disposable Income - 35
Quality of Life - 38
Healthcare - 38
Social Life - 19

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36. Turkey

Overall score – 0.34
Disposable Income - 20
Quality of Life - 27
Healthcare – 29
Social Life - 11 

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35. Argentina

Overall score – 0.34
Disposable Income - 28
Quality of Life - 28
Healthcare - 25
Social Life – 13

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34. Kuwait

Overall score – 0.35
Disposable Income - 8
Quality of Life - 32
Healthcare - 27
Social Life - 37

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33. Indonesia

Overall score – 0.37
Disposable Income - 13
Quality of Life - 36
Healthcare - 35
Social Life - 18

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32. South Africa

Overall score – 0.38
Disposable Income - 29
Quality of Life - 23
Healthcare - 6
Social Life - 17

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31. Ireland

Overall score – 0.38
Disposable Income - 38
Quality of Life - 30
Healthcare - 30
Social Life - 35

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30. Belgium

Overall score – 0.40
Disposable Income – 23
Quality of Life - 24
Healthcare - 19
Social Life - 31

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29. France

Overall score – 0.41
Disposable Income - 36
Quality of Life - 9
Healthcare - 20
Social Life - 30

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28. Philippines

Overall score – 0.41
Disposable Income - 12
Quality of Life - 34
Healthcare - 31
Social Life - 9

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27. China 

Overall score – 0.41
Disposable Income - 4
Quality of Life - 39
Healthcare - 37
Social Life - 10

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26. Saudi Arabia

Overall score – 0.41
Disposable Income - 5
Quality of Life - 29
Healthcare - 11
Social Life - 38

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25. Vietnam

Overall score – 0.41
Disposable Income - 6
Quality of Life - 33
Healthcare - 32
Social Life - 2

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24. Japan

Overall score – 0.41
Disposable Income - 16
Quality of Life - 17
Healthcare - 26
Social Life - 22

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23. United Kingdom

Overall score – 0.42
Disposable Income - 34
Quality of Life - 31
Healthcare - 8
Social Life - 32

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22. Qatar

Overall score – 0.42
Disposable Income - 1
Quality of Life - 26
Healthcare - 23
Social Life - 26

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21. Thailand

Overall score – 0.42
Disposable Income - 15
Quality of Life - 12
Healthcare - 9
Social Life - 14

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20. Malaysia

Overall score – 0.43
Disposable Income - 14
Quality of Life - 20
Healthcare - 7
Social Life - 7

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19. Mexico

Overall score – 0.43
Disposable Income - 22
Quality of Life - 21
Healthcare - 28
Social Life - 4

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18. Czech Republic 

Overall score – 0.44 
Disposable Income - 18
Quality of Life - 18
Healthcare - 34
Social Life - 16

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17. India 

Overall score – 0.44
Disposable Income - 21
Quality of Life - 35
Healthcare - 24
Social Life - 8

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16. United States

Overall score – 0.45
Disposable Income - 19
Quality of Life - 22
Healthcare - 36
Social Life - 28

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15. Russia

Overall score – 0.45
Disposable Income - 33
Quality of Life - 19
Healthcare - 18
Social Life - 5

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14. Oman

Overall score – 0.46
Disposable Income - 2
Quality of Life - 16
Healthcare - 13
Social Life - 24

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13. Spain

Overall score - 0.46
Disposable Income - 30
Quality of Life - 2
Healthcare - 14
Social Life - 1

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12. Netherlands

Overall score - 0.46
Disposable Income - 32
Quality of Life - 11
Healthcare - 21
Social Life - 34

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11. Hong Kong

Overall score - 0.47
Disposable Income - 7
Quality of Life - 25
Healthcare - 10
Social Life - 3

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10. Switzerland

Overall score - 0.47
Disposable Income - 10
Quality of Life - 4
Healthcare - 22
Social Life - 39

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9. United Arab Emirates

Overall score – 0.47
Disposable Income - 11
Quality of Life - 10
Healthcare - 15
Social Life - 20

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8. Taiwan

Overall score - 0.48
Disposable Income - 17
Quality of Life - 13
Healthcare - 3
Social Life - 12

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7. Australia

Overall score - 0.49
Disposable Income - 25
Quality of Life - 3
Healthcare - 4
Social Life - 25

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6. Canada

Overall score - 0.50
Disposable Income - 27
Quality of Life - 7
Healthcare - 12
Social Life - 33

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5. Germany

Overall score - 0.51
Disposable Income - 26
Quality of Life - 8
Healthcare - 16
Social Life - 29

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4. Bahrain

Overall score - 0.51
Disposable Income - 3
Quality of Life - 15
Healthcare - 5
Social Life - 15

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3. Sweden

Overall score - 0.52
Disposable Income - 24
Quality of Life - 5
Healthcare - 17
Social Life - 36

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2. New Zealand

Overall score - 0.56
Disposable Income - 37
Quality of Life - 1
Healthcare - 1
Social Life - 21

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1. Singapore

Overall score - 0.56
Disposable Income - 9
Quality of Life - 6
Healthcare - 2
Social Life - 6

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