Thailand slips in expat country ranking, Vietnam surges

Thailand Slips In Expat Country Ranking, Vietnam Surges

In a surprise development, this year’s Expat Insider 2019 report, which ranks the best and worst places for expatriates to live globally, listed Vietnam second best destination out of 64 surveyed countries globally and even the best for finance and working abroad.

Vietnam made it from rank 14 last year to second between first-ranked Taiwan and another newcomer, Portugal, on rank three on the list, which is compiled by German expat community platform InterNations and considers variables such as quality of life, ease of settling in, working abroad, family life, personal finance and cost of living.

Together with the improved ratings for quality of life and ease of settling in, Vietnam reached the top three for the first time. Over four in five expats (81 per cent) said they are satisfied with their financial situation, noticeably above the global average (64 per cent). The same applies to the share of those agreeing their disposable household income is enough or even more than enough to cover daily expenses (96 per cent vs. 77 per cent worldwide).

Vietnam further places first for both career prospects and job satisfaction. Combined with a satisfying work-life balance – 71 per cent rate it favourably, compared to 60 per cent worldwide – and a good economy (82 per cent vs. 63 per cent globally), Vietnam leads the Working Abroad category.

However, expats responded less satisfied on quality of life Index, health and well-being and digital life and also complained about traffic, pollution and bad transportation infrastructure. Still, 88 per cent said they were “generally happy” with their life in Vietnam, owing to friendly people and the ease of settling in.

The biggest loser among six surveyed Southeast Asian countries is Thailand, which dropped from rank 18 (out of 68 countries) in 2018 to rank 25 this year, scoring particularly bad in safety and security, digital life, health and wellbeing, language and career prospects.

Other countries that improved were Indonesia to rank 29 from 50, as well as Malaysia to rank nine from 17 year-on-year, while the Philippines just moved one notch up to 27 and Singapore dropped to six from five.

The Expat Insider index, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive surveys on life abroad, is now in its sixth year and this year was bases on shared experiences of 20,259 participants from around the globe. A sample size of at least 75 respondents per country or territory is necessary for the overall ranking: 64 destinations make the cut in 2019, compared to 68 in the previous year..

Expat ranking Southeast Asia

                                2019       2018

Singapore           6              5

Malaysia              9              17

Thailand              25           18

Vietnam              2              14

Indonesia            29           50

Philippines         27           28

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In a surprise development, this year’s Expat Insider 2019 report, which ranks the best and worst places for expatriates to live globally, listed Vietnam second best destination out of 64 surveyed countries globally and even the best for finance and working abroad. Vietnam made it from rank 14 last year to second between first-ranked Taiwan and another newcomer, Portugal, on rank three on the list, which is compiled by German expat community platform InterNations and considers variables such as quality of life, ease of settling in, working abroad, family life, personal finance and cost of living. Together with the improved...

Thailand Slips In Expat Country Ranking, Vietnam Surges

In a surprise development, this year’s Expat Insider 2019 report, which ranks the best and worst places for expatriates to live globally, listed Vietnam second best destination out of 64 surveyed countries globally and even the best for finance and working abroad.

Vietnam made it from rank 14 last year to second between first-ranked Taiwan and another newcomer, Portugal, on rank three on the list, which is compiled by German expat community platform InterNations and considers variables such as quality of life, ease of settling in, working abroad, family life, personal finance and cost of living.

Together with the improved ratings for quality of life and ease of settling in, Vietnam reached the top three for the first time. Over four in five expats (81 per cent) said they are satisfied with their financial situation, noticeably above the global average (64 per cent). The same applies to the share of those agreeing their disposable household income is enough or even more than enough to cover daily expenses (96 per cent vs. 77 per cent worldwide).

Vietnam further places first for both career prospects and job satisfaction. Combined with a satisfying work-life balance – 71 per cent rate it favourably, compared to 60 per cent worldwide – and a good economy (82 per cent vs. 63 per cent globally), Vietnam leads the Working Abroad category.

However, expats responded less satisfied on quality of life Index, health and well-being and digital life and also complained about traffic, pollution and bad transportation infrastructure. Still, 88 per cent said they were “generally happy” with their life in Vietnam, owing to friendly people and the ease of settling in.

The biggest loser among six surveyed Southeast Asian countries is Thailand, which dropped from rank 18 (out of 68 countries) in 2018 to rank 25 this year, scoring particularly bad in safety and security, digital life, health and wellbeing, language and career prospects.

Other countries that improved were Indonesia to rank 29 from 50, as well as Malaysia to rank nine from 17 year-on-year, while the Philippines just moved one notch up to 27 and Singapore dropped to six from five.

The Expat Insider index, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive surveys on life abroad, is now in its sixth year and this year was bases on shared experiences of 20,259 participants from around the globe. A sample size of at least 75 respondents per country or territory is necessary for the overall ranking: 64 destinations make the cut in 2019, compared to 68 in the previous year..

Expat ranking Southeast Asia

                                2019       2018

Singapore           6              5

Malaysia              9              17

Thailand              25           18

Vietnam              2              14

Indonesia            29           50

Philippines         27           28

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