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Singapore Ranked Best Place for Expats for Fourth Year in a Row

HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer study analyses the views of over 22,000 expats around the world, based on economics, experience and family life. Released at the end of 2018, the results found Singapore to be the expat destination of choice for the fourth year running. The global report looks at how expats feel about living overseas by examining various aspects of expat life, including family dynamics, their experiences and the economy. The findings from countries all over the world are then ranked against ... Read more

9 Surprising Laws from Across the Globe

When relocating to a new country, researching laws is often far from most people’s thoughts. Yet, with some particularly unique laws in existence, surely it’s worth some basic research to avoid unknowingly breaking one of them? After all, in doing so you could face hefty fines and in some cases may just land yourself in a foreign prison! To demonstrate this point further, here are some of the most surprising laws in the world…and in countries many expat populations reside. Switzerland Local laws and ... Read more

Asia Dubbed Most Expensive Continent for Expats in 2018

A recent report from annual surveyor and the largest human resources consulting firm Mercer, revealed a report detailing the top 20 most expensive cities for expats. Asian cities dominated the list taking four spots in the top five and Hong Kong is sitting comfortably at the top. The list was accumulated by looking at a variety of different factors including transportation, property, food, clothes, everyday necessities and entertainment services. By evaluating these different areas of life the study was able to conclude ... Read more

Where Can Expats Get the Best Salary Increases?

A study published by HSBC analysed the economic ranking of countries worldwide. The research studied different areas of expat life in this niche, from personal finances to career progression, and strength of the local economy. For expats wanting a substantial salary increase, head to Switzerland. The country is home to many pharmaceuticals companies, private banks and commodity traders and wages average at £144,151 per year. This is a 54% salary increase for most expats compared to if they had stayed at home. However, ... Read more

The 10 Safest Countries in the World for Expats

Unless you are being relocated to a specific country by an employer, the world really is your oyster. However, many potential expats focus on which country has the best weather, career opportunities, or low living costs and high salaries. What many forget to consider, though, is how safe a country is. Understandably, no right-minded individual is going to move to a country that is facing conflict or has a reputation for high crime levels. But, to help you out, we can ... Read more

The Best Countries for Graduates Seeking Work

Coming out of university can be terrifying and the dreaded job hunt does nothing for graduate’s self-esteem. Months can pass with constant rejections and feedback of ‘we went for somebody with more experience’. Many are left with little choice but to put their career dreams to the side for a time and take up roles as baristas and waitresses just to make ends meet. However, if you’re going to take a low-entry job or a role in hospitality, why not enrich ... Read more

5 Of the World’s Best Countries for Healthcare

Luxembourg takes the top spot for health in the 2016 Global Prosperity Index. Created annually by London-based think tank The Legatum Institute, the survey ranks the most prosperous countries in the world. However, prosperity is not a term used to describe just the financial standing of a country, but covers other categories such as governance, personal freedom and education. Luxembourg If you were going to fall ill abroad Luxembourg would be the best place to do it. Not that we wish this upon ... Read more

The 7 Greatest Train Journey’s in the World

Many associate train travel with discomfort, heat and the weekly commute. However, when it comes to seeing the world by train, there is an old-fashioned appeal that cannot be matched by flying or driving. More often than not, you get to clap your eyes on some of the most hidden locations in the world from the comfort of your carriage. Kenya: Jambo Kenya Deluxe The Nairobi to Mombasa line is one of earth’s greatest train journeys and the train many opt for is ... Read more

10 Countries Heralded for Best Quality of Life

InterNations Expat Insider 2016 survey is one of the most extensive expat studies and explores the general living situations of expatriates. This year, the survey targeted 14,000 expats and they were asked to rate several elements of their lives abroad, from health and personal happiness, to leisure options and quality of transport. Those who took part in the research had their numbers for each category tallied up to give an overall quality of life score for each country. Thinking of a new ... Read more

How Much Does It Cost to Live in Singapore?

Singapore’s 5.5 million strong population is dominated by non-citizens. Around 40% of the country’s residents are expats; students, workers, and travellers. In HSBC’s Expat Explorer report, Singapore was ranked in the top spot – the best place to be an expat. Singapore is rumoured to be expensive, so what is it that is drawing foreigners to the country every year? The Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank, release their global Prosperity Index annually. The survey ranks the most prosperous countries in the ... Read more
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