The Best Countries for Expats in 2021

Taiwan, Vietnam, and Portugal were announced as the best places for expats in 2019 but it’s time to find out how things have changed in 2021.

InterNations have now revealed the best and worst countries for expats in 2021 with Taiwan securing the top spot for the third year in a row, thanks to its excellent quality of life, healthcare system and safe environment.

Mexico and Costa Rica are close behind all of them attracting expats with their ease of settling in and good personal finances.

So, if you want to live and work abroad, here are the top 10 locations for expats and why.

1. Taiwan

The small island in East Asia has claimed first place yet again and it’s not surprising considering it’s home to one of the best healthcare systems in the world.

Not only that but most expats are satisfied with their job security, the local economy, and their life in general.

If safety is your main concern, then you should consider Taiwan as not a single expat in the country feels unsafe. Plus, the Taiwanese population is extremely friendly toward foreign residents making it easy for expats to settle in.

2. Mexico

The culture and friendliness of the local people is why Mexico comes in second place. It’s also the highest-rated country for personal happiness, which could have something to do with the glorious weather and abundance of sun-soaked beaches. Not to mention the delicious food and tequila.

3. Costa Rica

This central American country is not just attractive to tourists wanting to explore the luscious rainforest and rugged coastline. Expats are also drawn to the country for the same reason and many more. The social life and culture is what makes this country shine and even though its public transport system might not be up to scratch, it makes up for it in its mantra ‘pura vida’ (pure life).

4. Malaysia

Joining Taiwan to represent Asia in the top 10 best expat destinations is Malaysia. Expats have expressed how easy it is to settle down in this country and that the cost of living and the impact that this has on personal finances is one of the main reasons this destination is so desirable. The powerhouse capital, secluded islands, and beautiful beaches help too.

5. Portugal

The only European destination to make it into the top 10 is Portugal. The high quality of life that this country offers wins over many expats and if you're looking for warm summers, al fresco dining and stunning cities then you'll find all of this in Portugal.

6. New Zealand

If you put living expenses aside, New Zealand is an excellent location for expats looking to work abroad and enjoy a high quality of life. It's one of the safest places in the world and residents live a laidback lifestyle.

7. Australia

Australia has an equally good quality of life, which appeals to expats from all over the world. Its cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth entice those looking for a healthy work-life balance where they can spend days in the city but evenings on the beach.

8. Ecuador

Expats in this alluring South American country are particularly happy with their personal finances and the ease of settling in. Ecuador offers so much in the way of deep-rooted history, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and boasts a diverse landscape with Amazon jungle, Andean highlands both of which are rich with wildlife.

9. Canada

It's the second-largest country in the world and with that, it offers a varied landscape with majestic mountains, rolling plains, forested valleys and dazzling blue rivers and lakes.
As well as its natural beauty, the country is best known for its friendly people and the two combined make it an inviting destination for expats.

10. Vietnam

Vietnam makes it to the top 10 due to Expats reporting the highest job satisfaction levels in the world. Expats looking for affordable living often head to this southeast Asian country, which is known for its staggering beauty, beaches, rivers and colonial landmarks.

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