Stunning Switzerland Is Voted Top Expat Destination

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Switzerland is the best place for expats to live and work, according to a new survey.

The legendary home of mountains, lakes and secretive banks scored highly with expats asked about their favourite destinations by HSBC Bank.

Eight out of 10 expats say that their quality of life improved after moving to Switzerland.

They praised stunning scenery and low pollution levels, with seven out of 10 noting their surroundings were cleaner and an improvement on those in their home country.

Two-thirds of expats also felt safer on the streets and in their homes than before moving to Switzerland – especially those living in Geneva.

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Quality of life was not the only Swiss feel-good factor.

Impressive pay

With 70% of expats having more money to spend than at home – with an average salary of $111,587 climbing far above the global expat average of $75,966.

“An improved quality of life alongside impressive pay and swift career progression means Switzerland is now expats’ favourite global destination to live and work,” says the HSBC report.

Singapore was the second most liked destination for expats, mainly because of the high standards offered by the city state’s schools and universities.

Canada grabbed third place, mainly for welcoming students and children. Parents feel their children settle quickly, make friendships and gain confidence after moving to Canada.

The Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey and Italy were all new entries in the 33 nation table.

Taking bottom place was Brazil, followed by Japan and Indonesia.

Best destinations for expats 2019

Country20192018
Switzerland18
Singapore21
Canada34
Spain414
New Zealand52
Australia66
Turkey724
Germany83
United Arab Emirates910
Vietnam1019
Bahrain115
Isle of Man12
Poland1325
Ireland1418
Hong Kong1517
Malaysia1615
France1711
India1812
Jersey19
Sweden207
Mexico2116
Thailand2221
United States2323
Philippines2428
Guernsey25
Mainland China2627
United Kingdom2722
Italy28
Saudi Arabia2926
South Africa3029
Indonesia3113
Japan3230
Brazil3331

Source: HSBC Expat Explorer

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