All of us have envisioned moving away to a different country and leading a life there. A recently published report – the Global Expat Index 2019– might actually help with choosing the perfect country to live in. The report essentially outlines the best countries in the world to live abroad. Iceland came in at number 1.

How were the countries ranked on the Global Expat Index?

Globehunters set out to find out the best places in the world one could move to in 2019. Several factors were analysed to arrive at the result. These included careers and cost of living, quality of life and lifestyle. Each of these categories had specific sub-categories within them.

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Austria came in second on the list.

34 members of the OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) were ranked. Iceland topped the list, coming in first in the category of safety and migrant acceptance.

The top ten countries on the list were:

  1. Iceland
  2. Austria
  3. Canada
  4. New Zealand
  5. Germany
  6. Sweden
  7. US
  8. Australia
  9. The Netherlands
  10. Norway

Countries that topped specific categories on the Global Expat Index

Mexico was at the top when it came to specific factors like – employment rates, cost of living and cost of childcare. Finland was number one for happiness, something the country has always been famous for. Japan came in first for life expectancy. Switzerland is the best country for average income.

Why was Iceland the top choice? This could be due to a number of factors, especially because of the abundant nature in the country and the breath-taking landscapes. The land of the Northern Lights, Iceland is a country where geysers gush and ice-covered volcanoes rumble. The warmth that the people of Iceland have to offer is another plus point. The country has a serene, easy-going vibe to it that is sure to attract people from around the world.

 

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