The World Expat Index

As the world becomes increasingly connected and easy to traverse, people have become more and more fascinated about the idea of uprooting and moving abroad. Since the dawn of civilization, humanity has strived to expand, explore the horizon and settle in new lands, and this spirit is still alive today as thousands of people look to move to a new country every year.

Brits are no exception to this rule, as many look to move away for a multitude of reasons. There are around 760,000 British expats currently living all over the world. But if you are an aspiring expat, where should you be looking to move to?

By delving deep into the data for some of the world's richest and most developed countries we have combined a number of factors such as: happiness and wellbeing, expat health, employment opportunities, and quality of life to determine which foreign nations are the most advantageous for expats.

The best countries for expats ranked

Key

Happiness score /10 Health score /10 Employment score /10 Country quality of life score /10 Average score /10 Total score /40
Rank
Country

Best performing countries for every category

Best performing countries for every happiness category

World Happiness Report

Finland

7.89/10

Finland is the happiest country according to the latest world happiness report rankings, as they scored 7.89/10, this is higher than the global average of 6.28/10 by 1.61.

Amount of Space

Australia

3.32

people per km2

Australia has the highest amount of space for people on average, there are 3.32 people per km2 down under. On average there are 207.23 people per km2 in the world, Bahrain has the most at 2,231.98 per km2.

Percentage of Expats

UAE

86.82%

The UAE has by far the highest percentages of expats in their population with 86.82%, this is much higher than second placed Bahrain’s 43.56%. By comparison the global average is 12.13% of the population are expats.

Total Happiness Score

UAE

8.78/10

The UAE also has the highest total expat happiness scoe at 8.78/10. This is followed by second placed Switzerland with 7.62/10, and Australia with 7.41/10. The global average is 6.01/10, and India had the lowest score with 3.82/10.

Best performing countries for happiness

Key

World happiness report score /10 Amount of space (people per km2) Percentage of expats Total happiness score /10
Rank
Country

Best performing countries for every health category

Best performing countries for health

Key

Average life expectancy Number of hospitals Average people per hospital Average km2 per hospital Number of hospital beds per 1,000 people Covid 19 deaths Number of physicians per 100,000 people Total health score
Rank
Country

Best performing countries for every employment category

Unemployment Rate

Thailand

1%

unemployment rate

Thailand has the lowest unemployment rate, as only 1% of the working population are not in work. On the other hand South Africa has 28.7% unemployed, the global average is 7.67%.

Average income per capita

Norway

£43,849

Three Scandinavian countries have the highest average incomes per capita, and Norway is top of the pile with an average annual wage of £43,849 per capita. This is almost £30,000 more than the global average of £15,713.

Overall labour rights

Lithuania

96/100

Lithuania has the highest overall labour rights score with 96/100 in total. Finland has the second highest score at 93.5/100, and the global average is 78.21/100.

Overall employment score

Poland

9.32/10

By taking into account a number of factors to create an overall employment score, Poland came out as the best country for employment with a score of 9.32/10. Meanwhile, the average score across the globe is 7.52/10.

Best performing countries for employment

Key

Unemployment rate Average income per capita (£) Decent working hours /100 Employment security /100 Maternity at work /100 Safe work /100 Trade union /100people Overall labour rights /100 Overall employment score
Rank
Country

Best performing countries for every quality of life category

Best performing countries for quality of life

Key

Level of crime/100 City centre apartment cost (£ per metre2) Rural apartment cost (£ per metre2) Air quality /100 Drinking water quality and accessibility /100 Garbage disposal /100 Quality of parks /100 people Gender equality /1 Total quality of life score /10
Rank
Country

The World Expat Index

Key

World happiness report score /10 Amount of space (people per km2) Percentage of expats Total happiness score Average life expectancy Number of hospitals Average people per hospital Average km2 per hospital Number of hospital beds per 1,000 people Covid 19 deaths Number of physicians per 100,000 people Total health score Unemployment rate Average income per capita (£) Decent working hours /100 Employment security /100 Maternity at work /100 Safe work /100 Trade union /100 people Overall labour rights /100 Overall employment score Level of crime/100 City centre apartment cost (£ per metre2) Rural apartment cost (£ per metre2) Air quality /100 Drinking water quality and accessibility /100 Garbage disposal /100 Quality of parks /100 people Gender equality /1 Total quality of life score /10 Total score /40

Happiness

Health

Employment

Quality of Life

Rank
Country

Methodology