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The Best Countries You Can Move to in 2022

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If moving to a new country for a new life, experience or adventure is at the top of your New Year’s resolutions this year, then here are the top 20 happiest countries in the world* that you should considering moving to:

  1. Finland
  2. Iceland
  3. Denmark
  4. Switzerland
  5. Netherlands
  6. Sweden
  7. Germany
  8. Norway
  9. New Zealand
  10. Austria
  11. Israel
  12. Australia
  13. Ireland
  14. United States
  15. Canada
  16. Czech Republic
  17. Belgium
  18. United Kingdom
  19. China
  20. France

Top of the list and the happiest country to move to in 2022 is Finland! For the fourth year running it has come first on the World Happiness Index 2021 as the happiest country in the world, but it’s not just happiness that makes Finland the ideal place to live. There is a strong economy, excellent infrastructure, a transparent legal system and a high standard of living. The average annual salary before deductions is around 43,440 Euros and unemployment is under 8%. Whilst the high standard of living comes at an expensive cost there are really good benefits such as free universal health care and education alongside a flat working model and agile working policy in most businesses. Workers are generally a lot happier at being allowed to work when they want and less of a hierarchy in place between management and everyday workers.

Finland is not the only Nordic country to top the charts, it is closely followed by Iceland and then Denmark – and it’s clear to see why. Danish lifestyles involve culture, education and social programs. The average salary is 541,659 DKK which is roughly £62,277. The cost of living and taxes are high but this is supported by high wages. Free education and healthcare for all are a benefit of these high taxes. Health and fitness are important and are supported by beautiful outdoor areas which are great for a variety of sports and activities. Infrastructure is extensive and vast with roads and bicycle lanes are well maintained and cleaned, along with an excellent and reliable public transport system makes it easy for people to get around in a variety of different ways. A flat management structure like that of Finland makes for better working conditions and equals a good balance between life and work. 

Australia has always been a popular place to emigrate to and is high on our best places to live in 2022 list. Known as one of the safest and happiest countries to live in with hot summers and mild winters, Australia is many peoples dream destination. If you’re a student or working professional Australia has many opportunities to discover. The average salary is AUS$90,000(+) a year, private and public health care is to a high standard alongside an exceptional education system. The government places a high premium on skills and enforces stringent measures to keep immigration levels under control. 

Canada too is popular with expats from all over the world. Renowned for being progressive, diverse and well developed with an abundance of outdoor space and natural resources. There are many positions available in sectors such as energy, finance, real estate and communications with the average salary coming to around CAD$53,625. Canada also has a relatively reasonable cost of living but had high taxes. There is universal healthcare that comes from these taxes and healthcare is of a high standard, education is also free at public schools. Most find that once they move to Canada their quality of life improves.

Whilst the United Arab Emirates (UAE) doesn’t come up on this list, there is no reason why it shouldn’t be one of the top 20 places for you to live in 2022. A region that is competitive in business and this is aided by more than generous expat packages and no income tax with the average salary being 301661 AED which works out to around £60803.21. There are outstanding residential areas for expats and opportunities are plentiful. The pace of life is slower compared to its western counterparts, however, Dubai is a cosmopolitan metropolis full of malls, hotels and 5* restaurants. The majority of the UAE population is expat as skilled and highly qualified workers are in need. Cost of living is steep with education and accommodation being a big cost for many, however, other expenses such as petrol and groceries are reasonable. It is also still a conservative nation so expats need to adjust to the rules of the Kingdom. Health Insurance is needed as healthcare is expensive.

And if you are thinking of moving to a country that is not on the list, then check out our country guides for some 2022 inspiration.

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*data from Gallup World Poll

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