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The 5 Best Countries for Expats

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After experiencing a year of lockdowns, change is in the air, with many people considering a temporary or more permanent move abroad. After all, if you can work from home, you can work from anywhere plus many global organisations still value the experience that only living and working abroad can give you. Yet with so many destinations to choose from, deciding on the best country to call home can be daunting.

Expat community, InterNations, has recently published their Expat Insider 2021 Survey. Based on information from over 12,000 respondents throughout the difficulties of covid, this survey uncovers the best International destinations to live and work.

So what are the top 5 best countries to move to, and why?

Number 5 – PORTUGAL

Just a few hours away from the UK by plane, Portugal has always been a popular country for expats.

With the weather being a barmy 18°C for the majority of the year, a sensational coastline, and beautiful cities to explore, it’s easy to see why Portugal has been named the 5th best country for expats.

Known for its excellent healthcare and educational systems, in 2019, Global Finance magazine ranked Portugal as the fourth safest country in the world to live in, and also the most third most peaceful in 2020, making it a popular country to move to for families. Plus with fishing, diving, swimming, surfing, golfing, and not forgetting football, being some of the favourite local activities, why wouldn’t you want to move to Lisbon, Porto or Faro?

For more help and advice, view our guide to moving to Portugal.

Number 4 – MALAYSIA

A country separated into two by the South China sea, Malaysia is home to a selection of UNESCO world heritage sites, beautiful beaches and secluded islands. Its capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is also one of South East Asia’s financial and business centres.

Plus with housing and overall living costs at least 50% lower than the cost of living in London, Malaysia makes an affordable choice for expats.

View our free guide to moving to Malaysia


Number 3 – COSTA RICA

If you’re a fan of tropical beaches and beautiful national parks full of biodiversity, then Costa Rica is the country for you!

One of Latin America’s most peaceful places to live, expats who move to Costa Rica experience a familiar western lifestyle with little to no crime, access to high-end, low-cost medical care, and English being widely spoken… not forgetting great, fresh-tasting coffee!

Plus with the busy shipping ports of San Jose and Puerto Limon moving your belongings to Costa Rica could not be easier.


Number 2 – MEXICO

Second place in our list of 5 best countries for expats is Mexico.

Thriving and diverse, Mexico’s culture is rich in history – Mayan temples – art, and music. The rugged mountains, dense rainforests, and crystal clear blue waters, plus the fact that it is warm all year round and has a low cost of living, make Mexico equally enticing to expats and retirees.

Home to delicious tasting tacos, infamous margaritas, and exuberant festivals, such as Día de Los Muertos, moving to Mexico can certainly be a perfect escape.

See how easy it is to move to Mexico.

Number 1 – TAIWAN

Not the top country you were expecting? Taiwan actually ranks 1st out of 59 countries for making expats feel safe. It also ranks 1st for quality of life and working abraod.

With FREE WIFI available in the largest cities working from home (or a local coffee shop) couldn’t be any easier! This small but mighty country is flourishing, with a relatively low cost of living and strong values, Taiwan is regarded for having the best education and healthcare systems in the world – making it one of the best countries for expat families.

So whether you are looking to move by yourself, or with family, the welcoming culture and friendly nature of the locals will immediately make you feel right at home.

Find out more about moving to Taiwan.


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