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Oct 12, 2018 09:30 AM IST | Economy

Here are top 10 countries for expats to live in. Guess where is India on the list

Expat Explorer survey is an in-depth study of expats around the globe. The survey’s rankings are based on experience, family life and economics.

“As expats, we have a unique perspective. We live globally, embracing everything living abroad can teach, show and give us. I have moved country nine times and I am still learning. The world is more than our oyster. It is our home, our workplace, our children’s playground, our future,” John Goddard, head of HSBC Expat said.

The global report examines the way more than 22,000 expats around the world feel about their lives overseas. It distills their experiences, economic and family life to measure how well their new home caters for them and how it ranks against the rest of the world, HSBC said.

Take a look at the top 12 countries that expats prefer:

1. Singapore. The south-east Asian country is preferred by a majority of expats and say,
1. Singapore. The south-east Asian country is preferred by a majority of expats and say, "Endlessly challenging and endlessly stimulating; wholly worth it."
2. New Zealand: On New Zealand, expats say,
2. New Zealand: On New Zealand, expats say, "Don't be an 'expat', integrate from day one… Enjoy the 'Kiwi' lifestyle or move on, you'll never be happy unless you give it your all."
3. Germany:
3. Germany: "One of the best things you can do is learn the language and get involved however possible. Enrolling in a language school alone can get you immediately connected to many other expats and locals."
4. Canada:
4. Canada: "Take the time to do a research trip and make sure you meet up with expats in Canada who can share their experience with you. Make sure you move to Canada for the right reasons."
5. Bahrain:
5. Bahrain: "Move to the area with lots of expats. It's easier to make friends and you'll get good advice from people who have been through it before."
6. Australia:
6. Australia: "Be prepared to integrate. Stop converting Australian dollars in to pounds and kilometres in to MPH etc. You live in Australia now. Embrace it and Australia will embrace you."
7. Sweden:
7. Sweden: "Swedes can be a reserved bunch and tend to keep a distance if they don't know you. To make friends quickly, join a sports club or social activity as this is where lots of people meet outside work!"
8. Switzerland:
8. Switzerland: "If your children are young enough (i.e. about 8 or younger), put them in the local school, not the international school. They will learn the local language and culture and you will become more integrated yourself."
9. Taiwan:
9. Taiwan: "Culture Shock Taiwan is a must-read book to ease the expat into business life and culture in Taiwan. Not a tour guide, but a succinct introduction to Taiwan, the Taiwanese, getting to know them and settling in."
10. United Arab Emirates:
10. United Arab Emirates: "Prepare yourself that you might make more money but the cost of living and general standard of living is high, so you must discipline yourself greatly (forgo some travel, social, and shopping opportunities) if you wish to save or invest. It is very easy for your entire pay check to be gone on day-to-day expenses."
11. France: A third of expats (34 percent) arrive in France hoping to develop or find direction in their own or their partner’s career or skill set. But they may have struggled. This is simply not a nation internationally known for its boost to career or income and far fewer expats here report the improvement in leadership, efficiency, productivity or confidence in the workplace that expats elsewhere do.
11. France: A third of expats (34 percent) arrive in France hoping to develop or find direction in their own or their partner’s career or skill set. But they may have struggled. This is simply not a nation internationally known for its boost to career or income and far fewer expats here report the improvement in leadership, efficiency, productivity or confidence in the workplace that expats elsewhere do.
12. India: More than half (54 percent) of expats here are confident that their life in India can help build their personal wealth. They have significant confidence and optimism in their financial futures, and their present is shaping up nicely too.
12. India: More than half (54 percent) of expats here are confident that their life in India can help build their personal wealth. They have significant confidence and optimism in their financial futures, and their present is shaping up nicely too.
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