The 17 countries with the best quality of life in the world for expats

LONDON — The countries with the best quality of life in the world have a good work-life balance, access to quality healthcare, education, and infrastructure, as well as cost of living and career opportunities.

Warm weather also helps.

In a new survey by InterNations, the world’s largest network for people who live and work abroad, the company asked 12,500 expats, representing 166 nationalities and living in 188 countries or territories, to rate 43 different aspects of life abroad on a scale of 1 to 7.

From this, InterNations calculated the scores to reach an overall average.

The Quality of Life index took into account factors such as:

Leisure Options;
Personal Happiness;
Travel & Transport;
Health & Well-Being;
Safety & Security.

A destination needed at least 75 respondents to feature in this index. Here are the top 17 countries.

Lianna Brinded contributed to an earlier version of this report.

17. Netherlands — Netherlands scored particularly highly for Travel & Transport (7th). In other subindexes, it scored relatively poorly, ranking 47th for Leisure Options and 25th for Personal Happiness.

16. Finland — Finland scored below 16th in every major subindex apart from Health & Well-Being, where it ranked fifth, one place behind Scandinavian neighbour Sweden and two places behind Denmark.

15. New Zealand — New Zealand falls two places from last year, but high scores on the Personal Happiness subindex (10th) and Leisure Options subindex (9th) keep it relatively near the top of the list.

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