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World’s Top 30 Best Countries To Live And Work (Popular Expat Destinations, 2018)


For the fourth year in a row, Singapore is the country of choice for expatriates, that’s according to an annual survey conducted by HSBC. Singapore topped the ranking as the best country for expats to live and work, beating New Zealand (No. 2), Germany (No. 3), and Canada (No. 4).

Bahrain was ranked the 4th best country overall to live and work, followed by Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, and France. India that was in the top 10 countries overall last year slipped 2 spots to be ranked 12th. The survey was based on interviews with 22,318 expatriates in 163 markets worldwide in March and April this year.

Here are the top 31 countries for expats to live and work:

  1. Singapore
  2. New Zealand
  3. Germany
  4. Canada
  5. Bahrain
  6. Australia
  7. Sweden
  8. Switzerland
  9. Taiwan
  10. United Arab Emirates
  11. France
  12. India
  13. Indonesia
  14. Spain
  15. Malaysia
  16. Mexico
  17. Hong Kong
  18. Ireland
  19. Vietnam
  20. Russia
  21. Thailand
  22. United Kingdom
  23. United States
  24. Turkey
  25. Poland
  26. Saudi Arabia
  27. China
  28. Philippines
  29. South Africa
  30. Japan
  31. Brazil

Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a media and technology executive, macro-economist, strategic thinker, chair, and chief executive officer of the CEOWORLD magazine, one of the world’s most influential and recognized global news publications. Under Dr. Amarendra's leadership, CEOWORLD magazine has become the world's most iconic news organization, whose rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of business leaders daily. Additionally, he serves as the chair and founding member of the CEOWORLD magazine’s Inclusion Advisory Board.

In his current role, he counsels and collaborates with c-suite executives of large multinational corporations, helping them drive change in their companies to improve their competitiveness. Dr. Amarendra has extensive experience in serving on numerous boards. He leads and supports a globally dispersed team of columnists, correspondents, editors, journalists, reporters, researchers, and industry analysts.

He received his Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the European Global School, Paris, France. He also received his Doctoral Degree in Chartered Accountancy from the European International University Paris, France, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his master’s degree in Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States.

As CEO, he transformed the CEOWORLD magazine into a highly efficient, digital-first, profitable enterprise. Today, CEOWORLD magazine is a standard bearer for modern responsible journalism. Dr. Amarendra retains a strong desire to continuously improve his skills and abilities and believes that the first step to being a true leader is to inspire others to lead with you.

Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CHAIR, CEO, AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR of the CEOWORLD magazine. Connect with him through LinkedIn.