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The World’s Best Countries For Business Expats, 2019

Spain has been recognized as the best country in the world for business expats in 2019, according to CEOWORLD magazine, while Singapore and Portugal placed second and third, respectively. The 2019 International Executives Mobility Study placed Japan in fourth ahead of Taiwan into fifth; while Finland ranked sixth, and Canada seventh.

Overall, among the top 10 best countries for business expats in 2019, the eighth, ninth, and tenth positions are held by the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and Portugal. Estonia took the No. 11 spot, followed by Australia (No.12) and Germany (No.13).

Rise of Finland and Portugal: According to the report, Finland (6th) and Portugal (10th) continue to impress expats with the quality of life and of family relocation (ranking 18th and 16th, in 2018, respectively). Nigeria ranks last once again, a position it also held in 2018 and from 2013 to 2016. 2018’s number one Canada, still features in the top 10 but drops to seventh place.

Meanwhile, Costa Rica ranked No. 14 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best countries for business expats in the world for 2019.

The Czech Republic came in fifteenth place, followed by Austria (sixteenth), New Zealand (seventeenth), the United States (eighteenth), and Saudi Arabia, ranked nineteenth.

Spain is one of four European countries in the top ten with perennial top-ten regular Switzerland (in 3rd), joined for the first time by Finland (up from 18th in 2018 to 6th) and Portugal (up from 16th to 10th). Out of 68 best countries for business expats in the world for 2019, the Netherlands ranked No. 20th.

Best countries in the world for business expats in 2019

Rank (2019)CountryScoreRating2018 Rank (2018)
1Spain84.7AAA2
2Singapore82.5AAA3
3Switzerland80.1AAA5
4Japan78.7AAA4
5Taiwan78.2AA7
6Finland77.8AA18
7Canada77.6AA1
8United Arab Emirates77.3AA6
9Israel75.8AA8
10Portugal75.2A12
11Estonia74.9A9
12Australia74.7A11
13Germany74.5A10
14Costa Rica74.1A22
15Czech Republic73.8A17
16Austria73.7A14
17New Zealand73.4A19
18United States73.2A15
19Saudi Arabia72.9A21
20Netherlands72.7A16
21Luxembourg72.6A13
22Hong Kong72.5BBB20
23Sweden72.4BBB23
24United Kingdom71.9BBB29
25Italy71.7BBB24
26France71.6BBB30
27Croatia71.5BBB25
28Hungary71.2BBB31
29Norway69.7BBB26
30Argentina69.4BBB28
31Morocco69.1BBB27
32Denmark68.7BBB32
33Bahrain68.6BBB36
34Qatar68.5BBB33
35India68.3BBB38
36Mexico68.1BBB34
37Bulgaria67.8BBB37
38Colombia67.7BB35
39Belgium67.5BB39
40Greece67.7BB46
41Panama67.2BB40
42Poland67.1BB45
43Chile66.8BB41
44Oman66.7BB47
45Thailand66.5BB42
46South Korea66.4BB44
47Malta66.1BB43
48Vietnam64.9BB48
49Cyprus64.7BB52
50Russia64.4BB49
51Kazakhstan64.1BB54
52Philippines63.8BB50
53South Africa63.7BB53
54Indonesia63.6B51
55Ireland63.5B56
56Ukraine63.2B58
57China62.8B59
58Kuwait62.7B61
59Egypt62.5B60
60Peru62.3B63
61Brazil61.7B62
62Turkey61.6CCC55
63Malaysia61.5CCC57
64Romania61.4CCC66
65Slovakia61.1CCC64
66Belarus60.7CCC65
67Georgia60.5CC67
68Nigeria59.8CC68

The rankings are based on six major metrics. Overall Score (100%) is the sum of:

1. Career opportunities
2. Earning potential
3. Quality of life
4. Ease of family relocation
5. Ease of raising families
6. Ease of settling in

* An expat (expatriate) is a person who lives outside their native country.
* There is two types of business expats (also know as business expatriates).
* Category A expats: Multinationals send employees to foreign countries to work in branch offices or subsidiaries.
* Category B expats: Independent expats for business abroad.
* The survey involved respondents from 95 countries and was conducted between April 12 and September 19 this year.
* Detailed survey data and information collected directly from 112,000 Individuals, across 6 data points.
* The overall score is numerical scores given to a country based on business expats and international industry recruiters feedback. Total scores are out of 100.
* Surveys completed by 105,000 business expats and 7000 international industry recruiters around the world.
* The Ratings for structures are then generated as follows:
* For group 1, scale AAA, AA, and A — For group 2, scale BBB, BB, and B — For group 3, scale CCC and CC
* The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 115,000 respondents is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse, and measurement error——that could affect the results.


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