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Expat Explorer league table 2021

Find out where different destinations ranked in our Expat Explorer survey

2021 league table

See how different destinations ranked for expat living, aspiring and future outlook in the Expat Explorer 2021 survey.

Market Living rank Aspiring rank Future outlook rank Overall rank

Switzerland

1 1 5 1

Australia

4 5 2 2

New Zealand

2 15 1 3

United Arab Emirates

8 4 8 4

Guernsey

11 6 6 5

Jersey

16 2 7 6

Isle of Man

13 8 4 7

Bahrain

12 9 13 8

Singapore

15 7 10 9

Qatar

17 3 12 10

Netherlands

10 11 18 11

Cyprus

5 17 16 12

Canada

14 19 9 13

Spain

3 34 15 14

Taiwan

27 22 3 15

Portugal

6 37 14 16

Ireland

7 31 17 17

Norway

20 10 28 18

Vietnam

31 13 11 19

Denmark

18 12 34 20

France

9 35 26 21

China

24 27 19 22

Austria

22 24 24 23

Sweden

25 14 39 24

Malaysia

26 25 20 25

Finland

21 28 23 26

Germany

28 21 37 27

Malta

34 20 27 28

Belgium

29 30 35 29

India

23 42 25 30

Indonesia

41 18 21 31

Mexico

35 32 22 32

South Africa

30 36 31 33

Greece

19 44 33 34

Japan

32 38 32 35

USA

39 29 29 36

Bermuda

46 23 36 37

Poland

42 26 38 38

Saudi Arabia

43 16 45 39

Thailand

36 39 40 40

Hong Kong

40 33 41 41

Philippines

37 40 43 42

Russia

38 43 30 43

United Kingdom

44 41 42 44

Italy

33 45 46 45

Turkey

45 46 44 46

See how different destinations ranked for expat living, aspiring and future outlook in the Expat Explorer 2021 survey.

Market

Switzerland

Living rank 1
Aspiring rank 1
Future outlook rank 5
Overall rank 1
Market

Australia

Living rank 4
Aspiring rank 5
Future outlook rank 2
Overall rank 2
Market

New Zealand

Living rank 2
Aspiring rank 15
Future outlook rank 1
Overall rank 3
Market

United Arab Emirates

Living rank 8
Aspiring rank 4
Future outlook rank 8
Overall rank 4
Market

Guernsey

Living rank 11
Aspiring rank 6
Future outlook rank 6
Overall rank 5
Market

Jersey

Living rank 16
Aspiring rank 2
Future outlook rank 7
Overall rank 6
Market

Isle of Man

Living rank 13
Aspiring rank 8
Future outlook rank 4
Overall rank 7
Market

Bahrain

Living rank 12
Aspiring rank 9
Future outlook rank 13
Overall rank 8
Market

Singapore

Living rank 15
Aspiring rank 7
Future outlook rank 10
Overall rank 9
Market

Qatar

Living rank 17
Aspiring rank 3
Future outlook rank 12
Overall rank 10
Market

Netherlands

Living rank 10
Aspiring rank 11
Future outlook rank 18
Overall rank 11
Market

Cyprus

Living rank 5
Aspiring rank 17
Future outlook rank 16
Overall rank 12
Market

Canada

Living rank 14
Aspiring rank 19
Future outlook rank 9
Overall rank 13
Market

Spain

Living rank 3
Aspiring rank 34
Future outlook rank 15
Overall rank 14
Market

Taiwan

Living rank 27
Aspiring rank 22
Future outlook rank 3
Overall rank 15
Market

Portugal

Living rank 6
Aspiring rank 37
Future outlook rank 14
Overall rank 16
Market

Ireland

Living rank 7
Aspiring rank 31
Future outlook rank 17
Overall rank 17
Market

Norway

Living rank 20
Aspiring rank 10
Future outlook rank 28
Overall rank 18
Market

Vietnam

Living rank 31
Aspiring rank 13
Future outlook rank 11
Overall rank 19
Market

Denmark

Living rank 18
Aspiring rank 12
Future outlook rank 34
Overall rank 20
Market

France

Living rank 9
Aspiring rank 35
Future outlook rank 26
Overall rank 21
Market

China

Living rank 24
Aspiring rank 27
Future outlook rank 19
Overall rank 22
Market

Austria

Living rank 22
Aspiring rank 24
Future outlook rank 24
Overall rank 23
Market

Sweden

Living rank 25
Aspiring rank 14
Future outlook rank 39
Overall rank 24
Market

Malaysia

Living rank 26
Aspiring rank 25
Future outlook rank 20
Overall rank 25
Market

Finland

Living rank 21
Aspiring rank 28
Future outlook rank 23
Overall rank 26
Market

Germany

Living rank 28
Aspiring rank 21
Future outlook rank 37
Overall rank 27
Market

Malta

Living rank 34
Aspiring rank 20
Future outlook rank 27
Overall rank 28
Market

Belgium

Living rank 29
Aspiring rank 30
Future outlook rank 35
Overall rank 29
Market

India

Living rank 23
Aspiring rank 42
Future outlook rank 25
Overall rank 30
Market

Indonesia

Living rank 41
Aspiring rank 18
Future outlook rank 21
Overall rank 31
Market

Mexico

Living rank 35
Aspiring rank 32
Future outlook rank 22
Overall rank 32
Market

South Africa

Living rank 30
Aspiring rank 36
Future outlook rank 31
Overall rank 33
Market

Greece

Living rank 19
Aspiring rank 44
Future outlook rank 33
Overall rank 34
Market

Japan

Living rank 32
Aspiring rank 38
Future outlook rank 32
Overall rank 35
Market

USA

Living rank 39
Aspiring rank 29
Future outlook rank 29
Overall rank 36
Market

Bermuda

Living rank 46
Aspiring rank 23
Future outlook rank 36
Overall rank 37
Market

Poland

Living rank 42
Aspiring rank 26
Future outlook rank 38
Overall rank 38
Market

Saudi Arabia

Living rank 43
Aspiring rank 16
Future outlook rank 45
Overall rank 39
Market

Thailand

Living rank 36
Aspiring rank 39
Future outlook rank 40
Overall rank 40
Market

Hong Kong

Living rank 40
Aspiring rank 33
Future outlook rank 41
Overall rank 41
Market

Philippines

Living rank 37
Aspiring rank 40
Future outlook rank 43
Overall rank 42
Market

Russia

Living rank 38
Aspiring rank 43
Future outlook rank 30
Overall rank 43
Market

United Kingdom

Living rank 44
Aspiring rank 41
Future outlook rank 42
Overall rank 44
Market

Italy

Living rank 33
Aspiring rank 45
Future outlook rank 46
Overall rank 45
Market

Turkey

Living rank 45
Aspiring rank 46
Future outlook rank 44
Overall rank 46

Expat Explorer 2021 report

Discover all the findings and insights in the 2021 survey report.

All Expat Explorer survey data and all tips (in quotation marks) are provided by HSBC.

This information does not constitute advice and no liability is accepted to recipients acting independently on its contents. The views expressed are subject to change.

The Expat Explorer survey, in its fourteenth year in 2021, is the longest running independent global survey of expats. Commissioned by HSBC Expat and conducted by a third party research company YouGov, 20,460 expats based in over 46 countries and regions were questioned in April and May 2021.

In order for the results and league tables to be statistically significant, we need a minimum sample size of 100 expat respondents from each location. Although we had respondents from over 100 locations this year, 46 met the minimum number of responses required.

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