The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Or so they say.
I suppose it depends on specific circumstances, and when it comes to working and living in another country, the grass could definitely be greener. If you think about it, someone living in a developing country on minimum wage cannot be blamed for thinking that life in a developed country would be so much better. American dream and all.
Of course, there are so many factors to consider. The disadvantages may outweigh the benefits, but at the end of the day, there are countries which offer so much more than others.
If you are thinking of making a big move – literally – this year, I suggest that you take a close look at this infographic created by Infographics Lab. Titled “Top 10 Best Countries to Live & Work In – 2012”, the infographic has taken into account the results of a survey conducted among expats. Thus, the information presented is actually the collective perception of people who are actually working and living in countries other than their own.
Which countries made it to the list? Here they are.
- Singapore. This country dash city ranks best in the high quality of healthcare. Not only that, it also at the top because of access to healthcare. That’s something not a lot of countries can attest to!
- Hong Kong. If you’ve got children, then Hong Kong ought to be on your list. Its the best in childcare and child safety. Oh, and its number one in commuting as well.
- UAE. This country is for those who are into cars and high quality accommodations. I am not too sure about the status of women, though.
- Mexico. Sun. Lots of sun. Need I say more?
- Australia. Think about social integration and work culture. The Land Down Under is best when it comes to these points.
- USA. You can say all you want about this country, but it still has a lot to offer it seems. I totally believe that it is number one in entertainment!
- France. Healthy food, health care, and raising children. If these are your priorities, France it should be. I am just thinking of all the wine!
- China. Parents who believe their children shouldn’t be watching too much TV should consider China.
- The Netherlands. Work/life balance in this country tops everything else. I think that is more than enough reason to move.
- United Kingdom. This country ranks highly in welcoming work environments and for using/learning local language.
The positive things being outlined, you also need to take a look at the cost of living in the mentioned countries. Singapore is very high up that list, while the Netherlands is rather low. Check out the whole infographic to help you decide better.
Mercedes is a travel blogger who has an English Studies background. She is one of the newest writers for infographicslab.com.