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Canada, Australia and New Zealand still ranked among the Top 20

Since the inception of the InterNations Expat Survey Canada, Australia and New Zealand managed to stay amongst the Top 20 best countries to live and work in. That is the opinion of more than 14 000 expats from all over the world.

Canada Australia And New Zealand Still Ranked Among The Top 20

Expats are asked to rate countries based on work-life balance, access to quality healthcare, education, and infrastructure, as well as cost of living and career opportunities. The totals are tallied and those countries that fare the best are then rightly considered excellent places for foreigners to live and work.


The new InterNations survey included 14,300 expats respondents representing 174 nationalities and living in 191 countries or territories. Participants were asked to rate 43 different aspects of life abroad on a scale of 1-7 to determine a ranking order.

We took a look at the list of countries with the best quality of life in the world for expats with special focus on Canada, New Zealand and Australia


The land Down Under was placed in the 16th position. Placing it within the top 10% of the 191 countries included in the survey. The country is considered one of the best places in the world to raise a family, while also coming second in the sub-rankings for both the availability of education and education options in general.

New Zealand out did big brother Australia by achieving a brilliant 13th position. "Most people tend to mentally lump Australia and New Zealand together — but there are some surprising differences concerning expat life in these destinations," said InterNations. For example, New Zealand scores more points when it comes to healthcare, due to greater affordability.

Canada just-just missed the top 10 countries and was ranked the 12th best place in the world to live. The environment, feeling welcome, and short working weeks boosted the country in the ranking this year. The effects of the Trump Presidency could see Canada gaining in popularity.

For interest sake the top three countries were Taiwan followed by Japan and Austria.

Taiwan is considered the best place in the world to live and work. The country rose right to the top of the ranking for its quality of medical care and its affordability. It also polled first place for quality of life among female respondents and second for men.

Austria placed second. The country rocketed to the top of the charts, thanks to its clean water and clear air, which made it secure first in the Health & Well-Being sub-index. 72% of respondents also rated the transport infrastructure as very good.


Japan rose from seventh to third place this year, mainly due to gaining poll position in transport infrastructure. Expats also highly rated the island nation's peacefulness and quality of medical care.

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