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"Published Thursday, the Expat Insider 2019 survey ranks the best places in the world to live as an expat. 

The survey ranked Thailand in 25th place out of 64 destinations, a fall of seven places from the same survey carried out in 2018.

From 7 to 28 March, InterNations, the world’s largest expat networking group, surveyed a total of 20,259 expats, representing 182 nationalities, living in 187 countries or territories. 

Respondents were asked to score a total of 48 different factors concerning various aspects of living abroad.  

The results were then used to form a score in five main areas: Quality of Life, Ease of Settling In, Working Abroad, Family Life, and Personal Finance.

Thailand still affordable and good for those looking for love

While Thailand received middling results in most categories, it did score highly in the Relationships & Romance category, where it was ranked 4th best destination for dating and finding love. 

Despite its drop in the rankings, Thailand also scored highly when it came to expats recommending Thailand to friends and colleagues. 

It also scored well in the Personal Finance category (13) where respondents were asked to rate their financial situation and their disposable household income with regard to covering all living expenses.

Some of the categories where Thailand scored poorly included Safety & Security (45), Digital Life (46), Economic & Job Security (37) and Language Barrier (44).

Overall Taiwan was ranked as the best destination for expats due to the high quality of life, good personal finances and great working life. It ranked best in the world for affordable and high quality healthcare. 

Nearly all expats in Taiwan rate the quality (92%) and affordability (89%) of medical positively – no other destination has performed better for either factor since Taiwan entered the survey.

“The health insurance system and safety are what makes Taiwan attractive to me,” said an Indian expat. 

A Canadian expat living in Taiwan told InterNations: “I love that Taiwan is safe like Japan but with a wild freedom like Vietnam.”

The biggest obstacle for expats living in Taiwan was the language barrier, with more than 50 percent of expats reporting difficulties in both learning and communicating in Mandarin. 

In second place was Vietnam, which has been the subject of increased discussion (both good and bad) amongst expats commenting on the Thaivisa forum and Facebook page.

Of Vietnam, the survey said: “There seems to be no better place for finances and working abroad than Vietnam: it ranks first in both indices.

“Together with the improved ratings for quality of life and ease of settling in, this means it reaches the top 3 for the first time, ranking second overall”.

Vietnam also scored favourably for friendliness, with a Swiss expat saying “the people are amazing”.

However, pollution was a concern for a British expat: “I don’t like the traffic, pollution, and bad public transport systems”.

Portugal, which was ranked 3rd overall was the country that respondents are most likely to recommend for expat life. It also scored well for feeling at home and friendliness, while the local attitude towards foreign residents was also good. 

The release of the survey comes at a time when Thaivisa has received an increasing number of posts from expats who claim they are considering their future in Thailand and from others who are actively looking to relocate to other countries or return to their home country.

How many of those users posting actually make the move to pastures new is unclear but there are active discussions taking place on the forum for expats in Thailand considering moving to the likes of Vietnam, Latin America and Europe.

Read the report in full here: "

 

https://cms-internationsgmbh.netdna-ssl.com/cdn/file/cms-media/public/2019-09/Expat-Insider-2019_The-InterNations-Survey_0.pdf

 

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Never been to Taiwan, but sure plenty other places on earth that rate higher than Thailand.

As I said many times, plenty places with sun all year and nice beaches.  If  ease of availability of women is a priority criteria, then one needs to look in the mirror.

 

 

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1 minute ago, Thai Spice said:

Never been to Taiwan, but sure plenty other places on earth that rate higher than Thailand.

As I said many times, plenty places with sun all year and nice beaches.  If  ease of availability of women is a priority criteria, then one needs to look in the mirror.

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Glasseye said:

Geeezus..

 

Who pays for a study like this ?

An international law firm , I know it's not aimed at Sexpats , but thought it might be useful to some 

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3 hours ago, Stillearly said:

An international law firm , I know it's not aimed at Sexpats , but thought it might be useful to some 

Thanks.

I probably could have found that, read very little of It.

 

Surely worthy of posting though, but anymore you kind of have to wonder on the motive for something that extensive

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21 minutes ago, Glasseye said:

Thanks.

I probably could have found that, read very little of It.

 

Surely worthy of posting though, but anymore you kind of have to wonder on the motive for something that extensive

There are 1000s of people making their money online and looking for a good place to live and work abroad, who welcome such an elaborate study. I presume the law firm specializes in an area related to this. 

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Interesting about Taiwan, a friend of mine lived there for a year working for Intel and took a job there in Taipei at the local Sales/Marketing office. He was there when they had an Earthquake and scared the shit out of him. They also have some major typhoons that come through there during that time of season.

He did not speak any Mandarin, but said the women there were quite fine and he had a few GF's over his year there. Said too the quality of life there was not bad and traffic not too bad either. 

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38 minutes ago, Stillearly said:

An international law firm , I know it's not aimed at Sexpats , but thought it might be useful to some 

Surprised to see Italy ranked 63rd while Spain and Portugal are in the top 10, as expected. 

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13 minutes ago, Esco said:

Surprised to see Italy ranked 63rd while Spain and Portugal are in the top 10, as expected. 

Page 80/81 there's a detailed bit about Italy , ranked so low because of "stagnating Economy "

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They should sort them by budget IMO

"Best country to retire" will vary a lot depending if your pension is 1000 USD/ month or 5,000 ! 

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22 minutes ago, Thai Spice said:

They should sort them by budget IMO

"Best country to retire" will vary a lot depending if your pension is 1000 USD/ month or 5,000 ! 

 

"The survey looks at a number of factors affecting quality of life in each place including climate, local lifestyle, cost of living, healthcare, visa and residency requirements and how easy it is for newcomers to fit in once they arrive."

more details here 

https://internationalliving.com/the-best-places-to-retire/?utm_source=pr&utm_medium=pr-organic&utm_campaign=press-release

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5 minutes ago, Glasseye said:

I'm heading to Medellin Colombia soon. Might stop by Panama City on the way. Already been to Costa Rica several times.

Been to Brazil six times , Columbia is on the list , hope you do a TR 👍

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3 hours ago, Stillearly said:

Been to Brazil six times , Columbia is on the list , hope you do a TR 👍

3 times to Rio. 6 or 7 to Costa Rica.

I've heard a lot of real good things said about Panama.

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1 minute ago, Glasseye said:

3 times to Rio. 6 or 7 to Costa Rica.

I've heard a lot of real good things said about Panama.

An American friend of mine , lived in Phuket and then CM for few years each , he's back working on contract in ME , but his ultimate retirement plan has always been Panama 

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3 hours ago, Stillearly said:

An American friend of mine , lived in Phuket and then CM for few years each , he's back working on contract in ME , but his ultimate retirement plan has always been Panama 

From what I recall it's rated one of if not the best for expats.

 

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3 hours ago, Glasseye said:

3 times to Rio. 6 or 7 to Costa Rica.

I've heard a lot of real good things said about Panama.

Past the Panama channel 4 times, and each time we stopped / resupplied there and we young huns went in town. I must admit that besides the duty free shops and the brothels, i have never visited anything. But , yes at a moment it was on my retirement list.

 

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17 hours ago, Thai Spice said:

Past the Panama channel 4 times, and each time we stopped / resupplied there and we young huns went in town. I must admit that besides the duty free shops and the brothels, i have never visited anything. But , yes at a moment it was on my retirement list.

 

Was it the moment that sweet chica drained your ball sack dry ?   😰

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