These were the top 3 answers in the recent poll we conducted among expats:
- great schools (66.7%)
- comfortable lifestyle (64.8%)
- little or no crime (46.3%)
Rounding out the top 5 were a warm climate and a stable political system. It seems that the presence of oceans/big lakes or mountains are not an important element to be considered a great expat location. Also, a familiar culture and language did not make it into the top 5, despite often being a source of frustration for expats when living in a country of which they do not master the language.
Interestingly, where in a previous survey respondents had said the time/distance away from family is the biggest drawback to expat life, in this poll the answer “within 12 hours of family and friends” only came 7th out of 10!