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24 countries that offer best opportunities to foreigners

November 12, 2013 14:18 IST

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There are some countries that provide excellent opportunities to expatriates to save money, access good childcare and maintain a work and life balance.

Let's take a look at 24 nations rated best for foreign workers.

Source: HSBC's Expat Explorer survey

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Image: A visitor reaches for one of the first mugs after the opening ceremony of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.
Photographs: Michael Dalder/Reuters

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China

Global rank in income: 3

Global rank in work/life balance: 6

Global rank in commuting: 7

Global rank in accommodation: 16

Global rank in social life: 3

Global rank in cost of childcare: 3

Global rank in cost of education: 5

Overall global score: 0.48

Overall global rank: 1

China, the fastest growing economy in the world, has been rated best by expatriates.

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Image: An aerial view shows vehicles travelling on intersections at night in downtown Shanghai, China.
Photographs: Aly Song/Reuters
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Germany

Global rank in income: 7

Global rank in work/life balance: 25

Global rank in commuting: 15

Global rank in accommodation: 8

Global rank in social life: 34

Global rank in cost of childcare: 2

Global rank in cost of education: 3

Overall global score: 0.48

Overall global rank: 2

Germany, the economic powerhouse of Europe, has been rated second in childcare.

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Image: Revellers enjoy a ride in a roller coaster after the opening of the world's biggest beer fest, the Munich Oktoberfest, at the Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany.
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Singapore

Global rank in income: 17

Global rank in work/life balance: 32

Global rank in commuting: 2

Global rank in accommodation: 12

Global rank in social life: 19

Global rank in cost of childcare: 1

Global rank in cost of education: 22

Overall global score: 0.48

Overall global rank: 3

Singapore, one of the biggest financial centres in the world, has been rated first in cost of childcare.

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Image: A performer poses in front of a Chinese lion head as her friend takes photo before the dress rehearsal for the Chingay parade in Singapore.
Photographs: Tim Chong/Reuters
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Cayman Islands

Global rank in income: 2

Global rank in work/life balance: 3

Global rank in commuting: 1

Global rank in accommodation: 18

Global rank in social life: 10

Global rank in cost of childcare: 2

Global rank in cost of education: 17

Overall global score: 0.47

Overall global rank: 4

Cayman Islands, situated in the western Caribbean Sea, has been rated first in commuting.

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Image: A woman lies in the sun in front of a beachfont condominium along Seven Mile Beach in George Town, Cayman Islands.
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Australia

Global rank in income: 8

Global rank in work/life balance: 15

Global rank in commuting: 29

Global rank in accommodation: 5

Global rank in social life: 23

Global rank in cost of childcare: 18

Global rank in cost of education: 20

Overall global score: 0.45

Overall global rank: 5

Australia, a country that is witnessing a boom in exports, has been rated eighth in income.

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Image: A race-goer celebrates after jockey Corey Brown rode Shocking to victory in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Australia.
Photographs: Mick Tsikas/Reuters
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Canada

Global rank in income: 21

Global rank in work/life balance: 28

Global rank in commuting: 36

Global rank in accommodation: 4

Global rank in social life: 31

Global rank in cost of childcare: 21

Global rank in cost of education: 10

Overall global score: 0.44

Overall global rank: 6

Canada, one of the most advanced countries in the world, has been rated 10 in cost of education.

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Image: A view of Old Quebec City, Canada.
Photographs: Mathieu Belanger/Reuters
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Russia

Global rank in income: 31

Global rank in work/life balance: 14

Global rank in commuting: 18

Global rank in accommodation: 19

Global rank in social life: 4

Global rank in cost of childcare: 19

Global rank in cost of education: 16

Overall global score: 0.43

Overall global rank: 7

Russia, which has one of the biggest gas reserves in the world, has been rated four in social life.

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Image: Two women read a book as they sit on a Metro train in Moscow, Russia.
Photographs: Dylan Martinez/Reuters
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Belgium

Global rank in income: 16

Global rank in work/life balance: 26

Global rank in commuting: 28

Global rank in accommodation: 9

Global rank in social life: 30

Global rank in cost of childcare: 8

Global rank in cost of education: 8

Overall global score: 0.42

Overall global rank: 8

Belgium, one of the richest countries in the world, has been rated ninth in accommodation.

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Image: People rest in the Parc du Cinquantenaire of Brussels, Belgium.
Photographs: Sebastien Pirlet/Reuters
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United Arab Emirates

Global rank in income: 20

Global rank in work/life balance: 17

Global rank in commuting: 6

Global rank in accommodation: 14

Global rank in social life: 20

Global rank in cost of childcare: 17

Global rank in cost of education: 19

Overall global score: 0.42

Overall global rank: 9

United Arab Emirates, which has one of the biggest oil and gas reserves in the world, has been rated sixth in commuting.

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Image: Towers are seen next to a Dubai Metro station on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Hong Kong

Global rank in income: 12

Global rank in work/life balance: 35

Global rank in commuting: 8

Global rank in accommodation: 34

Global rank in social life: 8

Global rank in cost of childcare: 7

Global rank in cost of education: 23

Overall global score: 0.42

Overall global rank: 10

Hong Kong, one of the biggest financial centres in the world, has been rated eighth in social life.

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Image: Visitors leave a souvenir store at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum promoting an exhibition on the late Kung Fu legend Bruce Lee.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters
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Turkey

Global rank in income: 7

Global rank in work/life balance: 33

Global rank in commuting: 26

Global rank in accommodation: 11

Global rank in social life: 11

Global rank in cost of childcare: 11

Global rank in cost of education: 18

Overall global score: 0.41

Overall global rank: 11

Turkey, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, has been rated seventh in income.

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Image: A view of Istanbul's financial district, Turkey.
Photographs: Murad Sezer/Reuters
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United States

Global rank in income: 13

Global rank in work/life balance: 27

Global rank in commuting: 30

Global rank in accommodation: 3

Global rank in social life: 25

Global rank in cost of childcare: 15

Global rank in cost of education: 14

Overall global score: 0.41

Overall global rank: 12

United States, the biggest economy in the world, has been rated third in accommodation.

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Image: A view of the main hall of Grand Central Terminal in New York City, United States.
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Qatar

Global rank in income: 14

Global rank in work/life balance: 8

Global rank in commuting: 5

Global rank in accommodation: 36

Global rank in social life: 12

Global rank in cost of childcare: 24

Global rank in cost of education: 24

Overall global score: 0.40

Overall global rank: 13

Qatar, which has one of the biggest oil and gas reserves in the world, has been rated fifth in commuting.

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Image: A view of Doha, Qatar.
Photographs: Fadi Al-Assaad/Reuters
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New Zealand

Global rank in income: 29

Global rank in work/life balance: 21

Global rank in commuting: 16

Global rank in accommodation: 21

Global rank in social life: 21

Global rank in cost of childcare: 13

Global rank in cost of education: 7

Overall global score: 0.40

Overall global rank: 14

New Zealand, one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, has been rated seventh in cost of education.

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Image: Women run down Baldwin street in Dunedin, New Zealand. Baldwin street is considered as one of the world's steepest streets.
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South Africa

Global rank in income: 28

Global rank in work/life balance: 23

Global rank in commuting: 22

Global rank in accommodation: 2

Global rank in social life: 13

Global rank in cost of childcare: 5

Global rank in cost of education: 9

Overall global score: 0.39

Overall global rank: 15

South Africa, which has one of the biggest mineral reserves in the world, has been rated fifth in cost of childcare.

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Image: A shopper walks past a Foschini store at a mall in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Mexico

Global rank in income: 36

Global rank in work/life balance: 18

Global rank in commuting: 21

Global rank in accommodation: 13

Global rank in social life: 18

Global rank in cost of childcare: 6

Global rank in cost of education: 12

Overall global score: 0.39

Overall global rank: 16

Mexico, which has major trade ties with the United States, has been rated sixth in cost of childcare.

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Image: Ice skaters on a rink in Mexico City's Zocalo Square, Mexico.
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France

Global rank in income: 30

Global rank in work/life balance: 24

Global rank in commuting: 35

Global rank in accommodation: 20

Global rank in social life: 22

Global rank in cost of childcare: 4

Global rank in cost of education: 1

Overall global score: 0.38

Overall global rank: 17

France, one of the richest countries in the world, has been rated first in cost of education.

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Image: People sit at a terrace cafe near the Alexandre III bridge between the Orsay Museum and Alma Bridge on the left bank of the River Seine in Paris, France.
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The Netherlands

Global rank in income: 26

Global rank in work/life balance: 13

Global rank in commuting: 20

Global rank in accommodation: 26

Global rank in social life: 37

Global rank in cost of childcare: 14

Global rank in cost of education: 11

Overall global score: 0.37

Overall global rank: 18

The Netherlands, one of the most open countries in the world, has been rated 11 in cost of education.

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Image: People sit on a quay at the Leliegracht canal in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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Saudi Arabia

Global rank in income: 23

Global rank in work/life balance: 16

Global rank in commuting: 23

Global rank in accommodation: 35

Global rank in social life: 29

Global rank in cost of childcare: 10

Global rank in cost of education: 15

Overall global score: 0.37

Overall global rank: 19

Saudi Arabia, which has one of the biggest oil and gas reserves in the world, has been rated 10 in cost of childcare.

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Image: Kingdom Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Photographs: Ali Jarekji/Reuters

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Spain

Global rank in income: 33

Global rank in work/life balance: 19

Global rank in commuting: 27

Global rank in accommodation: 25

Global rank in social life: 14

Global rank in cost of childcare: 1

Global rank in cost of education: 2

Overall global score: 0.36

Overall global rank: 20

Spain, which was hit badly by the global economic crisis, has been rated first in cost of childcare.

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Image: People socialise at the Iruna bar in downtown Bilbao, Spain.
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Kuwait

Global rank in income: 37

Global rank in work/life balance: 4

Global rank in commuting: 13

Global rank in accommodation: 30

Global rank in social life: 28

Global rank in cost of childcare: 22

Global rank in cost of education: 21

Overall global score: 0.35

Overall global rank: 21

Kuwait, which has one of the biggest oil reserves in the world, has been rated fourth in work/life balance.

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Image: A view of the First Ring Road in Kuwait City, Kuwait.
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United Kingdom

Global rank in income: 27

Global rank in work/life balance: 34

Global rank in commuting: 31

Global rank in accommodation: 37

Global rank in social life: 26

Global rank in cost of childcare: 16

Global rank in cost of education: 6

Overall global score: 0.33

Overall global rank: 22

United Kingdom, one of the biggest financial centres in the world, has been rated sixth in cost of education.

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Image: A view of a plaza in the Canary Wharf business district of London, United Kingdom.
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Italy

Global rank in income: 35

Global rank in work/life balance: 29

Global rank in commuting: 34

Global rank in accommodation: 31

Global rank in social life: 24

Global rank in cost of childcare: 12

Global rank in cost of education: 4

Overall global score: 0.31

Overall global rank: 23

Italy, which was badly hit by the global economic crisis, has been rated fourth in cost of education.

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Image: Young Italians drink beer in downtown Milan, Italy.
Photographs: Paolo Bona/Reuters
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Ireland

Global rank in income: 32

Global rank in work/life balance: 11

Global rank in commuting: 24

Global rank in accommodation: 33

Global rank in social life: 32

Global rank in cost of childcare: 23

Global rank in cost of education: 13

Overall global score: 0.27

Overall global rank: 24

Ireland, which was badly hit by the global economic crisis, has been rated 11 in work/life balance.


Image: A view of central Dublin, Ireland.
Photographs: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
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