InterNations, a global expat network with millions of members worldwide, recently conducted a study of expat life across destinations around the world. Who better to hear it from than expats – 14,000 of them – actually living in those countries?
And these are the countries best for expat kids.
3. Czech Republic
Canada came up top for expat children’s general well-being. Many expat parents thank the Canadians’ love for the outdoors that inspires a more active lifestyle, with many noting in surveys that their children now spend more time outdoors and play more sports.
Japan, the only Asian country to make the top 10, came in ninth. Expats note that the Japanese culture is extremely conducive for settling kids down in a foreign environment – particularly for Caucasian expats who might not speak the country’s dominant language. Kids are encouraged to walk to school with a group of friends, and the lush parks regularly play host to tons of kid-friendly social activities.
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5. South Korea
7. Hong Kong
Yay, Singapore! The country boasts an incredibly low crime rate, and the multi-cultural community that lives in harmony means that expats new to Singapore, regardless of their ethnic background, feel welcomed and at home.
Four other Asian countries also made the list, namely Japan in second place, South Korea in fifth, Hong Kong in seventh and Taiwan in eighth.
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6. Czech Republic
Healthcare in Israel, which ranked first in terms of children’s health, is universal, and participation in a medical insurance plan is compulsory. Its healthcare system is also held to a high standard, constantly ranking as one of the top in the world and, according to a study by Bloomberg, even ahead of the US.
That said, there are still some health risks that are particularly prevalent in certain areas in Israel, such as the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, hence it’s advisable to regularly use insect repellents.
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3. Czech Republic
5. South Africa
Let’s talk leisure activities. Expats especially love the land down under, along with a good mix of countries from various continents, from European countries like Germany to Asia’s representative, Japan.
Why Australia? Australian schools – both private and public – are very community-oriented. Plus, extra-curricular activities are big here, from sports like cricket, rugby and softball to performing arts like bands. Outside of school, the focus on leisure and social activities continue. It’s no wonder young expats, too, move to Australia on a working holiday visa, and pensioners love spending their retirement years under the Australian sun.
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4. Costa Rica
Uganda is home to amazing nature scenery, and evidently, her people are no less charming. New to Uganda? The Expats in Uganda guide offers you resourceful and insightful tips and solutions to settling and living in Uganda, covering topics from visas and legal information to lifestyle to your child’s schooling options.
Three Asian countries also made the list, namely Taiwan, Thailand and Philippines. In this same study, Taiwan also holds few of the top ranks for job satisfaction and overall satisfaction with life abroad. A tip from an American expat in Taiwan: Learn the language untraditionally. Chinese language classes can set your foundation, but set responses to set questions can only bring you so far in real situations. Beyond that, interact with the local culture and language in real life. Befriend locals – they are, after all, ranked first for friendly attitudes towards expat families!
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By Pinky Chng, March 2017
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