Have you ever entertained the thought of dropping everything to move abroad? If so, prepare yourself, because it's about to look a whole lot more enticing.
HSBC released the results of its annual Expat Explorer Survey today, highlighting the best places to live, work and start or raise a family abroad. Of 39 countries in the survey, Singapore emerged as the top spot to live overseas thanks to its booming local economy and excellent quality of life. In second place is New Zealand, where expats say outdoor adventures and friendly locals make it easy to feel at home. Sweden ranked highly for being family friendly and Switzerland is the place to go for career advancement, rounding out a diverse list of nations where work life and real life converge in the best way possible for expats.
This year's edition of the annual survey asked nearly 22,000 expats -- both HSBC customers and others -- about their day-to-day lives in a new country. The survey focused on not just career but overall lifestyle, taking into account economics (amount of disposable income and job security, among other factors), experience (safety, ease of making friends) and family (quality of childcare and social life).
When choosing a city within one of these nations, weigh your options first. Some cities are more expensive than others:
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