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Want quality of life? Try Taiwan or Mexico, but forget SA, say expats

Taiwan has come first in a recent expat network survey, with Kuwait last and the US 34th out of 59 countries

Charlie Wells

SA has come close to last in a survey of expats living and working abroad in 2021, while Taiwan, Mexico and Costa Rica have been ranked top, based on their cost of living, ease of settling in and overall quality of life.

The US was ranked only 34th out of 59 countries, largely because of how expats viewed quality of life in America, according to a new survey published on Tuesday.

Taiwan topped the charts for the third year in a row in the poll of 12,420 expats conducted by InterNations, a Munich-based expat network with about four million members. Expats appreciated Taiwan’s medical care, on top of quality of life. Ninety-six percent of respondents were happy with the quality of care, compared with 71% globally. Expats also reported they were more satisfied with their job security in Taiwan and the state of the local economy than their peers in other countries...

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