The 12 Best Countries In The World To Live Abroad

Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Flickr/Kenny Louie)

Many people consider moving to a different country for work. This can be for various reasons, such as for international work experience or simply to experience living in another country.

We have put together this list of countries to consider if you are thinking of living abroad.

Czech Republic

Prague Castle, Mala Strana, Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Castle, Mala Strana, Prague, Czech Republic (Flickr/Ricardo Liberato)

Many choose to live in the Cxech Republic because the cost of living is about half that found in major United States cities. One of the most beautiful countries in all of the European Union, the capital city offers rich architecture, a charming Christmas market and a very liberal European mindset.

New Zealand

Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand (Flickr/Bernard Spragg. NZ)

New Zeland’s beautiful scenery makes this a great place to live if you love the outdoors. Winemaking and scuba diving are very popular hobbies here. The majority of citizens speak English. If you need to work, then it is easy to get a work permit here.

Germany

Brandenburg Gate, Ortsteil Mitte, Berlin, Germany

Brandenburg Gate, Ortsteil Mitte, Berlin, Germany (Flickr/Dennis Jarvis)

Germany is a popular place for expats to live Switzerland, Italy and Austria are all easy weekend getaways. In many Berlin neighborhoods, there are numerous expat parties.. English is more commonly spoken in some areas than German.

Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica (Flickr/André Ribeiro)

Costa Rica spends a lot on education. In attitude, it is a lot like California. A full-time jobs nets you an extra month’s pay at Christmas according to this country’s laws.

Thailand

Bhumibol Bridge, Bangkok, Thailand

Bhumibol Bridge, Bangkok, Thailand (Flickr/Mike Behnken)

Almost 25 percent of Thialand’s population speaks English. While foreigners are not allowed to own land in this country, $600 a month will get you a furnished apartment.

France

Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Musée du Louvre, Paris, France (Flickr/Alejandro)

While the cost of living can be outrageous in France, great theater, awesome scenery, award-winning film festivals and mouthwatering restaurants are popular reasons why people choose to live in France. Liberal work laws makes it easy with most employers giving five weeks off during the year.

China

Huamu, Shanghai, China

Huamu, Shanghai, China (Flickr/Nicolas Vollmer)

China has a great employment scene. People from over 55 countries live here. The area is rich with culture and history.

Switzerland

Les Paquis Lighthouse, Paquis, Geneva, Switzerland

Les Paquis Lighthouse, Paquis, Geneva, Switzerland (Flickr/Dennis Jarvis)

One of the world’s highest standards of living is found in Switzerland. Residents of this country have one of the highest life expectancies. A great choice is found in nearly all of the country’s amazing restaurants.

Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia (Flickr/Lenny K Photography)

The vast variety of ecosystem makes Australia a great place to live. The country has over 14 world heritage sites and over 500 national parks. People living in Australia enjoy one of the lower population density ratios.

Singapore

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore (Flickr/Leonid Iaitskyi)

Most expats that choose to work in Singapore find very lucrative financial packages in Singapore. There are many housing options in the city-state. Residents enjoy an outstanding public transportation system.

Rochor, Singapore

Rochor, Singapore (Flickr/Bernard Spragg. NZ)

South Korea

Seongsan Bridge and the Han River, Seoul, South Korea

Seongsan Bridge and the Han River, Seoul, South Korea (Flickr/travel oriented)

Housing is usually provided by the employer in South Korea. Even in the big cities, the crime rate is very low. Eating out is incredibly cheap.

Canada

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, Canada (Flickr/Magnus Larsson)

National healthcare in Canada means that people are not forced to pay high insurance rates. The country’s growing technology sector means that good jobs are often easy to get. The government has a very progressive view on most issues.

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