Special Report

Best Countries To Move To


24/7 Wall St. reviewed the World Expat Index, produced by expat insurance company William Russell. The report ranks the countries on quality of life for people who have moved there using an index, which consists of four main categories, happiness, health, labor, and quality of life. The highest possible score in each of the four subcategories is 10, with the maximum overall score for the index being 40. We listed the 22 countries that scored at least a 20 in the Expat Index. 

William Russell ranked all the countries for which there was consistent available data across all measures. The countries considered were either in the OECD, scored an eight or higher in the Human Development Index, or were among the 50 largest by GDP worldwide. 

The share of each country’s population that are expats is for 2019 and came from the United Nations population division. Life expectancy at birth and average income per capita came from the World Bank and are for 2020. The gender equality score is out of a maximum score of 1 and came from the 2021 Global Gender Gap report. It should be noted that in a few cases, the data listed is not the most recent available, but it was the most recent at the time the expat index was published, so to be consistent with that ranking we listed the values that factored into the score.

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