Use social media before you arrive and once you're here, read up on expat blogs. They are great places to learn from other people's first hand experiences and build up a bigger picture.
Host economic satisfaction
Healthcare access and quality
Quality of accommodation
Work / life balance
Local shops and markets
Feeling welcome at work
Integrating into the community
Making local friends
Using the local language
Enjoying local food
Fitting in the new culture
Setting up utilities
Local work culture
Getting used to local food
Learning the local language
Organising school for my children
Quality of childcare
Cost of childcare
Quality of education available to your children
Cost of education available to your children
Access to better education
Health and wellbeing of your children
Improved health of children
Better quality of life for children
Children are more rounded/confident individuals
Children are more outgoing
Children are learning new language
Children have a wider circle/greater diversity of friends
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Be sure you know that 'the grass isn't greener, just a different colour of green'
Expat Explorer ranks 37 countries across various criteria from the 2013 survey.
See how Netherlands performs, or use the dropdown menus above to add or remove criteria and see which country performs best.