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The top territories for expats must deliver the best benefits the world has to offer.

So Singapore must be a very special destination to be named the best place in the world for expats to move to for the fourth year in a row.

Combining high scores across our key measures, the territory ticks many of the boxes on the expat wish list.

They're certainly drawn to this global financial hub with its strong and stable economy. Almost half of all expats in Singapore moved to progress their careers (45%). And though more than a quarter simply wanted a challenge, many more (38%) wanted to improve their earnings.


of expats in Singapore moved to progress their career

They can certainly achieve their aim here. Earning an average of USD162,000, expats in Singapore bring in USD56,000 more than the global average.

But this unique city is far more than just a financial district. With its tropical climate and multicultural population, more than a quarter of Singapore expats may have originally been sent by their employer (27%), but almost half (47%) have stayed in this safe, well-organised city and its lush, vibrant surroundings for the great quality of life it offers them and their family.

The kids are definitely alright here. Singapore is considered the best country or territory in the world for education, including among non-native children . Expats families here can rest easy knowing their move has done great things for their family's present and future.

All Singaporeans and expats alike live in urban areas but that doesn't mean their health or wellbeing suffers. In fact, 60% of expat parents in Singapore say their children's health and wellbeing is better here than at home.

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Things to consider

The 2018 Expat Explorer survey is a global survey completed by 22,318 expats across the world. The research was conducted online by YouGov in March and April 2018. League tables are calculated using responses to 27 of the questions asked in the research. A minimum sample of 100 expat respondents including at least 30 expat parents is required for a country to be included in the league tables.

Expat Explorer collects key findings from countries around the world.

Use the dropdown menus above to add or remove criteria and see which findings from 2018 are most relevant to you, or use our league table to see how countries compare.

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