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18/11/2010 - Thailand best expat lifestyle in the World, survey says  18/11/2010 - Thailand best expat lifestyle in the World, survey says

The world’s largest expat lifestyle survey, The Expat Explorer, has provided further insight into why many people choose to live in Phuket, Thailand.

Thailand was voted the top country by expats for overall experience and lifestyle.

Commissioned by HSBC Bank International, the Expat Explorer is the world’s largest and most comprehensive global survey of expats.

The Expat Experience is the second of the three reports which document the results of The Expat Explorer survey.

The Expat Experience focuses on people’s experiences when moving to their new country, integrating with the local society, their quality of lifestyle and a comparison with where they previously lived.

This year was the surveys third year and saw more than four thousand expats taking part.

One of the main sections of the report deals with ‘quality of lifestyle’, where participants rated accommodation, food, entertainment, healthcare, work, life balance, social life, commuting to work and opportunities for sport and travel.

The 4,127 people who took part in the survey ranked Thailand first, as the best overall expat experience.

Other countries scoring well in the survey were; South Africa which was voted the best country to start and set up a new life abroad and Spain which took the number one spot for the best country to integrate into.

At the other end of the scale, India received the lowest number of votes and ranked bottom in the three categories; overall experience, setting up and quality of life. Qatar was voted the worst country for overall integration.

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