Destinations that ‘work’ out well
Tired of the rat race and looking to start anew in a country that offers a healthy work-life balance? Consider Malta, Norway and Luxembourg, which topped a new expat survey that looks at the best countries for working abroad.
According to the results of a new InterNations poll which came out recently, expats living in the trio of countries reported the highest levels of satisfaction across three areas: job and career, work-life balance and job security.
On the island nation of Malta, sandwiched between Sicily and North Africa, 70% of expat respondents reported general satisfaction in their professional life, and another 27% said they were completely satisfied — significantly higher than the global average of 16%.
The most popular jobs for expats include IT and the gaming sector. Despite being notoriously expensive, Norway also emerged one of the most popular destinations for expat professionals, taking the top spot in the category of work-life balance mostly for working the least number of hours in the survey. While the global average is about 45 hours a week, expats working in Norway average 40.
Meanwhile, according to the index, expats in Luxembourg enjoy the best job security. In what comes as little surprise, the most dissatisfied expats can be found in some of the most economically troubled countries: Greece, Portugal and Italy.