This Arab Country Has Been Named Best Country in the World to Live in for Expats

Via Four Seasons

The World Economic Forum is an international organization for public-private cooperation. It was established in 1971 as a non-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance.


Via weforum


The forum just released a list of the top destinations for expats in 2017. The annual Expat Insider survey asked 12,500 expats of 166 nationalities to rank their host countries on a number of topics, including family life and finance. One Arab state didn’t just make it to the top 10 but came on top of the list as number one!



10 – Spain




Top quality of life with amazing weather and food.



9 – Singapore


Via Changi Airport


Great location and easy to travel to other countries.



8 – Columbia


Via Columbia University


Very affordable, although some safety concerns.



7 – Malta


Via The Telegraph


English is widely spoken and the sun shines a lot. If you’re dreaming of living the expat life in Malta, then you can find out more about acquiring a residence permit here:



6 – New Zealand


Via New Zealand


So good that 72% of the expats say they plan to stay forever. We all know that the real reason expats like New Zealand is because Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit were shot there.



5 – Portugal


Via House Beautiful


Ranks second in the world for peace and security for expats.



4 – Taiwan


Via Teach Away


Very popular but has a long working week.


3 – Mexico


Via Huffington Post


Great climate, great food and affordable.



2 – Costa Rica


Via Four Seasons


The easiest place to make friends with the locals.



1 – Bahrain


Via Four Seasons


A winning combination of job satisfaction, a warm welcome, and family-friendly lifestyle.



Via weforum


The results of the survey suggest that the Brexit referendum and the 2016 US election have had a negative impact on the way that expats perceive the two countries.


Finland came top in the most politically stable category, while Switzerland ranks first for safety and security. Malaysia has jumped from 38th place in 2016 to 15th this year, thanks to the ease with which expats settle in and get used to the culture.


Australia, despite having sunshine, beaches and some of the world’s most livable cities, has plunged from 7th on the list to 34th.


Languishing at the bottom of the list for the fourth year in a row, are Kuwait and Greece. Half of the respondents said that their household income living in Greece wasn’t enough to cover their expenses. In Kuwait, a lack of leisure options and low personal happiness were behind the country’s low ranking.


Nigeria also features in the bottom three for the third year running, with expats saying that quality of life was an issue.



WE SAID THIS: As a Bahraini, I am — indeed — very proud.