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Looking To Move Abroad? Here’s Where You’ll Be The Happiest

Looking To Move Abroad? Here’s Where You’ll Be The Happiest

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Thinking about making the move abroad? We’re happy to tell you that a study has been done to tell you where you should move overseas to be your happiest self.


InterNations, the world’s largest network for people who live and work abroad, have conducted a survey of 14,300 migrants from 174 different nationalities living in 191 countries or territories. They were asked to rate 43 different aspects of life abroad on a scale from one (bad) to seven (good).

The survey covers a wide range of topics, including basic facts about demographic data and the moving process. One question focussed on participants’ happiness with factors related to their country of residence and personal life abroad. The results shining a light on countries where people who move overseas might be happiest.

Taking out the number one spot was Costa Rica. As one of the top five dream destinations for migrants, the survey proves this small Central American country makes people of all walks of life pretty chipper. Ranking fifth in the survey’s Quality of Life section and second in the “ease of settling in” section, Costa Rica is popular for people living abroad thanks to the welcoming attitude of its people.

Malta. Photo: Berit Watkin / Flickr

Second on the list was Malta. This tiny European island boasts an ease of settling in, low language barrier, low cost of living and enviable weather. Funnily enough, the survey shows that personal happiness of migrants in Malta is one of the best as 70 percent of the surveyed expats are in a relationship – this in comparison to the global average of 63 percent.


Mexico came in third, thanks to its friendliness, weather and ease of settling in, with the Phillipines and Ecuador following closely behind.

Check out the top 10 happiest countries for migrants below:

  1. Costa Rica

  2. Malta

  3. Mexico

  4. The Phillipines

  5. Ecuador

  6. New Zealand

  7. Thailand

  8. Vietnam

  9. Panama

  10. Spain

For the full list, head here.

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Interested in where Australia fell on the happiness scale? It came in at 24th on the happiness scale, but 16th overall when it comes to quality of life.

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(h/t Independent. Lead image: Costa Rica, Atanas Malamov / Unsplash)

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