If you could pick anywhere in the world to live, where would you pick?
InterNations has completed its annual survey, asking expats about their experiences abroad. They’ve compiled the results to give us the best and the worst of it.
Here are a few hints regarding the country that came out on top in this survey:
- There is a famous mesquite tree called "Tree of Life" which is 400 years old and stands alone in the desert. The fact that the water source of the tree is not known attracts a large number of visitors.
- This country's World Trade Center is the world's first high-rise building to have incorporated wind turbine in its design.
- Rumor has it, there are no restaurants in the country that serve its own ethnic food. Sounds unlikely, but this advice holds true, no matter where you travel: If you want to eat authentic food, you have to go to someone's house.
- If you do go to someone's home to eat, if the meal is on the floor, sit cross-legged or kneel on one knee. Never let your feet touch the food mat. Eat only with the right hand.
- It is in the Middle East.
Perhaps surprising to some, Bahrain came out on top. Expats report high levels of satisfaction in the Gulf State, with strong financial opportunities, a wide variety of international schools and widely spoken English. Often referred to as ‘Middle-East lite’ because of the international cosmopolitan mix, Bahrain can be a great introduction to the Persian Gulf. Maybe it's time to add it to your short list?
The U.S and UK didn’t fair quite as well. Both dropped significantly in the rankings to 43rd and 54th respectively.
The reputations of the U.S. and U.K. as good places to live and work are in free fall among some of the world’s most mobile and cosmopolitan people. Since last year’s presidential and Brexit votes, both the U.S. and Britain are perceived as less friendly to foreigners and less politically stable, according to a survey of almost 13,000 expatriates of 166 nationalities. Expats also say the two countries’ quality of life is declining by other measures, especially the affordability of child care and health care in the U.S. and housing in the U.K.