The best countries in the world to pursue your 2019 New Year's resolutions

2018-12-10 06:30
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Based on data from the latest Expat Insider survey, InterNations has compiled a list of countries that make achieving your New Year’s resolutions easier. Expats planning to start a family might benefit from moving to Finland, while those wanting to travel more should choose life in Singapore.  

The beginning of a new year represents the perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf and change your life for the better. According to YouGov, the most common New Year’s resolutions in 2018 were to eat healthier, do more exercise, and save money — it is very likely that the goals for the upcoming year will be similar.

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However, with 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions failing by February, you might need more than a new gym membership or a savings plan to succeed. How about moving abroad?  

To help everyone achieve their goals in 2019, InterNations has compiled a list of the 9 most common New Year’s resolutions and the best destinations for pursuing them. The list is based on data from the Expat Insider 2018 survey, which is annually conducted by InterNations, the world’s largest expat community. With more than 18,000 respondents living and working abroad, it is one of the most extensive expat studies worldwide.

1. Live a healthier life in Austria

Ranking 1st out of 68 countries in the world for health and well-being in the Expat Insider 2018 survey, Austria seems to have cracked the code to a healthy lifestyle: it has a great overall performance for the affordability of healthcare, the quality of medical care, and the quality of the local environment.

2. Start a fam in Finland

Coming 1st out of 50 countries in the world for family life, Finland seems to be the place to provide everything a family needs. More than nine in ten expats raising children in Finland (91%) say that they are happy with their family life in general — this is twelve percentage points more than the share among all expat parents worldwide (79%).

3. Fall in love in Chile

If you would rather meet your partner offline, Chile might be the perfect destination for you. More than half the expats who live in the South American country and are in a committed relationship (56%) have met their partner there, compared to 32 percent of expats worldwide who have found a partner in their new country of residence. 

4. Save coins in Columbia

With a number one ranking for personal finance, Colombia is the place in the world where expats can make the most of even a limited budget. In fact, more than three in ten (31%) say that financial reasons were part of their motivation for moving to Colombia (vs. 16% globally), and they seem to have made the right decision: over four in five expats in Colombia (84%) are satisfied with their financial situation, compared to just 67 percent globally. 

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5. Meet more people in Mexico

While some people have a hard time approaching strangers, this does not seem to be an issue for those living in Mexico: 94 percent of expats find the local residents generally friendly (vs. 69% globally), and another 90 percent consider them to be particularly friendly towards foreign residents (vs. 66% globally). “The locals are extremely accepting and friendly”, states an expat from the US.

6. Break into the job market in Bahrain

Bahrain ranks 1st out of 68 countries in terms of working abroad, which is partly due to the great career opportunities for expats: seven in ten respondents (70%) state they are happy with their career prospects in Bahrain, compared to just 55 percent globally. If you are starting to get interested in Bahrain’s job market, it might be reassuring to hear that almost half the newly arrived expats (48%) also found it easy to apply for a job in the country, compared to about two in five (41%) saying the same about job hunting around the globe.

7. De-stress in Denmark

It is estimated that one in five highly engaged employees will potentially suffer from burnout at some point in their career. If your life is all work and no play, then moving to Denmark may be a possible solution: 83 percent of expats living in Denmark are satisfied with their work-life balance, compared to just 61 percent of expats globally. 

8. Travel more from Singapore

With globalisation on the increase, the world is getting smaller by the day, while travelling and exploring other countries are becoming much more accessible for everyone. If you are planning to cross more countries off your bucket list in 2019, you might want to consider Singapore as your base camp. Expats rate the tiny country the top destination for travel and transport in the Expat Insider 2018 survey.

9. Have more hobbies in Spain

Perhaps the start of a new year also means it is time to try something new. If you are looking for a new leisure activity, you might find something in Spain — the top-rated expat destination for leisure options. More than nine in ten expats in Spain (93%) are happy with the available leisure activities, compared to three-quarters of expats globally (75%).

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