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New Poll: Czechia Is #1 Country for Work Abroad, #3 for Families

The annual Expat Insider poll has been released; the Czech Republic remains among the best nations in the world for expats

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New Poll: Czechia Is #1 Country for Work Abroad, #3 for Families

The annual Expat Insider poll has been released; the Czech Republic remains among the best nations in the world for expats


Published 07.09.2017
Last updated 07.09.2017

Now in its fourth year, Expat Insider is one of the largest surveys worldwide offering an in-depth analysis of expat life across the globe.

More than 12,500 respondents representing 166 nationalities and living in 188 countries or territories answered the questions, providing insight into what it means to be an expat in 2017.

The ranking of 65 destinations across the globe lists the best (and worst), focusing on essential topics: quality of life, ease of settling in, working abroad, family life, personal finance, and cost of living.

So how did foreigners living in the Czech Republic rank their adopted home?

While it still appears among the Top 15 countries for expats this year, Czechia fell one spot from #10 in 2016 to #11 in 2017.

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Image: www.internations.org

Very few European countries cracked the Top 10, which featured Bahrain (#1) as the surprise winner for expats followed by Costa Rica, Mexico, Taiwan, Portugal, New Zealand, Malta, Colombia, Singapore, and Spain.

The Czech Republic outranked a number of European countries including Netherlands (#13), Norway (#20), and Switzerland (#27) as well as the US (#43), Canada (#16), and UK (#54).


How did Czechia score across individual categories?


The standout category for expats in the Czech Republic was Working Abroad—the nation was ranked #1 overall, placing high in the Job Security, Work-Life Balance, and Career Options sub-categories.

Image: www.internations.org
Image: www.internations.org

“Three-quarters of respondents are satisfied with their jobs, eleven percentage points more than the global average of 64%. About two in three expats (65%) also rate their career opportunities positively (global average: 53%),” report InterNations pollsters.

The Czech Republic also scored high in the Family Life category (Availability of Childcare & Education, Cost of Childcare & Education, Quality of Education, Family Well-Being), coming in at #3 overall.

Respondents noted that education and leisure options make the Czech Republic a great place to raise children, however, the country underperforms when it comes to friendliness towards families with kids, ranking #22 out of 45.

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Image: www.internations.org

The Czech Republic ranked #5 overall for Quality of Life (up two spots from last year), scoring high in the sub-category of Travel & Transport and consistently scoring in the top 20 in the areas of Leisure, Personal Happiness, Health & Well Being, and Safety & Security.

For Cost of Living Czechia also scored high (#5) but in terms of personal finance proved one of the bottom-ranking countries for increasing your income, meaning that expats earn less than they would in a similar position at home.

 

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Image: www.internations.org

One problematic area for the Czech Republic was reflected by the Ease of Settling index; the country scored near the bottom of the rankings in Language, Friendliness, Finding Friends, and Feeling Welcome.

An interesting trend in this year’s results was the fact that for the first time since the debut of the Expat Insider survey, none of the previous year’s top three destinations led the ranking for 2017.

To see the full survey visit www.internations.org/expat-insider.

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I'm Czech and it makes me sick to hear or see Czechia, it really drives me crazy, I believe there is actually not a thing named like this

20.29.25 15.09.2017

It is interesting that it is all people with Czech names who are writing here that they like the name Czechia for this country. And in Ms. Horová´s case it isn´t the first time she has responded here to write this opinion. I, personally, a non-Czech (till I get my citizenship), hate the name Czechia (in English). I have no problem with Česko (in Czech) however, and use it frequently. The Czech Republic is an elegant and wonderful name for this country (in English) whether in a formal or informal context. All the best!

08.26.26 09.09.2017

It is a pleasure to read the name CZECHIA in the headlines and in the pictures. Thanks! It would be good to use Czechia in the entire text of the article, too. The "republic" still prevails there although it is not necessary to use the formal political title of the state.

13.40.41 08.09.2017

That's for sure!

21.49.48 07.09.2017

Thanks expats.cz for using the official short name of our country - Czechia! 😊

21.49.37 07.09.2017

Czechia rocks!

20.34.53 07.09.2017