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The 10 Places Where Expat Income Goes The Furthest

For the fourth year, expat resource site InterNations has analyzed the life of expats across the globe with its Expat Insider 2017 survey.

Garnering 12,500 responses from individuals representing 166 nationalities and living in 188 countries or territories, the Expat Insider survey asked participants a range of questions regarding quality of life, cost of living, safety and education to get insight on the best places to live and work abroad in 2017.

Of those surveyed, 31 percent said their reason for moving was because of their career, 25 percent said because of love and family, and 14 percent said they sought a better quality of life.

City of Luxembourg.
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City of Luxembourg.

InterNations considered expat wages as well as cost of living to create this list of the 10 places where expat income goes the furthest. Check it out and consider looking beyond your home country’s borders for your next role:

1. Luxembourg

Expats who say they’re earning more than they would at home: 76 percent

Expats who say they’re earning significantly more: 45 percent

Cost of living rating: 18 percent rate positively

2. Switzerland

Expats who say they’re earning more than they would at home: 77 percent

Expats who say they’re earning significantly more: 44 percent

Cost of living rating: 16 percent rate positively

3. Qatar

Expats who say they’re earning more than they would at home: 76 percent

Expats who say they’re earning significantly more: 46 percent

Cost of living rating: 18 percent rate positively

The skyline of Doha, Qatar.
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The skyline of Doha, Qatar.

4. Kuwait

Expats who say they’re earning more than they would at home: 70 percent

Expats who say they’re earning significantly more: 45 percent

Cost of living rating: 29 percent rate positively

5. Bahrain

Expats who say they’re earning more than they would at home: 70 percent

Expats who say they’re earning significantly more: 41 percent

Cost of living rating: 44 percent rate positively

6. Saudi Arabia

Expats who say they’re earning more than they would at home: 70 percent

Expats who say they’re earning significantly more: 42 percent

Cost of living rating: 59 percent rate positively

General view of the Masjid Al-Haram mosque, location of the Kaaba, from the 31st floor of the Hilton hotel February, 2003 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
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General view of the Masjid Al-Haram mosque, location of the Kaaba, from the 31st floor of the Hilton hotel February, 2003 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

7. Nigeria

Expats who say they’re earning more than they would at home: 68 percent

Expats who say they’re earning significantly more: 40 percent

Cost of living rating: 22 percent rate positively

8. United Arab Emirates

Expats who say they’re earning more than they would be at home: 71 percent

Expats who say they’re earning significantly more: 36 percent

Cost of living: 28 percent rate positively

9. Norway

Expats who say they’re earning more than they would be at home: 72 percent

Expats who say they’re earning significantly more: 33 percent

Cost of living: 13 percent rate positively

10. Singapore

Expats who say they’re earning more than they would be at home: 62 percent

Expats who say they’re earning significantly more: 33 percent

Cost of living: 20 percent rate positively