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Best & Safest Expat Cities & Countries 2017 – Thailand / Bangkok

The Social Expat Network InterNations just released their 2017 survey about the safest / best expat destinations worldwide and Bangkok, as well as Thailand as a whole, made the list on different occasions.

Best cities for expats – Bangkok makes the list

InterNations says about the methodology of the survey:

For the Expat Insider 2017 survey, respondents were also invited to share their opinions on the city they are currently living in.

Participants were asked to rate more than 25 different aspects of urban life abroad on a scale of one to seven. The rating process emphasized the respondents’ personal satisfaction with these aspects and considered both emotional topics as well as more factual aspects with equal weight. The respondents’ ratings of the individual factors were then bundled in various combinations for a total of 13 subcategories, and their mean values were used to draw up four topical indices: Quality of Urban Living, Getting Settled, Urban Work Life, and Finance & Housing. These were further averaged in order to rank 51 cities worldwide.

For a city to be featured in the Expat City Ranking 2017, a sample size of at least 45 survey participants per city was required. In total, the responses used for the city ranking represent 7,985 expats living in 40 countries.

When now looking at the ranking we see that Bangkok is on 8th place beating quite a few global powerhouses which leads me to believe that expats here in Bangkok are probably rather happy with what they got. Taking into considerations that InternNations members often are rather upper class / high earners that doesn’t surprise as, if you’re on an expat contract here and earn foreign salaries, you can definitely live the good life.

Top Expat Destinations by country – Thailand in Top 20

Here InterNations said the following in regards to its methodology:

For the country ranking, survey participants were asked to rate 43 different aspects of life abroad on a scale of one to seven. The rating process emphasized the respondents’ personal satisfaction with these aspects and considered both emotional topics such as the friendliness of the local population as well as more factual aspects (e.g. affordability of healthcare) with equal weight.

The respondents’ ratings of the individual factors were then bundled in various combinations for a total of 16 subcategories, and their mean values used to draw up five topical indices. These five indices, as well as the responses to the question: “how satisfied are you with life abroad in general?”, were then averaged in order to rank the 65 countries above.

Seeing Thailand on 18th place is not that surprising I believe simply as, if you follow sites such as Thaivisa or other places were expats exchange their ‘opinions’, one knows that expats aren’t always that happy with Thailand. Not saying that’s not based on facts, there certainly are areas of improvement here in the Land of Smiles. Therefore I actually think it’s nice to see Thailand in the Top 20 which shows that even though expats are said to complain a lot, they still like it here.

Safest Countries for expats – Thailand somewhere in between

Unfortunately InterNations only published the top and bottom countries of that survey in their article which shows that Thailand is in neither region. That’s interesting as this part of the survey asks about personal safety and political stability. Seems like expats don’t fear much here. Good for them.

Feeling Welcome – Also Thailand’s somewhere in between

Similar to the paragraph above, Thailand also seems to be somewhere in the middle when it comes to who welcome expats feel after moving here. It certainly takes a while to settle in and to get used to the culture so that’s understandable. I would have been surprised to see Thailand on the top or the bottom so this result shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

You can download the whole report on InterNations.

Sascha Funk

Founder / Editor at My-Thai.org
Sascha is the publisher of my-thai.org and switched from an online marketing agency life in Europe to a teaching and education life in Thailand. He also writes about Teaching & Technology.

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