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Canada : The best place in the world to live

Submitted by on November 30, 2009 – 7:50 am3 Comments

were-number-1Is Cana­da the best place in the world for expats to live ?

Accor­ding to the 2009 HSBC Expat Expe­rience Sur­vey, it is.

Cana­da top­ped the list of best places to live, with expats there repor­ting the highest ove­rall increase in their qua­li­ty of life since arri­ving in the country.

The sur­vey pol­led more than 3,000 expats around the world, asses­sing whe­ther their ove­rall qua­li­ty of life increa­sed or decrea­sed during their over­seas assignment.

Cana­da was also num­ber 1 in « qua­li­ty of accom­mo­da­tion, » with 68% of expats repor­ting that their homes were bet­ter in Cana­da than in their native country.

Cana­da recei­ved high scores in how easy it is for expats to make friends, to pur­sue hob­bies, and to improve the qua­li­ty of life with their fami­lies.

Accor­ding to sur­vey respon­dents, the top rea­sons for living in Cana­da include :

  • Bet­ter environment/quality of life for my chil­dren (39%)
  • Life­style (38%)
  • Career pros­pects (35%)
  • Less crime (13%)

Other inter­es­ting findings :

  • Cana­da has a high pro­por­tion of reti­red expats : 24% com­pa­red with 7% worldwide.
  • Cana­da’s expat com­mu­ni­ty is older than ave­rage, with 61% age 45 or over.
  • More than two-thirds of Cana­dian expats own pro­per­ty in the coun­try, which is double the glo­bal ave­rage of 31%.
  • More than 60% of expats in Cana­da repor­ted that orga­ni­zing their finances and their health care was easy.
  • Near­ly 40 percent said that their health impro­ved since arri­ving in Canada.

You can down­load the full report from the HSBC Expat Expe­rience web­site.

Pho­to by chazz­vid (fli­ckr)


  • Ruth says:

    That’s very inter­es­ting. I’ve been here 30 years. I intend to give up my U.S. citi­zen­ship soon due to the new inva­sive tax laws being fois­ted upon U.S citi­zens who don’t live in the U.S. I can still visit on my Cana­dian pas­sport and I don’t ever intend to move back to the U.S. any­way. No more filing on forei­gn income either. It’s very much like taxa­tion without repre­sen­ta­tion since I get no bene­fit from paying those taxes any­way and no other coun­try taxes people who do not live there.

    With the ban­king dis­clo­sure now, which gives infor­ma­tion about my forei­gn spouse and the very dra­co­nian mea­sures recent­ly taken I’m just done. I also don’t want my Cana­dian son to have to deal with the conse­quences of the IRS at my death. Why should I have to put them through that any lon­ger. I tal­ked to ano­ther per­son today who is relin­qui­shing their U.S. citi­zen­ship over these issues. It’s sad to say but, I’m afraid I am pushed into this. I don’t take kind­ly to being trea­ted like a cri­mi­nal by assump­tion nor the very, very inva­sive prac­tices taken up recent­ly by the U.S. govern­ment. Far too puni­tive for me.

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