• The InterNations expat support network asked more than 20,000 expats to rank their happiness with life in general and with their personal relationships while in their new country.
  • It weighted the results and ranked the top 30 countries where expats were happiest.
  • Scroll down to see what they are.
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An often overlooked aspect of moving abroad – be it for work, family, or just a change in environment – is how happy you’ll be when you’re away from home.

InterNations, an expat support network based in Germany, asked more than 20,000 people living in 187 countries and regions to rank their happiness based on two categories: life in general and their relationship with their partner.

It weighted the two results and ranked the countries where expats were happiest.

For reference, 74% of all expats said they’re happy with life in general, while 84% said they’re happy in their relationships.

Scroll down for a ranking of where expats are happiest overall, along with the proportions of people in each place who said they’re happy with life in general. (Those percentages don’t include the proportion of people who said they’re happy in their relationships, so it is not an overall score.)


30. New Zealand — 76%

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Foto: Auckland, New Zealand.sourceDmitry Serbin/ Shutterstock

29. Chile — 76%

Foto: Santiago, Chile.sourceShutterstock/Pablo Rogat

28. Kazakhstan — 75%

Foto: Ski slopes in Almaty, Kazakhstan.sourceM.Igor/Shutterstock

27. Peru — 76%

Foto: Vinicunca, also known as Rainbow Mountain in Peru.sourceDiego Vargas Nasser/Shutterstock

26. Singapore — 77%

Foto: “Super trees” on display at night in Singapore.sourceChris McGrath/Getty Images

Singapore is also home to the only chef in the world to get a Michelin star for street food.

Read more: We tried the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred meal – here’s what it’s like


25. Luxembourg — 82%

Foto: Armes square in Luxembourg City.sourceRossHelen/Shutterstock

24. France — 76%

Foto: A vineyard in Bordeaux, France.sourceShutterstock

23. Hungary — 70%

Foto: Baths in Budapest, Hungary.sourceAlex Segre/Shutterstock

22. Ukraine — 73%

Foto: An outdoor street festival in Kiev, Ukraine, in April 2016.sourceRadiokafka / Shutterstock

21. Malta — 80%

Foto: Traditional houses in Valletta, Malta.sourceZoltan Gabor/Shutterstock

20. Qatar — 77%

Foto: Doha, Qatar.sourceShutterstock/Dutourdumonde Photography

Qatar Airways, the country’s flagship airline, has also been consistently ranked one of the world’s best airlines.


19. Australia — 77%

Foto: A woman paddle boarding with her dog in Sydney Harbour in November 2015.sourceBrendon Thorne/Getty Images

18. Kenya — 82%

Foto: A grandmother collecting her adopted granddaughter from school in Nyumbani, Kenya.sourceBen Curtis/AP

Read more: I visited a baby elephant orphanage in Kenya – here’s what it was like


17. Israel — 80%

Foto: Tel Aviv, Israel.sourceBy eFesenko/Shutterstock

16. Indonesia — 78%

Foto: Bali, Indonesia.sourceiStock/Zephyr18

Read more: I spent $25 a day while vacationing in Bali. Here’s exactly how I did it.


15. Bulgaria — 78%

Foto: Sozopol, an ancient seaside town in Bulgaria.sourceMarynka Mandarinka/Shutterstock

14. Panama — 82%

Foto: Panama City.sourceMatthew Straubmuller/Flickr

13. Costa Rica — 81%

Foto: The port town of Puntarenas, Costa Rica.source©John Seaton Callahan/Getty Images/Moment RF

12. Thailand — 81%

Foto: Tourists at a street market in Chiang Mai, Thailand.source501room/Shutterstock

11. Taiwan — 80%

Foto: Nightfall in Taipei, Taiwan.sourceSirikunkrittaphuk/iStock

Taiwan was also ranked the best country in the world in 2019 for expats in terms of finding a job, making local friends, and raising a family.

Read more: The top 30 countries in the world to work, make friends, and raise a family in 2019


10. Philippines — 80%

Foto: Palawan, Philippines.sourceGustavo Fidel Uy/EyeEm/Getty Images

9. Colombia — 79%

Foto: Cartagena, Colombia.sourceGary C. Tognoni/Shutterstock

8. Malaysia — 83%

Foto: Boats in Malaysia’s Langkawi Geopark, a UNESCO landmark.sourceH-AB Photography/Shutterstock

7. Morocco — 80%

Foto: Marrakech, Morocco.sourceMikeDotta/Shutterstock

Read more: The most iconic desert in the world is the Sahara. I drove for days, rode a camel for hours, and slept under the stars just to see it.


6. Bahrain — 79%

Foto: Bahrain World Trade Center in Manama.sourcetrabantos/Shutterstock

5. Vietnam — 88%

Foto: sourceJohn Bill/Shutterstock

4. Spain — 89%

Foto: Madrid, Spain.sourceShutterstock/LucVi

3. Mexico — 90%

Foto: Lanterns in Tepoztlán, Mexico.sourceMattGush/Shutterstock

2. Portugal — 87%

Foto: A square in old town Aveiro, Portugal.sourceiStock

1. Ecuador — 86%

Foto: Guayaquil, a port city in Ecuador.sourceShutterstock