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Expat Insider 2020 — Sustainability and City Life

In early spring 2020, more than 15,000 respondents from around the world participated in the latest Expat Insider survey. Together, they represent 173 nationalities and live in 181 countries or territories worldwide. Unlike in previous years, however, the Expat Insider 2020 Team has decided not to publish an overall country ranking based on their insights into expat life.

Instead, the analysis of the latest survey data focuses on two other aspects of life abroad — sustainability & the environment (available from October 2020), as well as local life in various cities across the globe (available from December 2020). These topics cover two areas of particular interest to many globally mobile people: the amenities of an urban lifestyle and, on the other hand, the desire to lead a greener, more sustainable life.

On this website, you’ll find topical rankings, in-depth articles, infographics, and the complete survey reports for download. Please keep in mind, though, that the survey data was collected just before the regional COVID-19 outbreak in East Asia turned into a global pandemic.

Environment & Sustainability Ranking

Would you like to know which countries are best for the sustainable expat? And where are expats rather unhappy with issues such as air pollution or waste management? Below, you’ll find an analysis of the best and worst destinations for a greener life abroad, as well as insights into the three subcategories of the Environment & Sustainability Ranking.

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The Expat Insider infographics below provide a helpful visualization with demographic information on the survey respondents, as well as more details on what factors into the respective ranking. Click on the thumbnails below to access the full-size images.