Hong Kong has a very powerful economy at the moment which means there are plenty of jobs available. It is also rated the 3rd safest country in the world! Hong Kong is also extremely dog friendly; dogs are treated like members of the family. So if you are a dog lover like me, this is a minor benefit of living and working in Honk Kong. The downside is the 50-hour work week and the fact that rent is obscenely pricey. We are looking at a minimum of $4,000 a month for a small 3 bedroom apartment.
France is a fantastic place to work. Not only is it a beautiful country with plenty to do, you have the time to do it! Whilst working in France, you can enjoy working 200 less hours per year than any other country. That might have something to do with the 40 day paid vacation leave per year (30 of which are mandated and only 10 public). France is also known for its world class health systems. The rent could be better though, it’s about $1,300 a month for a one bedroom apartment.
If you work in IT, India is the place for you. India is rapidly growing and the tech industry itself grows by approximately 50% each year. Living costs are very inexpensive and you only need a couple hundred per month to rent a nice size apartment.
The good thing about Canada is, unlike their strict neighbor, they have a very open immigration policy. Canada is also the biggest trading partner of the US which assures plenty of jobs and solid wages. Not to mention you can travel to the US for vacation very easily and at a low cost.
Singapore has been a popular trading destination for years and that definitely hasn’t changed. Recently, Singapore is attracting lots of pharmaceutical manufacturing companies more specifically. Rent in Singapore is a bit ridiculous though. $2,000 - $4,000 per month for a tiny one bedroom/studio apartment. Ouch.
Switzerland is popular for its business friendly financial regulations and favorable tax laws. If you are a career minded woman, Switzerland is the place to be. Women strongly concentrate on their careers, and it is reported that Swiss women are among the oldest in Europe when they have their first child. Oh, they have good chocolate too. However, like Singapore, housing is pricey.
China has always been a target for business people due to its inexpensive resources and labor. Now people are working in China selling these resources to consumers. Though the economy is good and there are plenty of opportunities, the thing you have to be aware of is the culture shock you might deal with. Not only do you have to get used to the crazy different culture, but they also have a very unique legal system, and substandard air quality.
Germany has one of the strongest economies in the world. Apartments are reasonably priced, and the average work week consists of 27.8 hours. That is one of the lowest work week averages out there. Residents in Germany are also known for their warm and welcoming nature.
The UK is the center for foreign investment and it is the first place that US companies place employees in international expansion. The reason for this is the fact that aside from the language being the same, the culture and legal system are comparable with those of the US. Unfortunately, the main center of the business world in the UK is London, and London is undoubtedly one of the most expensive cities to live in world. If you are working in the US and want a change, the UK is the number one choice for you…but make sure you save up for a few years first. I won’t even get started about the rent.
I’m sure we all could have guessed number one on this list would be the USA. Although the Americans like to claim there is a crisis going on, they seem to be doing just fine. The U.S.’s GDP tops $15 trillion per year. Their “competition”, China, ranks second with a GDP of $7 trillion per year. Not really competing that closely. Aside from boasting the largest economy in the world, the USA also holds the world’s highest average incomes and household wealth. God bless America!
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