Most Welcoming Countries for Families

Uganda and Israel top the ranking of the friendliest countries for expat families, while Europe loses out
  • Expat parents not only feel welcome, but also safe in Uganda, whereas Israel provides some of the best education and healthcare in the world.
  • A warm welcome seems to go hand in hand with sunny weather — the friendliest destinations for expat families all score with a mild climate throughout the year.
  • German-speaking countries Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are among the least welcoming family destinations in the world, with Switzerland bringing up the rear.

Munich, 12 April 2017 — Just about half of expats around the world (46 percent) have children of their own, but only 21 percent of all expatriates are currently raising their children abroad. While one out of eleven expats has dependent children currently not living with them, 16 percent state that their children are already grown up. A closer look at expats who do live abroad with their children reveals that 79 percent of parents are satisfied with their family life. Based on the insights of more than 3,000 expat families given in the annual Expat Insider survey, InterNations, the world’s largest network for people who live and work abroad, has compiled a so far unpublished ranking of the friendliest countries for families. Apart from exceling in this particular rating, Uganda also does well regarding children’s safety, while Israel impresses expat parents with the quality of education available. Taiwan attracts families with a high quality of life, whereas popular holiday destinations Costa Rica, Thailand, and Greece additionally offer good leisure opportunities for children.

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