This could be controversial: The Expat Insider Survey has not been kind to South Africa, which puts in a fairly miserable performance across several disciplines. Overall, respondents featured in the study had Mzansi down as ‘the eighth-worst place to live as a foreign national’ – and these numbers only get worst when safety and security are thrown into the mix.
InterNations, who conducted the research, have explained how their methodology works. The survey was conducted this year, and it seems the brutal impact of SA’s harsh coronavirus lockdown has left a bad taste in many mouths.
“In 2021, the Expat Insider Survey included 59 countries and territories with a minimum of 50 respondents each. The Quality of Life Index covers 20 factors from many different subcategories.”
“These include Leisure Options, Health & Well-Being, Safety & Security, Personal Happiness, Travel & Transportation, Digital Life. Respondents rated factors on a scale from one to seven.”
Taiwan tops the ‘overall quality of life’ list, following its form in previous years – and buoyed by its ability to successfully manage the pandemic. The European destinations of Austria, Portugal, and Finland come next, before Canada completes the top five. Two other African countries, Kenya and Egypt, are ranked 48th and 57th respectively.