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Top 10 Countries That Attract the Most Foreign Talent

You wake up at 7:00. You get to the office at 8:00, you get out at 16:00 (hopefully!), and you are on your way home through the same known streets. Do you ever wonder if there is a way to break this routine and do something that will be good for your career and also your personal growth? Many people have found the answer in pursuing careers in foreign countries.

There are many benefits that come with working as an expat. You get to experience new surroundings, learn about a new culture, and expand your horizons. It also gives you a unique opportunity for understanding your profession from a different perspective and seeing how things work in diverse places. Hence, it is no surprise that a lot of people are pursuing an international career or are aspiring to be expats.

But, where do you start? Which countries are seeking foreigners, and where are people moving to?

HSBC bank explored the interests and attitudes of almost 27,000 expats by their annual Expat life survey. They have identified the top countries that expats want to work in. If you want to know more details you can read the full report here.

We combined the countries they identified as the best locations and added some countries that we at found by identifying which opportunities available on our site are the most sought after!


Singapore is a city-state that leaves people breathless! It has a truly international surrounding where businesses thrive and one gets to experience a very high standard of living. Not to mention that you get to enjoy the imaginative architecture that is unlike anything else. Being ranked as the second most competitive economy in the world for six years in a row doesn’t hurt its attractiveness as well. They have also been ranked as the best country when it comes to higher education and training, so it is no wonder that many gladly relocate there.

New Zealand

New Zealand is a country filled with breathtaking views and nature that can satisfy the imagination of many. The fact that it is quite a safe country, with a mild climate, and English as the official language, makes it a very desirable location for people of all backgrounds and ages. Maybe that’s the reason why Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and a billionaire venture capitalist, decided to gain their citizenship. He did say that “New Zealand is the future.”

New Zealand fans attend the men's first round Group C preliminary soccer match between Brazil and New Zealand at the London 2012 Olympic Games at St James' Park in Newcastle


Ever heard a joke about Canadians being too friendly? This might be one of the reasons that people want to move and work there. Canada is another gem when it comes to the standard of living. It is welcoming and is a country that draws you in with their nature, diversity, and opportunities. Having twenty-six universities ranked among the best in the world, also explains a bit of the attractiveness.


Czech Republic

Czech Republic is a Central European state that has a rich history and is a gateway to many other European countries. It gives you a lot of value for your money as the cost of living is still lower than in many other European countries. It is also attractive to many due to it being quite family friendly, having low crime rates, and enjoying very good expat benefit packages.


Interested in clocks and chocolate? Yes, you will get plenty of that in Switzerland and much more as this country can offer you a high standard of living and access to beautiful nature and many outdoors activities.  Having two universities ranked among the best fifteen in the world is just one of the many reasons why talents seek out this country.


Norway has been at the top of lists for almost everything; standard of living, education, environmental sustainability, and many others. This Nordic country will leave you breathless with its nature and quality of life. It has one of the best welfare systems in the world. It is no wonder that many find the Norwegian way of life appealing.


Another Central European country that tops the list is Austria. Austria is a country that is filled with mountains, forests, and lakes and gives the true nature lover many opportunities to enjoy its beauty. It is also a true delight for all who like to include high culture in their daily lives, offering many castles, museums, and classical music.



You “work to live, not live to work” is a philosophy that is very evident and incorporated into working life. Swedes are all about “lagom” – nothing too much and nothing too little. If you live in Sweden you really live in a country that tries to make everyday life easier and more enjoyable. While strolling down the streets you can often see fathers or mothers walking with their small babies during office hours. Sweden has very favorable paternal leave policies. So all the future parents out there, if you would like to start a family and be able to spend some time off work to take care of your baby, family-friendly Sweden is the right choice for you! If you are searching for work-life balance, chances are you will find it here.


In addition to the pictures of beer, sausages, and rules that pop out in your head at the mention of Germany, there is a lot more to learn and experience here. High quality of life, affordable cost of living, beautiful nature, high security, and an extremely well developed business culture are just some of the qualities that make Germany a very comfortable and attractive place to live in.


The United States is the land of opportunities, scientists, technology, and much more. Is there anybody who hasn’t at least one time wondered what life in the USA really looks like? The USA has for a very long time been the country where dreams come true, and where you can achieve your ambitions. It is a large and diverse country, a true melting pot of people that leaves a lot for you to discover.


Fancy a game of cricket or rugby? Even if you don’t, you will probably hear about them in this active country that attracts many foreigners. It is a country of adventures and stunning wildlife, but also a high standard of living and a lot of job opportunities. It has the reputation of having friendly people and a very kind climate which you can enjoy the entire year.

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