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Expat men and women often have different opinions about which countries are best for them to work and live in. As a result, the top 10 countries rated by men can look very different to those rated by women. For example in the Top Destinations By Gender compiled by the Expat Insider, the InterNations survey, Cyprus was ranked 2nd by men but is only ranked 49th by women. So what destinations do women favour?

Which countries do female expats prefer

Top Expat Destinations for Women & Men

Agreement on first place

Men and women do agree that Taiwan is the best destination for both of them – however men are twice as likely to feel completely home in the local culture than women are.

Ecuador rates highly for socialising

Women approve of Ecuador, ranking it in second place, but men disagree only placing it at 10th place on their list. It appears that women rate it far more highly for quality of life in terms of socialising, leisure activities and social life. Women also approve of the Cost of Living, with 90% agreeing it is good whereas only 66% of men agree.

Malta is great for work-life balance

Women rate Malta highly in third place, whereas it doesn’t appear at all in the Men’s top 10 destinations of choice. Women approve of the work life balance they have in Malta and find it very easy to settle into the Maltese way of life with eight out of 10 of them feeling at home in the Maltese culture.

New Zealand suffers due to job satisfaction

While women rate New Zealand in 6th place, versus Men who place it in third place, only 14% of women are satisfied with their jobs in New Zealand, whereas men are a lot more satisfied at 23%. Men tend to also find the New Zealanders friendlier (93% agree on this) whereas only 78% of women rate the Kiwis highly for making friends.

Hungary is rated highly for career prospects

Another country that causes a big divide between men and women is Hungary. Women rank it 7th out of 57 countries but men only rank it at 36th place. It seems the major point of difference is in the workplace, with 77% of women finding their career life satisfying in Hungary versus only 48% of men. Women also rate Hungary highly when it comes to social and leisure activities with 35% of women being extremely happy – however only one in five men agree. The Hungarian culture is another point of difference. 23% of women find it very easy to embrace, whereas only 9% of men do.

Top 10 destinations for women

  1. Taiwan
  2. Ecuador
  3. Malta
  4. Mexico
  5. Australia
  6. New Zealand
  7. Hungary
  8. Costa Rica
  9. Luxembourg
  10. Austria

Top 10 destinations for men

  1. Taiwan
  2. Cyprus
  3. New Zealand
  4. Mexico
  5. Costa Rica
  6. Vietnam
  7. Columbia
  8. Austria
  9. Czech Republic
  10. Ecuador

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