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Expat Survey: Vietnam A Great Place To Live, With A Few Exceptions

HSBC Expat recently hired research company YouGov to conduct their annual Expat Explorer Survey in which almost 9,300 expats based in over 100 countries were questioned between April and May 2014.

Vietnam’s results were a mixed bag, proving to be a great place for social and travel-minded individuals, but struck out in many categories relating to raising kids.

Here are some of the numbers:

Expats in Vietnam point out how cost-effective it is to live here, with many saying that the country offers much better value than home. Around two-thirds of expats say that they associate Vietnam with a higher quality of life (62%), with many also commenting on the comparatively higher level of disposable income (75%).

Around two-thirds of expats in Vietnam associate their host country as being a culturally interesting place to live (64%, compared to the global average 47%).

About half the expats living in Vietnam (49%) spend less on going out to visit local restaurants, theatre, music bars or general nightlife compared with the global average of 23% who said the same.

Vietnam ranked 1st when it came to opportunities for travel, feeling welcome at work, making friends and in the top 10 for enjoying local food, finding accommodation, diet, commute to work, social life, local culture and adapting to local food.

Basically, if you’re a social butterfly who likes to experience new cultures, Vietnam is the place for you.

On the flip side, the country was a mixed bag when it came to raising kids, concluding that while they’ll develop excellent social skills (Children are more rounded/confident individuals (No. 3), more outgoing (No. 4), have a wider circle/greater diversity of friends (No.5) and may learn a new language (No. 11)), they may suffer when it comes to environment and education (health and wellbeing of your children (No. 35), better quality of life for children (No. 35), quality of education available (No. 28) and access to better education (21)).

Do these rankings match your expat experience in Vietnam?

[Photo via Manhhai]

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