World’s Friendliest Countries
April 9, 2011 by staff
These are the countries where it is easier to make friends with locals, learn the language, fit into the new culture and integrate into the community, according to respondents of HSBC Bank International Expat Explorer survey, whose results were published last month.
Canada was the more welcoming for the second consecutive year, more than half of respondents who said they had made friends with the locals. In Bermuda, 57% have had the pleasure, and the same for South Africa.
4127 HSBC surveyed expatriates in over countries between April and June 2010. Because countries with fewer than 30 respondents are considered statistically insignificant, the results range from a total of only 25 countries.
“The survey was designed, since, as a company, we want to better understand the expatriate community and the problems and challenges faced during his life or relocating overseas,” said Lisa Wood, head of marketing for HSBC Bank International. “Since the launch, we have seen the largest growth in global survey of expatriates.”
Respondents ranked the host countries in a number of factors related to economics, parenting and the overall experience. To determine which were friendly, Forbesanlyzed the results in four categories: ability to make friends with the locals, the success in learning the local language, the ability to integrate into the community, and the ease with which they fit into the new culture.
These are some of the issues that matter most to people preparing to relocate abroad, says Barbara Schaetti, headquartered in Seattle, consulting and business coaching transition dynamics help to the expatriate community. “There tends to be concern about how different they perceive that the country is of their own – the beliefs and values, language – and how similar or different and certainly psychologically feel for it,” he said.
Topping the list of concerns of respondents was the restoration of social life (41%), feeling lonely and missing friends and family (34%), especially among women.
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