According to the latest results of the Expat Insider survey, which is based on the insights of 13,000 expats from 188 countries and territories, Portugal can lay claim to being the friendliest country for newcomers: An overwhelming majority of 94 percent of expats currently living in the country said locals have a friendly attitude towards expats.
Along with being friendly and helpful, expats noted that people look out for each other in Portugal.
However, it’s a different story when it comes to forging actual friendships, as that figure drops to 58 percent for making new friends.
Rounding out the top three spots are Taiwan and Mexico.
At the other end of the spectrum, expats being sent to work in Kuwait, or looking to move to Austria, Switzerland or Finland, might want to mentally prepare themselves for a frostier welcome from locals, as these countries landed at the bottom of the heap.
The Expat Insider Survey was released from expat networking site InterNations and ranks 65 countries.
In the survey, Canada ranked 10th and the US ranks 36th.
At the city level, a similar survey last fall named Paris the worst European city to live in as an expat, mostly due to the Parisian’s cold and unwelcome attitude towards foreigners.
France did little to improve its performance on the newest survey, coming in 55th out of 65 places, with expats saying they struggle to make friends and don’t feel at home in the country.
Here are the top 10 most welcoming countries for expats:
- Costa Rica