Turkey ranks 7th among best countries to live and work
A tramway drives through a crowd in Istanbul's İstiklal Avenue, Jan. 25, 2019. The city is among the most preferred destinations among expats in Turkey.
A survey of the best countries to live and work for foreigners put Turkey in the seventh spot for quality of life and high earnings
Turkey secured the seventh spot in a survey by HSBC Group among countries best for living and working. Ahead of Germany, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Vietnam in a list topped by Switzerland, Turkey provides a good environment for foreigners, the Expat Explorer survey says. The survey, based on the opinions of more than 18,000 expatriates from 163 countries, shows Turkey's ranking rose from 22nd place last year to seventh. The 12th annual edition of the survey examines countries in terms of quality of life, work and life balance, financial revenues and family life. It is regarded as one of the most comprehensive surveys of expatriates.
Sixty-two percent of interviewees said their living quality in Turkey showed a rise compared to their countries. More than half of people interviewed for the survey said they had more time for hobbies and family while in Turkey, while 55 percent said they could afford a fine home and car in Turkey. Another 69 percent say they felt safe in Turkey and that locals were very friendly. The majority of interviewees said the work-life balance in Turkey was far better compared to their home countries. Fifty-nine percent said they were able to travel more while in Turkey, and 57 percent said they found time to learn new skills like diving, cooking and learning a new language. The majority of them said they live in cities rich in historical and cultural texture with landmarks and parks. Most live in central locations where there are more travel options, and 59 percent said they live in cities with a vibrant cultural life. More than half interviewed for the survey said they enjoy the fine dining and good food in Turkey.