10. Singapore

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• 62% of expats in Singapore think they make more than they would in a similar position back home — one-third believe their income is a lot higher.

• 43% have a gross annual household income of more than $100,000. On average, 21% of global expats have household earnings above six-figures. 

• Still, cost of living is particularly high in Singapore, securing it a spot in the bottom 10 on the cost of living index.

9. Norway

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• 72% of expats in Norway believe they make more than they would in a similar position back home — 33% say it's a lot more. 

• Yet, 71% judge the cost of living less than favorably.

• On the bright side: Norway ranks among the top 10 destinations for work-life balance worldwide.

 

 

8. United Arab Emirates

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• 71% of expats believe they make more in the UAE than they would in a similar position back home — about half think that they make a lot more.

• 16% have an annual household income of more than $150,000, compared to only one in ten expats worldwide. 

• However, 67% rate the affordability of housing in UAE negatively, and 27% say their disposable household income is not enough to cover everything they need for daily life.

7. Nigeria

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• 68% of expats in Nigeria believe they make more than they would in a similar position back home.

• One in ten expats has an annual household income of more than $200,000 — 86% say their disposable household income is enough to cover everything they need.

• Despite coming in at No. 12 on the personal fiance index, Nigeria ranked last on the quality of life index due to poor rankings for health and well-being, safety and security, and transportation.

6. Saudi Arabia

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• 70% of expats in Saudi Arabia think they earn more than they would in a similar position back home — 42% think that it is a lot more.

• 87% say their disposable household income is enough or more than enough to cover everything they need in daily life — 22% even say that they have a lot more than enough.

• Despite good pay for workers, Saudi Arabia ranks low on the indices for family life and child education options.

5. Bahrain

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• 70% of expats in Bahrain believe their income is higher than what they would make at home — 41% think their income is a lot higher.

• Bahrain tanks third in the working abroad index, thanks to excellent ratings in job & career and work/life balance subcategories.

• 93% of expats in Bahrain work full-time, spending an average of 42.9 hours a week at work compared to the global average of 44.3 hours.

4. Kuwait

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• But 70% of expats in Kuwait think their income is higher than what they would make in a similar position in their home country. 

• Still, incomes are low — 62% have a disposable household income of less than $50,000.

• Many expats in Kuwait move from India (22%) and the Philippines (13%), countries with low incomes, which could explain why they rate their incomes in Kuwait as much higher.

3. Qatar

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• 76% of expats in Qatar believe their income is higher than what they would make in a similar position back home — 46% say it is a lot higher.

• One-third of expats have disposable household income of at least $100,000.

• 67% of expats in Qatar found the cost of housing to be unaffordable — yet, 81% still feel that their household income is enough or more than enough to get by.

2. Switzerland

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• 77% of expats in Switzerland believe their income is higher than what they would make in a similar position back home — 44% say it is a lot higher.

• 57% of expats in Switzerland have an annual gross household income of at least $100,000 —14% make $200,000 or more.

• Due to the high cost of living, 17% of expats are still unhappy with their financial situation.

 

1. Luxembourg

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• 76% of expats who are working in Luxembourg believe that they make more than they would in a similar position back home.

• Still, 23% of expats in Luxembourg say their disposable household income is not enough to cover everything they need in daily life.

• 66% of expats rate the cost of living negatively in Luxembourg.