Switzerland is safe and has a high quality of life with excellent schools, but it is overpriced and unfriendly, according to a global survey of expats.
The alpine nation continues to tumble down the rankings in the 67-country Expat Insider survey, “The World Through Expat Eyes”, published on Monday. Overall, Switzerland has fallen from fourth place in 2014 to 14th in 2015 to 31st this year.
This drop of 17 places made it one of the online survey’s “biggest losers”, on par with Malaysia and ahead of only Hong Kong, Indonesia and the UAE.
Switzerland fell in all six criteria: quality of life, ease of settling in, working abroad, personal finance, cost of living and family life (it actually stayed in 30th position in this category). This echoes findings published last yearby British-based bank HSBC.
“Taiwan is the new Malta,” wrote the authors of the online survey by Munich-based platform InterNations. “While the tiny Mediterranean nation was last year’s breakout star, coming in in third place, newcomer Taiwan has even dethroned the winner of 2014 and 2015, Ecuador.”