SPAIN -- ranked by Expats around the world as The 5th Best Country to live in, -- and PORTUGAL as the 12th Best Country -  HSBC's 2020 Global Expat Survey.

Q3 2020

HSBC's Global Expat survey, is now in its 13th edition / year, and it received input from approximately 20,000 Expats in more than 40 countries around the world in its interview-based 2020 survey. It ranks countries based on 6 areas (with a further 18 sub-areas), grouped into 3 overall categories (Living, Aspiring, Mindset), based on the Expats' input and experiences of the country that they have moved to. HSBC positions the survey as “the longest running independent global survey of expats".

The top 5 countries in the 2020 Survey are:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Singapore
  3. New Zealand
  4. Germany
  5. Spain


Spain is the No 1 (and Portugal 5th) Country in the world for 'Living' (combined: Wellbeing, Society, and Little Expats) - 3 of the 6 'areas' researched in the Study.

You can see the report at this link, including all 40 Countries (each having a minimum of 100 Survery Respondents) that are categorised and their ranking, as based on the Expats' input:  

Here is the HSBC Study’s Country Guides for Spain and Portugal:

Comments: When in the HSBC survey report, it is worth 'playing around' with the 15 'sub-areas' (switching them on or off) to see what effect it makes on a Country's ranking. This way you can see how powerful and insightful the survey results are.

The Interviews for the 2020 Study took place in February and March 2020, in the early stages of the global pandemic.