Canada tops expat ratings for 'quality of life'
Tuesday 26th April 2011
Canada has topped the expat ratings for "quality of life" experience according to the fourth annual NatWest International Personal Banking Quality of Life Index.
The majority (92%) rated Canada top for its diverse environment, natural beauty and resources. For 94% of expats living there, the peaceful nature of the country is a real draw.
Canada, Australia and New Zealand have been in the top three countries for the past four years with mean scores within close proximity of each other.
As well as the country's natural beauty and peaceful reputation, Canada's healthcare system is well regarded by expats living there - rated high by 90%. Furthermore high standards of education are enjoyed by expats in Canadian Schools and Universities (86% of respondents); the country was ranked 5th in the world in the 2008 OECD report. Canada has the highest percentage of individuals achieving at least college or university education among the top 50 countries surveyed by the World Competitiveness Yearbook, 2009.
Dave Isley, Head of NatWest International Personal Banking said: "This is the second year Canada has topped the tables of the NatWest IPB Quality of Life Index. Its excellent working conditions, financial security and peaceful reputation have pushed Canada into this year's pole position. It seems the pull of the beautiful Rockies, the Mounties and the marvellous taste of maple syrup is a real sticking point for British expats.
"As a member of the Commonwealth, Canada offers Brits common values and goals shared with the UK, helping British expats settle into the country and feel at home."
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