The best and worst countries to raise a family

The UK is worse than Bahrain, Spain, Mexico, and the UAE for raising a family, according to a new index.

According to HSBC's ranking of expats' responses in the Expat Explorer report, the UK is the 29th best country for families.

The ranking is based on questions relating to:

  • Social life
  • Closeness to partner
  • Tolerance
  • Childcare quality
  • School quality
  • Overall cost of children
  • Health
  • Integration
  • Quality of life

Eruropean countries fared well in the index of 45 countries, while South American countries fared poorly.

Sweden came top of the rankings, with nearly three quarters of expat parents in Sweden rating their children’s quality of life as better than back home.

Forty-six per cent said the quality of education was better and 72 per cent said it was less expensive, while 75 per cent said the quality of childcare available was better.

The full rankings are as follows:

CountryRank
Sweden1
Czech Republic2
Singapore3
New Zealand4
Canada5
Austria6
Spain7
Russia8
Bahrain9
Netherlands10
Ireland11
Germany12
France13
Belgium14
Taiwan15
Norway16
Thailand17
Hong Kong18
South Africa19
Australia20
Poland21
United Arab Emirates22
Philippines23
India24
Japan25
Switzerland26
Malaysia27
Mexico28
United Kingdom29
Peru30
Turkey31
Italy32
Kenya33
Oman34
Vietnam35
Qatar36
USA37
China38
Saudi Arabia39
Egypt40
Kuwait41
Brazil42
Indonesia43
Chile44
South Korea45

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