The best and worst countries to raise a family

Louis Dor
Wednesday 21 September 2016 11:15
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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:

Country Rank
Sweden 1
Czech Republic 2
Singapore 3
New Zealand 4
Canada 5
Austria 6
Spain 7
Russia 8
Bahrain 9
Netherlands 10
Ireland 11
Germany 12
France 13
Belgium 14
Taiwan 15
Norway 16
Thailand 17
Hong Kong 18
South Africa 19
Australia 20
Poland 21
United Arab Emirates 22
Philippines 23
India 24
Japan 25
Switzerland 26
Malaysia 27
Mexico 28
United Kingdom 29
Peru 30
Turkey 31
Italy 32
Kenya 33
Oman 34
Vietnam 35
Qatar 36
USA 37
China 38
Saudi Arabia 39
Egypt 40
Kuwait 41
Brazil 42
Indonesia 43
Chile 44
South Korea 45

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