Top 10: Best Countries in the World for Women to Work in


Conducted among more than 6 000 expat women across the globe, the Expat Insider survey conducted by InterNations names the tiny European nation of Luxembourg as the best country for women to work in.

The country also came out tops in the job security category, with 86% of women surveyed saying they felt positive about their employment prospects.

The country’s strong economic performance, political stability and safety were some of the other reasons women regard it as the best place to live and work in.

With strong job and career prospects, Taiwan ranked second, followed by Germany where 46% of the women surveyed are employed, compared to the global average of 36%.

Central European country Hungary came in fourth place, scoring particularly well in the career and work-life balance categories.

“An impressive 40%, as opposed to a global average of only 17%, are completely satisfied with their work-life balance,” the survey states.

Rounding off the list of top five countries is Bahrain, which is known for being a friendly nation and a country that’s easy to settle in.

Nearly half of survey respondents named their job or business prospects as the main reason for expatriating, followed by 33% who said they’d moved for their partner, and 26% who made the move in search of adventure.

The country you don’t want to move to, as a woman or a man, is Greece, which is ranked last, predominantly because of the state of the country’s economy.

“Career prospects even seem to be worrisome for expat women in several Southern European countries. About 63% of women in Greece rate this negatively, followed by 54% in Cyprus and 52% in Italy,” the survey states.

South American countries also didn’t fair well among women, with 76% and 87% of women working in Argentina and Brazil respectively rating the countries negatively.


Top 10 Countries for Women Expats to Work in

  1. Luxembourg
  2. Taiwan
  3. Germany
  4. Hungary
  5. Bahrain
  6. Australia
  7. Ecuador
  8. New Zealand
  9. Norway
  10. Denmark



by Thandi Skade


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