On top of boasting exquisite fondue, scenic beauty and world-class ski trails, Switzerland is also the best country to be an expat, according to a new survey.
HSBC's 2014 Expat Explorer Survey, published on Wednesday, surveyed over 9,000 expats across the world on quality of life, financial well-being and the ease of raising a family abroad.
"Not only are Switzerland-based expats enjoying the good climate and pleasant scenery, with the country home to the sportiest expats, but over half of the expats there also say they have a better work/life balance than they had at home," said Dean Blackburn, head of HSBC Expat.
"For expat parents, they note how their children have a healthier lifestyle and overall are enjoying a better quality of life," he said.
Singapore, Southeast Asia's wealthy financial hub, clinched the second spot. The city's safety, efficiency, high-quality accommodation and vibrant food scene are top draws for expats.
"Every group lives peacefully united and in harmony with each other regardless of race, religion or color. It is simply a beautiful place to experience," an expat in Singapore told HSBC.
China: a hotspot for high salaries
In spite of abysmal air quality in many of its major cities, China ranked in third place.
The primary reason: expats in China are finding themselves with more disposable income than most other places. China is home to the largest proportion of high-earning expats in the world – almost a quarter of expats living there earn more than $300,000 per annum compared with the global average of 5 percent.
The vibrant economic environment was another factor keeping expats happy. The mainland economy may be slowing, but its 7 percent plus growth rate far outperforms global peers.