News

Should you live in Egypt as a foreigner?

Should you live in Egypt as a foreigner?
Credit: Photito Travel
Credit: Photito Travel

HSBC has released its annual ranking of the top places to live as an expat, ranking Switzerland at the top of the list overall, with Egypt in 34th place.

The study, which ranked the 34 countries on indicators such as salaries earned, social life, ability to raise children abroad and more, surveyed 9,288 expatriates in more than 100 countries.

Egypt, which had ranked 34th out of 37 in the 2013 study, was found to have the best cost of education available to children of foreigners. The country known for its ancient Egyptian history was also praised for the ability of expats to learn the local language, ranking 10th in the study.

Despite positive results in culture, cost of education, weather and social life, Egypt fell behind in overall incomes, healthcare, work environments, transport, the quality of education and more. According to the HSBC study, health care in Egypt is expensive and low quality.

expat

Among those polled, expats highlighted the hospitality of Egyptians but warned of the chaotic and fast-paced environment which may shock first-time visitors.

“Smiles and friendly waves of thanks are welcomed in any language,” said one respondent in 2014.

“If possible, arrange for a short ‘look and see’ visit to the country to get an initial feel for how things work and operate. Talk to local expats to get the low down,” said another respondent from 2012.

Credit: The Washington Post

HSBC explains that the survey focuses on the experiences of expats in their new country of residence, with expats from all over the world describing the opportunities and challenges they face living away from home.

To check out the rankings and play around with interactive tables and maps, click here.

31 Egyptian Soldiers Killed in Two Sinai Attacks
Explosion Rocks Cairo University

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Cairo Opera House to Broadcast US Metropolitan Opera Performances

Farah Rafik27 January 2022

Egypt Beats Ivory Coast to a Place in AFCON 2022 Quarter Finals

Amina Zaineldine26 January 2022

Australian-Egyptian Daniel Nour Named Young Australian of the Year

Farah Rafik26 January 2022

Perusing Books Amidst a Pandemic: the Cairo Book Fair to Offer Vaccinations for Attendees

Mariam Zakzouk25 January 2022

Surge in Egyptian Expat Remittances Offer Signs of Economic Stability

Ibrahim Abdou24 January 2022

‘We’ve Been Strategic Partners for the Last 40 Years’: Interview with US Ambassador to Egypt

Marina Makary23 January 2022

President Sisi Orders Bonuses for Teachers, Medical Interns and Public Sector Employees

Egyptian Streets19 January 2022

Israeli Forces Demolish the Salhiya Family Home in Sheikh Jarrah

Fadila Khaled19 January 2022