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Oman among safest, friendliest nations globally

18 May 2021

Oman is one of the safest and friendliest countries in the world, according to the latest Expat Insider 2021 survey.

Conducted by InterNations, the world’s largest expat community with around 4mn members, it is one of the most extensive surveys about living and working abroad, sharing insights into expat life in 59 destinations. More than 12,000 respondents participated in the survey. 

It offers in-depth information on expats’ satisfaction with the quality of life, ease of settling in, working life, personal finance, and the cost of living in their respective country of residence. Additionally, the respondents share how they have been experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has impacted their life.

Oman is ranked 24th out of 59 destinations in the survey. Expats are very happy with the Ease of Settling In (6th rank) and also quite satisfied with the Cost of Living (21st). While Oman also lands in a fairly average –  32nd – place in the Quality of Life Index, it does not do so well in the Personal Finance (45th) and Working Abroad (49th) indices. 

Overall, Taiwan, Mexico and Costa Rica are the best expat destinations worldwide – all of them attract expats with their ease of settling in and good personal finances. 

On the other hand, the bottom three countries – Kuwait, Italy and South Africa – all perform poorly in the Working Abroad Index. Additionally, Kuwait is the hardest country for expats to feel at home in, Italy is the worst for personal finances, and expats in South Africa do not feel safe.


In the Top 10 for Ease of Settling In

Oman performs best in the Ease of Settling In Index (6th) with the sultanate ranked 4th in the sub category of friendliness. The majority of expats (83%) is happy with the friendliness of the local population towards foreign residents (vs 67% globally). Another 86% rate the general friendliness positively (vs 69% globally).   

An expat from the Philippines likes that “the locals are very friendly and hospitable”, stated the survey report. Additionally, 58% of expats find it easy to make local friends (vs 44% globally). 

Most expats feel at home in Oman’s local culture (69% vs 63% globally) and find it easy to live here without speaking the local language (84% vs 54% globally).

In the Quality of Life Index, Oman places 32nd, doing best in the Safety and Security subcategory (5th). Nearly all expats (97%) rate the peacefulness positively (vs 80% globally), placing the country second worldwide for this factor – just behind Finland (1st). 

Moreover, 91% of expats are happy with the country’s political stability (vs 64% globally). 

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