WORLD - Best Countries to Live and Work In

Arno Froese

Moving abroad boosts the average worker’s income by $21,000, with the best-paid staff found in Switzerland, the U.S. and Hong Kong.

That’s the conclusion in a survey showing that 45 percent of expats said their existing job paid more internationally and 28 percent changed locations for a promotion. In Switzerland, famous for both sky-high mountains and prices, the annual income boost totaled $61,000. Expat salaries there averaged $203,000 per year—twice the global level.

In HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer, Singapore topped the ranking as best place to live and work for a fourth straight year, beating New Zealand, Germany and Canada. Switzerland ranked only eighth, with the high cost of raising children and difficulty making friends going against it.

“Singapore packs everything a budding expat could want into one of the world’s smallest territories,” said John Goddard, head of HSBC Expat.

Sweden, one of the world’s most gender-equal countries, got top billing for family, while New Zealand, Spain and Taiwan led the way in the experience category.

Australia came fourth in the experience category, seventh for economics and 15th for family.

-www.theage.com.au, 11 October 2018

Arno's commentary

Here we have more research that loudly proclaims, welcome to the global world. While we hear and read much about anti-globalism, facts on the ground clearly show that globalism is the winner, guaranteeing more freedom than ever, more prosperity, and—as has been proven in the last almost 75 years—nations becoming more interdependent. Separation seems all but impossible. Brexit, for example, has put much of Britain in a bind. The British pound has already lost much of its value, and experts believe that London will lose its leading position as the financial center of the world.

For believers to take sides is in error, because we have the prophetic Word painting a different picture. World unity under globalism will continue to solidify—finally under one leader, as reported in Daniel 11:36-37: “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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