A Guide To the Best Countries For Work (As Of 2018)

Choosing where to work is often just as important as what the job is. Throughout the world, there are many different economies, some better than others, and some which oust the business climates of the rest of the world. If you are thinking of choosing a country in which to place yourself due to the economic climate and so forth, or if you simply want to know which country is the best to work in, we have rounded up the statistics and opinions of the best countries to work in as of this year.

There are some countries here which will come as no surprise to you. Furthermore, the majority of these countries are European countries, which is good news for you (continental) Europeans. Each country is decided upon due to its many ranging statistics, though placing particular importance on the average salary and the employment/unemployment rate. So, with the useful statistics provided and some hearty determination, these countries might be where your next (great) job will be. Let’s get on with the list!

A Guide To the Best Countries For Work (As Of 2018)

(The following list is in no particular order)

  • Austria


Austria is beautifully picturesque – huge rolling hillsides, quaint little villages, and a relatively good clime. Besides the natural beauty, Austria is normally associated with wealth. This country’s economy is one of the best in Europe and has been for a long time, meaning the salaries are big (and likewise so are the costs to live there).

The average salary is somewhere around $85,000. Besides the money, Austria also offers workers a great work-life balance.

  • Luxembourg

Luxembourg City

One of the smallest countries in Europe, Luxembourg is also one of the most powerful. One of three capital cities of the European Union (the other two being Brussels and Strasbourg), Luxembourg is likewise one of the wealthiest places in all of Europe, so if you find yourself living and working a decent job here, consider yourself lucky indeed. Of course, the cost of living here is high, but the country itself also sports some tremendous natural beauty. Vineyards, rolling mountains and placed nicely between France and Germany, you can enjoy a nice life here.

The average salary in Luxembourg is reported to be around $60,000. This country also has one of the lowest rates of unemployment (6.5%) and offers great healthcare. Minimum wage is $11.20 per hour, and workers can enjoy around 25 days of vacation. It’s without a doubt one of the best countries in Europe, and may, in fact, be the best.

Also Read: Study Abroad & A List of Countries Where College Is Free

  • Germany


Germany is in many ways the leading power in Europe. As many countries in Europe have recently fallen on hard times (Greece and Ireland in particular), Germany has managed to remain relatively unscathed thanks to its bulletproof economy. Another great thing about Germany is the high level of English. The vast majority of Germans are well versed in English, so there are no language boundaries here. The country is also very dynamic, offering major metropolitan cities such as Berlin and Munich, as well as verdant, beautiful towns and villages in places like Bavaria (southern Germany).

Many salaries here can rise up to around $100,000. Again, the cost of living is quite high, depending on where you are located.

  • United States

No surprise here – the world superpower still stands as the land of opportunity in many cases. However, due to recent governmental changes, it’s now harder than ever to become an expat here. The average income is roughly around $60,000 and the minimum wage is $7.25, but the thing with the United States is that there is plenty of area for growth and earning quick cash. The American Dream is still alive and kicking – you never know what you could achieve within a year in one of the major US cities. It is where millionaires are made practically overnight, and likewise broken just as fast.

  • Canada


Just across the border from the world superpower stands Canada. Stereo-typically the ‘friendliest country in the world’, Canada also offers some great work opportunities. If you’re a British citizen or hold a British passport, entrance to Canada is immediately easier. Many thousands of British expats find work here, many of whom have reported great things. The average income is lower than the United States ($47,000 approximately), but the minimum wage is slightly higher at $8.20. The country also has one of the highest life-expectancy rates as well as a low unemployment rate (6.8%).

  • The United Arab Emirates


You may have friends or relatives who have worked in or visited Dubai. Likewise, they’ve probably told you about how much they’ve earned. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is without a doubt one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Average salaries can rise up to around $110,00 plus accommodation allowance, which is another thing that attracts a lot of expats. The UAE overall is one of the best countries in the world for work. However, don’t expect to stay there permanently if you don’t have a good knowledge of the Arabic language. Most expats are given citizenship after 10 years of solid work with a UAE company. Criminal records for expats is also something to be avoided at all costs.

  • Norway

Scandinavia, in general, is a wealthy region, though coming out on top in many circumstances is Norway. The average income is around $50,000 and the healthcare system here is government-funded. Interestingly, there is no minimum wage, so you never know what to expect when working here. Norway is one of the best countries to live in due to its natural beauty. The weather can be a bit dark at times due to its geographical position, but with an abundance of forests and lakes, which make it the largest exporter of salmon in the world, Norway will treat you well.

  • Switzerland

Just like its neighbors, Germany and Austria, Switzerland holds much the same wealth and scenery. This country is synonymous with world-renowned banking, so it’s no surprise that work here is good. The average salary is around $58,000 per year, and again like in Norway, there is no minimum wage. Switzerland also has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world (3.6%) proving that the quality of life here is exceptional.


Europe, in general, seems like the place to be working, with Scandinavia and central Europe holding some of the best countries for work. Furthermore, one of the best countries to find work at the moment is in Australia. A fairly young and growing country, Australia is another ripe land of opportunity which offers many new and blossoming areas of work.

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