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Israel ranks 23rd out of 60 destinations for sustainability.

InterNations publishes its first Environment and Sustainability Ranking, revealing the best and worst countries for the sustainable expat.

Finland (1st), Sweden, Norway, Austria, and Switzerland (5th) are the best countries for the sustainable expat.

India (60th), Kuwait, Egypt, Indonesia, and Vietnam (56th) come last.

Israel performs best in the Quality of Environment subcategory, with 82%of expats rating the local water and sanitation infrastructure positively (vs.72%globally).

The Environment & Sustainability Ranking is based on the Expat Insider 2020 survey, one of the most extensive surveys about living and working abroad.

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Munich, 30 September 2020

In its first Environment & Sustainability Report, InterNations, the world’s largest expat community, identifies the best and worst countries for the sustainable expat. The results, which are based on the Expat Insider 2020 survey, reveal that Finland, Sweden, Norway, Austria, and Switzerland excel at offering a sustainable environment. At the other end of the ranking, India, Kuwait, Egypt, Indonesia, and Vietnam are rated the worst countries for the sustainable expat. Israel ranks 23rdout of 60 destinations.

The Environment & Sustainability Ranking is based on eight individual factors, such as expats’ satisfaction with the availability of green goods and services and the air quality. It also includes their perception of how much the government supports policies to protect the environment and how interested the local population is when it comes to environmental issues.

Good air quality and great water and sanitation in Israel

Israel ranks 23rd out of 60 countries in the Environment & Sustainability Ranking, with very similar results for all factors featured in the survey. It comes in 21st place in the Quality of the Environment subcategory, its best performance: About two in three expats (66%) rate the air quality in Israel positively (vs. 62% globally), and 82% are happy with the water and sanitation infrastructure (vs. 72% globally).

In the Products & Utilities subcategory, Israel comes 25th, with 61% of expats satisfied with the country’s energy supply (vs. 62% globally) and 64% rating the availability of green goods and services positively (vs. 65% globally). With Israel ranking 29th out of 60, the Policies & People subcategory is the country’s weak point, but it still ends up in upper half of the global ranking. In fact, 51% of expats agree that the population cares a lot about environmental issues, which is just above the global average (48%). The same is true for the government: 55% of think that the Israeli government supports policies to protect the environment (vs. 55% globally).

About the Environment & Sustainability Report

To identify the best and worst countries for a sustainable life abroad, survey participants of the Expat Insider 2020 survey were asked to rate their personal satisfaction with the following factors on a scale of one to seven:

  • air quality
  • the natural environment
  • water and sanitation
  • the availability of green goods and services
  • energy supply
  • local waste management and recycling infrastructure.

The rating factors also include their perception of how strongly the government supports policies to protect the environment and how interested the local population is when it comes to environmental issues. For a country to be featured in the Environment & Sustainability Ranking, a sample size of at least 75 survey respondents per country was necessary. In 2020, 60 destinations met this requirement, with more than 15,000 expats in total taking part in the survey, representing 173 nationalities and living in 181 countries or territories

Top 10 destinations for the sustainable expat

  1. Finland
  2. Sweden
  3. Norway
  4. Austria
  5. Switzerland
  6. Denmark
  7. New Zealand
  8. Germany
  9. Canada
  10. Luxembourg
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