Are you a badass expat? Take this quick quiz to find out.

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What’s your badass expat score?

Do you think you’re a hardcore badass full-fat expat?  Let’s find out.

A few days ago I shared a link to a recent Business Insider article entitled The 19 countries with the worst quality of life in the world for expats.’  I soon had friends and readers telling me how many years they’d spent in which country and realised we could turn these rankings into a quick and easy way to work out your ‘Badass Expat’ score.

I’ve allocated points to each location, the tougher the location the more points you get.  You then multiply the points for each location by the number of years you lived there, tally them up and bingo, you have your Badass Expat score.

My current score is 111.

What’s yours?

Worst Country for Expats as ranked by Business Insider

Ranking Points Earned Per Assignment Year Number of Years in Country Totals
China 19 1
Philipines 18 2
Uganda 17 3
South Africa 16 4 4 16
Ukraine 15 5
Ireland 14 6
Qatar 13 7
Peru 12 8
Kazakhstan 11 9
Indonesia 10 10
Kenya 9 11
India 8 12
Tanzania 7 13
Brazil 6 14
Saudi Arabia 5 15
Egypt 4 16
Kuwait 3 17
Mozambique 2 18
Nigeria 1 19 5 95
Badass Expat Score       111

What’s the most challenging thing you had to do to earn your badass expat stripes? Did you deal with constant power and water cuts? Police check points? Wildlife? Weather? Culture? Language?  Traffic? Lacklustre supermarket offerings?  Crime?

Do you think any of the countries on this list shouldn’t be on it?  Which country is NOT on this list, but should be?


6 thoughts on “Are you a badass expat? Take this quick quiz to find out.

  1. July 3, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    Well I have lived in number 18, 16 and 1 but we only lasted a few months in 1 after being medi-vacced so I cant even count a year there! However this list doesn’t include two other fairly badass places I have lived – Venezuela and Pakistan!


  2. Ali Dunnell October 24, 2017 / 7:41 am

    Just stumbled across your blog – and it’s great and I have followed you 🙂 Had a go at your Badass Expat Score and it worked out at 60 – does that make me a softarse (I’m English and will always say arse and not ass 😉 )


    • Expatorama October 24, 2017 / 8:31 am

      Nope, I think 60 is pretty good and your score can only go up, not down. I also usually say arse, ‘badass’ and donkeys being the exceptions to my rule. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Ali Dunnell October 24, 2017 / 10:52 am

        Well I am living in Kenya at the moment, so here’s to a higher rating 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

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