Expat? 14 best places in the world to live and work

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    By Laurie Kulikowski/MainStreet.com

    If you have always wanted to live abroad, there are plenty of great places to choose from.

    Take Ecuador, for instance.

    The small South American country ranked first among those surveyed by expatriate-focused social network InterNations in "personal happiness," "finding friends," "personal finance" and "cost of living" and fifth for "working abroad." Ecuador has 15 million people and a small economy ($90 billion in gross domestic product) but might just be the next best place to wherever you are now if you must leave.

    InterNations conducted its survey online, asking nearly 14,000 expats from 169 countries a series of questions about the quality of their lives in their new homes. Factors such as overall quality of life, family life, cost of living and others were given weight based on how important survey respondents ranked them for their overall happiness.

    Here are the 14 top countries in the world for expats, starting from least friendly to most.