Top 15 places to live and work abroad in 2013

  • Visitors look at the Opera House being lit up by a projection during Vivid Sydney, the annual festival of light, music and ideas, in Sydney on May 28, 2013. More than 60 interactive and immersive light sculptures and installations across Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour and North Sydney took part in the festival. City skyscrapers will light up along with 3D mapped projections on Customs House, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and Cadman?s Cottage. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images) SAEED KHAN

    (MoneyWatch) Even though global economic growth is limping along, businesses are still increasingly sending employees overseas.

    According to a recent study by the Cartus Corp., a top provider of relocation services around the globe, 57 percent of multinational companies expect to increase the number of employees they transfer this year. That trend isn't new: Cartus transferred 160,000 people last year -- up 5 percent from the year before.

    Technology companies lead the pack in transferring employees globally for both short- and long-term assignments, followed by oil- and gas-producing companies, financial companies and then manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.

    Overall, 15 countries stand out as the best places for businesses to send their employees and their families. While the annual list remains relatively constant, countries tend to trade spots within it. China was big last year but dropped slightly in the rankings this year. Britain, on the other hand, has emerged as a more popular destination. And despite its recent economic woes, the top global destination remains unchanged.

    See how this list compares to the 10 best countries to live and work abroad in 2012 as well as the 2011 list.

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