Malta again tops the 9 best coun­tries for ex­pats seek­ing sun

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

The sun is one of the few things Brits can’t im­port, no mat­ter how much you are pre­pared to pay.

For that rea­son, more than 60% of Bri­tish ex­pats con­sider the weather at their tar­get des­ti­na­tion be­fore mov­ing abroad – 17 per­cent­age points more than the global av­er­age of ex­pats world­wide – ac­cord­ing to a study by In­ter­na­tions.

The ex­pat con­sul­tancy sur­veyed more than 14,000 ex­pats from over 191 coun­tries to find the homes away from home with the best cli­mate.

The UK comes bot­tom of the list, fol­lowed by Ire­land, the Nether­lands and Nor­way.

Here are the coun­tries at the top: 9: Ecuador – Around eight out of 10 ex­pats rank Ecuador’s cli­mate as a ben­e­fit, but the coun­try lost out on a high rank­ing be­cause only half of ex­pats in Ecuador are sat­is­fied with their level of job se­cu­rity.

8: Uganda – The African na­tion ranked among the world’s friendli­est ac­cord­ing to In­ter­na­tions, and 77% of ex­pats con­sid­ered the cli­mate a po­ten­tial ben­e­fit be­fore mov­ing.

7: Greece – Although 81% of ex­pats con­sid­ered Greece’s warm cli­mate to be at­trac­tive only a quar­ter of re­spon­dents are gen­er­ally sat­is­fied with their fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion, com­pared with 64% glob­ally.

6: Por­tu­gal – More than 80% of ex­pats in Por­tu­gal said the sun was a po­ten­tial ben­e­fit, but 26% ex­pected the weak labour market to be a dis­ad­van­tage, com­pared with 11% glob­ally.

5: Spain – Al­most 85% of ex­pats were at­tracted by Spain’s sun and a huge 88% rate the avail­able leisure ac­tiv­i­ties pos­i­tively, com­pared to 72% glob­ally.

4: Morocco – Eighty four per­cent of ex­pats con­sid­ered the North African coun­try’s cli­mate a ben­e­fit be­fore mov­ing, and the same ra­tio say that their dis­pos­able house­hold in­come is enough or more than enough for daily life.

3: Cyprus – The cli­mate in Cyprus at­tracted 86% of ex­pats be­fore mov­ing. Cyprus also of­fers one of the short­est full-time work­weeks in the world at only 41.5 hours per week.

2: Costa Rica – A whop­ping 89% of ex­pats said they con­sid­ered the cli­mate in Costa Rica as a po­ten­tial ben­e­fit, which might have some­thing to do with the 92% of ex­pats re­port­ing that happy with their life in gen­eral.

1: Malta – As much as 92% of ex­pats were at­tracted to Malta for bet­ter weather. Life is good on the is­land, with nine out of 10 ex­pats in Malta stat­ing that it is easy to set­tle down there.

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