Malta reconfirmed as the preferred country amongst expats
No matter how much you are prepared to pay, you simply can’t import the sun. That’s why more than 60% of the British who participated in the annual study conducted by Internations have stated that the weather as a deciding factor when choosing their destination before moving abroad.
The expat consultancy organisation surveyed more than 14,000 respondents from over 191 countries to find which are the preferred homes away from home with a focus on those offering better climate.
The findings are listed below:
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.
The African nation ranked among the world's friendliest according to Internations, and 77% of expats considered the climate a potential benefit before moving.
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.
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.
Almost 85% of expats were attracted by Spain's sun and a huge 88% rate the available leisure activities positively, compared to 72% globally.
84% 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.
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.
As much as 92% of expats were attracted to Malta for the island's heavenly weather. With more than 300 days of sunshine, this is very much expected.
What makes Malta so attractive is that apart from its natural Mediterranean beauty, surrounded by clear blue waters, it is small enough that anywhere you go, no matter how far “inland,” you are, the gentle ocean breeze is only a few kilometres away.
The winter in Malta is still comfortably warm, with little rain and average temperatures in February - the coldest month - at 15 degrees Celsius.
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