UK expats say good weather is a first requirement

Published:  28 Aug at 6 PM
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The first thing the majority of British would-be expats consider is the weather in the country of their choice.

Over 60 per cent of British expats study weather reports in a variety of possible expat destinations before making their final choice. For good reason, the sun is a prime requirement for a satisfactory new life overseas after decades of making do with the downpours and dull skies of the so-called British summer. A recent Internations survey involving over 14,000 expats living across the world confirms the effect of climate on wellbeing, with the UK lurking right at the bottom of the list of favoured countries. Even Ireland, famed for its mists and soft rain, scored a higher rating than Britain.

At the head of the list is the Mediterranean island of Malta, with 92 per cent of respondees praising its weather as well as the ease of settling down on the former British island. Costa Rica came a well-deserved second, although it’s more likely to be attractive to USA expats. Almost 100 per cent of the expats surveyed said they were happy with their choice.

Cyprus’s climate won third place, with 86 per cent deciding to move to the divided, historical island famous for its sun and warmth as well as its 41.5 hour working week. Not all expats, it seems, are retirees looking for a home in the sun. Everyone who’s ever considered emigrating is aware Spain is the most popular European hub for Britons looking for a sunny retirement and plenty of leisure activities, although it’s good for new businesses as well.

Morocco isn’t just a haven for expat sun-seekers, it’s an inexpensive country for UK state pensioners and others without large amounts of cash to splash. The North African hotspot was favoured by 64 per cent of those who took part in the survey. Portugal was another winner, although the weak labour marker was considered a disadvantage by 20 per cent of respondents. Greece’s financial problems affected its position in the survey results, but 81 per cent agreed the weather was just what was needed.

Uganda and Ecuador filled the last two places in the list of nine top destinations for weather, with the African state also scoring points for ultra- friendly locals. Ecuador ticked the right boxes for its climate as well, but 50 per cent of working expats weren’t satisfied with their overall job security.
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