Spain, one of the best countries for expats

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Spain, one of the best countries for expats

Spain is the number one country for physical health, overall quality of life, social life and retirement, according to the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey. Photo: EFE/Kiko Huesca. (EFE)
Spain is the number one country for physical health, overall quality of life, social life and retirement, according to the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey. Photo: EFE/Kiko Huesca. (EFE)

Spain is one of the world’s best places for expats, says Expat Explorer: Broadening Perspectives, a global report by HSBC. According to this report, our country stands second for experience, only behind New Zealand, as nearly three quarters (73%) say their overall quality of life has improved since they moved to our country.

In the overall ranking, which takes into consideration the top 65 countries, Spain stands 17th.

Spain is the number one country for physical health, overall quality of life, active social life and retirement. Most expats praise our national health service, and almost three in five (58%) say their physical health is better here than it would be at home (compared to a global average of 36%).

Warmly welcomed

According to the HSBC report, 91% families coming to live in Spain feel Spaniards are kind and friendly.

Families with children appreciate the availability and affordability of education, an area in which Spain is among the top ten countries.

Moreover, 52% foreign nationals say they had no trouble making friends with locals, and 77% found it easy to settle in the country.

A place for retirement

With 44% expats here over the age of 55, compared with a global average of 22%, Spain is also ranked one of the very best countries to retire to in the world.