Boasting an enviable climate, good healthcare and family friendly atmosphere, Spain has ranked highly in InterNations annual Expat Insider survey 2016 with a huge 92% of expats generally satisfied with life there.
One of the largest expat surveys worldwide, the report offers an insight into the everyday lives of over 14,000 expats representing 174 nationalities living in over 60 different countries worldwide. Focusing on participants happiness related to their country of residence and personal life abroad, the survey covers a range of topics including basic demographic data, the moving process and living and working abroad.
Despite ranking slightly below average for employment opportunities, Spain was one of the best performers in a number of categories ranking 10th out of 67 countries for personal happiness and 14th overall. The excellent Spanish weather seems to play a role in peoples happiness with 84% of respondents citing the climate as a contributing factor to their move.
Spain ranked fifth in the Feeling Welcome subcategory with close to three quarters (74%) of respondents, compared to a global average of 59%, saying that it was generally easy to settle down in the country. Furthermore Spain ranked well in the Friendliness subcategory reaching 12th position with 86% of expats agreeing that the general friendliness of the population is overall good and 42% considering it excellent.
Further areas in which Spain ranked positively include Health and Wellbeing reaching 10th overall, children’s health, family life, families with children and affordability of childcare and education.