Thanks to a friendly population, relatively low costs and an improving economy, Spain ranks in the top 10 best countries for quality of life in 2017.
According to recent researches published on InterNations, nine in ten expats are satisfied with their life in Spain.
There are many reasons for this: they are overall happy with their personal safety, travel opportunities, and available leisure activities. But the climate and the lifestyle are above all mentioned as key points for their happiness.
Available leisure activities for kids is also another crucial point for expats’ satisfaction: Spain manages to score 8th place out of 45 countries in the Family Life Index in 2017. In particular, parents are quite satisfied with the availability and costs of childcare and education, ranking Spain fourth and eighth in these aspects.
Furthermore, the majority of expat parents in Spain thinks the country is good for their children’s health and safety, and that Spaniards are friendly towards families with kids.
Friendliness seems to be one of the main characteristics of Spainiards and an integral part of Spanish life: at least four in five respondents agree that there’s a friendly attitude in general and toward foreign residents in particular.
Over four-fifths of expats also think it’s easy to get used to the local culture and even felt at home in Spain nearly straight away. This helped Spain to reach sixth place in the Feeling Welcome subcategory of the Ease of Settling In Index.
Obviously, the language is an integral part of culture and local language skills can make it easier for expats to connect with the locals. Fortunately, close to three in five respondents in Spain generally agree that Spanish is quite easy to learn and only a third of respondents say the same about the local language of their respective country of residence.
Last but not least, over four in five rate the cost of living positively in general, and more than double the global average even consider it to be very affordable .
However, low costs are also indicators of other issues in the labour market, signaling limited career paths and less opportunities comparing to other western European countries, at least for now.
Despite these results, Spain has managed to improve its ranking in the Personal Finance Index over the years, to take 41st place out of 65 countries in 2017, compared to 58th out of 64 countries in 2015.
On the other side, future tendecies show that the Spanish economy is growing and show signs of a robust recovery. Many Spaniards who left the country after the crisis in 2008, are returning back to their country.
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