September 5, 2019
According to Expat Insider 2019, Portugal is the best European country to live and work, for expats.
Portugal is the country where respondents are most likely to recommend expat life, and an impressive 83% agree it is easy to settle down in Portugal. As the report stated, 51% of the expats plan to stay possibly forever.
Expats rank Portugal ﬁrst for feeling at home and third for friendliness. Close to nine in ten (87%) describe the local attitude toward foreign residents as friendly, and the majority (57%) even regards it as very good — compared to 65% and 27% worldwide.
Nearly a quarter (24%) relocated to Portugal for a better quality of life, and it does rank ﬁrst in this index. Portugal ranks in the top 10 for the Leisure Options (2nd), Personal Happiness (2nd), Health & Well-Being (7th), and Safety & Security (8th) subcategories.
Results for travel and transportation (16th) and digital life (16th) are not as good, but still more than satisfactory.
Portugal’s 15th place in the Personal Finance Index is a good result, and even better when seen in context. The country only placed 45th out of 68 in 2018, which makes it the biggest winner in this index.
Mediterranean destinations Portugal (3rd) and Spain (5th) have seen little change, still impressing expats with the quality of life (1st and 2nd, respectively) and the ease of settling in (4th and 8th).
According to the survey, Taiwan is the best place to live, second Vietnam and third Portugal. Taiwan oﬀers a great quality of life (3rd
out of 64 destinations), favorable personal ﬁnances (6th), an impressive working life (8th), and good results for ease of settling in (14th).
Life in Portugal is very peaceful, healthy, and safe.
About Expat Insider:
In its sixth year, Expat Insider, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive surveys on life abroad, has set yet another record: 20,259 participants from around the globe shared their experiences in 2019. Together, they represent 182 nationalities and are scattered across 187 countries or territories.