Soon after moving, expats notice the laid-back energy and focus on a true work/life balance. According to a survey conducted by Expat Insider, the other reasons Portugal tops the charts include friendliness of locals, cost of living, leisure activities and the ease of feeling comfortable/settling in. For the survey, approximately 12,500 expats answered an online form, with 93% living in Portugal being generally satisfied with their quality of life. According to the same survey, Taiwan ranked #2 and Spain #3.
Adding to the list of pros is the incredible ease of travel with many low-cost airlines making regular flights daily to Lisbon and Porto.
Southern Portugal has also been listed as one of the best destinations to retire abroad. The budget-friendly cost of living and 10-year tax breaks, which allow pensions to cover more for less, are among the most attractive features. Portugal also enjoys a mild climate and more sunny days than most other countries in Europe.
Many stunning beaches, some with fantastic waves, and beautiful mountain ranges enhance the country’s allure, making it a popular choice among freelancers and digital nomads, in addition to surfers and outdoor enthusiasts. In fact, Portugal is home to the largest wave surfed and remains a global destination for surfing competitions.
Of course, safety is always a consideration when moving abroad and Portugal tops those charts too. According to the Global Peace Index, the country ranked #3 in 2017 for the safest in the world.
Pair these facts with the welcoming locals, many with some level of English (mainly around the capital), and there are few (if any) reasons not to move to Portugal.