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Top 5 Destinations For Those Seeking The Expat Lifestyle

We look at the pros and cons of 5 of the most tempting places to live as a family abroad.

There is much to be said for living life as an ex-pat – the sense of freedom it can give a young person or couple seeking adventure in their early twenties, the opportunity to learn a new language and explore a new culture, and a more (or less, depending upon your point of view) forgiving climate.

But when it is time to start raising a family, many ex-pats choose to return to the UK. It makes sense for several reasons; to be closer to family, to educate children in the same system as their parents, to obtain a British passport.

That said, there are some equally compelling reasons to remain abroad. Let’s look at the pros and cons of 5 of the most tempting places to live as a family abroad.

Switzerland

Pros: a safe-haven, with a highly-educated population that favour a healthy, outdoorsy lifestyle, in Switzerland, whether you are in Geneva, Basel, Zurich or anywhere else you are never far from stunning scenery, alpine trails and lakes and mountains. The family oriented culture also means you are likely to see plenty of your children as they grow up, and play an important role in their development.

Cons: Switzerland is an expensive country and away from the financial sector, jobs are scarce, and property pricey. Although the Swiss education system is good, only about 25% of children will go on to study for a Bachelor’s degree, with many favouring vocational schemes or apprenticeships.

Denmark

Pros: Denmark is renowned for its inclusive culture which ensures nobody is left out or allowed to drop out of the social system, but in recent years the country, and especially the capital, Copenhagen, has developed an entrepreneurial culture that welcomes newcomers from abroad and provides a host of exciting employment opportunities.

Cons: the Nordic countries are not cheap and the climate is not to everybody’s taste, with long, dark winters and chilly evenings.

Spain

Pros: a friendly, tolerant culture, an inexpensive lifestyle and the best climate in Europe! Spain can feel like a paradise, and there is never any shortage of activities to get involved with.

Cons: Away from the English enclaves, Spanish culture can be hard to integrate into, and the current political instability is failing to address high levels of unemployment and some corruption.

Australia

Pros: a hugely popular destination for expat brits, the likes of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, despite the sporting rivalry, can feel like home from home, and surprise surprise, the warm weather climate is a wonderful opportunity for parents to allow their children to develop a lifelong love of sport.

Cons: Besides the sporting rivalry? Australia is a huge country and once there, you can forget about weekend city breaks in other countries. The nearest country, Indonesia, is a 4-hour flight away!

Singapore

Pros: for the ambitious and hard-working, Singapore offers a life-style as good as you will find anywhere in the world, and has probably edged ahead of Hong Kong in recent years as the financial centre of Asia.

Cons: Many ex-pats based in Singapore will look to educate their children over-seas, often at British public schools, which is expensive, if rewarding. Space is at a premium and without a high salary, life in Singapore can be a struggle. The province is also governed by strict laws which may not be to everyone’s taste.

 

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Barbados Dollars
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Djibouti Francs
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EEK
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EGP
Egypt Pounds
ETB
Ethiopia Birr
FJD
Fiji Dollars
FKP
Falkland Islands Pounds
GGP
Guernsey Pounds
GHS
Ghana Cedis
GIP
Gibraltar Pounds
GTQ
Guatemala Quetzales
GYD
Guyana Dollars
HNL
Honduras Lempiras
HRK
Croatia Kuna
HUF
Hungary Forint
IDR
Indonesia Rupiahs
IMP
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IRR
Iran Rials
ISK
Iceland Kronur
JEP
Jersey Pounds
JMD
Jamaica Dollars
JOD
Jordan Dinars
JPY
Japan Yen
KES
Kenya Shillings
KGS
Kyrgyzstan Soms
KHR
Cambodia Riels
KPW
North Korea Won
KRW
South Korea Won
KWD
Kuwait Dinars
KYD
Cayman Islands Dollars
KZT
Kazakhstan Tenge
LAK
Laos Kips
LBP
Lebanon Pounds
LKR
Sri Lanka Rupees
LRD
Liberia Dollars
LTL
Lithuania Litai
LVL
Latvia Lati
MAD
Morocco Dirhams
MKD
Macedonia Denars
MNT
Mongolia Tugriks
MRO
Mauritania Ouguiyas
MUR
Mauritius Rupees
MXN
Mexico Pesos
MYR
Malaysia Ringgits
MZN
Mozambique Meticais
NAD
Namibia Dollars
NGN
Nigeria Nairas
NIO
Nicaragua Cordobas
NOK
Norway Kroner
NPR
Nepal Rupees
OMR
Oman Rials
PAB
Panama Balboas
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Peru Soles
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PKR
Pakistan Rupees
PYG
Paraguay Guarani
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Russia Rubles
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Saudi Arabia Riyals
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Solomon Islands Dollars
SCR
Seychelles Rupees
SEK
Sweden Kronor
SGD
Singapore Dollars
SHP
Saint Helena Pounds
SOS
Somalia Shillings
SRD
Suriname Dollars
SVC
El Salvador Colones
SYP
Syria Pounds
THB
Thailand Baht
TJS
Tajikistan Somoni
TND
Tunisia Dinars
TRY
Turkey Lira
TTD
Trinidad and Tobago Dollars
TWD
Taiwan New Dollars
TZS
Tanzania Shillings
UAH
Ukraine Hryvnia
UGX
Uganda Shillings
UYU
Uruguay Pesos
UZS
Uzbekistan Sums
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