Portugal best European country for expats

in News · 13-09-2019 01:00:00 · 11 Comments
Portugal best European country for expats

Portugal has come out on top as the best European country for expats thanks to the country providing a great quality of life and the ease of settling in.

According to the Expat Insider 2019 Survey from InterNations, Portugal came third overall out of 64 global destinations and was at the top of the rankings for Europe.

For its annual Expat Insider survey, InterNations asked 20,259 expats representing 182 nationalities and living in 187 countries or territories to provide information on various aspects of expat life, as well as their gender, age, and nationality. The survey is considered to be one of the most extensive when it comes to studying living and working abroad and includes information about quality of life, ease of settling in, working life, personal finance, cost of living and family life.

According to the Expat Insider 2019 survey, Portugal offers an excellent quality of life (1st worldwide) and a “relaxed lifestyle”, as a British expat highlights. It is one of the world’s best countries for leisure options (2nd): more than four in five expats (83 percent) are happy with the socialising and leisure activities available to them (vs. 65 percent globally), and almost every expat (95 percent) rates the climate and weather positively (vs. 61 percent globally).

Portugal also ranks among the top five expat destinations where it is easy to settle in for the third year in a row (4th in 2019). Within this index, it even comes first in the Feeling at Home subcategory, with 83 percent finding it easy to settle down in the country (vs. 59 percent globally). It may help that 91 percent of expats find the Portuguese generally friendly (vs. 68 percent globally).

While Portugal also secures its spot in the top 10 countries in the Cost of Living Index (8th; 83 percent satisfied vs. 47 percent globally), it is not a top scorer when it comes to working abroad (35th). Expats are unhappy with their career prospects (50th) and their job security (47th), with only around half the respondents (46 percent and 51 percent) rating the respective factors positively (vs. 55 percent and 59 percent globally).

The only countries in the world that ranked higher than Portugal in the survey were Taiwan and Vietnam while at the other end of the scale Kuwait came in last place with Italy only one place better, followed by Nigeria. Kuwait was found to be the country where expats find it most difficult to settle in, Italy has the worst work life and Nigeria was found to have the worst quality of life.

Portugal has risen up through the ranks over the years since the survey first began, initially the country was ranked 41 out of 61 in 2014 before rising sharply in 2017 to fifth place out of 65 and peaking this year when Portugal reached the number three spot globally.


My husband and I are retired, in our 70s. I would appreciate all information you can provide about our options to expat to Portugal for people of our age group. Thank you.

By Val Rand from USA on 12-10-2020 10:17

Senior lady looking at living Algarve area 6 months a year with possibility of permanent move. What is the best location in Algarve to look at house rentals. Not in the city. Prefer house with pool. Would like to bring 2 indoor cats. Any suggestions.

By Linda French from Other on 15-09-2019 09:05

If Portugal accept less desirable migrants such as those that first language is not latin or English or of an European country please stay where you are...you have enough in the country you want to emigrate from

By Giovani from UK on 14-09-2019 01:18

Am a Nigerian planning to relocate to Portugal as mechanic and truck driver I need your advice please should I give it a try

By Samuel from Other on 14-09-2019 09:42

Sir/Madam Nothing is written,is it easy or difficult to get visit Visa to Potugal from Pakistan?Please provide year wise data of Visa success rate from Pakistan.

By Tanveer Akhtar from Other on 14-09-2019 05:41

Services , especially Immigration , Health , Customs , are very very slow and inefficient , and unless bigger cities are near there is a lack of shops , transport , and services in general ( except in the Algarve) . There has also been a massive increase in thefts from homes .

By Paul Rice from Lisbon on 14-09-2019 05:10

I really want to visit Portugal.
Can someone help me.
What documents required.
I am living in saudi arabia but i am from Pakistan

By Shahbaz from Other on 14-09-2019 04:30

Hi I am Rakesh Mishra (Indian national) working in Kenya. As a Blending and bottling head in a reputed liquor manufacturing bottling unit. With 20+years rich experience in blending n bottling. 11 years in Africa.
Is it possible to get the job in distillery bottling unit in Portugal.
I am so passionate to work in Portugal.
How is climate. Is it suitable for vegetarians.
How is education there.
Please anyone guide me. I will be thankful to you.

By Rakesh Kumar Mishra from Other on 13-09-2019 06:47

Dear sir
I wish to come live and work in Portugal it’s my dream but your support is come in my real life.I am working in Saudi Arabia
Portugal is good destination I am awaiting your response
Best regards

By Mohammad Shabbir from Lisbon on 13-09-2019 05:59

I have lived and worked in The Netherlands since 1973
A great place to work in,good pensions,a fantastic health service.
Good place to be old in.

By Sid Brazier from Other on 13-09-2019 01:24

I'm so happy for my live in Nazaré sins april 2018. I'm so glad to here all positive things about Portugal. I'm born in Sweden. Today many bad things happened in Sweden!

By Krister Arndt from Other on 13-09-2019 10:21
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