Portugal: A Haven for Quality Living

July 11th 2024Portugal stands out as a beacon of quality living, ranking 7th in the world for best quality of life according to the Expat Insider 2024 survey. This remarkable country has secured its place in the top 10 for an impressive seven consecutive years, a testament to its enduring appeal.

1. Climate:

Portugal is blessed with over 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, ensuring sunny days, pleasant summers, and mild winters. Its extensive 850 km coastline beckons with golden beaches and crystal-clear waters, making it a paradise for sun-seekers and water enthusiasts alike.

2. Safety:

When it comes to safety, Portugal is a world leader, ranking 7th on the Global Peace Index 2024. This peaceable nation offers a low crime rate and a secure environment for individuals and families, contributing significantly to its overall quality of life.

3. Cost of Living:

The cost of living in Portugal is one of its most attractive aspects, especially when compared to other Western countries. For instance, Lisbon’s cost of living is 25% less than Toronto’s, 37% less than London’s, and a staggering 50% less than New York’s, as reported by numbeo.com. This affordability extends across the country, providing a comfortable lifestyle without financial strain.

4. Education:

Portugal’s education system shines, with local schools surpassing OECD averages in critical areas such as reading, literacy, maths, and science. The nation is also home to numerous international schools, offering world-class education and fostering a global perspective among students.

5. Healthcare:

A key factor elevating Portugal as one of the world’s top destinations is its excellent healthcare. Since 2000, the country regularly ranked in the world’s top 10% best healthcare systems in numerous rankings. According to International Living magazine’s respected 2024 Annual Global Retirement Index, Portugal ranks first in healthcare and second overall among the premier retirement havens globally.

6. Welcoming to Expats:

With English widely spoken and a large, diverse expat community, Portugal is incredibly welcoming to newcomers. Businesspersons will find many paths to residency, supported by a country that values innovation and diversity. In particular, entrepreneurs who want to set up an innovative company will have access to the Portugal startup visa program, allowing them to obtain residence in Portugal to launch their startup.

In summary, Portugal offers an enviable quality of life that combines safety, affordability, and a warm climate with excellent educational opportunities and a welcoming community. It’s no wonder that expats from around the globe are drawn to this charming corner of Europe.


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