Headline – NZ offers British ex-pats best quality of life

headline form UK Daily Telegraph

Last month New Zealand was named top destination in a survey by Condé Nast Traveller, and now scores number one in a poll by UK savings bank Alliance & Leicester International.

New Zealand is the best place for British expats to live, according to survey results published in Oct 2008 by Alliance & Leicester.

New Zealand had the best quality of life and cost of living among a list of 14 destinations favoured by expats. Our low average property values (£105,750) coupled with the low cost of food, drink and fuel, helped NZ to score high.

it went on ….“Australia, whose lifestyle is perceived as more relaxed than in other countries, was voted second best for quality of life. But it came eighth for the cost of living because of tax regimes at 50 per cent, are higher than in New Zealand which boasts one of the more favourable tax regimes, with the highest band at 39 per cent.”

New York’s 40 hour working week, just 10 days annual leave and relatively high crime rate, let it down when it came to quality of life, it was bottom on the list.

Alliance & Leicester International’s acting managing director, Simon Ripton, said: “New Zealand does on average appear to offer a high quality of life at a reasonable cost – attributes that many people value in their country of residence.”Launch customer for 787-9

“Its strong cultural links to the UK also make it highly attractive to many UK movers.

But wherever expats do decided to settle, they will want to maintain links with the UK and many of the aspects of their home country that they value.”

Cost of Living and Quality of Life Scorecard

Cost of living (cheapest first) Quality of life (best first) Combined score
1 New Zealand New Zealand New Zealand
2 South Africa Australia Italy
3 Florida Italy Australia
4 Dubai Spain Portugal
5 Canada Portugal Dubai
6 Italy France Spain
7 Portugal Hong Kong South Africa
8 UK UK UK
9 Australia Singapore Florida
10 Singapore Dubai Singapore
11 New York Canada Canada
12 Spain South Africa France
13 Hong Kong Florida Hong Kong
14 France New York New York