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28 / 08 / 15 - Malta ranks third in the world for expatriates

Malta is the third best country for expatriates, according to a survey published in the Wall Street Journal.


It said that a survey of 14,000 expatriates with 170 nationalities to find who are the happiest and who were sad, found those in Malta among the happiest.  The survey was made by Expat Insider 2015 and released by the expat social group InterNations.  The survey did find a good number of countries where expats were happy and new to the list, this year, Malta was ranked the third most popular country for expats.

“People just love the work-life balance” in Malta, said InterNations co-founder Malte Zeeck.  In addition, health care, safety, overall well-being, career options, cost of living, great weather, and its reputation as a little-known European Union tax haven also helped it rank high.

Expats who are now living in Malta said that besides the fact that Malta has beautiful weather, loads of historic sites, and a reasonable cost of living, English is one of the main languages spoken and makes it easier for expats to settle in Malta and set up a business here.


Ecuador retained its spot as the survey’s top country again this year, and Mexico moved from third place to second. The overall ranking was determined by a host of categories, including satisfaction with life in general, leisure options, ease of settling in, cost of education and childcare, finding friends, and travel options.