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Moving to Spain and living in the sunshine is a dream for so many, but recent studies have revealed that it can be good for you too. According to the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index released in 2019, Spain is the world’s healthiest country and in the InterNations Expat Insider Survey 2019, Spain was ranked number 5 out 64 countries, marking it as one of the top destinations for expats worldwide.
Let’s take a look why making the move to Spain is so good for you and why we love living and working on the Costa del Sol and think you will too.
The World’s Healthiest Country
As they say that “health is wealth” it could be a smart move to come over to Spain, which was last year named the world’s healthiest country in the 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index.
Spain achieved the top spot as it has the highest life expectancy among EU countries and excellent healthcare, with a decline in cardiovascular diseases and deaths from cancer. The Mediterranean diet is praised for its impact on the health of the nation.
We see so many of our long-term rental tenants blossom and look much younger after living on the Costa del Sol. As well as the diet, there’s less stress and pressure and a more laidback attitude here in Southern Spain, which definitely makes you feel better. The great climate and active lifestyle encourages you to get into sports and walk more and most of us definitely eat less processed foods and junk than we did back at home. The weather also makes you feel more optimistic and get a Vitamin D boost and the calming effect of living by the sea is very noticeable.
Amazing for expats
As part of the InterNations Expat Insider Survey it was revealed that the quality of life here in Spain is exceptional and that moving here has made most expats happier. It is ranked 2nd out of 64 countries for quality of life and 5th for family life. 97% of those surveyed loved the weather and over half ranked the medical care very highly. Find out more
Our personal experience of being an expat on the Costa del Sol is excellent. As a destination which is used to handling large quantities of tourists and foreign residents it is well prepared to meet an expat’s needs. For example, most Town Halls have a Foreign Residents Department which are there to help us expats to get through the paperwork and start their life here. To supplement these services there are English speaking relocation experts, gestors and lawyers who will make everything easy and can speak your language. There is an excellent network of private medical clinics and doctors where the staff all speak English and even in the public health system there are translators who are there to help non-Spanish speakers. Find out more about healthcare in Spain.
For families, there are a large number of good International Schools teaching in English, German, French and Swedish and following either the syllabus from those countries or the International Baccalaureate system. There are also private universities offering a wide range of courses in English. Find out more about education on the Costa del Sol.
We love living on the Costa del Sol for the weather, the food, the sports facilities, the good connections with Europe and the laid back attitude. Let us know if we can help you to make the move to this sunny corner of Europe.
We have an excellent selection of quality long-term rental properties in popular destinations such as Benalmadena, Mijas, Calahonda, Elviria, Marbella, Estepona and inland. Take a look at the map on our website and browse the options. Alternatively, tell us what you’re looking for and your ideal areas and we’ll send you a shortlist of options for you.