Australia has topped the polls as the best country in the world in which to live, beating New Zealand and Canada to the number one position in the Natwest annual Quality of Life Index.
The Natwest Annual Quality of Life Index, which was carried out by the Centre for Future Studies, was conducted on behalf of the banks International Personal Banking division between October and December 2009. The survey rated expatriate’s lifestyles and experiences on a number of factors, including availability of high quality consumer goods, entertainment, food, law enforcement, public transport and accommodation. The number of interviewees was not disclosed.
According to analysis accompanying the survey, Natwest analysts believe that one of the main factors that contributed to Australia’s popularity was financial confidence: “[The factor] lifted Australia to the top of the rankings this year was ‘financial confidence’.” Australia’s economy has performed relatively well when compared with other countries throughout the world.
David Isley, head of NatWest International Personal Banking commented on the findings: “British expats are heading abroad in search of a better life, with Australia topping the pole as the most popular destination. And although financial stability plays its part, the report reveals that quality of life for expats living in Australia is determined by far more than money alone – healthcare, the environment, education and a lifestyle conducive for their children are all more important.
“British expats can make their move abroad a little easier by getting their banking needs addressed before they leave the UK – that way they can start their new lives abroad on the best foot.”
Frank Shaw of the Centre for Future Studies revealed the reasons for Australia’s success in an interview with Sky News: "The natural environment, laid-back, stress-free pace of life, the accommodation and housing that's available, healthcare, education - there are a range of criteria on which British expats have rated Australia the best place in the world to live and work."
Australia’s popularity with expatriates
At an estimated 1.4 million, British expatriates currently represent over 15% of the expatriates in Australia. Britons represented 17.9% of the total migration into Australia during the years 2008 and 2009. Expatriates represent 12.5% of the total population in Perth, with 1.5 million of these being from Britain. One in ten Brisbane residents are British expats.
Other Major Findings
NatWest IPB Quality of Life Index
|Country||2010 ranking||2009 ranking|
|United Arab Emirates||10||6|
*Centre for Future Studies
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