British citizens who buy property abroad enjoy a better standard of life.

According to the report from NatWest, nine out of ten British people residing in foreign countries think their quality of life overseas is better than in their homeland.

Over 1,000 of British expatriates took part in the survey which focused on a number of issues from income and financial matters, to free time and the way of life overseas.

The results has demonstrated that British professionals abroad receive higher salary than their UK based colleagues, earning up to £20,000 more annually and enjoy pay rises in spite of the world financial crisis.

Furthermore, respondents also stated categorically that one more advantage of living abroad is a better balance between work and free time, with shorter working day, more favourable weather, not so high taxes and a lower cost of living which all lead to a better life quality.

It turns out that with regard to the income such countries as China, Singapore, Hong Kong and the UAE are the best.

Nevertheless, the happiest British people are residing in France, Portugal, Spain, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

The report from Knight Frank informed that house prices around the world plunged by about 3.8% in the last three months of 2009. Specifically, it indicated that prices decreased by 3.1% in the United States, 4.2% in Italy and 4.4% in France.


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