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    Browned off Britain: six in 10 would like to leave the country

    Will the last person to leave Britain please remember to switch off the lights? Nearly six in 10 Britons would like to retire overseas, making us the most unhappy Europeans about the quality of life in our home country, according to a survey of more than 7,500 people by actuaries and benefits consultants Aon.
    Less than half or 43 per cent of Britons said the United Kingdom was their preferred retirement location, with many instead planning to pack their bags and retire to sunnier climes. Among other Europeans questioned, only the Germans (46%) and the Irish voiced nearly as low levels of satisfaction with their home countries at 46 per cent and 49 per cent respectively.
    By contrast, Spain (87 per cent) and France (81 per cent) topped the popularity tables when it came to workers intending to retire in their home country, followed by the Danes (74 per cent).
    Spain is the retirement destination of choice for British workers, with almost one in four or 23 per cent of those who said they wish to retire abroad identifying Spain as their preferred country. Oliver Rowlands, head of retirement at Aon Consulting said: “Cheap air travel and the communication tools available over the internet means that retiring overseas doesn’t necessarily mean being completely absent from your family’s life, making the prospect of emigration to other countries on an previously unseen scale a real possibility.
    “There are financial implications that people thinking about retiring overseas need to consider. Cost of living may be higher in the country of choice. There can also be tax implications and healthcare benefits can vary widely for expatriates and this will be a major concern for retirees as they grow older.”
    Aon warned that an influx of retiree immigrants to any one country could exacerbate the already ticking time bomb of an ageing population in Europe, forcing countries like Spain and France to rethink social policies and budgets to deal with extra pressures on healthcare resources. While the macroeconomic and demographic outlook remain uncertain, here and now, summer holidays seem to have done nothing to cheer us up about our quality of life in the UK.
    Top 10 Retirement Destinations for Europeans (for those who hope to retire abroad):

    Spain
    France
    USA
    Italy
    Australasia
    Africa
    Switzerland
    Latin America
    United Kingdom
    The Netherlands
    Percentage of those wishing to retire in their home country:

    Spain 87 per cent
    France 81 per cent
    Denmark 74 per cent
    Norway 63 per cent
    The Netherlands 61 per cent
    Switzerland 53 per cent
    Ireland 49 per cent
    Germany 46 per cent
    UK 43 per cent

    Browned off Britain: six in 10 would like to leave the country – Telegraph Blogs

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    Thank fok the Spanish and the French wanna stay where they are so the rest of us know where not to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smug Farang Bore View Post
    Thank fok the Spanish and the French wanna stay where they are so the rest of us know where not to go.
    Yep, and double thanks that none of 'em want to come here !

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