Expat Insider 2022 just ranked Portugal 4th out of 52 destinations overall for Expats. Honestly, we aren’t surprised. Between the climate, tax advantages, general quality of life, opportunities, education system, and expedient immigration programs for executives like the HQA Visa Program  – Expats have several reasons to be happy.

According to the report:

93% of expats find it easy and safe to get around on foot and/or by bicycle (vs. 77% globally), and 82% feel that they can openly express themselves and their opinions (vs. 64% globally). For the latter factor, Portugal actually ranks first worldwide. When asked what they like most about life in Portugal, an expat from India mentions “the good environment and peaceful life.”


Portugal lands in another top 10 spot in the Ease of Settling In Index (7th). “I enjoy the beauty of the country and the relaxed way of life of the Portuguese people and their kindness,” shares an expat from the Netherlands, and a respondent from Germany points out that “people are friendly and open”. In fact, 82% of expats describe the Portuguese as generally friendly (vs. 66% globally), and 80% consider them friendly towards foreign residents in particular (vs. 65% globally). They also find it easy to make local friends (51% vs. 42% globally) and are happy with their social life (67% vs. 56% globally).


The low cost of living (8th) is another highlight of expat life in Portugal. More than seven in ten (71%) rate the general cost of living positively (vs. 45% globally). 



About Empowered Startups
Empowered Startups is an Innovative Startup Incubator and foundry headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With offices in Canada, France, and Portugal, we train/mentor/ and network entrepreneurs to successfully launch new businesses in diverse markets. As a foundry we also conceive, build and launch our own products and solutions. Empowered Startups is recognized by the Canadian Government as a designated start-up business incubator and is known internationally for growing ideas into sustainable businesses using both a virtual and on-site model. Our training tools and mentorship are used and recognized by leading global university labs, Startup incubators, and innovation hubs.

Photo by Internations.Org