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According to a study carried out by InterNations, Malta is the third best place to live in the world for expats.

High levels of overall job satisfaction, work-life balance, working hours and weather, all contributed to its high position in the poll. 

Ecuador takes top spot followed by Mexico in second place. Singapore and Luxembourg trail Malta in fourth and fifth place respectively.

As part of its annual Expat Insider survey, InterNations asked a total of 14,400 expatriates around the world about their life abroad.

Expats answered questions about various aspects of everyday life in their adopted home, such as quality of life, ease of settling in, working abroad, family life, personal finance, and cost of living.

In another study, Malta unsurprisingly emerged as one of the most popular destinations for British expats to relocate to in Europe.

“We rated the best and worst destinations for British expats based on four criteria: total number of British expats living in the country; percentage of British expats per 1,000 people; friendliness towards foreigners; and the level of English proficiency,” Rasmus Aarup Christiansen, one of the founders of Ampilot, who conducted the study said.

In central Europe, Malta was in a league of its own with 11,000 Brits, making it one of the most popular spots by population in Europe.