Survey Discovers What Expats Miss Most and Least About Britain

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30th January 2012 16:29 - Sport, Leisure and Tourism

A new survey by Lloyds TSB International on what expats miss the most about the UK has found it is the British countryside that makes people homesick above all else.

Across all countries where expats now reside, nearly half of the 1,034 surveyants at 46% miss the charm of the English country, while 85% said this is one of the three things they miss the most about Blighty.

In second place for the most missed aspect of life in the UK was our sense of humour at 42%. Expats now living in Germany topped this list at 65%, followed by Britons in Canada  (60%) and South Africa (54%).

British pubs were ranked third for what expats long for at 41%, with those residing in Australia missing them more than in any other country.

The least missed aspects of life in the UK are the politics and the weather - both collectively received only 5%  of expats’ votes.

Despite these findings, the study found that expats are generally content with their new life abroad – 68% said they are happier, while only 7% said they prefer the UK.

Nicholas Boys Smith of Lloyds TSB International commented: “Often you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone so it speaks glowingly of our countryside that expats around the world miss it so much. Many expats have an element of the adventurer about them, but they still long for certain aspects of British life that some people here might take for granted."

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