The Property Guides team has found the safest countries in the world to raise a family. The team looked at how easy it was to become a resident, happiness level and cost of living.
New Zealand is the world’s safest country to raise a family, new research from Property Guides shows.
Roseanne Bradley, Property Guides Overseas Specialist, said: “Brits have the great advantage (not to be underestimated) that there is no language barrier and attitudes and traditions are largely influenced by the UK.
“While there is the possibility of an easier stay between the UK and New Zealand in a post-Brexit world, little has been agreed in substance so far.
“You still need to apply for a residence visa and after 24 months you can apply for a permanent residence visa.
“When it comes to housing, New Zealand is a good choice. Houses here may not be cheap, but they are twice the size of the average house in the UK.
“New Zealand also outperforms the OECD country average for income, jobs, health, education and quality of life.”
Life in New Zealand revolves around the great outdoors and children can participate in adventurous activities.
From white water rafting to rock climbing and cycling, the weekends will be busy in New Zealand.
France was ranked as the second best country to raise a family and is a lot more convenient for weekend trips to visit the grandparents.
Roseanne said: “One thing you will soon learn about living in France is that there is a huge sense of community.
“About 94 percent of people say they know someone they can rely on in times of need.
“France takes work-life balance seriously, with a clear ‘work to live, not to work’ attitude compared to some countries.
“French law gives citizens the ‘right to disconnect’, which basically means not answering emails from work on weekends.
“When the kids go to college, they won’t be saddled with decades of debt either. “French universities charge about £2,500 a year compared to the £10,000 minimum of British universities. Take that UK!”
Italy and Spain also made the top five safest countries to raise a family and each have a lower cost of living than the UK.
Ireland rounded out the best destinations to raise a family and is also the fourth best country to live in according to the Living Cost Organization.