European countries are among some of the most expensive locations for expatriates, with five countries from the region at the bottom of the Expat Expenses league table including Ireland (37th), Netherlands (35th), Italy (34th), UK (33rd) and France (32nd). A combination of lower earning potential coupled with higher expenses and likelihood to pay more personal tax rate than their home country explains why many of the European destinations appear lower on the league table.
Those most likely to face higher personal tax rates upon relocation include Italy (66%), Netherlands (62%), Belgium (60%), Germany (58%), Ireland (51%), France (47%) and UK (46%) compared with a global average of 36%.
Public transport is also a factor that pushes up the cost of living for many European-based expats. While more than a third (37%) of expats report spending more on public transport since moving overseas, this figure increases substantially for a number of European countries including the UK (59%), Switzerland (59%) and Netherlands (55%), Ireland (43%) and Germany (42%), although these increases are somewhat less than those experienced in Singapore (63%) and Japan (60%).
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