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British expats miss the weather, new poll has found

by Ray Clancy on October 2, 2014

The UK is known throughout the world for its unpredictable weather, with jokes being made constantly about the wind and the rain.

But now it seems that the good old British weather is not so bad, with expats saying they miss the drizzle and the gales more than anything else.

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1 in 5 people surveyed said they missed the unpredictable British weather

A new survey of British expats has found that 1 in 5 miss the gloomy weather even though they are mostly living in warmer and sunnier countries.

The poll, by clothing retailer Cotton Traders, found that the weather is missed more than comfort food like baked beans and marmite and even more than popular culture and the National Health Service.

But second in terms of being missed is the health service, with 15% of respondents saying they miss the NHS and 8% missing the Brits’ quirky sense of humour and passion for culture.

A third of those polled said they plan to come home for good at some point in the future, but for the time being they love living abroad.

Indeed, the vast majority, some 89%, said they feel that they have a better quality of life living and working abroad and 77% said that they now have more free time than they did in the UK.

Half said they are enjoying a lower cost of living and a quarter said they were lured away by affordable housing.

Socialising was another big draw for those based overseas, with two thirds saying they felt able to socialise more after moving abroad. 85% also said they had more leisure time.

The poll also shows that almost half, 49%, believe that the country where they currently live is more friendly, 15%  said they felt energised when living abroad and 13% said that an evening ‘stay up late’ culture has made it easier to get to know people and to mingle.

‘The expat life is a fantastic one for hundreds of thousands of Brits, not least because of the great opportunities it offers for making new friends and enjoying leisure time,’ said Claire Flanagan, Cotton Traders’ international marketing manager.

‘But at the same time, absence really does make the heart grow fonder. Being away seems to make people appreciate the things that make Britain great, including our culture, food, the NHS and the weather,’ she added.

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