The recent InterNations survey interviewed 14 300 people across 191 countries and asked them to rate their life across 43 broad categories.
Out of this survey, they defined the top countries where expats were the happiest, and Peru came in at 14th place. So what is it about moving to Peru that expats find so positive?
Reasons why people emigrate to Peru
A positive economic climate
Peru has experienced strong economic growth in the recent years and there are many opportunities for expats – especially business owners who generate their own incomes. Mining is also a big industry requiring skilled foreigners and the country’s other main economic sectors include manufacturing, gas and petroleum, agriculture and fishing.
The capital of Peru, Lima, is the main business centre, however there are also business opportunities for expats in outlying towns. All expats who plan on working in Peru require a work permit and if you are moving to Peru as part of a corporate relocation, this is something your company will arrange for you.
A positive quality of life
The cost of living in Peru is reasonable when compared to other countries in Latin America. Accommodation is more expensive in the larger cities, especially Lima, and is likely to be an expat’s greatest expense. Food it very affordable, particularly if you choose to buy fresh products at the local markets where you can bargain down the prices.
One of the main benefits of living in Peru is the huge amount of fresh produce available – from grains to seafood and cuisine in Peru is a delicious blend of indigenous and Spanish flavours with potatoes, corn, legumes and quinoa forming the staples of most dishes.
A positive mingling of cultures
Peru has more than 31 million inhabitants drawn from many cultural backgrounds including European, Chinese and Japanese. The Peruvian culture is very intertwined with its Inca history with Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca ruin being declared one of the Seven Wonders of the World as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Peruvians are very proud of their cultural heritage and enjoy sharing it, with monthly festivals taking place to celebrate cultural events and plenty of music being played throughout the day, especially in the smaller cities and villages. Spanish is the most popular language spoken in Peru and as an expat, you’ll find that learning Spanish is an important part of integrating into Peruvian life. English may be spoken in some of the main tourist areas, but this is not common.
A positive education system
Peru’s public school system is regarded as the best in Latin America and offers a good level of education, which is free for all Peruvians. There are also many private schools in Peru where the Peruvian curriculum is still followed – but instruction is often available in both Spanish and English. Another alternative for expats are the many international schools in Peru. These schools offer a wide variety of foreign curricula, catering to the diverse expat population.
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