Uruguay offers some of the best quality of life in Latin America and is especially welcoming to foreign residents, new research has indicated.
A poll of expats living in the country conducted on behalf of InternationalLiving.com found it offers low taxes and a varied climate.
Healthcare was highlighted as affordable – something that could help bring down the cost of expat health insurance policies – and British expat Bill Tickle, who moved to the coastal town of Punta del Este in 2010, said security is not an issue.
"There's a real sense of optimism here. People are working, they're getting ahead. You can wear your best jewellery and drive an expensive car and have no fear of robbery," he remarked.
Suzan Haskins of InternationalLiving.com noted Uruguay, which has a population of approximately 3.3 million, has a "definite European influence" with "excellent" healthcare and well maintained roads.
Many expats living in the country would not consider living anywhere else, despite the fact the country is not "rock-bottom cheap", she concluded.