When looking to buy property abroad, Portugal is the most popular search destination, claims property site Homes Overseas.
Previously ranked fourth, Portugal has now overtaken Spain in the rankings, after a number of scandals put potential buyers off Spanish property.
Despite the global economic downturn "Brits’ appetite for property overseas remains firm", says the site.
Other countries that have increased in popularity – based on house purchase searches – are Italy, Greece, Thailand and Brazil.
According to the British Consul, more than 1.5 million British tourists visit the country every year and 60,000-70,000 British nationals are part-time or permanent residents.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has stressed that the British Embassy will not cover the cost of an air ambulance flight back to the UK – expatriates should then check what their overseas insurance covers before moving abroad.
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