Greece is number two on the list of European countries and is ‘by far the cheapest place to live for British ex-pats

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Britons might dream of moving to a sunny destination. But Brits might be shocked by the cost of some essentials abroad, according to new research.

YourOverseasHome looked at the cost of essentials in six European countries and the UK. A stunning country came out on top for British ex-pats.

Cheapest destinations for British ex-pats

  1. Italy
  2. Greece
  3. Portugal
  4. France
  5. Spain
  6. Germany
  7. UK

Italy topped the rankings of countries surveyed as the cheapest destination to live overseas. Seven countries were analysed in the cost of living index, with Greece coming second.

YourOverseasHome said: “Despite a few cities and towns that have reputations for being expensive destinations, Italy is by far the cheapest place to live long term when you’re not spending like a traveller.

"This is even though energy costs more in Italy!

Britons could also save on housing costs in Italy with the price of decorating supplies or a domestic cleaner lower than in the UK.

However, eating out was cheapest in Spain, where a three-course meal would set someone back just £13 on average.

However, some things were cheaper in the UK with paracetamol selling for almost 10 times the price in Italy.

Greece had the highest fuel prices at £86 for 50 litres of unleaded petrol compared to the UK’s £81.