OLIVE PRESS readers are an unreservedly happy bunch.
Despite reports in the UK that thousands of British expats are abandoning Spain in their droves, some 76% of our readers insist they are as happy or happier since moving here.
In an exclusive online poll, less than a quarter of the hundreds who responded said they were ‘less happy’ here.
In total, 64% of readers said they were ‘happier in Spain’ and 13% are ‘just as happy as before’. This stands in contrast to the doom-mongering reports in the UK press that expats are unhappy and returning in their droves.
It came after 90,000 Britons had apparently deregistered from the town hall register to return to UK shores over the last two years.
Other recent surveys also back up the theory that the sun has anything but set on the Spanish dream for Brits moving here.
March figures show that 607,940 people from EU countries are registered with the Spanish Social Security system.
This figures represents an increase of around 6,000 people (or 1%), which is the largest increase since June 2012.
Andalucia is the third highest region for foreigners registered with Social Security, at 208,381.
Brits also remain the biggest foreign buyers of property in Spain too, accounting for 15% of the home purchases here.