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Zimbabwe has best climate in the world

by Byo24NEWS
10 Jan 2011 at 03:44hrs | Views
International Living's 2011 Quality of Life Index reveals best climate in the world – Zimbabwe and Malta.

 Maybe it's too early for 1 April, but Zimbabwe has just tied with Malta for first place with the best climate on earth in this year's Quality of Life Index, published last week in International Living magazine.

Climate is one of nine categories that go into calculating the countries with the best quality of life in the annual International Living index. Sharing top scores for climate in the 2011 index are Zimbabwe and Malta.

The International Living magazine editor said they preferred Malta and most independent analyst will know perfectly well that politics is at play. This is the second year Zimbabwe is ranked tops in this category.

Most analyst we spoke to have clearly indicated that had it not been for the fight been Zimbabwe and the western world, Zimbabwe would have been guaranteed of the top spot BUT because of of its climate, tourist resort areas like Victoria Falls, Eastern Highlands and many other tourist areas.

It looks like the western world cannot stomach what Mugabe did to the minority white farmers said Mkhululi Mbulawa one analyst we spoke to. "Hate it or love it Zimbabwe climate is among the best, who doest want to be at the Victoria Falls?" Mbulawa Moyo added.

Malta is preferred as it has 5.2 hours of sunshine a day, a stable government and economy, Malta is a very strong draw for expats. And it's English-speaking. "Frost and snow are mostly unknown in Malta, and the temperature nudges 70 degrees Fahrenheit even in November.

The five islands that make up Malta aren't on everyone's radar, and are mostly unheard of by Americans. About 400,000 Maltese live on the largest, more sophisticated main island, and most have a lively urban lifestyle. Homes and apartments here attract an international set, as do the historic harbours and five-star hotels.

Crime hardly exists, the locals are hospitable and the health care is excellent. There aren't any property taxes, and the US expats who benefit most from living here are those who retain earnings from elsewhere that they then elect to get taxed in Malta, at 15 per cent.

At roughly twice the size of Washington DC, it's easy to socialize with other expats.

There's regular 90-minute ferry service to Sicily and a modern airport at Luqa with flights to numerous other European countries, including Rome, just one hour away by plane.

Along with its top climate ranking, Malta's many other virtues combined to earn it third place overall in the 2011 Quality of Life index, beaten only by New Zealand and the US



Source - Byo24NEWS | internationalliving.com

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