SPAIN is the fifth most popular destination for Britons who are interested in buying property abroad or moving abroad, according to new research from Bank of Scotland International. A survey revealed that two fifths of Britons (42 per cent) have shown interest in moving abroad. When asked where they would most like to live in the world, Australia took the top spot, with ten per cent, closely followed by New Zealand, with nine per cent.America and Canada tied for third place with seven per cent, once again underlining the reluctance of the British to learn a foreign language. The most popular country in Europe proved to be France, with six per cent of those polled wanting to move there, followed by Spain at five per cent. The largest proportion of those who wanted to get away from it all were based in the South East (18 per cent), followed by the North west and London (ten per cent). Four per cent of those surveyed had already taken the plunge and owned property abroad. Over one quarter were again based in the South East (28 per cent), followed by London (15 per cent) and Yorkshire and the Humber and West Midlands (seven per cent). Tony Wilcox, managing director at Bank of Scotland International, warned would-be movers that “when moving abroad there are many aspects of life which British expatriates have to adjust to and personal finance is no exception.” He added “if you are planning to leave the UK to live temporarily or permanently overseas, you need a firm foundation for your finances, no matter where you are.”