A survey completed by almost 14,000 expatriates of all nationalities, which focused on topics such as quality of life, work, romance and leisure, showed Ecuador was the overall winner.
The country had the highest result of all countries for the ease of making friends. Over eight in 10 found it easy to settle down and feel at home there, according to the poll conducted by InterNations, which has 1.4 million members globally.
It's not the first time Ecuador – population 15 million - has topped an expat life poll. Last year, expats who visit the International Living website voted it the best place to retire overseas.
Among the reasons for the popularity of the destination were the cheap cost of living, good weather and top-class yet affordable health care.