When English people move abroad, almost half (46 percent) miss traditional dishes such as bangers and mash and black pudding.

More than a third (37 percent) miss their favourite TV programmes, such as Only Fools and Horses, according to a major new survey of expats by BUPA International.

But surprisingly, in spite of craving familiar foods and TV programmes, the majority of English expats say they are actually happier abroad.

Findings from research by the world's largest expat health insurer show that three in four English expats now call their new country "home", while a third say they feel healthier since moving abroad, thanks to better weather and an improved quality of life.

Ninety-three percent of the English surveyed also said they would recommend the expatriate life to others, with over half declaring that "they get the best of both worlds".

But that doesn't mean that English people abroad have lost their patriotism - with two in every five continuing to support their home country for sporting fixtures.

English expats also revealed that issues related to moving abroad - around finance, schools and property - were a lot harder to deal with than they first expected.

Tim Slee, BUPA's head of European sales, said: "Our survey shows that English expatriates seem to be thriving abroad. Many agree that it is a huge life-changing challenge but clearly the weather, food and lifestyle compensate a little for missing close family and friends especially during important dates in the calendar, such as Christmas.

"Many of our expat customers agree that health and financial security within their new homelands are important considerations, but healthcare systems abroad can be difficult to navigate, particularly if you don't speak the local language.

"Our expatriate customers have peace of mind from knowing that where ever they are abroad, their private medical insurance will be there for them - covering everything from consultants fees to costly operations."

BUPA International's survey covered English expats living in 35 countries worldwide.