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Top countries to live in Europe [Guide 2021]



There’s a long list of destinations to choose when one is moving to Europe, but you should not rely solely on subjective reasons such as a sunny climate or renowned gastronomy when making your final choice.

When looking for the best country to live in Europe, you need to take into account that the reality of the country must correspond to your objectives and personal situation.

Moving to Europe for work: list of top destinations

We do not always choose our destination when we move abroad solely for professional reasons, but when this is the case, we must take into account several factors to make our choice:

  • Dynamism of the job market by sector
  • Salary level
  • Working conditions (hours and vacations)
  • Ease of access to employment for foreigners
  • Etc.

You can move to different countries within Europe, but some of them are particularly appreciated.


Germany is particularly interesting for people looking for a job in:

  • Industry
  • Energies.


The job market is particularly dynamic in these fields:

  • New technologies
  • Customer service.


Life is quite expensive, but the relatively high salaries make it a popular country for expatriates.

The United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is popular for many expats due to the opportunities it offers to all profiles, especially the atypical ones.

The Czech Republic

The Czech Republic employs many foreigners, especially in:

  • Finance
  • Information technology.

Which countries to move to in Europe during retirement?

When looking to relocate for retirement, one should focus more on the local quality of life, which includes :

  • The climate
  • The general cost of living (food, real estate, health)
  • Ease of integration with the local population
  • Gastronomy
  • The leisure offer.


Portugal is probably the best country in Europe to live and work, and even in the world when you are retired thanks to many advantages as:

  • The mild climate
  • The warmth of its inhabitants
  • Its low cost of living
  • Its proximity to Spanish speaking countries as Spain
  • Its tax policy, which remains advantageous for retirees.


The advantages are largely similar to those in Portugal, and the language is very accessible for Spanish speakers.


Despite tax advantages are not that advantageous as in Portugal, Italy also attracts retired expatriates thanks to :

  • Its cultural heritage
  • Its gastronomy
  • Its climate appeals to many retirees.


Greece is also a very popular destination for retirees due to its cultural and gastronomic advantages, similar to those of Italy. However, the country has also some disadvantages that one must take into account when choosing the best country to live in Europe:

  • A less developed quality of life
  • A bigger distance to Spanish speaking countries
  • A less accessible language.

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