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Why Move to Europe is a Good Idea?

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Summary

Moving to Europe may seem less adventurous than living in Asia or South America, but it’s a great destination for those who love history, art, and learning languages.

Why Move to Europe?

The best reason to move to Europe is to experience life abroad without living too much of a culture choc.

The cultural resemblance with English-speaking countries allows you to limit homesickness and not feel too lost on a new continent.

But expatriating to Europe does not mean giving up on a change of scenery and the discovery of new cultures, quite the contrary!

From north to south and from east to west, the continent offers a great diversity of landscapes, climates, and ways of life, and each country has its own particularities in terms of :

  • Heritage
  • Gastronomy
  • Culture
  • Customs.

Even if you are eager to discover new things, you should still think about finding out about the cultural specificities of the destination country before choosing a country to move to Europe, and you should do everything necessary to facilitate your integration.

Taking language courses, especially in destinations with a reputation for linguistic difficulties such as Hungary or the Czech Republic, is never a bad idea.

How to Expatriate to Europe Easily?

To legally stay up to 90 days in Europe, you need a resident/work permit. To obtain one, you must first apply for a visa.

Types of long-term visas available:

  • Work visa
  • Student visa
  • Retirement visa
  • Investment visa
  • Business/entrepreneur visa
  • Self-employment visa/digital nomad visa
  • Spousal/partner visa
  • Citizenship via descent visa.

You must choose one European State and apply for a visa at its Consulate in your home country.

Once the visa is in your passport, you can enter the European country of your choice and apply for a residence there.

Best Countries to Move to in Europe

The choice of a destination for expatriation in Europe will depend on personal affinities, but also on your profile and expectations.

Retired people will first look for a pleasant lifestyle and climate, as well as a reasonable cost of living. They will be able to opt-in priority for :

  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Greece (provided they learn the language).

For employees and entrepreneurs, economic dynamism, professional opportunities, and attractive salaries are the main reasons for choosing a destination. Depending on their field of activity, they will prefer:

  • Germany
  • France
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • Switzerland
  • The Czech Republic.

Families, on the other hand, should choose destinations that offer working conditions compatible with:

  • Family life (in terms of salaries and hours)
  • A good school system
  • A fulfilling life for children and young people (leisure, environment, etc.).

The most popular destinations for those who have decided to move to Europe as a family are the northern countries, such as:

  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • Sweden.

Switzerland or Germany also offer all the important guarantees in terms of the educational system, security, and quality of life.

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