I am IN LOVE with Europe! Tell me why I should move to your country!!!
They don’t come raging out of their car with a gun.
Take your pick. The harsh thruth is that most countries can be absolutley wonderfull. And every country can be a nightmare. It depends on where in the country you are ending up, in how lucky you are in terms of making friends, in you socio-economic situation. But know this: every country and region on the planet has it's ups and downs.
Because we welcome you here.
Lively cities with plenty of people from all over the world.
Beautiful countryside from the mountains to the sea.
Well organized. Overall very peaceful.
Easy to get a job, comes with 6 weeks paid holiday.
Very good social security and excellent healthcare.
Public transport. Education is free.
Politics and religion is no topic at all.
And we have really good beer.
Pros: it’s very clean. Good laws regarding guns. Good school systems. Amazing cheese. Beautiful landscapes. A large amount of mountains to explore. Great outdoor activities. Good shopping. Nice people. Most people know English.
Cons: If you accidentally break the social rules you will be looked at funny. Some teachers aren’t the nicest. Learning German is hard. You will have to adjust to another time zone if you move to Europe.
Pros : GOOD FOOD, lots of different landscapes (mountains, beaches, countryside), a lot of towns and cities are very pretty with good architecture and gardens, SOCIAL SECURITY and all the state assistance you can get if you lose your job, get sick, get pregnant, etc. Cultural activities, there is always something to do, museums, concerts, even in the smaller towns. Historical heritage (castles, etc) is everywhere and we have a good preservation politic about it.
Cons : I know we have a bad reputation, people think the french are snobs who hate strangers and don't speak anything but french. Of course there are french a**holes, rude and everything, but not all of them! There are a lot of friendly people here! Politeness is something very important in France, there are a lot of customs to respect like ALWAYS say "bonjour" first when you interract with someone or don't ask someone how many money they make and all kind of things you'll have to learn about. Younger people tend to speak more english now but in general we are very shy about our accent and a lot of people don't dare to speak english because they are self conscious and let's be honest no very good at it. Our administration is a NIGHTMARE nobody understands it, learning french is hard and spelling is extremely complex and our trains are often late.
It's like Shire from Lord of the rings with lots of castles.
We have the best beer (yeah, better than Germans).
We don't carry guns and believe the best way to live is to make fun of everything.
Pros: We all speak English as we are used to having lots of interaction with foreigners who do not speak Dutch. TV etc all in original languages with subtitles. Our country is green and has lots of historical places. Good public transport and any type of food you can think of is available at reasonable prices. Freedom of speech and press and a general dislike of politics. Sexual freedom, you can do and be pretty much anything you feel like.
Cons: Very overpopulated which makes it near impossible to find an affordable place to live and causes lots of traffic jams. Traditional Dutch food is not very good (that's why we have so many internatinal restaurants). Dutch people tend to be rude and have no sense of fashion or decorum. Also we have too many rules and regulations. Living here is complicated even when you are Dutch.
Scotland, we are still European (technically) BP won't let me write more so check the comments
Pros: Beautiful and diverse landscapes ( we have many climates and beach/mountain). Wonderful gastronomy (imo best with italian in europe). A lot of "street ambient", it is really spanish to go out a lot even if its for a coffee or a sandwich so cities are always full of life. People is very friendly is you speak spanish.
Cons: Barely jobs and very low salaries. Very high prices compared with europe of you take into acount salaries (except to go out thats super cheap). It will be difficult to live if you dont know already spanish since most old people dont speak english and a lot of young people is too shy to speak it. If you are not white you might face quite a lot of racism. Socially we are still a bit behind north europe but we have gone really far the last years.
Finland / Pros: Lots of nature even in & very close to the cities. Everybody speaks pretty good English. Comparatively short working hours (37,5 h/week) with no expectations to do overtime, we value our work-life balance! Nice restaurants and cultural events in the cities. Helsinki area especially is very international. Summers are amazing with lots of daylight and perfect temperature. People are very friendly if you approach them and especially once you get to know them, which takes me to the
Cons: Small talk with strangers is not normal here, which can be a shock to some foreigners. The language is difficult to learn, and if you don’t speak Finnish jobs are limited to certain fields (tech and restaurants at least) or international corporations. Salary / cost of living ratio is lower than in some other European countries (Germany for example). The winter is long and dark.
Scotland: Most places are fairly quiet, but there are loud cities, if you like that.
Pros: It's Portugal, good food, good wine, warm people (especially for foreign people), lot's of Sun, beaches everywhere.
Cons: More cons for the natives than for someone that comes from overseas.
Pros: Lots of sun, we are really immigrant friendly. Easy to find a job as a foreigner. We are a small country compared to US, so every destination is at most 8 hours away.
Oh! And because of where we are, we have lots of flight coming our way to every country around the world.
Cons: Low income compared to other European countries (not that bad but we are also highly taxed).
I could say a lot about governmental healthcare, no guns, amazing safety net, wonderfull people, changing seasons, and life in the big cities and in the country. But it really depends on what you like. Eg. I like that it is usually not too hot, the rain and the changing seasons, but if you are not into that, Denmark is probably not the place for you.
Pro: good food, a lot historical places to visit, we have the Alps, the Sea and the countriside; the country is quite small, in max 12 hrs drive/2hrs flight you get to goeverywhere. 50% of people here are the nicest, most welcoming people on earth. You'll be invited in everybodys home for dinner in no time. If you land a job we have medical leave, maternity leave, international helthcare bonuses (the things that are not already free per se are discounted so to speak), 4 weeks payed vacation time per year
Con: 50% of people are delusional assholes, burocracy is like a game: there are no rules, a lot of paperwork and no one seems to know how to help you even if it's literally their job to do so, outside the big cities if you don't own a car you're f****d; getting a job is really really hard (but not impossible)
That's it :)
I hated living in Italy as a teenager, though the States or the UK were the best coutries to be in, now I'm super happy here and I enjoy my life taking it easy
Don't go to belgium cause it rains all the time
Pros: Safety, social benefits, healthcare, education. From sea to mountains you can find everything. Generally speaking it's not hard to find a job here.Relatively cheap if you look at the neighboring countries. If you want a balanced life, you can find it here.
Cons: If you are not from EU, bureaucracy may give you some hard moments. People are not the US-style kind, small-talk is not something usual. They are not rude, but everybody is minding their own business. You have to know at some level german, maybe in IT english will be enough.
Important! Avoid East-Germany!
Scotland, free education, free healthcare, free roam of the countryside and absolutely beautiful.
Switzerland, or any Scandinavian country. They're all clean and beautiful, especially Switzerland, with good laws around safety. Both have an amazing school system! The con with Switzerland is that it tends to be expensive. Both are quite great regardless!
Pros: What you get for your tax
Watch Robe Trotting or Travelin' Young on Youtube
UK: Don't. The place is going down the toilet. Brexit isn't working. Move to an EU country.
My friend lives in the Uk:
Pros: Lot's of museums to explore, you never get bored. There are awesome nightlife scenes and the people are mostly quite nice. Easy to get around places.
Cons: Drunkards. It's busy and compact, can't see the stars at night.
Pros : memes
Cons: America is trash and almost everyone is a jerk. Stay clear if this sh1t show.
Good luck with immigration
Does Russia count as a European country? Because if yes, then:
- we have all kinds of weather (and not only winter ones, you know). Like it hot? Welcome to our almost subtropical Krasnodar. Fan of winter? Might like Yakutsk, the largest city built on continuous permafrost, with an average winter temperature of below −20 °C (−4 °F),
- the nature is seriously breathtaking. Like, don't even get me started on this, I'll only stop when I die from hunger ('cause Mom says talking when chewing is bad manners),
- we are nice people. No, we don't always smile (especially to strangers, and that's what gets us bad rep sometimes). But when we do, we really mean it. You know, coconut culture, hard and unwelcoming on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside, that's us,
- free healthcare, free education. Oh, and if you prefer commercial hospitals and schools, we have them too.
As for the cons, of course, there's a couple, like:
- our general fondness of patriarchy. Younger generations' views are certainly more modern, but unfortunately, we as a nation are, to say the least, not very big on LGBTQIA rights, and a lot of people still don't think it's rude to ask a young woman about her plans for marriage and children,
- roads. Our local old adage of Russia having not roads but directions still rings true :(
Belgium (as an immigrant ntives will have other points)
Pros: Beautiful green landscapes and plenty of hiking/biking routes. Progressive country when it comes to sexism, homophobia, laicism etc. Salaries are much higher than in southern countries (like spain) and the prices are higher but proportionally arent that different. Both Valonia amd Flanders are extremely beautiful for the nature and have extremely beautiful and nice cities and nature.
Cons: In Flanders a lot of people is very xenophobic, you will hear a lot of people angry with you for not speaking perfect flemish (even if you are speaking flemish with them). Some even will refuse service. As a migrant there is a very limited ammount of jobs that you can do because of my first point. Unless you work in very big cities chances are that they ask you native flemish for everything (even to do research in english...). Migrants can only stay 3 months there if they dont have a job or a spouse that works. In 3m you cannot learn a language and find a job so it sucks. If you dont have a job you wont have health insurance and makes things super complicated.
Sweden. Sweden is a wonderfull place filled with tradition and nature, everyone is very nice and we have great food.
UK because it's culturally and linguistically the most similar, after which I'd say Ireland.
Pro: free healthcare, understand english, almost no guns
Con: teenagers in tracksuits with knives, crap weather.
Also the Brits don't care much for religion so don't go around asking people what church they belong to, stats are something like 25% so your odds are 3:4 that you will get told, "er no thanks I don't really care much for that".
Pros: great food (obviously), culture (every city, even the small ones, has something ancient and historically relevant to visit); social services (healthcare, schools, ect) are quite alright, although there's definitely room for improvement; beautiful landscapes everywhere and variegated too (mountains, season, lakes, etc)
Cons: difficult to find jobs, politics is insane, you'll be either treated with open arms if you come from the "right" countries (basically other EU countries, the US and Australia) and/or you're rich and treated like trash if you come from Asia or Africa) especially if you're poor.
So... Personally I'll direct your interest to a northern country, just sayin'...
Nature, free healthcare, high standard of living, 1 year paid maternity leave, 3 months paid paternity leave, subsidized kindergarten, 5 weeks paid vacation, short work days (7,5 hrs, by law) cleanest tap water in the world (much cleaner than any bottled water), high purchasing power, very safe and healthy food, small wage gap, near-equal rights for all, friendly people, free education, highest class/income mobility in the world, low unemployment rate, low crime rate, low corruption, population speaks English very well, no natural disasters, cheap travelling...
We know how to shut up in two languages or more. Also, nature and sauna.
where are you from originally?
We'll give you a fair go....and tell you some funny things.
FORGET EUROPE, COME TO AUSTRALIA