View Poll Results: Which of the following European Countries would you move to? (multiple choice)
Scandinavia (Norway/Sweden/Denmark/Finland) + Iceland 104 16.22%
German/Austria 153 23.87%
Switzerland 68 10.61%
Spain/Portugal 252 39.31%
France 165 25.74%
Italy/Greece 121 18.88%
Holland/Belgium 107 16.69%
Balkans 22 3.43%
Czech Republic 39 6.08%
Other Eastern Europe 41 6.40%
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04-03-2021, 21:33   #1
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Would you ever consider moving to continental Europe? And if so where?

Usually when Irish people think about moving abroad, they immediately think of English speaking countries (USA, Canada, Australia, NZ even the UK) but I'm wondering if you would consider moving to continental Europe, and if so, where would you choose?

I've always liked Scandinavia and definitely would be open to moving there (any of the countries), low crime, low unemployment, good wages, good education system, although taxes are through the roof. Germany likewise. Being fluent in German means gives you access to countries totaling 100 million people (Swiss German is quite different though). I've not been as keen on southern Europe largely because most of the countries seem to be forever dogged with high unemployment (France was close to 10% even before the pandemic), wages are a bit lower.

I've put a poll up (multiple choice) and grouped them into regions since I can't obviously list every country.

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I've always liked Scandinavia and definitely would be open to moving there (any of the countries), low crime, low employment, good wages, good education system, although taxes are through the roof.
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Haha typo. Now edited, thanks for spotting.

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If I was single id live in Lithuania.
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Iceland, the Nordic countries, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium would all appeal to me. Only problem is my complete inability to learn another language
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Slovenia always appealed to me.

Alpine living, high quality of life, lowish (for now) cost of living, Very nicely located in Europe bang in the middle of things and strong Austo-Hungarian Empire vibes. One of Europe's lesser spoken of gems.

No idea what I'd do there as my current career is not one that will ever go fully remote and I'm not going to be learning Slovenian any time soon.
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04-03-2021, 21:48   #7
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Not Belgium
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Iceland, the Nordic countries, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium would all appeal to me. Only problem is my complete inability to learn another language
You only need English in all of them; local helps in some places, esp out in sticks, but not necessary
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Italy.

For the sunshine, the warm sea, the culture, and the food.

Also, I speak Italian.

Wish I was there this minute!
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Not continental Europe, but if I was going to move anywhere, it would be Iceland
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You only need English in all of them; local helps in some places, esp out in sticks, but not necessary

I wouldn't recommend settling in Germany for an extended period of time and embarking on a serious career there without learning German. You'll get by on the ausländer pass for a year or two, but you will be judged negatively beyond that. And honestly, who can blame them?
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Lived in the Balkans for 18 months, really enjoyed it, travelled a lot.
Very cheap, hot summers and cold winters.
I would live there again.

Ex was Finnish so spent a lot of time in Finland, first visited when it wasn't quite thawed out and wasn't mad about the place, but it grew on me! Loved it, would actually really love to live there, but only for 5 months of the year, a visit during winter is enough. The weather didn't bother me it is just too dark all the time.

Think I would like to live in Slovenia for a while.
Maybe Georgia or the Ukraine

Oh and fyi, Finland is not Scandinavian
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Back to France, toying with the idea of retiring their.
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Portugal all day long..
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You only need English in all of them; local helps in some places, esp out in sticks, but not necessary
This is a really bad attitude.

If you want to have a more pleasant experience and maybe make local friends then you should try to learn the language.

It will enrich the stay, earn respect from people and if you manage it then it makes everything more enjoyable.
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