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, 22:07   #16
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Lived in Holland and worked in Belgium for a while - best time ever.
Lived in Switzerland - good if you like rules.
Don't speak any German, French, Flemish, Dutch. Didn't starve but didn't assimilate. Glad to be home!!
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04-03-2021, 22:07   #17
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I could see myself relocating to the continent in a year or so when my contract here in the UK expires. Most jobs I see demand fluency in the local language so it probably won't happen. Think I'd enjoy the Netherlands, France, Germany or Sweden.
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If I didn't have to work then I'd try Spain or Italy . Think I'd prefer Italy.

Lived in Netherlands for 7 years. Enjoyed it, Dutch are friendly but pretty dull, mostly entertaining each other in houses.

My first Dutch birthday "party" was a big cultural shock.

I wouldn't want to go back but can be a very different experience if you go there as ex pat and live that life.
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Portugal, for the sun and the health system.
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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.

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Same as Ireland.
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First choice for city life would either be London or Madrid. For everything else I’d have to pick Spain.
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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?
Very true. Two years is really pushing the bounds of credibility. Work colleagues will expect you to be reasonably functional after a year.

Can’t speak for other countries, but Germans are generally quite distant initially, but are really terrific friends when you pierce the outer shell. You’re never going to be accepted, unless you show commitment to the country by learning the language.
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Hard without the language tbh. But I am looking for jobs at the moment in Central Europe(Czechia) and Brussels. Its tough though. Would consider the Balkans, I should have done a year down there when I was in my 20s and career didn't matter.

Have already lived around Europe
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Hard without the language tbh. But I am looking for jobs at the moment in Central Europe(Czechia) and Brussels. Its tough though. Would consider the Balkans, I should have done a year down there when I was in my 20s and career didn't matter.

Have already lived around Europe
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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!
Ya Italy for me too. Got married in Italy, been there countless times on holidays.
All of the above reasons and I have always found the Italian people to be very warm and welcoming. Absolutely love it there
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The Romance language countries would be nice: Spain, Portugal, Italy, France or Romania.
All have good summers, beaches, mountains, EU members and I have found people from these countries very friendly and welcoming.
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Interesting poll results so far, the Iberian peninsula the most popular.

No love for Switzerland though?
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Lived in Spain for a few years as an adult. Germany as a teenager.

Will probably retire to Spain considering the missus is from there and would like to go back however I always fancied south africa or the caribbean myself
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Istanbul, Turkey could be a good option as well to live for a while.

Turkish is easy to pick up, people are very friendly, cost of living really low. The downside is wages are low as well in most jobs, so not such a good place to make money but more for the quality of life.
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Istanbul, Turkey could be a good option as well to live for a while.

Turkish is easy to pick up, people are very friendly, cost of living really low. The downside is wages are low as well in most jobs, so not such a good place to make money but more for the quality of life.
There are millions of cats everywhere too, that would be a big draw for me lol.
There's a good film about the cats of Istanbul called Kedi, lovely film.

Spain or Portugal for me, one day, I just love warm weather and sunshine so much.
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