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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05-03-2021, 00:59   #46
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No. The language barrier is an issue for me. I would possibly buy a house in southern Iberia though.
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05-03-2021, 01:12   #47
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No. The language barrier is an issue for me. I would possibly buy a house in southern Iberia though.
Yeah free movement of workers is there for East to west and south to North.

I speak French and Spanish but my level just isn't high enough to be any type of asset. Its much more accepted that people will adapt to someone's English level than French or Spanish which doesn't really make sense since you'd imagine with the amount of people speaking English that the threshold would be much higher.
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Italy, particularly the north near Lucca. Have a passable ability in the language. 20 years to retirement. Plan is to rent somewhere in the Lucca region from Jan to April each year and spend the other 8 months in Ireland.
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05-03-2021, 01:26   #49
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España, somewhere muy cultural, like Benidorm.
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Just to the person mentioning Iceland, it’s lovely for a visit but it’s quite trying in a dark, long winter and the west-coast weather’s often like a colder version of the worst winter Ireland or northern Scotland could throw at you.

If you’re into that though, it’s not bad. I just wouldn’t base a move there on not having spent a winter. It’s an extremely different atmosphere to summer due to the latitude.
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05-03-2021, 01:29   #51
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Serious Q. As a gentleman of circa 2 score, what’s the deal with pensions and contributions and that lark if I just decide to feck off to another EU country or even outside?
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Portugal for their lack of crypto tax
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As I'm lucky enough to be able to work remotely, I've spent ~12-18 month periods living beachfront in Benalmadena, in a small village in Gorges du Tarn in the south of France and a brief period of around 6 months in Switzerland. I spoke very little Spanish, but the local community in Benalmadena were very international and I spoke enough broken French and native English to get by in the others.

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Iceland or Norway for me. Been to both. Iceland has fantastic scenery and Im big into walking/hiking. Reykjavik is a nice small compact capital. Norway too has great scenery. Everything is expensive in both but Norway has high wages and a 200bn fund from their oil industry so no money worries at the moment.
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Iceland or Norway for me. Been to both. Iceland has fantastic scenery and Im big into walking/hiking. Reykjavik is a nice small compact capital. Norway too has great scenery. Everything is expensive in both but Norway has high wages and a 200bn fund from their oil industry so no money worries at the moment.
I spent about a month in Oslo and didn't find the local wage increase sufficient to justify the massive increase in living costs. As much as I really enjoyed visiting, Norway will never be on my list of places I'll work from again. Very high taxation too.
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Serious Q. As a gentleman of circa 2 score, what’s the deal with pensions and contributions and that lark if I just decide to feck off to another EU country or even outside?
You claim your Irish pension and live abroad or you can transfer to their system if you qualify for both.
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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.
What would be more annoying is if you brought your friend and got a job in one of them grocery supermarkets and while serving customers have a conversation with your buddy in English.
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I moved to Finland a couple years ago. Im still here. I like it alot. Its a good society. Its positives outweigh the negatives. The cold is not bothersome, the society is adapted to it.

Estonia is a interesting place if you are able to keep your existing wages. It's super cheap and all the benefits of a 1st world place. You could definitely upgrade your life style if you manage that.

I'll be moving to portugal next year. I fancy trying the sun since i've tried the cold. After learning Portuguese, i might try a couple years in brazil after it.

(bachelor, no kids)
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I Lived in Holland for three years. I really liked the place.
I used to do a bit of cycling in Ireland and took it up again . Great cycle ways . Cyclist are No1 over there.

I'm currently living in Sweden. I only moved here late last year. My first impressions were cold, dark and miserable .
The weather has changed and now its beautiful again.
The swedes aren't really bothered with corona virus, so most places are still open. (9euro a pint keeps me out of pubs)
Most swedes (on my project) only work 3.5 days a week, so they have a great work life balance .
I'm really looking forward to the summer months
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Back to France but then I’d be too close to what I tried to get away from
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