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If a quick “How to relocate to Europe” or “What is the best place to relocate to in Europe” Google search led you here, we can assume that you are ready for your next big adventure. Whether you want to move to Europe for work, studies, to join your partner or family, or to travel to places you’ve always wanted to see, this guide will give you insight into the most important considerations when relocating to a European country!


Fast facts

  • Europe is home to 50 countries, including the world’s smallest country, Vatican City.
  • Germany, Portugal, Spain, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Finland, Iceland, Ireland and Switzerland are among the best countries to live in Europe based on the quality of life, healthcare, education and financial security.
  • There are five transcontinental countries in Europe: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey.


Why do people relocate to Europe?

Better job opportunities with higher pay, exciting travel opportunities, cultural experiences, and overall higher quality of life are among the reasons why people choose to relocate to Europe. While many European countries offer a high standard of living, it’s important to remember that everything in Europe is more expensive than what you are likely used to. For this reason, it is best to have a job lined up in Europe before making concrete plans for relocation.

When travelling to (most) European countries, a work or student visa is required for stays longer than three months. The visa requirements and process differ for each European country. Although some European countries are particularly difficult to relocate to for non-European citizens, there are several countries that welcome expats to support their economies and fill the gaps for labour shortages.

Germany, for example, recently launched a new opportunity card aimed at skilled migrant workers. This allows relevant job seekers to move to Germany to find work, rather than having to land a job before relocation. Another European country that is fairly easy to relocate to is Ireland, where countless job opportunities for skilled migrant workers are on offer. The same goes for Denmark, Portugal, Finland, Spain and Italy. These are some of the best places to relocate to in Europe.


What do I need to know before moving to Europe?

When planning to relocate to Europe, there are several things you can do in the months leading up to the big move. Firstly, sort out your finances. Calculate how much money you will need to kickstart life in your new city so you know what to expect. Make sure you have quick (but safe) access to your money. Once you arrive in Europe, open a local bank account and use a local bank card to save on costly transaction fees.

Get healthcare and travel insurance that meet your needs. If you have any medical checkups or procedures due, take care of them before you leave for Europe. Remember to stock up on any prescription medication and do research about how you can access your required medication abroad. Digitise and/or make enough copies of all your paperwork — this includes travel documentation, work-related contracts, health and travel insurance, international driver’s licence, and proof of financial support.


Ready to relocate to Europe?

Visit the Claymore Thistle blog and read our individual location guides for more information about relocating to Europe. If you are ready to take the next step in your journey to relocate to Europe, book a free consultation with one of our professional relocation agents. Whether you need assistance with personal relocation, corporate relocation, family relocation or even pet relocation, we can answer all your questions and offer expert support from day one until after you have settled into your new home abroad!

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