Top 3 Countries for British People to Move to

by Candice Boyers

Great Britain — the land of green forests, sparkling lakes, Shakespeare, David Beckham’s left foot, tea, and… rain. Whether you’re choosing to leave your British homeland behind for romantic reasons, to search for sunshine, or because of more sensible, rational goals, we understand you. That’s why we’ve put together three countries for British people to live in for a period of time.

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Since the pandemic, many of us have grown accustomed to working remotely. Not only does this mean working from home, but possibly finding somewhere entirely different to live. The concept of living and working as a digital nomad has become even more attractive (and possible). The digital nomad lifestyle gives you the freedom to see the world while still getting paid, making it a win-win situation.

But what should the next destination be on your list? Below, we delve into the top three countries British locals may consider moving to.

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1. Finland

According to a report on world happiness, Finland ranks 7.84/10, making it the happiest country in the world for five years running. The report asks people to rank how they see their lives to determine how ‘happy’ they are. Finns rank high thanks partly to their excellent healthcare system, great education, and high incomes.

Brits can visit Finland for up to three months without needing a visa. If you want to stay longer, you must apply for a residence permit. You can do so if you’re going to work, study, or stay with family in Finland.

2. UAE

If you want to experience one of the wealthiest countries in the world while also enjoying a massive community of ex-pats, then the UAE may be the place for you. Dubai and Abu-Dhabi are both easily accessible via their hugely modern airports. Dubai is particularly popular amongst those with big business goals due to its reputation as a fast-growing market.

With that said,  you’ll need to invest a minimum of 500,000 AED (around £111,650) to get permanent residency in these countries. You can do so by purchasing real estate or investing elsewhere. Bear in mind that this only gets you a 5-year permit. To get longer, you’ll need to invest more.

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3. Switzerland

Renowned for being the safest place to live, Switzerland is the place to be if you value security. The Swiss are known for their public transport, clean cities, and excellent time-keeping. Switzerland also hosts several international organizations and is home to people from all over the globe.

What’s more, Switzerland is known for having one of the best healthcare systems in the world, meaning that you can rest assured you’ll be able to access care for you and your family. It also offers one of the lowest pollution levels, making it a great place to move to for your health and well-being alone. Moving to Switzerland is a relatively simple process of applying for the correct visa you need.

So why should you move?

If you crave a different lifestyle or want to enjoy working remotely more, why not consider a move? Now, more than ever, living abroad offers a host of benefits. If you have the option, why not consider whether you can see yourself where you are now in 20 or 30 years? If not, pick one of the great suggestions above – or try all of them for a time.

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