10 Great Countries for Living and Working Abroad

Porsche Pavillion in Wolfsburg, Germany

One of the greatest things about landscape architecture is you can take your skills and travel with them, opening up a whole new world for living and working abroad. If you are planning on making a change in your life, there is no better time than the present to take action. In this article, you will have the opportunity to discover ten of the best countries for living and working abroad. Read the information presented for each of them and decide on your own on the most suitable destination. Remember that we are no longer tied to an individual job or country of residence; globalization has allowed us to move freely to other countries, discovering their culture and meeting new people. If you are up to the challenge, pack your bags and go!

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1. Austria In a recent survey, Vienna has been presented as the second-best city to live and work in from the entire world, being surpassed only by Vancouver (Canada). Austria has everything that one could want from a new destination: fresh air, high standard of living, culture and history. Austrian companies welcome those who wish to change their occupation, providing good wages and suitable working conditions. Plus, there are so many great things to visit in Austria, that you will have your hands full on the weekends.

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Solar City in Linz-Pichling, Austria. Photo credit: Pertlwieser

2. Germany At the moment, Germany is considered one of the best countries to live and work in, with a strong economy, good pay and plenty of jobs available for those coming from other countries. Sure, you might be required to learn German but you will see that English is often the primary language in big companies. International work transfers can be taken into consideration, and you will certainly enjoy the high standards of living. Moreover, there are a lot of opportunities for spending your free time!
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Porsche Pavillion in Wolfsburg, Germany. Copyright Photographer: HG Esch

3. Canada As it was already mentioned, Vancouver was chosen as the best town in the world to live and work in. In reality, you will enjoy the same standard of living throughout the entire country and you will discover that Canadians are quite friendly people. On the plus side, you have the opportunity to choose in which part of Canada you want to move to – the English or the French-speaking one. Canadians always welcomes specialists from different fields, especially those with experience in the oil or fishing industry.
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Poppy Plaza in Calgary, Canada. By Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative and Stantec Consulting,

4. Australia Moving to Australia might not be an easy decision to make but you will see it was all worth it in the end. You will feel glad you have chosen Australia, when you will see the high standards of living and how friendly the people are over there. Moreover, there are plenty of jobs on the market, with top companies in the world having their principal offices in Australia. Moving to this part of the world, you will enjoy the fantastic weather and the numerous opportunities for the free time. Ready to become an Aussie? 5. Singapore Apart from the fact that it has one of the highest life expectancies in the world, Singapore is also a powerful player in the field of international finances. There are businesses that have grown here, and now they are multi-billion companies, being able to provide a wealth of jobs to those who are looking. English is spoken throughout Singapore and you will find the people living here to be entirely influenced by the ideas from the western countries.
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Bishan Park in Singapore. Photo courtesy of Atelier Dreiseitl.

6. New Zealand
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In New Zealand, the city of Wellington also has over sixty community conservation groups! Photo credit: Wellington, in New Zealand. Author Donovan Govan. Licensed under CC 3.0

Once again, moving to New Zealand might prove out just as difficult as moving to Australia, given the distance. However, New Zealand has the most impressive landscapes, a quiet atmosphere and a low crime rate. There are plenty of job opportunities available in the field of agriculture and tourism, plus the standards of living are among the highest in the world. If you want a change for the better, New Zealand is a great choice. 7. The Netherlands Amsterdam is a beautiful city to discover but also a financial center, well known in the field of international business. There are plenty of jobs available in Amsterdam and, let’s face it, who wouldn’t like going to work on a bicycle. The other towns of the country attract just as many expats, all of them looking to discover the entertainment opportunities as well. English is commonly spoken here, so you won’t have to worry about the language. Plus, the location is ideal for visiting other countries in the near vicinity, including Germany. Related Articles:

8. United Arab Emirates If you have decided to choose the United Arab Emirates, the first thing you should know that this country offers some of the best-paid jobs in the world. However, you have to take into consideration that this country has a unique culture and that there are certain rules of conduct that you will have to abide. The language is also difficult to learn, but you can expect people to understand and speak English in the bigger towns. The ideal areas to search for work here are the ones of engineering and constructions.
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View of Jumeirah Beach in Dubai . Image credit: lornet /

9. Italy Even though Italy has gone through an economic and financial crisis, it still represents one of the best countries to live and work in as an expat. This is because of the reduced costs of living and the fact that many international companies have their main offices here. Plus, in Italy, culture is everywhere, and there are a lot of opportunities for you to enjoy yourself. After a few months spent in Italy, you too will fall in love with the ‘dolce vita’, enjoying a chilled bottle of wine and fresh seafood like any other Italian.
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Piazza Nember,in Jesolo, Italy. Photo Credit: Piazza Nember by Stradivarie Architettura e paesaggio

10. Switzerland There are a lot of people who prefer to go to Switzerland, given the varied opportunities for winter sports and the amazing Alpine landscapes. They are also drawn to the high paying jobs, the healthcare system that functions so smoothly and to the delicious cuisine. However, you must remember that the costs of living in Switzerland are higher than the European average and that you will require a residence permit for working in this country. The areas in which you should search for job opportunities include information technology and finance.
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MFO park in Switzerland. Photo credit: deco2912 @ flickr

So, there you have it, these are the ten best countries for living and working abroad. If you feel like you have reached a point in your life when you need to make a change, consider moving and finding a job in one of these countries. Your horizon will expand, as you will meet new people and become acquainted with their cultures. Soon, the question will be: where should I go next? Article by Alexandra Antipi Recommended Reading: 

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