Friday, December 2, 2016 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Best Countries for American ExPats

Most of us dream of living abroad. We have bigger dreams that don’t restrict us to living in our home country. Yet, very few of us actually take the steps to journey to the new land. Why is that? There is a big world out there. We have the technology to keep in touch with our loved ones through video chat and there are so many ways to visit them in person. For some, it’s the fact the countries are separated by an ocean, its crime or its culture. But none of this should hold you back. American expatriates that stay an extended period of time have found welcoming cultures in such a wide variety countries — why shouldn’t you be one of them?
 
China

While it may not be the first country that comes to mind for expatriates, China opens their door to American ExPats. Their economy is booming. They have job growth in the science and technology fields like no other country on the planet. In fact, sooner than later, they may overtake the United States in both of these fields. China’s living costs are also low while their income is high. If you can embrace the culture and respect their way of life, chances are great that you will thrive here. The country has some of the most beautiful scenery. Keep in mind, however, there are several languages spoken in China. Do you best to learn them.
China
 
Switzerland

Switzerland is another country open to American ExPats. The scenery itself draws Americans here. It has beautiful outdoor landscapes for skiing and winter sports. Mountains, hills and waterfalls are also seen throughout the country. For Expats, there are reasonable employment packages. In fact, employment here is easy to find. There is a low unemployment rate. There are a few cultural differences from the United States, but nothing that can’t be picked up within a few weeks. Unlike China, where there are multiple languages, Swedish is the primary language.
Switzerland
 
New Zealand

New Zealand is also a country favorable to American ExPats. This country specially enjoys those works that know a skill or trade. If you don’t have significant experience, they prefer workers that are under 30. Kiwis know they can teach workers skills and trades that their companies value the most. These ExPats are granted to stay up to five years at a time. This allows them to adjust to the culture and climate of New Zealand. Crime is low in comparison to most countries. Unfortunately, incomes are also lower, but the scenery may just about make up for it.
New Zealand
 
Canada

Canada is another favorite country for American ExPats. This country, unlike the United States, has a national healthcare system. Those American ExPats wishing to move here must already have a skill or trade. The locals here are friendly and Canadians enjoy a high quality of life. Their economy is booming and jobs are easy to find. In fact, much like Switzerland, Canada has a low unemployment rate. Those looking to move abroad may often seek this option first. It’s not too far from family and they can still get to family by car or plane. This country is also a good option for those American ExPats that tend to get homesick.
Canada
 
Spain

Finally, those American ExPats looking for warmth may want to head to Spain. This European locale offers year-round sunshine and amazing cuisine. A work visa is not required to work here. This makes the transition here much easier. Those jobs currently in demand within Spain are science and technology jobs, language jobs or individuals that have a skilled trade. Spanish is becoming the second most popular language in the world, so many Americans may already be fluent. The culture and scenery of Spain make it worth to live here.
Spain
 

Before you move abroad, investigate your options. Are you willing to move oceans away or do you prefer to stay close to home and still live abroad? Do you have the skills required by your new home? If you decide to take the plunge, you’ll find plenty of company. There are American ExPats just about everywhere you go.

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