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1. Posted by frugihoyi (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hello, my name is Eduardo and I just registered here. I am seriously considering moving to Europe soon and I'm hoping you guys can help me decide on a place to go and/or give me any other tips.

First, let me tell you a little more about myself. I was born in Brazil and I lived there for ten years. Then I moved to the US and I've been here for 14 years. I speak English (obviously), Portuguese, and some Spanish. I just graduated from college with a major in Digital Media and now I would like to move to Europe. My dad was born in Italy and he registered me as a member of the European Union, which means that I can live and work like a normal citizen in any of the EU countries. I am not sure how recent this list is, but here are the countries that are in the EU and which I can live in:

Austria
Belgium
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Hungary
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom

First, there is something very important that I have not decided yet. I am considering doing post-graduate study wherever I move to, but I'm still not sure if I will do that or not. I mean, I don't even know what I want to study now

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But disregarding that, and considering all these countries that I could move to, what do you all think is the best place to live? I would prefer to live in a bigger city, somewhere where there are a lot of jobs available and fun things to do. I have a few thousand American dollars to start and I'm sure my parents will help me in the beginning. I'll try to find out about jobs before I move, but I might have to be unemployed for a little while if I can't find one right away. I can't live anywhere that is ridiculously expensive because even though I have a college degree, I am inexperienced and probably won't be making much to start. Good public transportation is also a must because I won't have a car in the beginning.

I am used to the weather in Florida and I wouldn't mind living somewhere with similar weather. I would like being close to some nice beaches and I would rather not freeze my ass off. I am also a musician and I'm planning to start a band and play lots of gigs. It would be nice to live in a place that has a good metal scene, or at least some kind of rock scene.

Of course, it would also be nice to live in a place without too much pollution and crime. I know that comes with living in a big city, but I don't want to live anywhere that is ridiculously polluted and crime-ridden.

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Okay, now! I havent thoroughly researched all these different places in Europe, so feel free to suggest anything. But so far I am considering Spain, England, and Denmark. I've been writing down some pros and cons of each of these places, here is what I have so far:

ENGLAND
+ big cities
+ plenty of jobs
+ English is 1st language
+ good music scene
- weather/location

SPAIN
+ weather/beaches
+ way of life
+ big cities
- Spanish is only language

DENMARK (the first five I got from a friend who lives there...)
+ good metal scene
+ Beatiful country
+ Great Social system
+ Great People
+ Great weather/beaches
+ English widely spoken
- Danish also spoken
- I heard Copenhagen is really expensive. Are there other big cities?

So far, I have been researching England more than the others, specifically Manchester and Nottingham. Both were suggested by a friend who lives in Nottingham. Manchester seems like a really cool city, but I heard it rains all the time... but that's not such a big deal I guess. There are also parts that have a lot of crime apparently, but how big of a deal is it? Probably not much if I'm not at those parts, eh? Nottingham supposedly has the most crime in England, but aside from that it seems pretty cool.

My friend only told me about North, West, and Midland cities in England because he doesn't know much about the rest of the country. Any other nice places?

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Okay, that was a lot. It's really hard deciding where to move when I have never even been to Europe! So what do you guys think? Any other tips for me?

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 19, 2006 4:36 PM by frugihoyi ]

2. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

I would start by looking at the places you are most likely to be able to find work. If know what kind of jobs you want to do, try and research where those jobs are.

Avoid anywhere where the language is likely to cause problems, because this won't just affect your ability to find jobs, but it would make it harder to settle and make good friends etc.

I could tell you more about cities in England, but I would say don't worry too much about which city you live in at first. Since you've only just graduated, you may need to just go where the jobs are. When you have a bit more experience, then maybe you can move.

Good Luck!

3. Posted by indio (Budding Member 84 posts) 10y

Hello there
If you want to know more about denmark send me a PM and I'll be glad to answer any of your questions! I can highly recommend Denmark to foreigners as like you said English is widely spoken and the country is generally good in dealing with esp international students. Other options of big cities are Aarhus (where i live) and Aalborg and Odense. All really nice places! But if you want to know more I'll be happy to answer your questions the best I can. Will be in Asia from the 25th of July till the 7th of September though!
Jannie