I am contemplating a move in the next few yrs over to Europe. I at that time will have a 7-8 yr old girl. I am curious as to what part of Europe I would feel comfortable raising her. I know there are tons of places but every search I do routes me to a teenage hotspot or where the best clubbing goes on.
it depends ALOT on whether you want your child to learn another language or not, and what kinda schools youre after. I live in the netherlands and there are quite a few international schools where they teach in english (also some that teach in french, german and japanese) but they can be expensive... I know that the netherlands is overcrowded already, and waiting lists for afterschool activities can be long, which sucks for your kid! theres alot of red tape here too... i like it alot tho, but some things about the netherlands do suck a bit! the language is good trho because they speak excellent english here! but to learn dutch isnt very handy in the grander scheme of things!!
do u have any ideas where youd like to move? and where are you moving from?
Iceland is the best place to live in Europe.
I think you really need to think about what kind of lifestyle you are looking for or can have. For example, will you be working? What is your familty structure like? Will it do better ina small town where the other people intown can know you well and watch out for your family? Or are you all pretty independent and will enjoy the stimulation of a big city.
I am in barcelona and have a 13 year old who spends alot of time indoors because he doesn't really like alto oof action, but my 15 year old loves the way things are always going on.
Such a choice isn't very easy at all. I think you have to balance the quality of the services (better in Northern countries) and lifestyle (bettern in southern europe IMO). It's not easy.
I'm considering to move away as well, after UNiversity, inside my country. I live in a city of Northern Italy were the services are excellent (schools, University, hospitals etc.) but the lifestyle standard is better in other italian cities. You have to balance different parameters, considering that the choice must make YOU happy as well (and not only your children): only with happy and satisfied parents there can be happy children.
I wouldn't recommend Italy right now: despite the postcard scenarios, in Italy there's a serious lack of job employment and many political issues as well. With the introduction of Euro people is more and more unable to cope with prices for everyday goods.
Spain seems a better choice: its economy seems improving, the welfare state seems very decent and the lifestyle is undoubtely excellent, as far as i know.
Don't know about other places.
I would suggest Norway for several reasons...
- Labour shortage at the moment means you can easily get a job even without speaking Norwegian
- Free Norwegian classes if you want to learn the language
- "Everyone" speaks English and is happy to speak it
- Very low crime rates
- Very high standard of living
- The most complete health care system in the world
and so on and so forth...
Basically, you dont have to speak anything else than english to live in Norway and the country has been named the best country in the world to live in by the UN for many years in a row now. If your children would like to learn the language, the municipality where you would live will make a special program for them in school or if you move to the 3 larger cities (Oslo, Bergen or Trondheim), there are international schools in English.
Personally i would chose Bergen first and then Trondheim before Oslo, as Oslo has about 500 000 inhabitants whilst Bergen has 250 000 and Trondheim ca. 180 000 or so... Less people = less hectic city life, less crime, less weekend drunkenness and such...