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Good cities to live in Europe with a toddler!

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1. Posted by AJSmith (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I am looking to work / live in Europe for a few years before my little girl needs to start school.
Her and I will be travelling on our own, so I am looking for somewhere safe, with good employment opportunites and with easy access to good quality child care. Work wise, most of my experience is in the film and television industry, but I could pretty much run, manage or co-ordinate most things.
I only speak English at this stage, but am happy to put the time in to learn another language.
I would ideally like to be somewhere near the sea that is warm, but am open to options.
Any advice would be gratefully received... just not quite sure where to start!

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Your first concern would be whether you will be able to find work, which will depend whether you need a residency and work permit.

What nationality do you hold and just what is your experience? Actor, director, make-up artist, etc? How are your finances, do you have say, 20,000 USD in savings that could tide you over a longer period without work?

Any European languages that you took in school and that you could use to built on? Any chance that you could claim EU citizenship by way of descent?

3. Posted by zuesie (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y

Oslo in Norway is an excellent city. Not only is it extremely beautiful through both summer and winter, but the majority of people speak English here (I've been living here nearly a year now, without knowing much Norwegian). It is an extremely family friendly place to live, there are kids everywhere and things for kids to do everywhere too, with parks, little beaches and lakes, and snow in winter which kids seem to have a blast in! The quality of life over here is great, and crime levels are extremely low.

I know that you said somewhere warm - and I hear you on this point. I love the warmth, but I was surprised at how easily I adapted to the cold (wearing thermals and having a great jacket did help!) Winter is fantastic over here when it snows, there is even a little kiddy ice-skating rink in the middle of the city. Spring starts around the end of April, and before you know it there are long LONG summer days (Starting around 3am, finishing around 1am...) at the moment twilight is starting around 9pm. So you get plenty of months for summer, and the Norwegians sure know how to take advantage of it! The parks and beaches come alive with people having picnics and bbq's, and I couldn't believe how many little kids were over here and how family orientated it seems to be (I'm from Australia). And Norwegians are really friendly people too, which helps!

As for your profession, I'm not sure about companies for film as such, but could you move across to video games? Funcom is one of the top companies in the world for video games, and they have plenty of international staff members from every walk of life. Just an idea.

Basically I had never considered Norway until I ended up living here. I was more than pleasantly surprised, it is one of the nicest places I have ever been to, and I'm excited everyday that I'm here!

Good luck!!

4. Posted by MelonBomb (Inactive 10 posts) 8y

Quoting AJSmith

I am looking to work / live in Europe for a few years before my little girl needs to start school.
Her and I will be travelling on our own, so I am looking for somewhere safe, with good employment opportunites and with easy access to good quality child care. Work wise, most of my experience is in the film and television industry, but I could pretty much run, manage or co-ordinate most things.
I only speak English at this stage, but am happy to put the time in to learn another language.
I would ideally like to be somewhere near the sea that is warm, but am open to options.
Any advice would be gratefully received... just not quite sure where to start!

I think it is so awsome that you are going ahead and doing this!!! You go for it! It's very inspiring to us with toddlers that want to still see this world. Life is too short. Good luck to you and your little one and cheers!