6 best countries to live and move in


A well-developed infrastructure, social guarantees and quality education create excellent preconditions for unlocking personal and professional potential. If you feel that your development has slowed down, you may have exhausted all your resources. In this situation, try to change your place of residence.

We’ve researched data from the websites Numbeo and NomadList to find the best countries to live in and compiled the top 6 countries suitable for relocation.

1. Denmark

The best country to live in in terms of standard of living is Denmark. It is calm and quiet, with a mild climate, low unemployment and crime rates, well-developed agriculture and educational attainment. It is possible to live in Aarhus, Aalborg, Copenhagen.

With high wages, taxes and daily expenses are just as high here, and stateless migrants are not given high benefits and pensions.

The market is open for manual workers and hotel and restaurant business; oil workers, engineers, IT specialists, doctors have a chance to get a job.

To become a Danish citizen, you have to live with a residence permit for seven years and know Danish well.

2. Switzerland

Switzerland is always in the top 3 best countries to live in. Its pluses are the social safeguards that give its citizens the longest life expectancy in Europe. Basel, Bern, Zurich, Interlaken and Geneva are good places to move to.

It is an expensive country – it has the highest cost of living index. Russians to migrate here is not easy: it is necessary to live 12 years to obtain citizenship. With a residence permit is easier: you need to get a job, go to college (with further employment in the country) or invest in local businesses. In Switzerland, engineers, scientists, financiers and IT specialists are valued.

3. Finland

Finland has well-developed and working legislation, and is clean and environmentally friendly. It’s also not far from Russia, which makes it easy to move to Finland. A comfortable life can be organised in Tampere, Turku, Oulu, Espoo, Jyväskylä.

To get a residence permit in Finland, you have to open a business or get a job in the country. With knowledge of Finnish or English, you can get a job in engineering, become a highly paid chemist, physicist, programmer. Another option is to study, but higher education in English is for a fee (unlike lyceums and colleges).

4. Australia

This country has one of the highest standards of living due to sound taxation, environmental legislation, wages and good medicine. The most comfortable cities are Gold Coast, Wollongong, Adelaide, Sydney, Cairns. Most work in agriculture, light industry and tourism. There is almost no unemployment.

Moving to permanent residence in Australia is possible on the basis of competition: you collect a certain number of points (required minimum – 60 out of 100), give details of age, family, education, work experience. Your English level must be at least B2.

It is also possible to move to Australia by direct invitation from an employer (most likely to get a technical or work-related profession) or by study. The latter option is expensive: a year in high school costs from 10,000 Australian dollars. Citizenship can be obtained after four years of living in the country.

5. Netherlands

Holland has comfortable weather, low crime rates and a strong social commitment of the state to its citizens. The cities of The Hague, Nijmegen, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Eindhoven are suitable for relocation.

The automotive, textile, chemical, agricultural and metal industries are highly developed here, and migrants find employment in a variety of companies and factories.

Residence permits are easily issued to those who have graduated from a local university if the student finds a job in the country within six months. Once you have lived here for five years and have learned the language, it is possible to obtain citizenship.

When you marry a Dutch citizen, you must be prepared to undergo many interviews to prove that the relationship is “real”.

6. Austria

Austria is an expensive country, but it is justified by its stable economy and high social security: you will be given sickness and unemployment benefits. You can move to Vienna, Graz, Salzburg, Innsbruck.

The classic immigration patterns: marriage, family reunion, self-employment, work or study in German or English. You can buy real estate or invest €2 million in the country.

You can work in the service sector, industry, agriculture. If you have a rare profession or you are a highly qualified specialist (doctor or IT specialist), and you have an invitation from your employer, you will be given a red-white card – a special variant of a residence permit. Citizenship can be obtained after 10 years.