These Are the Best Countries to Move to Right Now

Shannon Quinn - September 16, 2021
Luxembourg City, across from the Grand Ducal Palace. Credit: Shutterstock

6. Luxembourg

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a small landlocked European country between France, Belgium, and Germany. The three official languages are French, German, and Luxembourgish (Yes, that’s a real word!) It’s one of the smallest sovereign states in all of Europe. To give you some perspective, it’s only 2,600 square kilometers, which is two-thirds the size of Rhode Island. it’s also one of the least populated with just 626,108 people. The government is a constitutional monarchy led by a man named Grand Duke Henri.

If you decided to move to Luxembourg, you would be far from the only one, because 44% of the total population are expats. There is an article called ‘What Would You Think of Living in Luxembourg?’ in the New York Times by Chris Pavone that you should read if you’re an American thinking of moving there. In this article, he explains how the country has a lot of old-world charm, and it was easy to fly to multiple countries in Europe on the weekends. But eventually, they moved back to New York City where it was comfortable and familiar. 

Colorful beach huts in Barbados. Credit: Shutterstock

5. Barbados

The Caribbean island of Barbados is located in the West Indies. It’s a tiny island with a population of 287,010 people. Everyone speaks English, and there is a huge community of expats who have moved there from other places. Even though it’s small, the island has all of the established amenities you could ever need. They have restaurants, marinas, golfing, tennis, and more. Out of every island in the Caribbean, Barbados has the lowest crime rate. So you can feel safe raising your kids there. It also has a great school system, healthcare facilities, and hospitals. 

Some of the financial perks of making a move to Barbados is that there are no entry taxes. However, if you want to become a resident, you need to qualify for one of the Special Entry Residents Permits. The different categories might require you to be a millionaire, invest in buying land worth over $300,000, have grandparents living in Barbados, or have some special skill or qualification that qualifies you for a work visa. With this criteria, there are very few people who could actually move there beyond a 6 month vacation.

A stunning view of Estonia as seen from St. Olaf’s Church. Credit: Shutterstock

4. Estonia

The Republic of Estonia is a small country with 2,200 smaller islands surrounding it in the Baltic Sea. The largest island is called Saaremaa. Since it’s on the water, most of Estonia is a bog or wetland ecosystem which is filled with beautiful forests, hiking trails, and wildlife. The main language spoken is Estonian, but many people speak English there, too. Estonia is supposed to be very technologically advanced with many opportunities in technical fields. Basically, if you’re a computer programmer, you’d have no trouble finding work in Estonia.

The capital city of Tallinn, Estonia is home to the tallest steeple in the world at St. Olaf’s Church. They still have a medieval stone tower called Kiek in de Kok, which means “peep in the kitchen” since the soldiers were so high up, they could see through citizen’s kitchen windows. Every year, they have Medieval Days in Old Town where kids can go to learn archery and go to “knight school”. So if you enjoy medieval history, Estonia is a great place to be.

The Szechenyi Baths in Budapest, Hungary. Credit: Shutterstock

3. Hungary

In recent years, Hungary has become a popular country to move to. The capital city of Budapest is the most populated city in all of Europe. It’s a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful architecture and bustling city life. You can go shopping at Great Market Hall, or sip coffee at one of the many adorable cafes. There are also plenty of museums, music festivals, monuments, gardens, a zoo, and much more. Almost every weekend in the spring and summer, there is some sort of festival going on in Budapest. When you get outside of the city, Hungary has the amazing Hortobágyi National Park and thermal baths.

If you’re a member of the EU, it would be easy to move to Hungary. However, if you live outside of the EU, it might be more difficult to get into the country. But if you can manage to obtain a visa, you might be rewarded with a low cost of living. According to Eurosender, rent on an apartment in the outskirts of the city is just €250 and €300 per month. And if you want to live in center city Budapest, it’s €1000 per month. With Hungary’s excellent public transportation system, it could be possible for you to rent a cheap apartment and commute to a job in the city.

The Church of St. Mark in Croatia. Credit: Shutterstock

2. Kingdom of Croatia

In 1999, Croatia gained its independence from Yugoslavia. So it’s actually a very young country. For thousands of years, it has been conquered as territory for Germany, Austria, the Ottoman Empire, and so much more. The country sits on the Adriatic Sea, and it has over 1,000 smaller islands that make up the country. It’s a very culturally diverse place, due to all of the traveling and trade happening along the coast line. Croatia even holds an event called Yacht Week, where it’s all about sailing and enjoying the beautiful water.  

Since the country is still young, its economy hasn’t had much time to grow yet. However, this means that it can be an attractive place for business owners to potentially create a company and have it flourish. The cost of living is also relatively low. They provide free public education to children, and there is an affordable health care system just like the rest of Europe.

If you move somewhere, it might as well be a tropical paradise. Credit: Shutterstock

1. French Polynesia

Who wouldn’t want to move to a tropical paradise? French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of France made up of 118 individual islands, while only 67 are inhabited by people. One of its most popular locations is Bora Bora, which is famous for its crystal blue water and amazing beach resorts and volcanos. It’s warm all year long, and it experiences a rainy season from December through February.

As you might imagine, everyone speaks French there. So if you’re even considering moving there, it’s best to learn the language. If you’re a citizen of France, it would be fairly easy to move there, since it’s a territory which is controlled entirely by the French Government. However, being an expat is a different story. Keep in mind that Tahiti is the only island that has public transportation. So if you plan on moving there, you’re basically stuck in that location until you’re able to purchase a car. But once you do, you can experience some amazing scenic roads along the coast line.