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8 reasons to live in Sweden

Sweden is not only the country of ABBA, IKEA and H&M
It is a country that offers plenty to those who decide to change their life and go and live abroad. The Swedish are attached to their traditions even if Sweden is one of the most advanced countries in the world. Thanks to the welfare state the quality of life is very high.
Here below are 8 reasons to live is Sweden:

1. Even if the national language is Swedish 89% of the population speak English too. Moving to Sweden therefore is not a problem for those who speak English.

2. The Swedish state strongly believes investing in the young generation. For every child born a monthly benefit of approx. €100 is given which rises to €160 during High school. University fees are also covered by the Swedish state.

3. The quality of the air is far better than Central and Southern Europe. According to the Air Quality index (see chapter Air Quality Index found in the eBook Paradise Found at Last). The air quality in the south of the country is very good whereas in the north it is excellent.

4. Regarding natural calamities Sweden is very safe. The risk of earthquakes is very low and there are no volcanoes whatsoever.

5. When you live in such a liveable country you most probably would not move elsewhere. The Swedish love their country also because the State is able to provide for their needs. The emigration percentage is 3.2%, amongst the lowest in Europe.

6. Prostitution is a global plague. The Swedish have understood the problem and they are tackling it through a legislation called ‘The Swedish Model’ (implemented also in Norway and Northern Ireland). A prostitute is considered a victim therefore not culpable or punishable by the Swedish law, but the client is. When the demand falls, the offer falls too.

7. In Sweden the life is expectancy is 82 years of age. This is due to the fact that all citizens have the same rights. The National Health Service functions very well and serves all citizens indistinctly.

8. The Swedish State assures that all citizens have full rights and a high level of freedom politically (political transparency and democracy), freedom of press (number 1 globally) and leader in woman’s rights.

Of course Sweden is not perfect. We made the choice however to give you 8 good reasons why Sweden is a country to move to.

Europe KAPUTT!

For many centuries Europe has been the best of the best. Today however it is declining rapidly. Europe is changing due to an epochal transformation: on one hand the economic and social destabilisation caused by the United States of America and on the other hand an environmental crisis that will oblige the industrialised countries to review the way they produce and consume. If we observe the world as a coalition of countries we realise that the European Union is faulting. To be honest it is not the sole culprit. A cause is to be found in the destabilisation of the Middle East that has triggered a spiral of terror and caused an unprecedented and uncontrolled immigration.
That the European Union is breaking can be seen from the recent (Brexit) of the UK. Two Europes exist, the rich countries and those that have failed, but soon the physiognomy of Europe will not even reflect the present situation.
Wealthy countries such as Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden and Austria are pressing for a referendum that will permit the population to vote whether to stay or break away. France itself, if in 2017 Le Pen will be elected, a referendum is possible. Also in Italy, if the Movimento 5 Stelle will govern the country, most probably there will be a vote to leave the European Union. Europe will not be the same.
It is due to the inadequacy of European laws that the Union is heading towards a collapse and the demise of a dream. Yes, it appears to have been only a pleasant dream! The truth is that there has never really been the pride of being part of a United Europe. How many of you have seen the European flag? If you have seen it, it was most probably raised outside an embassy.
How can the wound be healed? It needs to be reconstructed from its foundations. The only way to strengthen the crumbling Union is to implement radical reforms and return to the core of its policy: a Common Market. A major national responsibility is needed by curbing the power from the unelected Commission that in actuality is the only organism able to legislate today. I very much doubt this will happen and that in 10 years time we will witness a completely different Europe from what we know today.

The leaders have not be able to govern
Although Germany, more than any other country of the Union, has looked after its own interests, is now been hit by a flash flood. A generalised populist and anti-European drift has risen because each member of the European Union has not acted decisively in defending the rights of its own citizens. Now it appears to be too late. We are assisting at a dual, one against the other and all against all, in which there is no winner.

May Europe rest in peace.

Five things that will change your life forever when you live abroad

To move abroad permanently and leave our country is a challenge that will change your life. As time passes we will discover a new country: unfamiliar open spaces, horizons, infrastructures, a different community, a new culture, and other customs and ways of thinking which will gradually transform us.
As time passes we will discover things about ourselves that we were unaware of much to our surprise. We will learn to broaden our horizons that was once limited to our country. We will thus have to undo what we know (without forgetting our heritage) and endeavour to understand the new environment. To do so we need to clothe ourselves with humility. If we do move abroad there will be many factors that will change our life.
Today I want to list 5 things that will radically change us once we have emigrated.

1. A Continuous Emotion
When we decide to live abroad we will experience a constant rush of adrenaline because there will always be something new that we will have to try and comprehend, not to speak of unforeseen occurrences. Our senses will be sharpened and the old home routine will be something of the past. Our new challenges will be getting to know unfamiliar places, different habits and other people that will entertain our curiosity.

2. What Language Will We Speak?
To learn a new language fluently in order to communicate with those around us is not an easy task. It happens that while learning a new language we may find the appropriate word to use but inadvertently it comes out in our mother tongue! The more we have an interchange with the local population and practice the new language day after day we will eventually begin to speak it fluently and when grasping for words in our mother tongue means that we have mastered it.

3. Ready to Ask Help
When living abroad even simple tasks can be challenging such as from filling in a document to catching the right bus. So asking help will not only be inevitable but also good for our spirit and sense of community with the locals.

4. What Does Normal Mean?
Normality has a different connotation in a foreign country. What is normal for us could be abnormal for them! If we really want to be part of the local community we will have to understand their point of view, assimilate and accept their customs, possibly embracing them and making them our own.

5. Bite Your Tongue
There is nothing more annoying for an immigrant to talk continuously of ones country expounding it’s greatness. We must be careful and bite our tongue so as not to keep on talking about the beauty and benefits of our country because involuntarily we could demean the country that hosts us. Although some anecdotes may be funny but to show off can be boring and disrespectful towards the local population.

These 5 points, but not only, will change our lives abroad. To leave ones home country and settle elsewhere is not an easy decision to make, but doing so has many positive aspects. To act sensibly, by calculating the cost, will place us in a positive frame of mind to start living a new life in the best possible way.