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What are your property options in Australia?

Moving to Australia conjures up images of buying a house with a swimming pool, A flowing open interior and a BBQ area for those all important social occasions. Whether this property dream can come true will be dependent upon where you move to and what your budget is.

If you decide to move to one of Australia’s major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane you can expect to pay what are considered ‘eye-watering’ prices for apartments and houses. Recent reports showed that in Sydney, prices are over the $900,00 price range and 42% of your monthly wages can be eaten up by your mortgage.

Despite worldwide economic fluctuations, Sydney saw a 10.2% increase in property prices between June 2016 and June 2017. Melbourne and Brisbane saw staggering 13.8% rises during the same period.

That said, the good news is that if you move out of the major areas into some of the Suburbs, you can expect to get a lot more for your money. For example, you can buy a house in Adelaide for $436,000, in Perth for $495,000 and Hobart for $360,000.

Beginning a search for a new home in Australia needs to be considered within the the guidelines of the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). This gives information about what kind of homes non-resident foreigners can purchase. It’s worth checking out their website before proceeding with any property searches. You will also need to apply to the board in order to purchase a home.

As with house-hunting in the UK, the best place to start is with well known websites that list various properties. The most relevant in Australia are Real Estate, Real Estate View and Domain. Prime Location and Right Move also offer similar options.

Property styles will vary throughout Australia. You can expect to find more apartments in the big cities where location may be more important than size. There are a number of different styles dating back to the 1800’s which saw the typical two storey house with veranda and spacious rooms developed across NSW and Sydney.

Others such as the ‘Queenslander’ which was built on stilts with timber cladding came a little later. Bungalows, which many expats will probably be most familiar, arrived in the early part of the 20th century with their paved gardens and red brick facade.

Buying a property always requires a great deal of organisation and research and it is no different in Australia. Some banks will offer special mortgages to expats so it’s worth looking for the best deal. You will need to prove you can afford the home and details of your finances back home may be a requirement to secure a mortgage. Make sure you have all your details to hand. You will be expected to pay a 20% deposit on property purchased and expect another 5% to go on legal fees.

There is more than one way to buy a home in Australia. A buyer’s agent can help find, negotiate and purchase a property. You can find a professionally accredited agent through REBAA, Australia’s premier industry association for buyer’s agents. Getting yourself a conveyancer and mortgage broker is also essential. Again pick one based on reputation. Your estate agent should be able to point you in the right direction.

Australia also offers a good selection of houses up for auction. This is a common way for residents to buy new homes. When buying a house you have a cooling off period in which to change your mind, but at an auction there is no such luxury. It’s worth seriously considering what you are prepared to buy for before visiting the auction and sticking to your price. It’s easy to get caught up in the action and walk away with a home that doesn’t suit you or your budget.

PSS International Removals can help you move to Australia. For more information see here. If you are considering moving abroad, PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 35 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention. Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote.

Undiscovered Regions of France For Expats

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Undiscovered Regions of France For Expats. With some 150,000 Brits living in France it’s clear that the country is a big hit with those in the UK looking for a new place to live.

Popular with those who are retiring, as well as couples and families looking for a better quality of life, France can offer expats everything with the added bonus of not being too far away from home. British expats are usually attracted to certain areas and regions of France.

The name “Dordogneshire” is often bandied around to explain where Brits live in the South West of France although this is only part of the picture. Many also reside in the Ile De France region (which includes Paris), Brittany and Provence.

However, if you’re looking for somewhere a little different, away from the madding crowds of Brits, we’ve selected three regions where you might find the perfect taste of France.

Burgundy

Gr8ful Ted, Somewhere Along the Canal du Nivernais

The perfect spot if you like a tipple of the top wine, delicious cuisine and beautiful views, Burgundy is renowned for its historical hilltop villages and medieval locations. Situated in the east central region of France it is one of the most prestigious wine producing areas in the world. With a capital called Dijon it was also once the ‘mustard capital of the world’. Weather wise you’ll get lovely warm summers although temperatures will dip in the winter, and you can expect rain. With great transport links back to the UK the average house price is 120,000 Euros which will buy you a three bedroom house. Four bedrooms go from 137,000 Euros; five 156,00 Euros.

Champagne-Ardennes

Claude, Place Royale, Reims, Marne, Champagne-Ardennes, France

North East France produces some of the best sparkling wine in the world aka Champagne. Close to the Belgian border the area is not a huge hit with Brits as it’s not exactly the sunshine state, with just 1,500 hours of sun a year. This is in sharp contrast to those living in western regions where they might see 2,400 hours a year. That said, it’s very popular with Germans, Belgians and Swiss expats so it clearly has plenty to offer. The average house prices are expensive, around 214,000 Euros although you could be lucky enough to snap a property up for the minimum price of 60,000 Euros.

Lorraine

Pascal. Lechaudel,Les Maïs

You will find some British expats living in Lorraine region although only around 850, so you’re unlikely to bump into fellow citizens unless you really want to. Neighbouring the regions of Alsace and Burgundy, Lorraine is steeped in history and even able to stake claim to being the birthplace of Joan of Arc. It is the only area to border three countries – Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, so plenty of places to visit on the weekend. The Vosages mountains also offer the perfect spot for some winter ski-ing or summer hiking. There’s also a chance to bag a property bargain here with projects going for as little as 17,000 Euros. If you are considering moving to France,

PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 35 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention. Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Doing Business in Barcelona

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Barcelona by Bert Kaufmann

Barcelona by Bert Kaufmann

Barcelona has an irresistible attraction for many British expats. With the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains close by, this vibrant, cosmopolitan city is also brimming with history and culture. But what possibilities does the city hold for expats that want to do business there?

Spain as a whole remains a relatively easy place in which to do business. This may explain why it was positioned 33 out of 189 countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Survey for 2016. Spain ranked well in factors such as trading across borders (earning first place), resolving insolvency (25th), and protecting minority investors (29th).

Perhaps due to its diversity, with Spanish nationals and international expats living and working closely together, there are excellent business prospects for expatriates in Barcelona. However, to make the most of business opportunities, fluency in the Spanish language and, ideally, a basic grasp of Catalan, is an enormous benefit.

When you get past the language, what is different about doing business in Barcelona? Well, there’s a different timetable for starters. Business isn’t typically 9 ‘til 5. Instead, it starts somewhere between 9 and 10am, breaks for lunch around 1pm, and resumes from about 3pm until evening. There isn’t quite a siesta, but a long lunch is quite normal.

That break in the middle of the day isn’t all about feasting and snoozing, however, as business is often carried out over lunch. Spaniards and Catalans love eating and it is very common to spend time in restaurants combining delicious food with business.

One of the characteristics of doing business in Barcelona, is that relationships tend to be formed between people, rather than companies. As a result, once you have established a connection, it will be unaffected when you, or the other party, change companies. Trust, therefore, is very important, and demonstrating reliability and strong business ethics is key.

You must also show due respect to those senior to you, as Spanish businesses are hierarchical. Even though you may be depending on a decision from a senior executive, it would be bad form to attempt to set up an initial meeting with anyone above your own rank.

On the subject of etiquette, dealing with associates in their own language is another essential, not just verbally but in all your materials. Offering presentations in both English and Spanish shows that you appreciate the opportunity to take your business to their country.

Some customs in Spanish businesses may seem strange, even rude. For instance, it’s quite normal for people around the meeting table to interrupt one another, and even talk over each other. This should not be misinterpreted as impoliteness, although it can make it difficult to follow the conversation, especially when it is in a foreign tongue.

Once you navigate around a few cultural differences, you will find that doing business in Barcelona can be a pleasurable experience. Spaniards are generally friendly and cheerful, and those in Barcelona are no exception. It’s likely that you will find the business community warm and genuinely interested in you and what you can offer through your business.

If you are setting out on a business venture in Spain, it is advisable to consult with a solicitor and accountant to ensure that all your dealings adhere to Spanish law and tax regulations. You may be considering setting up a company in Barcelona – a Sociedad Limitada. In which case, you will need assistance with this and with setting up an overseas bank account.

If you are considering moving to Barcelona, PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 35 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

 

Westpac – Making Banking in Australia Easy

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Moving to Australia is a popular choice for Brits, with over 1.2 million already based Down Under. Planning a move to the other side of the world can be fraught with anxiety, with a great deal of concern placed on finances, banking and getting access to your money once you’ve arrived.

PSS International Removals is pleased to announce its new partnership with Westpac Bank. Westpac is Australia’s oldest bank, and the longest-serving foreign bank in the United Kingdom, with over 200 years helping customers in Australia and the UK.

With Westpac you can jump online and open an account in minutes, securely transfer your funds, and organise for cash withdrawals once you arrive in Oz.

Westpac make it easy because:

√ You can open an account online up to 12 months before you move

√ They waiver the account fee for the first 12 months

√ You can set yourself up for 24/7 telephone, mobile and internet banking before you
arrive

√ The ability to withdraw your money once you arrive for free at one of Westpac’s 3,000
ATMs in Australia

Additionally, Westpac are the only Australian bank that has a branch in London with a team of Premium Relationship Managers. So if you require a higher level of banking, you can make an appointment to come into branch and discuss your needs with one of their team.
So, get organised and open an account today, or ask us to connect you with a Westpac Premium banker in London to find out how they can support you with your move.

Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC) is a limited company incorporated in Australia and registered in New South Wales, Australia under the Corporations Act 2001(Cth) of Australia with registered number ABN 33 007 457 141 (Westpac). Westpac’s head office is at 275 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia. WBCs London office is acting in an introductory capacity only and does not provide any of the products and services referred to in this communication. For information purposes only WBC (a) has its principal place of business in the United Kingdom (UK) at Camomile Court, 23 Camomile Street, London EC3A 7LL, and is registered at Cardiff in the UK as Branch No. BR10, and (b) authorised and regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority in Australia. In the UK, it is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority. Subject to regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and limited regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details about the extent of our regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority are available from us on request. If applying for an account, it is provided by Westpac in Australia and as such is subject to the regulation of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission and will be afforded the protections of Australian laws, which may differ from UK laws. In particular, the account will not benefit from the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Compensation Scheme or rules for the protection of retail clients under the United Kingdom Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Full terms and conditions available on our website.

 

 

 

What You Need To Know About Moving To America

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DonkeyHotey, Flag - Illustration Simple America Flag illustration.

DonkeyHotey, Flag – Illustration Simple America Flag illustration.

 

 

With around 794,000 British expats living in the USA it’s one of the most popular destinations for those looking for a different way of life. Relocation hot spots include New York City, Austin, Florida, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and Los Angeles.

As most people are aware America has a strict immigration policy and moving there will involve a large amount of paper work. What kind of visa you require will be entirely dependent upon the kind of work you are undertaking. Some work visas will entitle you to work temporarily in certain industries, whilst a green card may be applicable if you have been offered permanent employment in a key business. Many expats begin with a sponsoring employer. A green card is unlikely to be applied for in the first instance, and you’ll probably begin with a work visa from the variety of options. The US Embassy will be the first port of call for most applicants.

Moving to America is not going to be cheap especially if you’re from the UK. Recent Brexit negotiations have made the dollar very favourable against the British pound, but not so great if you’re moving in the opposite direction. With most expats beginning their new life in one of America’s key cities, house hunting can be an expensive business. Despite recent housing market crashes the market is now strong and house price hikes have been seen in key areas such as Seattle, Portland, Tampa, Dallas, Miami, Boston, Detroit and Atlanta. The average price of new homes sold in America rose to $390,440 (£295,243.47). That said, if you’ve found yourself in New York you’ll be looking at an average price of $788, 529 (£596, 349.21).

Schooling will be a key issue for anyone relocating their children as well as their jobs. Most children begin their education before the age of six in kindergarten, ending 13 years later at grade 12. Middle school is composed of students in grade 6-8, with high school beginning at grade 9 and ending in 12. Expats are able to apply for public schools in America (similar to the UK state school system) although as in most countries, the quality of education will be determined by the area moved into. The schools offer a great opportunity for kids to meet friends from the local neighbourhood. International and Private schools offer a different option for expats. Fee paying, and in some instances selective, these educational facilities are considered to offer a better level of teaching however, your children may have to travel great distances to get to school.

If you are considering moving abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 35 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Why Move To Thailand?

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Transformer18,Thailand 2008

Transformer18,Thailand 2008

Moving to Thailand offers a wide array of opportunities for expats. Career prospects, especially in the tech market, are on the rise. Furthermore, the climate, culture and beaches are a big positive.

Numbers on how many expats actually live in Thailand vary from 500,000 to one million, but many of those will choose to reside in the capital of Bangkok. Living close to the Skytrain and the MRT travel network is key to getting around easily. Many expats live in the popular areas of the upper and lower Sukhumvit Road and south along the Chao Phraya River.

Thais will call foreigners ‘farangs’ even if they know your first name. Expats shouldn’t be offended. Thais are in general thoughtful and kind. They are law abiding too. In fact, if there is a traffic accident in Thailand, as a foreigner you will be held responsible, based on the fact that if you weren’t living in the country there wouldn’t have been an incident.

In recent years Thailand has become something of a hot-spot for start-ups with American companies offering investment opportunities. Large businesses such as Uber and Google have headquarters in Bangkok as well as accountancy firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Salaries are good and the cost of living is far cheaper than most European countries. Renting a condominium in the centre of Bangkok can stand at 21,000 baht (£476.616) according to online research database, Numebo. This is far cheaper than living in the centre of London where a one-bedroom flat may cost nearly £3,000 per month to rent.

The weather and the beaches are a big draw to holiday makers and expats alike. The weather is predominantly tropical and humid, but this will be dependent upon where you live in the country. Northern Thailand has three seasons with warm weather eventually interrupted with a monsoon period. In Southern Thailand there are just two seasons – wet and dry and it will see more rain than its northern counterpart.

That said, along with the all the benefits there are of course a few issues about upping sticks and moving to a completely different country and culture. Gaining a Visa has in recent years become a much harder experience especially if you are looking for Thai Permanent Resident status. If you are to gain PR status you can get a work permit and buy a condominium without a foreign money transfer. You’ll need to have had a non-immigrant visa for at least three years, before applying for the PR. Be warned if you outstay your visa you’ll be fined up to a maximum of 20,000 baht and you’ll be deported after 42 days. If deported you’ll be banned from re-entering Thailand.

If you are considering a move to Thailand PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 35 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

 

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Helping Your Children Make Friends Abroad

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Igor Spasic, ocean is young

Igor Spasic, ocean is young

Moving home is exciting but it can also be quite daunting if you arrive in a new location without any friends or family to act as a support.  For children, the experience can be even more overwhelming, especially if they are older and have left lots of strong friendships behind.

As a parent you’ll bare the brunt of the upheaval and will need to arm yourself with some skills in order to help everyone settle in. Remember not to be too hard on yourself. Moving abroad is a big step and everyone will find it difficult, even those that really wanted to relocate. The great news is that children are on the whole are very adaptable. Give it time and it’s most likely that you will all feel settled.

Here a few suggestions for making the friendship transition abroad.

For younger children:

The younger the child, the easier it will be to find ways to help them make new friends, fairly quickly. Smaller children are more open to new friendships, having not left too many strong bonds behind. There are a huge array of options here for new mate bids. Children below school age could find friends at playgroups, parks or the various number of activities that youngsters can take part in. 

Ways to start:

* Find the nearest playgroup via neighbours with children and arrange a date to meet them there. It will be easier to turn up and spot a familiar face rather than find a sea of strangers.

* Look into activities that your child liked at home. If they enjoyed swimming or singing back home chances are they’ll enjoy the experience in your new environment.

For pre-teens:

Finding mates when you’re at school, may be easier, or harder than imagined. It will all depend upon how sociable your children are. Again encourage them to find clubs to join that reflect their current tastes and interests. They may find these options at school or you’ll have to research particular outlets.

Ways to start:

* See if your child wants to invite some of their new classmates around for an impromptu movie and popcorn evening. This will be a good way for you to meet the parents too.

* Set up a regular activity on a Saturday morning so your kids can meet friends outside of school. This will help if the Monday-Friday routine isn’t going so well.

For teenagers:

There’s a good chance that if you have a child between the ages of 13 and 19, you’ll find them the toughest to convince that moving was a good idea. They’ll have a whole list of reasons why staying at home was a better idea. It’s also one the hardest times for them in terms of friendship, with hormones and peer pressure, shaking the best of them. Again, they’ll need to pursue old interests and hopefully find some new ones. You could also encourage them to keep in contact with their old friends via social media.

Ways to start:

* Encourage them to leave the house and discover some new opportunities available to them. They may not have surfed before but if you find yourself on one of Australia’s hottest beaches it won’t hurt to find out if they can. Alternatively many ski resorts offer clubs for kids during the key season.

* Look out for other expats with kids of a similar age and see if you can arrange a shopping/beach/ski/basketball trip. Finding someone in exactly the same boat can really help. 

 

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

 

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

A City Guide to Oslo

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As Norway’s capital city, Oslo has a lot to offer visitors and expats alike. Sitting on the southern coast of the country on the Oslo Fjord, there’s much to like about the city which boasts Viking ships, a world renowned sculpture park and a three star Michelin restaurant.

Visiting cities can be hard work if you don’t have plan as to where you’d like to visit (and where you’d like to avoid). The official Visit Oslo website has some great ideas, edited down to bite-sized chunks to suit the culture vultures, the child friendly and the art/history buffs.

Starting with the key attractions is a good place to begin and any visit to a Scandi country isn’t really complete without seeing a Viking ship. Thankfully, the Viking Ship Museum offers plenty of opportunities to feel at one with the culture. Other sea faring museums include The Fram Museum which houses the The Polar Ship Fram, the strongest wooden ship ever built and one which still holds the records for sailing farthest north and farthest south.

Those preferring more land based activities will love The Munch Museum. It contains paintings left to the city by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, including his most famous work The Scream. For more information about the expressionist artist, see here. Unlike many European cities, all of Oslo’s museums are open on a Monday.

Families  with children will need some outdoor time to help the little ones run off some steam. There are a couple of alternatives both of which wont be too awful for adults to endure. The Vigelandsparken sculpture park houses over 200 works of Gustav Viegland and is a great place to wander and unwind. A less relaxing, more exhilarating, attraction is the TusenFryd Amusement Park. With 30 rides ranging from the tame to the terrifying, this is a great spot for all the family.

Eating and drinking is a perfect way to discover the city. If money is no object, and you want to eat the finest foods on offer, Maaemo became the first Norwegian restaurant to get three out of three possible stars in the Michelin guide. To find out more about the chef and his work, see here. There are plenty of other cheaper but no less delicious meals on offer. Visit Asylet for a typical open-faced sandwich featuring shrimps or meat patties with caramlized onions. If you fancy enjoying a beer, expect to pay around $10 a pint. Oslo has a number of great microbrewery’s where you can drink your beer within a few metres of where it was brewed. Look out for the Oslo Microbrewery and Grünerløkka Brygghus – both of which offer a number of thirst quenching tipples.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

What Should I Know About Working in Berlin?

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Jörg Schubert, Berlin

Jörg Schubert, Berlin

Around 100,000 Brits live in Germany with about 5,500 of those residing in the capital city of Berlin. In recent years Berlin has become somewhat of a haven for expats who are looking for a cheaper, more manageable life away from fellow big cities such as London or Paris.

Berlin itself has relatively high unemployment rates and it is argued that job opportunities within the formal sector is fairly limited. That said, many large international banks such as HSBC and organisations such as Siemens and Amazon have large bases here, so there can be work for those with the right skills. Amazon itself has recently expanded its operation in the city and is currently looking to fill a number of important roles. 

If you are an EU citizen you will not need a visa or permit to work in Germany but it may help if you learn some of the language before you arrive. Yes, Germans can certainly speak good English but if you’re doing business in a new country, common courtesy should prevail. If you can’t speak the language, make sure someone on your team can.

There are a number of universities, colleges and research institutes based around the city, so if you can consider teaching, and speak German, this may be an option for you. If you can’t speak German, teaching English to students could be a well-paid alternative to traditional means of employment.

If you decide to move to Berlin without work, you will need to explore the various avenues. It should be noted that many vacancies are filled via word of mouth so if you know someone already within a company that you might be interested in working for, it might be worth talking to them first.

Considered a start-up hub within Europe, Berlin could be the perfect spot for innovative expats to launch their ideas. The World Bank also listed Germany as 17th out of 190 countries for doing business in its annual survey so you’ll no doubt find yourself within a well organised framework. Reason Why Berlin has compiled a list of industries welcomed by the city.

– Healthcare Industries

– ICT

– Media

– Creative Industries

– Transport / Mobility

– Logistics

– Energy Technologies

– Photonics

If you’re prepared to do a bit of leg work take a look at the 200 Best Employers in Berlin and see if they could offer you the perfect career.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

 

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Would The Danish Schooling System Be Best For My Kids?

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FreddieBrown, Danish Students, Some Danish students who came to our school for the day

FreddieBrown, Danish Students, Some Danish students who came to our school for the day

 

When considering a move abroad a family with children will always want to know what the schooling system is like: Will it be better than the schools they already attend? Can they expect to achieve high grades? Will the qualifications be transferable to another country, should the family move on?

Ranked 21st in the Quality of Life Index in 2016, Denmark is a popular expat destination with much movement based on its work/life balance, despite (or because of) high wages and high taxes.

Because of the tax system, state education is generally thought to be of a high standard across the board – and of course, free of charge. Children start school at the age of six-seven, with five in six going to state school, and the other one attending private establishments. There are more than 24 international schools which tend to be filled with expat children.

Children begin their education in a ‘Folkeskole’ which is the municipal primary and lower secondary school. Children begin in a pre-school class before moving onto nine years of primary and lower, and one year 10th form. If you’re looking for a school for your child, first decide where you are moving to and then contact the municipality.

Within the Folkeskole curriculum children will study the humanities (including English), physical and creative subjects and science. Municipal International Basic Schools have been established in Denmark in order to encourage talent from overseas. They too cover similar subjects and the rules around compulsory education still stand.

Once your child has finished the primary stage of their education they will go onto Upper Secondary Education between the ages of 16-19 years old. Generally teenagers partake in courses that qualify them for higher education or those that prepare them for the labour market. See here for more details on courses studied.

Denmark itself is one of the biggest investors in education in the EU with its general government investment as a proportion of GDP standing at 7.2% in 2014 (compared to an EU average of 4.9%). Budgetary cuts have come into play in recent years but Denmark still ranks highly in terms of the early school leaving age, with this being only 7.8%. This is in comparison to the EU average of 11%.

It’s worth noting however that in the same Quality of Life Index Denmark itself had slipped down the rankings in regard to the Family Life category, which ranked it just 23rd out of the 45 countries surveyed. It came 27th within the Availability of Childcare and Education category, with 33% of those questioned feeling negative about the provision. That said, the affordability of education was considered more positively standing at around 51%.

Moving abroad is always a big step and taking your family to Denmark is certainly going to bring change. With a 99% literacy rate and a recent report ranking them number seven in mathematics and number 15 in both science and reading, you aren’t going to go too far wrong educating your children here.

If you are considering a move to DenmarkPSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.