The Benefits of Travel

In the recent general election, one of the hot topics was that of immigration and the effects this has on jobs. With the development of the European Union one of the key changes has been with border controls. People who live in E U member states are no longer considered citizens of just their country of birth but are also citizens of Europe. As such they have rights to travel and work in other member states and are entitled to the benefits not only of their country of origin but also of the country they move to. This has led to the development of a more flexible mobile workforce.

When we think of UK citizens moving abroad we usually think of people buying holiday homes and moving to France or Spain. However if we consider countries like Germany it is more likely that people will be moving there because of work.

If you are considering moving to Germany then we at European Removal Experts can help to make the transition as pain free as possible.

Once there it is also good to know that under EU legislation citizens of one country are entitled to the same benefits such as medical help.

Sometimes these benefits continue to be paid directly by the UK directly to you and sometimes they are paid to the country you are resident in and they in turn provide the same service as would be received by a native resident.

Also once you are working and paying into local tax and social insurance packages you are also entitled to additional benefits such as unemployment benefit and assistance when looking for work.

It is therefore good to know that even when making a big step like moving to Germany, you will not be without support should things not go entirely as planned.

European Removal Experts Offering Special Rates When Moving To Brussels

European Removal Experts, a London-based removals company serving clients moving to France, Spain and across the EU for domestic, business and educational purposes, are offering attractive rates for people who are moving to Brussels.

European Removal Experts regularly offer discounts to their customers, and lately they have noticed an upsurge of people relocating their belongings to Brussels. As such European Removal Experts are offering up to thirty per cent discounts for those moving to Belgium, and interested parties can log onto their website today for a free quote.

European Removal Experts are also pleased to announce that they currently have more vehicles than ever before travelling to and from Italy and Spain. A lot of European destinations have proven popular for those looking to relocate, especially warmer and more cultural climates. European Removal Experts can offer excellent deals for those looking at moving to Italy, Spain or elsewhere in Europe.

“We’ve seen an abundance of people moving from the UK to the continent over the summer and are delighted to be able to offer our current price set to those who need help in handling their removals,” comments Christian Popovici of European Removal Experts. “We’re keeping an eye on future trends and how they will develop over the coming months with a view to offering more discounts for our valued customers, wherever they’re looking to move in the European territories.”

You Don’t Have to be Wealthy to Live in Switzerland

If you are relocating to Switzerland, you will probably have heard some of the myths surrounding the country. One of these is that only the super rich can afford to live there, and while tax rates differ across the country which means that wealthy people can apply to different regions for their tax status, there are opportunities for us ‘ordinary’ people as well.

Having said that, many celebrities such as Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Lewis Hamilton, Shania Twain, Roger Moore, Yoko Ono and Michael Schumacher have all lived in the country at some point. The friendly tax system is perhaps the main reason which saw them moving to Switzerland, but there are other reasons for moving to this wonderful country, for example the relative lack of crime and the high standard of living.

Lets move away from the rarified atmosphere of the super rich celebrity and look at what Switzerland means for the rest of us. The good news for us mere mortals is that if your company is moving to Switzerland from the UK and you have been offered the chance to continue with your job, you can move to live and work in Switzerland relatively easily. Switzerland is not in the EU which means that it does not have the same rules relating to relocation, so you need to be aware of the process for moving to Switzerland well in advance of your starting date. But keep positive and remember that if you have a job offer, you should be able to get a visa which makes moving to Switzerland a lot easier.

Useful Advice for Moving to Germany

If you are thinking of moving to Germany with your job, you will want to make sure you choose the home which is right for you. If you are moving to Germany alone, this is not such a problem, but if you are taking your family you will need to do some homework on how to find the right accommodation.

Depending on the location you choose, finding a flat or house is similar to the way you would do it here in the UK, but there are some differences which you should be aware of before moving to Germany. For example, don’t expect to see a ‘For Sale’ sign outside a property. In Germany, this is not a common way of advertising that a property is available for sale or rent.

Many properties are published in the newspapers, and in the last few years property websites have sprung up which provide extensive listings on apartments and houses for sale as well as rental units. These websites also have extensive information on financing and other topics related to buying and renting property for those who are moving to Germany.

One term to watch out for when looking at property adverts is ‘Grosszügige Räume’, which translates as ‘large room’ or ‘very spacious’. As estate agents all over the world employ the same tactics when it comes to describing a property, this actually means that the house is very expensive to heat, which is something you may want to bear in mind when you are moving to Germany.

On the Move

Over the last twenty years and the increase in travel technology the world has become an increasingly smaller place. This has particularly affected us in the UK where we used to revel in our isolation as an Island. This had served us well in the past protecting us from events in Europe. But with the opening of the Channel Tunnel in 1994 things have changed significantly.

With France now only 30 minutes away there has come a renewed appetite for travel and new opportunities for people who consider moving to France. This can be seen in the fact that when the tunnel was opened there were claims that it would be the end of the Channel ferries, but in fact they seem as popular as ever and there have only been some marginal realignment in services.

With the increase in travel for holidays there has also been an increase in people moving to France. This is perhaps inevitable as people travel and experience a different way and pace of life and they consider the possibility that they could have a better standard of living in France.

The fact that there has also been a rapid increase in property prices in the UK over the same period has meant that for perhaps the first time, people could consider selling up and moving to France with the possibility of buying a property and having some money to spare. Also with the ever closer ties with Europe there are more people moving from the UK to work abroad or even at extremes, commuting from France to the UK. The opening of the Channel Tunnel has certainly opened many opportunities.

Whatever your reason for considering moving to France, whether it is to enjoy retirement, to work or even to commute, we at European Removal Experts can help with those initial headaches of moving home especially to another country.

European Removal Experts Offer Summer Discounts

European Removal Experts, a London-based removals company serving clients moving to France, Spain and across the EU for domestic, business and educational purposes, are now offering considerable discounts in time for summer on trips to and from the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

With 30 percent off for full and part loads on vans with a generous capacity of up to 20 cubic metres, European Removal Experts cite their summer discounts to these European destinations to and from the UK as a strategic and timely opportunity for families and businesspeople either permanently or temporarily moving to Germany, Switzerland or the Netherlands, to undergo the transfer with ease – no matter their budget size.

European Removal Experts are keen to promote their sympathy for people travelling during the summer months, as June through to August are the busiest holidaying months of the year, and prices for hiring removals vans and airplane flights tend to be higher during this time.

“At European Removal Experts, we fully understand how stressful travelling can become during the summer,” commented Christian Popovici of European Removal Experts. “Many removals companies and travel agents raise their prices to take advantage of the influx of people moving to Switzerland and other European countries at this time, and because holidaymakers and movers have no choice, they usually end up paying these extortionate prices to get away as quickly as possible. We believe that this simply isn’t feasible for gaining consumer trust, which is our number one priority, so we make the removals process as simple and affordable as possible to each and every one of our clients with our frequently-changing discounts and customer satisfaction-based approach to carrying out removals.”

Moving to Belgium Let the Experts Help You

Moving home can be a traumatic experience at the best of times, but when you are moving abroad the stress and trauma involved can be magnified many times over. If you are moving to Belgium there are some things you should be aware of before you organise your belongings to be transported across the North Sea. Although we have been members of the European Union since 1973, moving to Belgium – or moving to Germany and any other EU country – is not as straight forward as it could be, especially if you are living in Britain but you are not a UK passport holder. For example, when you are moving to Belgium you should know that for all visits of longer than 90 days a visa is required for non-EU citizens.

With the exception of Cyprus and Malta, nationals of the new European Union Member States are currently subject to transition arrangements which remain in place for two years and require a long-stay visa for those who are moving to Belgium. However, if you are self-employed you will be exempt from the visa requirement.

Now we have cleared up the boring bit about moving to Belgium, it’s time to start planning the logistics involved in getting your furniture moved. Of course, you could do it yourself by hiring a lorry, but why add to the stress by doing this? Get in touch with the people at Europemove.com and they will take care of everything for you, which means you will be free to concentrate on your new life.

Holland: More than just a Great Weekend Destination!

A city like Amsterdam has a strong reputation as a weekend destination, however there is much more to Holland than great weekend breaks! And moving to Holland could be one of the best life decisions that you will ever make.

Firstly, on a technical point, Holland is actually the name of a Western part of the Netherlands, however in this instance – and quite commonly – Holland shall mean the Netherlands! And with this in mind, it really is true to say that there is more to Holland than you think.

Of course Amsterdam alone is a good reason for moving to Holland, with its unrivalled nightlife, its laid back attitude and its impressive cultural credentials; however, whilst anyone moving to Holland will fall in love with Amsterdam, there is more to the Netherlands than one city.

In stark contrast to the bright lights and bicycles of Amsterdam, the Netherlands is also home to some of the most unique landscapes in the whole of Europe; and in fact much of what is now known as the Netherlands has been reclaimed from the sea – which means that a large part of Holland is in fact below sea-level.

This, combined with open expanses, makes Holland a truly awe inspiring place to live – and that’s why relocating to Holland could be the best decision you ever make!

Of course, whilst Holland may be a short flight away, moving your possessions there will still be a challenge – which is where European Removal Experts comes in. We have a strong commitment to getting you to exactly wherever you want to be in Europe.

German Cuisine: Beyond the Bratwurst!

On the world stage, German cuisine does not hold a  better reputation than the UK’s – and that’s saying something! However, just as there’s much more to UK cuisine than fish and chips, when if comes to German food – there’s a little more to it than the Bratwurst.

Probably due to our similar histories/cultures, there is a lot of a common ground between what we eat in the UK and what Germans eat – which will come as some comfort for anyone moving to Germany who doesn’t have the most adventurous palette.

There are, however, enough gastronomical differences to excite the food connoisseur moving to Germany. And whilst much of the food you’ll find in Germany will bear a passing resemblance to food you’ll find in the UK, things are often done a little differently.

For example, anyone moving to Germany will notice the prevalence of pickled vegetables, such as sauerkraut, which often accompany meals; Germans also love their breads, and therefore you’ll find a lot of bakeries, offering, for example, pretzels; and whilst it is not the be all and end all of German cuisine, the Bratwurst and other quality sausages also prevail in the country, making it an ideal place to live if that sort of thing is your cup of tea – or should be “stein of German beer”.

Whatever the reason for moving to germany – whether its the cuisine or otherwise – with European Removal Experts we like to think that we take the hassle out of European removals.

Belgium – Truly Cosmopolitan

Europe is a world leader for its cultural diversity, and this is in part thanks to a long history of immigration between nations; however, some parts of Europe are particularly cosmopolitan – and a nation such as Belgium is uniquely so, thanks to its rich diversity of cultures and languages.

One of the reasons why Belgium is so culturally rich is due to the diversity of official languages, and associated cultural input. Anyone moving to Belgium will immediately notice that there is no single dominant language and Dutch, French and German are spoken and taught in schools as official languages.

To confound the matter there are also loads of minority languages spoken there as well, including “Walloon“ and even Yiddish. This prevalence of diverse languages in the nation might seem daunting to anyone moving to Belgium from the UK, maybe with nothing more than a bit of GCSE French to go on, however, instead, it should comfort the British emigre that Belgium is so welcoming of immigrants to the nation.

As well as a diversity of languages, Belgium enjoys a truly unique culture; and the cuisine of Belgium, for example, greatly benefits from a variety of cultural influences; and in particular there is a strong influence from French cooking styles – which can only be a good thing!

So, whilst Belgium mightn’t be the top of your list for European destinations, moving to Belgium could be the portal onto a truly satisfying life – amongst one of the most special and diverse cultures on the planet!