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Luxembourg Ranks Third for Quality of Life

So what are you waiting for? It was recently hailed as a top financial emerging market by Geneva-based Middle Eastern business, Pictet’s, and Luxembourg also enjoyed the accolade of coming 3rd in 2012 quality of life study carried out by ECA International. The study ranked cities around the world in terms of their quality of life for ex pats. The capital city of Luxembourg –  Luxembourg – rose one place from 2011-2012, only falling behind joint 1st place-ranked Copenhagen and Berne.

The study was compiled using independent surveys and ratings submitted by ex pats in relation to European standards and adjustments, e.g. where can a European feel most at home? Ranking was decided based on scores from categories like social life, leisure, infrastructure, political tension, climate, healthcare services, accommodation, utilities, transport, location, personal safety and culture.

But how do you rank a city for it’s liveability in terms of foreigners residing there in a broader sense? For us, the proof is in the figures. Removals to Luxembourg are exceptionally popular in the current market, especially in terms of relocation for professional reasons. The ECA study also cited Luxembourg as a top business destination. It scored very high in terms of HR considerations like ex pat comfort, familiar resources and all-round ease settling into the new environment. It also took into account things like the origin of the ex pat and their ease settling into the candidate city. This information was then used to score cities on their overall appeal and quality of life.

Want a few more high ranking cities to add to the list? Removals to Germany and surrounding areas are pretty popular; the top ranking cities following Luxembourg are, in  order, Stuttgart, Antwerp, Geneva, Brussels and Dusseldorf.

Something we see a lot in our removals packing services business is people taking a chance. It could be a move to Luxembourg for work, it could be a year studying in Florence or an early retirement on the Riviera. The bottom line is that the world is a large and splendid place. And with us behind you, you could see a little more of it with your own stuff comfortably around you.

And if you need a little push to head out to Luxembourg to enjoy it’s high ranking quality of life, here are a few facts we found to sugar coat the move!

^Several parts of the city of Luxembourg are labelled as UNSECO World Heritage Sites.
^Luxembourgish is the native language and not just a dialect of German.
^Luxembourg has been noted as one of the safest countries in the world on numerous occasions.
^Luxembourgers love to finish a meal with a very strong plum-based drink, eau-de-vie.
^Luxembourg Euros are amongst the rarest in circulation, so keep hold of any you come across and pass them on to a coin collector.
^Most Luxembourgers are fluent in French, German and English.

Top tips when moving abroad

Heading overseas to start a new life can be exciting, but there is lots to plan before you can embark on your adventure. For example, you might need to book removals to Europe. After all, trying to settle into your new home without your possessions around you can be tricky.

Here at European Removal Experts we’re specialists when it comes to transporting belongings to destinations around the continent. By taking advantage of our services, you should find the process to be smooth and stress-free.

The appeal of starting again abroad

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph recently, Richard Musty, expatriate banking director at Lloyds TSB International, stated: “We conduct regular surveys among British expats to understand the reasons why people decide to leave the UK. Many people move abroad for job opportunities, but quality of life is also a major factor, and many people are attracted to moving abroad because it offers them a more relaxed way of life, new life experiences or better weather.

“Whatever the reason for their move, our research finds that two-thirds (66 per cent) of expats reported they are happier in their new countries than in the UK.”

Expert advice

He went on to offer some advice that may be of interest to you. For example, Mr Musty remarked: “Anybody moving abroad must have a good understanding of complex issues such as tax status, foreign exchange, local laws and customs, all of which require in-depth research.

“Employers may not always provide all the guidance needed, meaning potential expats themselves must spend a good deal of time planning ahead of a move, ideally six months if possible.”

Financial matters

He went on to point to the importance of sorting out financial matters in advance of any move. For example, you might have to look into the flexibility with which you’ll be able to access your money internationally and it may also be necessary to establish your tax status in your new country.

Other issues

Of course, there are other things to bear in mind. For example, Mr Musty drew attention to the importance of finding goods schools if you’re travelling with children, building a social network and potentially learning a foreign language.

He also noted that it’s necessary to choose a house. Once you’ve got your property sorted, you can arrange furniture removals.

How we can help

Here at European Removal Experts we’re experts when it comes to the transportation of possessions. Whether you’re after removals to France, removals to Belgium or any other such services, we’re perfectly placed to help.

We can take the stress out of these moves and ensure that the process of moving your belongings runs smoothly. We specialise in providing removals to France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Holland.

Find out more

If you’re keen to discover more about how we operate and to see whether or not we’re the right firm for you, just take a look around the rest of our website or get in touch with our friendly and professional team by phone or email.

The savvy approach to office moves

Having the right office is crucial if your firm is to succeed and so you might have decided that it’s time to up sticks and head to new premises. Perhaps your current working space is too costly, or maybe it’s the wrong size. Alternatively, maybe you want to relocate to be in a more convenient location or to be closer to your customers.

Whatever the reason for your transition, it’s important that you approach it in a sensible way. If mishandled, office moves can have disastrous consequences.

Shifting your stuff

Running a company isn’t easy at the best of times and when you have to cope with the added stress and inconvenience of relocating, you might really find you’ve got your work cut out for you.

Rather than trying to arrange the movement of your furniture and other items yourself, it may therefore pay off to bring in the professionals. Here at European Removal Experts, we are experts when it comes to office removal and may be perfectly placed to assist you.

Leaving this task to specialists like us means you can get on with the other important jobs facing you. In contrast, if you were to attempt to transfer your possessions unaided, you might find you’re distracted from crucial issues facing your business.

Minimising damage

Also, because we have plenty of experience when it comes to removal packing services, we’re better able to minimise the risk of damage to your possessions. This could save you stress and hassle. Also, by taking advantage of our insurance policies, you can rest assured you won’t be left out of pocket.

Planning ahead

As well as booking the relevant removals companies in Woodford Green or wherever you’re based, there are other things to plan.

For example, ahead of your move, you’ll need to inform your customers and any organisations you have dealings with about what is happening and provide them with your new contact details. If you don’t, you risk missing out on trade, compromising customer care and getting into bureaucratic difficulties.

Minimising downtime

Another issue to bear in mind is how long it will take you to get set up in your new working environment. Ideally, you want to keep downtime to an absolute minimum. To help ensure this is the case, it’s worthwhile making sure you’ll be able to get your phones and computers operating swiftly once you arrive in your new office.

What your office says about you

Meanwhile, before you sign any contracts concerning office leases, it’s a good idea to consider what the premises say about your firm. Attractive and modern working spaces give the impression that your organisation is professional and optimistic about the future.

In contrast, poky and unattractive offices can really put potential customers, investors and workers off and consequently have a negative impact on your long-term prospects. Thankfully, there are plenty of options for you to choose from these days, so you shouldn’t struggle to find premises that tick each and every one of your boxes.