Q&A: where would you say ?

Question by Hokan: where would you say ?
it´s easier to find a job and move to in general, Germany Norway or Sweden?? (for a EU citizen)

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Answer by Elizabeth
It depends.. do you speak German, Norwegian or Swedish? And what’s your career?

Without the native language, with possible exceptions in engineering, some IT and research science, you will have problems finding work.

Norway currently has the best economy of the 3, and also hires many foreign workers but mainly for the oil business (engineering) and universities (science). You won’t find unskilled work in Norway without speaking a Scandinavian language, and it’s difficult to get without certification (even cleaning jobs require basic Norwegian and sometimes certification). I found work quickly here, but only because I already spoke Swedish. If you do speak a Scandinavian language, it’s easy to get a job. One thing to consider is the high cost of living, it’s very expensive to move here.

Sweden is in a hiring rut, and people already living there are being laid off or having difficulty finding work. Back when the economy was good, it took me almost 2 years to find work after moving there.. even though I was conversationally fluent in Swedish after 6 months and applying to everything available.

I haven’t worked in Germany, but the unemployment rate is currently higher than the official one Sweden (unofficially, Sweden’s rate is about twice the official one).

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Question by Sixers Fan1: what is the easiest European country to get work in?
what is the easiest European country for an american to get work in, hello i am a 23 year old american and i want to move to europe to live fo a couple years, i know spain is hard to move to and so is norway .
I speak English and Italian fluently and i still learning Spanish and German, and i have a bachelors degree

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Answer by Jim Mullins
None of them. Forget it! And anyway, which European languages do you speak?

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3 comments on “Q&A: where would you say ?

  1. The easiest country is the one where you speak the language and have skills/experience to offer that are in demand and lacking in local applicants.

    All countries in the EU have similar rules for work permits, that require them to hire qualified EU/EEA applicants over everyone else. Permits aren’t given for general labor or unskilled work, so it’s not possible to get one unless you have specialized skills and a lot of education or experience. People who work in health care, engineering, science and similar fields, or who have a unique career (and thus little job competition) have the easiest time.

    Norway is actually a little easier because it’s outside the EU and doesn’t have the same strict requirement. An employer doesn’t have to prove that you’re the most qualified as long as national quotas aren’t filled, and they never are. You still need a job offer though, and this usually requires Norwegian and good contacts.

    The easiest way is to study in a European country, which usually allows you to work at least part time. To get a permit though, you have to show that you have the funds to support yourself while here.

    If you have a Master’s degree and meet the necessary points on a point system, a few countries (like the UK) allow you to self-sponsor, thus bypassing the above EU requirements.

    You can see the basic EU requirements here, this page is for Sweden but all EU countries are similar:

    And for the UK points system:

    Even if you can’t work, you can still stay a few months at a time as a tourist. You can visit the Schengen zone for up to 90 days out of every 180. Countries outside Schengen (like the UK) don’t count towards the 90 days, they have their own stay limits.

    Edit: If you study for a Master’s in Europe, you have ~6 months (depends on the country) to look for work after you graduate. This might be the easiest way for you, though there’s no guarantee of a job/permit.

    Higher education is inexpensive in most European countries, which means that many people go to university. Thus, there are usually qualified EU applicants for a Bachelor-level job. I’ve known a few Americans that found work with only a Bachelor’s degree, and one with no degree at all, but they worked in very specialized fields.

  2. Sorry to tell you but you can forget it. There is only a minimum chance that you
    would be allowed to work in any EU country.
    Sad to say but you have the problem that you don´t come from an 3rd world hell hole
    and you try it the legal way. So as long as you are not willing to throw away your passport
    and cry Asylum and then plan to suck out the last money of our social services you will not be
    allowed to stay here. Sad but true.

  3. Maybe Poland. And I don’t know what skills and experience you have but you could start as an English teacher and then start looking for something better in countries you really like.

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