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Generalities

General information
  • Ireland is one of Northern Europe's key expat and tourism destinations thanks to its mild climate and stable economy, as well as its rural scenery.

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  • New Zealand is a real player in the world economy and offers many opportunities to both natives and expats.

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  • Do you dream of an adventure in Middle Earth? New Zealand is a picturesque country just waiting to be discovered, with lots of opportunities for expats.

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  • Finland, known as 'The Land of a Thousand Lakes', entices expats with its natural beauty and its impressive societal advancements.

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  • South Korea is an Asian country which stretches over some 100,210 km². Its capital is Seoul while its largest cities are Busan and Incheon.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Foreigners in Ireland are allowed to celebrate their civil, secular or religious marriage in Ireland, provided they complete all the required formalities.

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  • It is beneficial to understand New Zealand’s customs policies before you enter the country so as to avoid unnecessary fines and problems at the border.

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  • Getting married in New Zealand is fairly straightforward. Here is some information to help you through the process.

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  • Citizens of many countries can travel to New Zealand visa-free for up to 3 months. A visa is required for other countries, or if you intend to stay longer.

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  • Nationals of the EU do not need a visa to travel to Finland. South Africans, Indians and Chinese citizens are among those who need a Schengen visa.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • As of October 2014, Ireland offers 9 types of employment permits for foreign workers with requirements dependant on your nationality and circumstances.

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  • European Union nationals do not require a visa to travel to Ireland. They can simply produce a valid passport for a maximum 90 days stay in the country.

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  • If your main reason for going to New Zealand is work, then you will need to qualify and apply for a work visa before you arrive.

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  • The Working Holiday Visa (WHV) allows you to live and work in New Zealand for 12 months, if you are between 18 and 30 years old.

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  • Nordic citizens and nationals of the EU-ΕΕΑ do not need a visa to work or stay in Finland. For third-country citizens a residence permit is required.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Want to become a digital nomad in Morocco? The digital nomad's guide to Morocco will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • Want to become a digital nomad in Poland? The digital nomad's guide to Poland will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • Want to become a digital nomad in Portugal? The digital nomad's guide to Portugal will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • There are various ways to find work if you are already living and settled in Ireland with work permission.

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  • Dublin is Ireland’s most international city, and boasts a huge economy for foreign workers. There are a number of international companies based there.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • The Irish housing market is competitive, so it’s important to know the home rental and buying processes, and how to go about finding your new home.

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  • Dublin's different neighborhoods are all interesting in terms of housing, affordable rent prices and other facilities offered.

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  • Finding accommodation in Cork is not a difficult task and prices are likely to be cheaper than Dublin, but this varies by neighbourhood.

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  • With one of the best qualities of life in the world, it’s no wonder the City of Sails boasts a population of 1.5million made up of Kiwis and expats alike.

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  • New Zealand’s third largest city is a great place to relocate if you are looking for sun, sea, and ski all within proximity of a cultural hub.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • Ireland is home to many world-class universities in settings full of history and culture, and hosts thousands of international students ever year.

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  • From its world-renowned schools to its lifestyle and landscape, New Zealand is a great place to get an education.

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  • To study in Finland you need a residence permit if youre not a Nordic or EU citizen. You may also need to pay some tuition fees.

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  • Learn more about studying abroad in Austria, including popular universities for expat students, university admission processes and Austrian student visas.

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  • South Korea has world famous universities that are open to international students. This article will answer your questions about studying in South Korea.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Ireland has a public healthcare system, but it isn't necessarily free and access to it depends on your residency status. There are also private options.

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  • New Zealand has a public healthcare system, though not all those living there will be eligible. Expats are recommended to get private health insurance.

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  • You are entitled to healthcare if youre covered by health insurance in a Nordic or EU country. Third-country citizens can opt for private healthcare.

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  • An overview for expats of Austrias healthcare system. Learn about public and private health insurance, medical services and pharmacies in Austria.

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  • South Korea's health system is quite developed. However, you are advised to subscribe to a health and repatriation insurance before travelling.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • One of the first things you’ll want to do upon moving to Ireland is open a bank account, especially if you plan to earn money and pay bills while there.

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  • If you plan to earn money in New Zealand, it will be most convenient for you to have an account with a bank in the country.

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  • Opening a bank account in Finland is very simple and does not require excessive documentation -- just make sure to ask for online banking as well.

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  • How to open a bank account in Austria as an expat. Information on how to open a personal and business bank account, and how credit and debit cards work.

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  • If you move to South Korea, you will need to open a bank account. Find information on the banking procedures in this article.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • If you are earning money in Ireland, you are subject to the Irish tax system at the same rates as Irish citizens.

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  • When working in New Zealand for any duration, you will have to register and pay New Zealand income tax on your earnings.

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  • Preview: As in all Nordic countries, taxation in Finland can take up to 42% of your income -- and is deduced directly from your salary each month.

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  • Austrian expat tax information. What expats in Austria need to know about income tax, sales tax, corporate tax, and double taxation.

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  • If you live in South Korea, you will have to pay tax. Find information on the country's taxation system in this article.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • There are many transportation options in Ireland, whether you plan to stay local in a city centre, or hope to traverse all of the landscapes.

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  • From panes, trains, and automobiles to boats and buses, there are many ways to make your way around New Zealand.

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  • Although Finland is large and sparsely populated country, transport networks (by air, rail, road and water) are reliable and comprehensive.

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  • Austrian travel information for expats. Air, train and bus travel offer many options for expats to explore Austria. You can also hire a car to get around.

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  • The transport in South Korea makes it easy to get around the country for work and leisure.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Driving during your stay in Ireland is a great way to explore the country, and depending on where you live, might be an essential part of daily life.

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  • Driving is one of the best ways to fully explore New Zealand, but you must ensure you’re legally and mentally prepared before you get behind the wheel.

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  • EU nationals are able to convert their licence to a Finnish one, but in some cases you may need to take the driving test.

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  • Information on how to obtain an Austrian driving licence or an International Driving Permit, the driving requirements, car insurance and other costs.

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  • To drive in South Korea, you need an international driver's licence. If you're staying for more than a year, you can also exchange your driver's licence.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • If you’ve decided to permanently settle in Ireland, then you might need a removal company to help you relocate your larger belongings.

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  • If you’re moving to New Zealand, you may want to take your household items with you. It’s important to plan to make this process as seamless as possible.

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  • Finland offers many great relocation services, that can help you out with anything from moving your belongings to the documents you need.

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  • Moving to Austria as an expat? Information on planning the move, finding a moving company and customs requirements, including how to relocate with your pet

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  • If you are moving to South Korea with your belongings, you must find a reliable moving company to move your things to South Korea safely.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • There are three major phone networks in New Zealand for both mobile and landlines. Consider your situation and then decide which works best for you.

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  • Finland has an extremely well-developed telecoms network that will help you stay in touch with loved ones back home.

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  • Helpful tips for expats in Austria to stay in touch. How to set up your internet, what mobile phone plans are available and where can you find post offices

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • New Zealand is a country like no other, with a wealth of natural, historical, cultural and even adrenaline rushing activities to try at your leisure.

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  • New Zealanders are an athletic bunch. If you’re visiting or expatriating to the country you can continue playing and following your favourite sports.

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  • Whether youre after adrenaline-rising outdoor activities or sophisticated cultural outings, Finland has something for you.

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  • Austrian culture, travel, dining, and shopping information for expats. Places of interest for sightseeing, where to try winter sports and Austrian cuisine.

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  • South Koreans love sports and are very active. If you, too, are a sports fan, you will enjoy the sports enthusiasm in South Korea.

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Miscellaneous

  • To move to New Zealand with your pet, you must comply with certain requirements. Find more on bringing your pet into New Zealand in this article.

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  • Finland provides many alternatives for child care and a thorough support system for adoptions, but you need a residence permit to access both.

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  • Your pet much meet certain criteria to travel to South Korea. Find information about how to move with your dog, cat, or another type of pet to South Korea.

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