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Generalities

General information
  • Rich in culture and history, France is the dreamland of many expatriates worldwide. As one of Europe's main pillars, it is a very welcoming country.

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  • Located in the heart of Europe, Poland is a member State of the European Union with a huge historical and cultural heritage.

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  • Located in Northern Europe, Sweden is a Scandinavian country which has been attracting many expatriates since a few years.

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  • Located in West Africa, Ivory Coast is a member of the African Union. It is bordered by Mali, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Guinea and Ghana.

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  • Located in the West of South America, Peru is a Republic which is divided into 24 regions. Spanish, Quechua and Aymara are the languages spoken there.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Nationals of the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland do not require a visa to travel to France. A valid passport is enough.

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  • Nationals of European Union countries generally do not require a visa to travel to Poland. They simply have to register upon their arrival in the country.

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  • Nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area and of Switzerland generally do not need a permit to travel to Sweden.

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  • Foreign nationals wishing to travel to Ivory Coast require a valid visa and a passport. However, visa exemptions apply to nationals of some countries.

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  • Nationals of come countries need a visa to travel to Peru. In general, conditions vary according to the duration of stay in the country.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Foreigners looking forward to travel to Poland can choose between two main types of visas, namely the Schengen C Visa and the national D visa.

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  • Nationals of some countries do not require a visa to travel to Sweden while others have to apply for a visa beforehand.

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  • Most foreigners wishing to travel to Ivory Coast require an appropriate visa. Exemptions however exist for nationals of some countries.

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  • To travel to Peru, you can choose between two main types of visas: the temporary visa and the resident visa, depending on the purpose of your stay.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • France is known to be one of the top destinations to perform an internship abroad. Relating conditions and formalities are rather simple.

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  • If you wish to work in France, you have to be patient. Given the local labor market's conditions, finding a job there might not be as easy as it seems.

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  • Being the second biggest Pole city, Krakow is a major economic hub, providing many opportunities for expatriates who wish to settle there.

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  • As the most dynamic Pole city, Warsaw is very open towards expatriates looking for new career prospects in Central Europe.

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  • Thanks to its sustainable economy, Poland's labor market has been attracting many expatriates seeking new opportunities over the years.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • By moving to France, you will probably have to look for accommodation. The country provides a range of housing units for expatriates.

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  • Krakow is one of the major Pole cities, thus attracting expatriates in large number every year and providing a range of accommodation options.

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  • As the Pole capital city, Warsaw provides quality living to its inhabitants along with a range of housing options for expats at affordable prices.

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  • Compared to other European countries, Poland provides many accommodation options for expats at affordable prices.

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  • Located in Skane, in the South end of Sweden, Malmö is a popular destination with expats, but with a limited housing rental market.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • If you wish to study in Poland, you can choose from nearly 500 higher education institutions, some of which are public institutions.

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  • Over the years, Sweden has become a top destination for foreign students thanks to its quality education and prestigious universities.

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  • Foreign students wishing to study in Ivory Coast may feel free to enroll with any of its universities or other higher education institutions.

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  • Peru hosts some 140 public and private universities. But to be eligible for enrollment, foreign students have to pass a selection examination.

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  • Despite being the world's smallest archipelago, every year Malta attracts many foreign students wishing to complete their higher studies there.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • If you are planning to move to France, you should be aware of its health care system. The social security system is a real blessing for its residents.

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  • Poland hosts a modern and developed health care system to which expatriates are eligible, including many public and private health care institutions.

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  • Foreigners planning to move to Sweden are advised to subscribe to a private health insurance, unless they come from the EU, EEA and Switzerland.

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  • On moving to Ivory Coast, you will be eligible to health care services both in the public and private sectors, but against fees.

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  • Health care in Peru is provided both by the public and private sectors. You can find hospitals, clinics and health care centers everywhere.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account

Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • All residents in Poland, including expatriates, are required to pay income tax, as well as other types of taxes such as value added tax (VAT), etc.

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  • By living and working in Sweden, you will have to pay different types of taxes, namely income tax, value added tax (VAT), etc.

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  • There are three types of taxes in Ivory Coast. Hence, expatriates working in the country also have to pay taxes at different rates.

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  • Three different types of taxes apply in Peru, namely income tax, value added tax (VAT) on consumer goods and services and corporate tax.

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  • You are perhaps already aware that Maltese tax rates are rather low. Temporary residents, for their part, do not have to pay tax in Malta.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Warsaw has a developed transports system, including subway, buses, taxis, tramway, which can take you anywhere across the city.

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  • Poland does not have a wide transport network. However the network is very modern and developed, providing a regular service.

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  • If you are moving to Gothenburg, you can choose among four different means of transports to move around: bus, tramway, ferry and taxi.

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  • On moving to Malmö, you will have the opportunity to use several means of transports such as the train, bus, boat, taxi, bike, etc.

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  • As the Swedish capital city, Stockholm hosts a wide transports network including subway, buses, tramway, ferry, etc.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Foreign nationals have to exchange their driver's license to be allowed to drive in France. They may also apply for a new driver's license.

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  • European Union nationals are allowed to drive in Poland with their original driver's license. Others have to convert theirs into a local driver's licence.

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  • Nationals of some countries can drive in Sweden with their valid driver's license. Others may have to convert theirs into a Swedish one.

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  • If you are making a more than six months stay in Ivory Coast, you must be in possession of a local driver's license to be allowed to drive.

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  • To be able to drive in Singapore, you will need an international driver's license which is valid for one year. If you intend to stay for more than a year in the country, you will have to apply for a national driver's license with the traffic police.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating in Poland requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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  • Relocating to Sweden requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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  • Relocating to Ivory Coast requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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  • Relocating to Peru requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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  • Relocating to Malta requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office

Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Nice's heritage and beauty is not limited to its beautiful beaches. Many leisure activities are available for all tastes and ages.

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  • Living in Toulouse also implies discovering the city in all its aspects. You can hence explore the city through various leisure activities.

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  • Marseille is a dynamic city, ranking as the European Capital of Culture in 2013. In fact, the Phocaean city offers a wide range of leisure activities.

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  • Once you have settled in Bordeaux, you should definitely take the time to go out and enjoy the various leisure activities available: parks, museums, etc.

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  • If you are moving to Warsaw, the Polish capital city, you will enjoy several leisure activities during your free time: sports, visits, entertainment, etc.

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Miscellaneous

  • The Polish lifestyle is quite an interesting one, blending music, culture, festivals and traditions altogether into a unique joy of living.

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  • The Swedish lifestyle is rather different from the rest of Europe. By moving there, you will discover a relaxed and family-oriented population.

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