Living in Scotland guide for expats

All the information you need to relocate and live in Scotland.

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Scotland

Banking and finance in Scotland

Scotland has a long history when it comes to banking — going back more than 300 years. As such, the country's banking ...

The healthcare system in Scotland

Scotland has a modern and developed health system from which you can benefit during your stay (provided you comply with existing ...

Finding work in Scotland

Scotland has a vibrant and developed economy which attracts many foreign professionals every year. Offering a great work-life ...

Discover Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a vibrant and historic city, with a broad cultural spectrum of expats. You can expect to have an exciting time ...

Adjusting to Edinburgh's culture

Edinburgh is known for its rich heritage, and it is a cultural hotspot, full of fascinating bars, venues and galleries to ...

Sports in Edinburgh

Why are people in Gorgie dressed head-to-toe in burgundy? And what is the Six Nations? Scotland's capital has a diverse ...

Eating out in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has more restaurants per head than anywhere in the UK, making this city a foodies' delight. Whether you're ...

Edinburgh's labour market

One of the most popular destinations in Europe, Edinburgh has not only a rich cultural heritage but also a vibrant economy and a ...

The work culture in Edinburgh

If you've decided to move to Edinburgh for work then you're in luck: you can expect pleasant surroundings, friendly ...

Buying property in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the most expensive city to buy a house in Scotland. There is currently a huge demand for what is known as ...

Popular neighbourhoods in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city of contrasts. From the old cobbled streets to stunning modern architecture, and the bustle of the city centre ...

Student life in Edinburgh

Edinburgh offers a wonderful quality of life for students, and if you choose to study in Scotland's capital, you won't be ...

Developing your social circle in Edinburgh

Moving to Edinburgh promises an excellent quality of life, exciting work opportunities, and a vibrant culture full of things to ...

Developing your professional network in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a vibrant city of innovation and commerce, with a booming financial sector, a diverse business scene, and plenty of ...

Edinburgh's networking etiquette

Networking events are an excellent way to meet potential business contacts, but it is important to observe local customs ...

About Scotland

Located in Western Europe, Scotland is one of the British islands that are part of the United Kingdom. Thus, its national currency is the pound sterling and not the euro. It's capital city is Edinburgh. The country has been attracting expatriates in large numbers since many years, not only for its rich historical and cultural background but also for the numerous opportunities it provides at all levels.

Geography and demography

Stretching over one third of Northern UK, including several small islands extending over some 9,900 km, it is bordered by the Northern Sea in the North, the Atlantic Ocean in the West and the Irish Sea in the Southeast. With a total surface area of 78,772 km², Scotland shares a border with England.

Scotland's population consists of around 5.2 million inhabitants. English, Scottish Gaelic and Scots are the spoken languages in the country. In fact, the country is known as Scotland in English and Scots and as Alba in Scottish Gaelic.

The country's landscape is made up of highlands, lowlands, dense forests, lakes, etc. Although it seems small, it has a rich history and a beautiful natural heritage along with its hospitable population. Scotland has thus become a dream destination for expatriates worldwide, especially due to its proximity with Europe.

The Scots

Scots are world famous for being warm and friendly people. They are above all appreciated for their kindness and hospitality towards foreigners. Scots are also proud about their nationality, culture, traditions and history. Thanks to these qualities, the country was able to give a choice place to tolerance, cultural equality, as well as social justice for all.

Scots are also famous for their celebrations, whether getting together at their place or in the streets. You will be delighted to discover their zest for life during your stay in the country.


Despite the often grey weather, shops that close down early, fuel prices, or the distance from your family, Scotland has so much to offer, as testified by many expatriates who are on the spot.

Indeed, you are likely to be entitled to 4 to 6 weeks of holidays a year, varying according to sectors and companies.

The country also has a developed and efficient transports networks which will allow you to travel anywhere at affordable rates.

The developed health care system will also allow you to benefit from health care services at reasonable rates.

Scotland's proximity with Europe will allow you to travel to neighboring countries, thus benefiting from lower ticket prices.

Finally, there is so much to discover in the country, starting from nature and culture, including historical monuments and other leisure activities.

Useful links: ' Scotland ' Scotland Forum
Scotland ' Official portal

Quick Information

Capital : London
Official Languages : English , Welsh , Gaelic; Scottish Gaelic
Currency : Pound
Area : 244820 Km2
Population : 62348447
Calling Code : +44
Timezone : Europe/London

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