The Best Places for Expatriates to Work in Europe
Kingpin International has numerous Tax roles across Europe for ambitious expatriates, but where are the best places to relocate to?
For some tax professionals, they have a destination and lifestyle in mind but for others, their search is more open-minded. Our short guide will look at some of the most sought-after places in Europe, with the aim of aiding you in the search for the best tax jobs in the ideal locations.
Zürich, Switzerland - more than a financial centre
Switzerland’s largest city and economic heart have built a reputation for being one of the finest cities in Europe to relocate to.
This reputation has much to do with its high standard of living and the number of varied job opportunities for expatriates. The city is renowned for its banking and finance sector, hence there are a host of financial services firms in the city which draws a number of international tax professionals. Although living costs are often expensive, income levels are generally high, which helps attract expatriates.
However, the city is much more than just a finance centre. The recreational activities available in Zurich do not disappoint with a variety of things to keep you busy at the weekend or in your vacation time. The city’s location lends itself to weekend skiing trips and excursions to the Alps, an activity that is unique to Swiss cities. It's out of the snow and into the city where you will find a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants, particularly in Zurich’s Old Town. Acting as relief from the often draining yet rewarding Swiss working week, this wealth of activities shows Zurich is a location where the perfect work-life balance can be struck. For expatriates with families, the city has a number of International Schools, which is important for families looking to live and work abroad.
Did you know?
Due to the diversity and number of languages spoken in Switzerland, there are 6 appropriate spellings for ‘Zurich’.
Want to delve further into Zurich? Have a look at our guide to living and working in the city.
Brussels, Belgium – ‘The Capital of Europe’
Perhaps best known for housing the EU headquarters, Brussels is more than just a political heartland.
The home of the European Union and Belgium’s capital city, Brussels is a place where you will find many foreign expatriates, meaning most will not be made to feel like an outsider when living in this truly cosmopolitan city. There are numerous large corporations with offices in the Belgian capital allowing for a good number of International tax job opportunities to be found in the city. Brussels’ central European location is another facet that makes working in Brussels very attractive to expatriates. Transport is also efficient and reliable, not just locally, but to all of Belgium’s neighbouring countries and their major cities, making it easy for commuters and those who work between countries.
For when work is done and you have some free time on your hands, there is plenty of places to explore and no shortage of restaurants and bars to relax in. For those who enjoy the outdoors, Brussels is one of the greenest cities in Europe and has a variety of open public spaces and parks, which are great for adults and children alike.
Did you know?
Almost 30% of the 1.1 million people living in Brussels are foreigners, making it one of the most ‘International’ cities in the world.
For a more comprehensive look at the Belgian capital have a look at our reasons as to why you’ll love living in Brussels.
Geneva, Switzerland – The city of peace
Switzerland’s 2nd entry on our list is the country’s 2nd largest city, Geneva.
The city is one with a rich culture and heritage, which is clearly evident as soon as you step into the city. Geneva has a growing expatriate community and joins Zurich as one of Switzerland’s main expatriate hubs. It is another multilingual city and known for being one of the most ‘International’ cities in Europe with many of its inhabitants coming from outside of Switzerland. Like the majority of Switzerland, the city is fairly expensive to live in, however, this is often compensated with attractive salaries and a high quality of living.
By relocating to Geneva, you will be moving to one of the most picturesque areas you are likely to find in Europe with the banks of Lake Geneva being looked over by the spectacular mountainous landscape. There is a range of cultural landmarks, museums and public parks in Geneva, all of which contribute to the cities beauty. It is referred to by some as the City of Peace with its perceived more reserved and laid-back nightlife. If it’s a nice meal out that you are looking for, then Geneva boasts over 1000 restaurants, serving up culinary specials ranging from the best of Swiss and local classics to international cuisine from all around the globe.
Did you know?
It takes just 6 minutes on the train from the airport to the city centre, making it the shortest train ride between city and airport in Europe. Perfect for those working in and out of Switzerland.
Intrigued by Geneva and want to know more? Have a read at our introduction to Geneva.
Luxembourg – The smaller the better?
A small country with plenty to offer, Luxembourg deservedly makes it on to our selection of the best places to live and work in Europe.
The country has become somewhat of an expatriate haven and is rightly recognised as one of the most desirable locations in Europe. It is one of the richest places in the world and has a very stable economy, allowing very good salaries for its inhabitants. The country’s capital, Luxembourg City, one of the three capitals of Europe, is home to many multinational companies. With it being located in the heart of Europe, it is easy to reach other destinations around the continent, which many expatriates find favourable.
On top of a thriving working environment, Luxembourg can also be the perfect place to live and settle in. Despite being small in size, the country offers an abundance of things to do and places to explore during your downtime. Luxembourg is home to a number of castles and has a variety of picturesque spots to uncover. The food and drink scene is vibrant with many hotspots to wine and dine and truly relax from a busy working week.
Did you know?
Luxembourg is the 2nd richest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita, behind only the Gulf state of Qatar.
Need more influencing that Luxembourg is a great place to live? Have a look at our 11 reasons to move to the country.
Looking to gain more insight into the life of current European expatriates? Explore our blog on the benefits of utilising Chat Forums.
If you are interested in a move to any of these European destinations or anywhere else in the world and would like to speak to Kingpin International about International Tax Opportunities, please contact a member of the team. Alternatively, please browse our current International Tax vacancies.