The economy of Iceland is expected to continue growing, which is great news for those who are looking to start a life in this winter wonderland. Employment, salary, tourism; everything in Iceland is on the rise and now is a great time to grab an opportunity.
Iceland is one of the most developed countries in the world and in many surveys it’s in the top three happiest places on earth. A lot of important things are free in Iceland: health care, (higher) education and there is a low income tax. It is also quiet and peaceful, clean and spacious. The landscape, at your doorstep and ready to be explored, is stunning. Northern lights, snow, volcanoes, hot springs, geysers and waterfalls. Iceland offers plenty of adventurous options for the weekends and holidays.
Most Icelanders speak English very well and finding a job in a larger (international) company doesn’t require you to learn Icelandic, however speaking some basic phrases will get you a long way. A large part of the small population lives in the capital city Reykjavik, which is has a much smaller feel compared to many other capital cities. The pace of life is generally slower and though Icelanders work hard, they really value their free time and often take long holidays in summer to travel or enjoy their beautiful country.
Immigrants from European Economic Area (EEA) member states do not need a work permit to live and work in Iceland and get priority on the job market. People from other countries do need a permit and are advised to contact the Directorate of Labour for more information on the procedure.
The future employer must apply for the permit and is the only one who can. A number of documents must be submitted with the application and permits are generally valid for a year. At least a month before the permit expires, the employer can apply for extension.
Here are some of the ways to live in Iceland:
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Here are some of the ways to get citizenship in Iceland:
The passport for Iceland allows you to travel to 155 countries without a visa.
Its global rank is 28.