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Living in New Zealand

Milford Sound, New Zealand

New Zealand is right up there according to a new poll from Alliance and Leicester. In the poll that surveyed expatriates on a whole host of aspects relating to their newly adopted nation, New Zealand scored so well in every category that it was ranked in the number one spot as being the best overseas location for British expatriates.

 

According to the BBC, well over 200,000 Britons have already established a permanent home in New Zealand, and because it has an affordable cost of living coupled with an excellent standard of living, this figure will increase now that there has been a marked rise in the numbers of Britons actively thinking about relocating overseas to escape the miserable state of the economy in the UK.

 

  • New Zealand is about 10% bigger than the UK

  • It is divided into the North and South Islands

  • The population is in the region of 4 million people

  • Auckland is the main business centre in New Zealand, home to almost 1 million people

  • English is the nation’s main language

 

Healthcare across the nation is excellent; standards and availability of care and treatment are high.

 

Health insurance is generally recommended for expats, but you should determine whether you would be entitled to state care depending on your status if you relocate to New Zealand.

 

To apply to become resident in New Zealand the process can be lengthy and very time consuming. If you are a qualified migrant such as a nurse, doctor or teacher, or a skilled tradesperson, you stand a good chance of being accepted for migration.

 

International health insurance: News update: October 2008

 

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