Moving to Israel

Expats move to Israel for a variety of reasons. Many are attracted here by culture or faith, while others are drawn to the vibrant economy, with its thriving technology sector. Uniting these disparate motivations is likely to be an intense and never-neutral experience of living in Israel. This is a country that evokes passionate responses from people, and expats moving to Israel should expect far more than a usual posting in a foreign country might provide.

Bordered on the east by the Mediterranean Sea, Israel is neighbour to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt. The landscape is quite varied, including deserts, hills, small mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes.

Even though its landmass is actually smaller than the US state of New Jersey, there are about 7.2 million people living in Israel. It is the world's only official Jewish state, and about 70 percent of the population is Jewish. However, due to the continuous influx of immigrants over the years, Arab, American, European, Russian, Asian, and African nationalities diversify the population.

Generally, expats tend to live in one of the main cities. Jerusalem is both the capital and the largest city in Israel, and is, uniquely, the religious homeland for the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths. Tel Aviv is the financial, commercial, industrial and cultural epicentre of Israel. Haifa is located on the northern coast, and is the most significant industrial and commercial centre in northern Israel, as well as its major port. Beer Sheva is the largest city in the south, providing resources such as employment, education, and health services for all of the southern areas of Israel.

The official languages in Israel are Hebrew and Arabic. English is spoken widely, and is a semi-official language. All road signs, government statements, emergency broadcastings, etc. are published in all three main languages. Due to the enormous amount of immigrants in Israel, many other languages are used. In urban centres and in the operations of most businesses, where a common language is required, English is used.

Expats moving to Israel will love the weather. Summers are hot and dry, with the hottest months being July and August. The rainy season is from November to April, with the heaviest rainfall occurring during December and January. The coast is hot and humid in the summer and mild in the winter. The higher elevations have hot and dry summers, and cold, wet winters. Occasionally, Jerusalem gets snow in December.

Israel’s modern and diverse market economy is built on several industries, including: agriculture, biotechnology, construction, electronics, information technology, manufacturing, telecommunications, and tourism. Israel’s export industry is successful due to its ability to manufacture and export innovative technological products to the USA, Europe, and Asia. Israel’s technology industry has attracted massive foreign investment, and with this influx of capital, have come ample opportunities for talented and qualified expats.

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