Moving to the Netherlands
The Netherlands is a modern state long at the forefront of global trends in government, banking and commerce, and expats will have the pleasure of integrating into a society at ease with 21st century living.
The Dutch were among the first to have a stock market and corporations, and had a democracy at a time when most of Europe was still ruled by monarchies. The country is also a global political capital, with The Hague, which is the centre of local government, also hosting the International Criminal Court and the headquarters of Europol, the EU's police force.
The famously flat country of clogs, tulips and windmills is highly regarded for its tolerance and liberal ideals – and its laidback local residents aren't easily offended. A secular state that respects diversity, the Netherlands has long been a popular expat destination, with its cosmopolitan population reflecting this.
It's not for nothing that one of the country's most famous stories involves a small boy bravely saving his town by plugging a leaking sea wall. Its famed dykes, like the waterways that criss-cross the country, are a dominant feature of Dutch life. Most of the population lives on land below sea level that's been reclaimed from the ocean.