Australia has so far largely avoided sinking into deep recession. Australia is the world’s thirteenth largest economy, with a relatively low unemployment rate and is rich in natural resources. This means that there is a great variety of employment and business opportunities, especially in the services, financial and IT sectors.
Many expats mention the lifestyle as the main reason for moving to Australia. Due to the sunnier and warmer climate, and the abundance of stunning beaches and other green spaces, Australia can offer a relaxed outdoor lifestyle. There are endless ways you can spend your time in Australia, including swimming, having a barbee or a day on the beach, hiking, diving, fishing or just enjoying the sun. Australia is also a surfer’s paradise with its long, sandy and clean beaches that are among the best in the world. Just don’t think about the sharks!
Quality of life
Australia can offer a high quality of life and living standards thanks to a combination of its relatively stable economy, climate and lifestyle. It was ranked second in the United Nations’ 2010 Human Development Index, which looks at the life expectancy of a country’s residents, education and the standard of living. Major cities in Australia like Sydney, Melbourne and Perth rank high in global livability surveys. The Economist’s 2011 list of the world’s most livable cities for example ranked Melbourne first. Australia has a world-class education system, good and affordable housing options, universal health care (which is good considering the size of their spiders) and excellent public transport in its major cities.
Australia attracts a large number of migrants each year from all over the world and actively promotes multiculturalism through its immigration policy. Almost one-fourth of Australians were born overseas, with the largest immigrant groups being from the UK, New Zealand, Vietnam, China and quite a few Americans. Australians are welcoming and open to expats moving to the country. You’ll find tolerance for a range of cultural practices, a cosmopolitan atmosphere in the major cities and cultural influences from all over the world.
Landscape and Wildlife
No matter which city or area you choose as your final destination in Australia, it is definitely worthwhile to travel around the country as much as you can. Australia has a uniquely stunning and varied landscape that includes rainforests, the south-eastern mountain ranges, the central desert and the country’s vast coastline. Australia can also boast a unique wildlife with many rare and exotic animals, including koalas, kangaroos and marsupials and did I mention the spiders?
Sydney is a truly cosmopolitan and dynamic city with a multicultural population. The city is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and is one of the most economically innovative, where you’ll find whatever you are looking for whether it’s arts, business, sports or a relaxed lifestyle. Adelaide is the country’s commercial and financial center, and can boast a very vibrant cultural life, with many festivals, and excellent food. Adelaide is also Australia’s wine capital, with numerous wine regions around the city. Melbourne is a national and international cultural center that offers an exciting cultural landscape with events and festivals for arts, film, drama, architecture, literature and TV. The city’s economy is diverse, with strong financial, IT, manufacturing and tourism sectors.
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