United-Kingdom

London - the capital of the United Kingdom.

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For those of you planning to move to the UK, here are our 10 top pieces of UK information.

1. The UK draws in expats from all over the world.

2. With a landmass that covers more 244,103 sq. km/94,225 sq. miles. The UK is connected by a reasonably good road and train network, although traffic and signal failures can cause long delays.

3. The United Kingdom experiences an extremely varied climate, both across the country and in any given spot. Winter tends to be colder and wetter then summer but any weather can be experienced throughout the year.

4. EEA (European Economic Area) country nationals, those with permanent residence in the UK, Holders of UK ancestry visas, Spouses and partners of EEA national AND work permit holders do not require visas to work in The UK. Other people require work permits, and must apply to the relevant ‘tier’ on the UK's points-based system.

5. Expats of all cultures are found throughout the UK. While there is complete freedom of religion both expats and locals tend to keep their religious views to themselves.

6. English is the official language of the U.K., although Gaelic, a legacy of the Celtic past, is still spoken in parts of the Scottish Highlands. Welsh, also of Celtic and Breton origin, is a second official language in Wales and appears on road signs and buildings.

7. The property market is recovering well from the 2008 crash, however many argue that this is centred around London and inflated by non-occupied properties owned by foreign investors.

8. With a population of 63 million people; The United Kingdom is now the 5th largest economy recently overtaking France.

9. The United Kingdom’s currency is the Great British Pound GBP or Pound Sterling, £.

10. The UK continues to face threats from international terrorism. Although there were famous riots in 2011, the UK tends to be a law aiding country with few instances of domestic terrorism or public unrest.

Once you are settled, explore the rich history of the UK, as it is a truly fascinating country and a great place for friends and family to visit!

Download our Expats Guide to The United Kingdom

At World of Expats, our aim is to help you plan, move and settle in The United Kingdom with minimal fuss and upheaval so we have gathered together a range of useful information to help you relocate. From this page you can access information on buying or renting property, moving to, working and living in The UK - All of which can be downloaded in our handy Expats Guide to The UK’.

 

 

 

Register with us to access comprehensive information about The United Kingdom, including the following:

 

Moving to the UK: Passports and Visas
For those who do require work permits, the process for securing permission varies depending on which tier (category) you fall under within the UK's points-based system. There are five tiers within the points-based system…

 

Moving to the UK: Climate

The United Kingdom has variable weather, that can change from day to day or even faster within any one location. It has four distinct seasons - spring, summer, autumn and winter. In winter it is colder and wetter and the days are shorter than in summer although all types of weather can be experienced in a matter of hours.

 

Moving to the UK: Buying a property

Although the U.K. has a smaller percentage of rental properties than most other European countries, a slump in property prices in recent years has increased the amount and variety of what may be rented, although rental prices have not softened.

Whether renting or buying, using serviced apartments can give you time to find the right property.

The World of Expats Property Search tool gives access to nearly 200,000 properties available to buy in the USA.

 

Moving to the UK: Choosing a school

Local schools in the U.K. are basically either state or private schools. State are public schools where a free education is available to the children of any U.K. citizen and to certain categories of foreign residents. …

 

Moving to the UK: National Healthcare

The British medical system is one of the best in the world. It leads in research and pioneering techniques.

Every UK citizen and many foreigners are eligible to join the National Health Service (NHS)…

 

Moving to the UK: Everyday living

Large supermarkets can be found in or near most major residential areas. These will provide you with all of your everyday food shopping needs, but if you are looking for something out of the ordinary you may need to find a specialty shop to cater to your needs…

 

Moving to the UK: Social environment

Expatriates relocating to the U.K. will be able to pursue almost any leisure activity they wish. There are numerous clubs and organizations focusing on interests such as sports, the arts and culture, outdoor pursuits, crafting, children's activities, international affairs, dining, and many others.…

 

Moving to the UK: Social customs

Shaking hands is common in the U.K.; when meeting someone socially or in business, it is appropriate to shake hands…

 

Download our Expats Guide to The United Kingdom

At World of Expats, our aim is to help you plan, move and settle in The United Kingdom with minimal fuss and upheaval so we have gathered together a range of useful information to help you relocate. From this page you can access information on buying or renting property, moving to, working and living in The United Kingdom - All of which can be downloaded in our handy Expats Guide to The UK’.

 

We know that getting moved is only the start of the fantastic experience of living overseas and so you can also sign up to our British Email Bulletins here – which are packed with useful hints, tips and reminders and can continue to keep you informed as your needs change.