La prestigiosa publicació dels Estats Units Los Angeles Magazine ha designat Andorra com el millor país del món per viure. Els altres quatre estats que ocupen els llocs següents són Suïssa, Canadà, Noruega i Singapur. La revista destaca moltíssimes qualitats del Principat en el que considera una combinació quasi perfecte entre nucli urbà i muntanya.
Entre les virtuts destaca per exemple una qualitat de l’aire superior al 90%, la possibilitat de gaudir de la muntanya, les àrees d’esquí, una esperança de vida de les més altes del món amb una mitjana de 83,5 anys, una fiscalitat molt baixa, l’escenari ideal per practicar esports, un dels millors sistemes sanitaris del món, triple sistema educatiu gratuïts, oportunitats de negoci amb una bona plaça financera, un dels estats més segurs del planeta i tot un reguitzell de lloances que han convertit Andorra en un dels llocs preferits per viure per part de la gent d’alt poder adquisitiu de tot el món.
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What Life is Like in Andorra
If you’re currently living in a congested city, you know air quality can be a huge problem. In Andorra, you can let your lungs enjoy the fresh air—this country boasts 90% air quality due to its mountain location. Not only that, but if you’re planning to live out the rest of your years enjoying the mountain fresh air along with ski areas like Vallnord and Grandvalira, you can count on a long life ahead of you. The average life expectancy in Andorra is 83.5 years—which says a lot about the exceptional quality of life. The environment is ideal for physical health pursuits (particularly if you’re an athlete) and is also a wonderful location for enjoying leisure activities. With a little bit of everything and a gorgeous mountainous backdrop to take in at every turn, it’s no wonder why Andorra tops our list of best countries to live in.
Expected Salary for Expats
In Andorra, you can expect a salary paid in Euros, their official currency. However, to give you an idea of what you can expect to make in Andorra for different jobs and industries, we’ll share salaries in USD. For example, an administrative assistant can expect to make approximately $25k per year on average while a marketing manager could enjoy a salary of just over $45k per year. Of course, more specialized positions like a pharmacist could bring in nearly $70k and a data scientist enjoys above-average salaries, on average about $72k.
So long as you are of legal age, you can obtain a residence permit (remember, Andorra is not part of the European Union). This is a small yet prosperous European country where the primary language is Catalan with Spanish being used widely—however, because of its attractiveness, it has drawn the attention of expatriates from different parts of the globe.
Cost of Living
In Andorra, you can live comfortably as a single person with 1,000 Euros per month. For a family of four, triple that income level. These amounts would cover food and transportation. The property prices vary in the country depending on the city, yet you can typically find a variety of homes available for rent and buy for affordable and attractive prices. Neighboring countries have a higher cost for utilities. You’ll find Andorra’s pricing for electricity is significantly lower than most countries in Europe and the water is not an added cost you have to budget for.
Learn About Healthcare
Caixa Andorrana de la Seguretat Socia—or CASS for short—is a healthcare entity that controls Andorra’s health system. CASS is highly rated worldwide. It operates with the use of a co-payment system, which means the Andorra government is responsible for 75% of medical visit costs. For more serious medical interventions, such as surgeries, the government covers 90%.
For residents who experience financial difficulties and fall into a low-income bracket, their costs are covered completely. You’ll find that most people in Andorra have a high per capita income and therefore regularly contribute to their social security—this is one of the top reasons people love living and working in Andorra, and why it’s one of the best countries to live in.
Learn About Education
The education system in Andorra has a unique model. Education is free and mandatory for children aged between six years old and 16 years old. You will also find that you have the option to enroll in private schooling. You can select from Andorra, French, or Spanish education systems, which sets this country apart from many others that only have one education system set up. Interested in learning more about making the move?
Andorra offers a fantastic quality of life, especially when you commit to working there during your residency. Their education systems are top-notch, and their healthcare is extremely affordable making for exceptional quality of life. The environment is beautiful, and the lifestyle is active, for those looking to take great care of their health. The crime rate is so minuscule, it’s practically non-existent. Andorra is considered one of the safest countries in the whole world. It’s small, so you won’t get to experience the hustle and bustle of a city environment (which means no big shopping centers or high-rise living). It is more comparable to a town environment and job opportunities may be scarce so it’s best to visit and secure employment before making your move!