Pros and cons of living in Iceland.
In view of recent political events, more Russian and Ukrainian migrants are looking for a stable, quiet country with a decent standard of living. As practice proves, life is established in their beautiful and hospitable Iceland. Of course, this direction is poorly developed, since this island territory is very far from the homeland, is located at the very polar circle. In addition to climate change, visitors have to adapt to a complex local dialect.
National flag of Iceland.
Mentality.
Through the eyes of Russians, life in the northern state differs in many respects from the way of life that is habitual for them. There is some similarity of the mentality of local residents with the Scandinavian way of life. Because of the remoteness from the mainland, this nation, until the middle of the 20th century, was somewhat cut off from the outside world, which hampered its development. These are the descendants of the Vikings with conservative life values, their own revered traditions.
Icelandic national costumes.
Icelanders differ in peace, patience, hospitality and conflict-free. Thanks to such qualities of the local population, there are practically no accidents on the roads. The drivers are in solidarity with each other, behave very politely and respectfully towards each other and to pedestrians.
Despite its pedantry, the locals like to take a walk. Celebrations are held noisily and with great scope. They do not dispense with strong drinks, which are bitten by exotic dishes for Russian visitors. Popular in these areas is the delicacy “kaukarl” & # 8212; foul meat sharks.
Icelanders are a hardworking nation. The main branches of their activity are fishing, mining, agriculture. At the present stage of development, there have been positive changes in the tourism sector, and the services market is well developed today.
Unloading of fish in the Icelandic port.
Most of the population of Iceland, about 98% native people. They are careful not only to the environment, but also to the purity of their own nation. In rare cases, he creates families with foreigners. This factor does not contribute to an increase in the number of emigrants. For those who come here for permanent residence, one must observe local rules and traditions.
Features of life.
The standard of living in Iceland is quite high by European standards. About 80% of the population are employed here. The annual income of the average family, after deduction of taxes, is $ 24,000. One employee a month receives about 3.5 thousand dollars. This profit makes it possible to purchase your own housing and auto.
Statistics of the average monthly salary in Iceland.
Various loyalty programs are being developed by the authorities to protect the unprotected strata of the population, in particular the disabled, orphans, homeless people. The truth of disadvantaged and unprotected people here is a small percentage and they are all under the control of social protection agencies.
People of retirement age in the country are many. Due to the lack of a pension age qualification, you can retire at will. As a rule, people prefer to work till age 66. Education through the eyes of Russians here is not very well developed. A certificate of secondary education receives about 70% of the population.
Reading reviews about the features of life on the island, it becomes apparent that 85% of its residents feel happy. Approximately the same is the indicator of civic activity during the elections, voter turnout is 80%. This level is achieved due to the formation of a social model of society, well-thought-out internal state policy, ecological cleanness of the region, mentality, and high development of health care.
The economic situation in the region.
Employed in the state about 90% of the graduated population and 80% of the total number of residents. A decent wage, a good family income contributes to the stabilization of trade, therefore, the increase in economic performance in the region.
The state takes care of all segments of the population. People can get a good job, regardless of age, gender and degree of education. Unemployment is familiar only to those who do not intend to work. The percentage of people who want to find a job does not exceed 13%. Income above the average, that is, above 3 300 thousand receives about 20% of all employed citizens.
They retire here, most often after 65 years. Since there is no clear age limit, then you can go on vacation earlier. But do not want to leave the place of work, because they do not want to lose a decent income. The age category of pensioners is 65-69 years old, active, courageous and risky people. The level of pension benefits is about $ 1500, which is also quite a lot by the standards of European countries.
Life in Iceland is hampered by food high prices. The products here are much more expensive than in the Ukrainian or Russian capitals. For example, you can buy bread or water for $ 2, a bottle of wine – for 17, and a kilogram of chicken fillet – for $ 20.
As for gasoline, the cost of it exceeds $ 2 per liter. The minimum prices for real estate in the Icelandic capital of 2.2 million, closer to the center of the cost increases to 2800 thousand dollars. Rent one-room apartment here costs an average of 880 dollars. on the outskirts and is about 1700 dollars. in the center, three-room apartments are not much more expensive – $ 1,800.
Russian-speaking residents.
From the official statistics of the embassy, we can conclude that in Iceland there are about one thousand immigrants from the CIS countries, about 300 residents are Russians. The Russian-speaking population was formed in the 90s of the 20th century, at the stage of labor migration. An increase in the number of this community is expected at the present stage of development, when the political and economic situation in the country forces the Russians to migrate to other stable states.
The working life of Russians in Iceland is developing in the sports field, a large percentage of immigrants from Russia are arranged here by trainers in volleyball and gymnastics, basketball and handball. This category of Russian-speaking diaspora is concentrated in the capital. Some foreigners find work in small settlements. They realize themselves in the construction industry, find jobs in fish processing enterprises. A small percentage of visitors are vacancies for translators, doctors or teachers. The amount of wages will depend on working conditions. If, for example, I work in Iceland as a waiter or a dishwasher, get free meals and accommodation, then you can live comfortably and securely here.
Significant pros and cons of migration.
Dignity of life in this country:
High rate of life, low unemployment rate + decent pay. Low crime rate. The state is in the rating of the safest countries. In its territory there is only one prison, which is more like a labor correctional camp. Cleanest ecology and incredible natural beauty. After watching the video review, you can personally see the local beauty. Friendly, responsive Icelanders. A good education system. English is spoken by a large percentage of residents.
Disadvantages of moving for citizens from the CIS:
Economic fluctuations, which in the long term may lead to a drop in incomes and a rise in prices. Tough emigration policy. Here the laws do not promote the growth of foreign citizens. The complexity of adaptation to the northern climate. Long and expensive flight to the polar island. Dimensional, calm, devoid of mass gatherings and grandiose events, a life that will seem boring and monotonous to a Russian person. High level of prices. The lack of a railway system, moving around the country is possible only by road. The difficulty of finding newcomers. Impossibility to buy land, foreigners can only rent it. High seismic activity of volcanoes, with the eruption of which may affect residents within and outside the state. The language barrier. Local dialect is difficult for the perception of Russian-speaking people. Unavailability of local citizens to bind themselves by marriage to foreigners.
Equality and discrimination.
Discrimination in employment and in pay is not observed here. Across the country, for all social strata, an approximately equal price threshold is set. In each of the four colleges, children from Ukraine or Belarus can learn Russian and read books in their native language. Satellite TV accepts some Russian-language channels.
Visitors are quite difficult to adapt to the harsh climate, a new original language, a shocking price level. But thanks to the kindness, responsiveness, patience of the local population, it is possible to overcome the language barrier, quickly pass social adaptation. The issue of employment and housing problems are better solved simultaneously, choosing beneficial offers from employers.
For a stable life in Iceland you need to learn the language, get a visa, find a place to live and work. More chances to get qualified specialists (seismologists are in demand here), sports coaches, medical staff. Without high qualification and scientific degree, it is better to try your luck in the tourism, fish processing, construction sector.