About us

Partners in Relocation Group (PIRGROUP) was established in 1997 and since then the company has been growing in size, amongst which our corporate clients, services and territory. Our headquarters is based in The Netherlands with the Full Service Administration Centre in Riga, Latvia.

As Central and Eastern Europe opened their doors, international companies began moving East and PIRGROUP followed the trend. Tomorrow the group is represented with well-trained multi-lingual staff in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, The Netherlands/Benelux, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Globally we work together with our solid EuRA partners, covering more than 70 countries full service.

Our team is our asset and our staff are international, enthusiastic and well-trained professionals. This in turn, has led to an innovative and forward thinking culture within our company.

Our future growth comes from anticipated responses to market demand. In Central and Eastern Europe PIRGROUP started operations in the capital cities of these countries. During our constant search, and based on requests from clients, we are expanding into the second and third largest cities of our destinations.

We are a privately owned and an owner managed Global Mobility Service provider - Immigration and Classic Relocation Company with many extras. 

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News

BEA Laboratory
8 September 2016
BEA Laboratory
On 18th August 2016, the Business Effectivity Association (BEA) laboratory was organized for PIRGROUP, who specialize in global mobility, immigration and classic relocation services in 17 European countries. The service provision process is coordinated directly from the Riga office in Latvia for all PIRGROUP destination countries.

PIRGROUP participants at the BEA laboratory were:
•    Ligita Tetere, PIRGROUP General Manager Riga office
•    Evita Liniņa, Account Manager Riga office

The BEA experts participating were:
•    Mrs. Inga Tanaino - Mitenbergs ,“Tele2” Shared Service Center Process Expert
•    Mrs. Dace Undine Rubene ,“4finance” Lean Expert,
•    Mr. Sandis Babris, Head of the laboratory, and “Primekss Group” Financial and Process Director

The main objective of the laboratory was to share experience, knowledge and find new solutions to reduce time losses, and improve coordination for the relocation agents’ assignments in the various countries. Also discussed was the importance of instructing the local consultants how to comply with PIRGROUP practices and standards, and for the agents to obtain a wider understanding of the different cultures and mentality of their expat clients.

The group shared their experiences of cooperation with various national counterparts and partners. They concluded that, to be successful, "national characteristics" of the client must be taken into account, and communication and approach need to be tailored accordingly, but most importantly - direct contact in person - should be essential in every country.

The group jointly measured and analyzed a number of situations via case studies which the PIRGROUP representatives face on a daily basis by using a “5 - Why” method. This enables one to identify the real causes of a problem, and then helps to develop recommendations to address them.

The BEA laboratory was a very interesting for exchanging views and experiences and to identify the challenges and opportunities in the growing global mobility market.

If you would like to learn more about the laboratory and/ or the specific cases which were analyzed, please do not hesitate to contact us: [email protected].
Changing Immigration Regulations and Visa News in The Netherlands
18 July 2016
Changing Immigration Regulations and Visa News in The Netherlands
Knowledge Migrant code not unlimited anymore
From March 31, 2016, the Knowledge Migrant Code can expire if it is not used for 3 years. Explained in short - if a company does not hire a Knowledge Migrant nor has a Knowledge Migrant employed for 3 years, the code will fall due. The company has to reapply for the Knowledge Migrant Code if they decide to hire a Knowledge Migrant again.

Simplified application requirements for foreign investors
The requirements for foreign investors, who want to settle in the Netherlands, are eased as of July 1 2016. The test for added value in the Netherlands will be more globalized, the first residence permit will be given for 3 years and the accountant’s certificate is not needed anymore. The Netherlands hopes to attract more foreign investors with these simplified regulations.

Japanese no longer labour free
Starting October 1, 2016, Japanese citizens are not labour free anymore in the Netherlands. This means that they will need to apply for a work permit if they wish to work in the Netherlands. Japanese citizens who already have a residence permit stating that labour is permitted, will keep the permit until it expires. If they have to extend their permit, they will need to meet the requirements for a work permit.

Indian Visas
Recently the location for visa application for India changed. The application can no longer be submitted at the BLS office, but are now processed via VFS Global.

Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Tuvalu visa-free
Nationals of the above mentioned countries can now enter the Netherlands without a visa for a stay up to 90 days.

Application procedure digitalized
The Dutch Immigration Authorities (IND) are working on digitalizing the application procedure. After having the new system tested thoroughly, it was recently launched for the use of all recognized sponsors. For now, this will only be for Knowledge Migrant and Scientific Research applications. To offer the best service for our clients, Partners in Relocation B.V. is working on the requirements needed for immigration providers to use this new service. The process time of the application will remain the same.
Crown World Mobility Partnership Awards
22 March 2016
Crown World Mobility Partnership Awards

Our PIRGROUP colleagues Ina Zhekova and Ligita Tetere, were thrilled to be invited to the Crown World Mobility Partnership Awards at the Tower of London on 17 February 2016.

New Immigration Regulations and a Language Initiative in the Netherlands
18 April 2016
New Immigration Regulations and a Language Initiative in the Netherlands

More time to apply for Orientation Year after graduation

As of March 1st students that have graduated from a Dutch university or one of the international top universities can apply for a Search Year within 3 years after their graduation. Previously this was only 1 year.  With this type of residence permit, the applicant is free to reside and to work in the Netherlands. Not only students can apply for the Orientation Year, but scientific researchers who have completed their research can also apply.


For more information, look at the website of the IND (Dutch Immigration Authorities):

ind.nl/EN/individuals/residence-wizard/orientation-year-highly-educated-persons


No visa needed for Peruvians

For a stay in the Netherlands of a maximum of 90 days Peruvian nationals do not need a visa anymore. This new rule has been in effect since March 15th, 2016.


Holidays at the IND

The IND will be closed on the following days due to national holidays:

April 27                -              Kings Day

May 5                   -              Liberation Day/Ascension Day

May 6

May 16                -              Pentecost


These holidays might cause some delays in the application procedures.


Initiative to improve Dutch language skills

Many employees in the Netherlands have difficulty with reading and writing of Dutch. The Dutch government wants to help employers to improve their employees Dutch language skills. An initiative called ‘Taalakkoord’ is planned to come into effect in the second half of 2016. It will give employers the opportunity to apply for a subsidy for language courses for their employees.

More information can be found on the website: www.taalakkoord.nl (only in Dutch)

New Laws and Regulations in the Netherlands
15 February 2016
New Laws and Regulations in the Netherlands

IND fees and salary requirements as of January 2016

As of January 1 the Dutch Immigration Authorities (IND) have not only updated their fees, but also the salary requirements that have to be met by foreign employees to be able to work as a Knowledge Migrant in the Netherlands.


The new fees are the following:




Knowledge Migrant 

  Extension Knowledge Migrant   

   Spouse Knowledge Migrant   

   Child Knowledge Migrant   

Knowledge Migrant Code

€881,-

€389,-

€233,-

€50,-

€5183


The new salary requirement for a Knowledge Migrant in gross salary per month, excluding holiday allowance:

30 years old or older

    Younger than 30 years old

   After completing a study in the Netherlands   

€4240,-

€3108,-

€2228,-


For more information, look at the website of the IND: www.ind.nl/en/business/employer


Fines for not submitting birth certificate in Amsterdam

When registering at the city hall in the Netherlands, expatriates are requested to show a birth certificate. When this is not available at the moment of registration, this needs to be submitted within 3 months after the registration. Because often the certificates are not shown at all, Amsterdam will start giving fines if the birth certificate is not submitted after 3 months. The fine will be an amount of up to €325,-.


New regulations to open a bank account

Because of new EU laws, banks in the Netherlands will start asking expatriates for their tax ID number in their country of origin. Besides that, the ABN AMRO bank, where most expatriates open an account, has tightened the rules. From now on it is not possible to open an account without a BSN (social service number). This means that expatriates first need to register at the city hall or Expat Center before they can open a bank account.

Services

We offer a broad range of services designed to expertly support the Human Resource managers, transferring employees and their families. We are developing together with our clients; we work closely with HR managers and design solutions which are based on their own needs. We are redesigning and expanding our service portfolio based on the growth of business demands of our clients.

PIRGROUP takes full ownership of clients’ problems and solves them via custom-made servicesin quick, efficient and always within budget manner.

PIRGROUP has developed several innovative tools to meet the demands of our clients to reduce costs on global mobility. Via the usage of modern online systems which optimize the way of working, we can easily monitor, manage and streamline the processes with an excellent return on investment.

Destinations

Armenia
Geographic Location

Being located in the Caucasus mountains, Armenians are a Caucasian race, speaking an Indo-European language. This entire region is known for its hospitality and people here can astonish you with their friendliness and curiosity.

 

The monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin are recognized UNESCO World Heritage sites. Both steeped in centuries of history they are truly worth a visit if only to soak up Armenia’s long and colorful past. The most pleasant season is from early May to late October. At this time the weather tends to be warm, but not too hot, and there is little humidity. However, even in the summer temperature can get as low as 18 C and the evenings are usually quite cool.



Climate

Armenia is often described as a sunny country. The climate is highland continental, dry with four seasons. Temperatures can vary considerably between seasons. The summer is generally pleasant reaching 25°C, though in the Ararat valley temperatures can climb to 40°C.
Winters can be quite cold with temperatures falling to -5°C in Yerevan, and colder in the Ararat Valley (-30°C) and the Lake Arpi area (-46°C).
Why come to Armenia?

- Armenia is one of the oldest wine producing country in the world.
- National cuisine is the real pride of the Armenian people, one of the oldest cuisines in the world. Lavash accompanies every breakfast, lunch and dinner: it is wrapped around meat products, cheeses, salads. An important place among armeninan dishes is attributed to vegetables, which Armenian land is rich at.
- Armenia is one of the safest countries of CIS with a low crime rate. Tourists are safe to travel all over the country and walk in the streets of Yerevan at any time of the day and night.

The center of Yerevan is still very affordable for expats, and is lined with many parks and fountains.  For anyone who loves the city life, this offers everything except the fast pace of life. The two other cities of over 100,000 are Gyumri and Vanadzor.  There are a number of very attractive towns to live in all over Armenia however, from the forested towns of Dilijan and Ijevan in the north, to the beautiful green river towns of Goris, Kapan and Meghri in the south.


Interesting fact:

Chess is a compulsory subject in schools. All students have to take chess as a compulsory subject in school and there are even exams for it! 

Azerbaijan
Geographic Location

The rich historical, cultural and natural heritage of the country attracts visitors from all over the world. Untouched nature, mineral springs, the world's only oil field treatment - naphthalene, a unique ancient architecture, unique culture, cuisine, and more contribute to the formation in Azerbaijan of all types of tourism: business, sport, medical, cognitive, hunting, exotic, beach and even  gastronomic.
Azerbaijan is located in the south-eastern part of the Transcaucasian region, western Asia. It borders to the north - with Russia, in the north-west - with Georgia in the south - with Iran, in the west - with Armenia, in the extreme south-west - with Turkey. In the east it is washed by the Caspian Sea. Its area is 86 600 sq. m. km. In addition to the mainland it composes of numerous small islands of the Caspian Sea (Baku and Absheron archipelago).


Climate

In Azerbaijan the climate varies from subtropical and humid in the southeast to subtropical and dry in Easter and central part of the country. The average temperature during the summer is 25oC, and below 0oC during the winter,

Why come to Azerbaijan? 

- 9 out of 11 world climatic zones can be found in Azerbaijan
- An Azerbaijani cuisine is one of the most interesting ones in the East. It is remarkable by plenty of different meat, fish and vegetable dishes supplemented by flavoured herbs and spices.
- Unique modern architecture
- Meetings industry is a thriving sector in Azerbaijan, and it is one of the priorities of the government. Azerbaijan has a proven track record as a destination with both the capacity and the capability to host large meetings and events.

Most expats moving to Azerbaijan will find themselves employed in the oil and gas and mining sectors, while others find employment teaching English or within the humanitarian sector. The cost of living in Azerbaijan, particularly in the capital, Baku, is high, and expats are largely well-compensated. Accommodation in Azerbaijan, while plentiful, is expensive. It is likely to be an expat’s biggest expense, so those relocating to Azerbaijan should ensure that their employment package is sufficient to cover this.


Most expats living in Azerbaijan are based in Baku. A construction boom in the city in recent years has meant that there are plenty of options when it comes to finding accommodation in Baku. This has also meant that expats have access to better, more modern housing than what was previously available.

Interesting Fact: 
Now Azerbaijan preserves its position of individuality in house construction. Everyone creates their home, relying on imagination and material possibilities. 
Belgium
Geographic Location

Located in the heart of the continent and housing the headquarters of the European Union and NATO in its capital, Brussels, Belgium is a melting pot of influences from other countries, especially when it comes to the arts.

Brussels is the political powerhouse of Europe with its historic Gothic buildings and European Union office blocks, but outside the thriving capital there lies picturesque countryside, the wooded gorges of the Ardennes, and an assortment of undiscovered lazy seaside towns.

There are two dominant culture groups, the Flemings and Walloons. The Flemish community is Dutch speaking (also known as Flemish in Belgium), mostly based in the north of the country. The French-speaking Walloons live in the south and east of the country, and make up around a third of the populace. The Belgian capital is bilingual by law, which infiltrates every aspect of daily life – from street signs to business dealings.


Climate

Belgium has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, with cool summers and moderate winters.  Sometimes easterly winds can cause a more continantal type of weather, warm and dry in the summer, but cold and clear in the winter with temperatures sometimes far below zero. 

Why come to Belgium?

- Gastronomy in Belgium is an art, an art de vivre. From street foods like frites or waffles with the toppings of your choice to traditional dishes like croquettes or mussels, the choices are endless. 
- In Belgium, beer is more than just a frothy beverage - it is a culture. With over 650 different varieties, many Belgian beers have personalized beer glasses in which only that beer may be served.
- Childcare plays an important role in Belgium – children can go to nursery school from two and a half years, and virtually all three and four year olds are enrolled in early childhood education.
- The level of international presence in Brussels is second only to New York

Expats will find plenty of reasonably priced, comfortable options available to them for accommodation in Belgium. All kinds of housing can be found- whether it be furnished or unfurnished, from houses to luxury apartments. Since Belgium is such a popular expat destination – with swathes of foreign nationals living in Brussels, and other cities – another benefit of relocating here is that expats don't need to worry about feeling lonely or cut off from familiar society.

Interesting fact: 

- All year-round Belgium is bustling with markets of all kinds. All Belgian towns hold special flea markets. In Brussels every Saturday and Sunday, you can visit the Antique market  at the Place du Grand Sablon.

Bulgaria

 Geographic Location


Welcome to Bulgaria, a land of lifestyles and cultures that have developed over thousands of years. The country is located at the crossroad between Europe and Asia, and the lands of Bulgaria have been populated since antiquity. The Slavs and proto-Bulgarians were greatly influenced by the cultures of the Thracians, Illyrians and Greeks, and all peoples who resided on these lands – Thracians, Romans, Slavs, and Bulgarians – have contributed to the world’s cultural heritage. It is no accident that the earliest European civilization grew up here. Some of the most famous treasures in the world were discovered at the Varna necropolis, including the world’s oldest golden ornaments.


Climate


Bulgaria has a temperate-continental climate with moderate features which is characteristic for Central Europe, with hot summers, long, cold winters and very distinct seasons.The lowest recorded temperature is −38.3°C, while the highest is 45.2 °C. The annual average temperature ranges from 8°C in the North and 11°C in the South, with temperatures of 2.6°C in the mountains and 12°C in the plains. In general, the warmest areas are in the southern districts of Bulgaria, influenced by the nearby Mediterranean Sea. Daytime temperatures vary from 0-5°C in the winter and 25-30°C in summer months. 

Why come to Bulgaria?

 - Bulgaria comes third in the list of countries with most valuable archaeological sites discovered on their territories, preceded only by Greece and Italy. 
- Sofia is the second oldest city in Europe. It was founded 7000 years ago.
- Bulgaria is justly famous for its wines. There is solid historical evidence that wine has been produced on the territory of what is now modern-day Bulgaria ever since the Stone Age. 
- About 30% of Bulgaria is mountainous. The country’s mountains are exceptionally diverse in relief and offer abundant options for relaxation, along with sports and entertainment

Since joining the European Union in 2007, the country has seen a marked growth in its expat population. Prices of properties for rent in the capital Sofia have a wide price range and there are offers to suit every budget and taste. Whether you have decided to rent an apartment, a flat or a house in Sofia the diverse offers will give you a lot to choose from. 


Interesting Fact: 

The Rose is the symbol of Bulgaria. Rose picking, one of the oldest and traditional customs of Bulgarians. 
  1. The famous Bulgarian rose oil is used for making some of the world’s most popular and expensive perfumes. One gram rose oil is produced out of 1000 rose blossoms.
Estonia

Welcome to Estonia, a land of vibrant culture, robust cuisine, and stately architecture. Because of its attractions, Estonia has seen more and more expatriates coming in recent years. Backpackers congregate at music festivals, art-lovers make pilgrimages to museums and churches, and business people take advantage of the economic growth. And, of course, everyone admires the sights and sounds of the capital city Tallinn.


Geographic Location


Estonia is a country in Northern Europe situated along the Baltic Sea and is one of the three Baltic States.

Estonia’s many islands offer an enormous amount of charm and ancient history, with the most popular Estonian islands being Saaremaa, Hiiumaa, Kihnu, Ruhnu and Vormsi.


Climate


The climate of Estonia ranges between maritime and continental. Average temperature in winter is -5°C (sometimes for short period of time can go down to -30°C). Average temperature in summer is +18°C (often going as high as +30°).

Why come to Estonia?


- Estonia connects the dots between Scandinavia, Central Europe and what lies to the east.
- Estonia's capital Tallinn is the best preserved medieval city in Northern Europe.
- Estonia is almost 50% forest.
- Estonia has over 2000 islands.
- Estonia is one of the least religious countries in the world.
- Estonia is a digital society. 

The cost of living in Estonia is low, especially when it comes to accommodation, transport and food. Expats living in Tallinn or other Estonian cities will find that public transport is efficient and economical, therefore they will have little need for a car.


Interesting Fact: 

From voting to signing documents online, Estonia implements hassle free and modern approach to running one's errands. This means less bureaucracy, while adding more transparency and efficiency in some vital sectors such as healthcare and education.


Georgia
Geographic Location

Georgia is a mountainous country.  With the towering Caucasus Mountains forming the border between Europe and Asia, Georgia has long been an important contact zone, stretching for about 1200km between the Black and the Caspian seas. The traditions of the East and West meet in Georgia to form a culture unlike any other in the world.Georgia is traversed by many routes including the famous Silk Road.


Climate


The climate in Georgia is a major reason so many people continue to move to the state. While climate varies among the state’s six land regions, all areas of the state are colored by four well-defined seasons:

  • - A warm summer brings an average temperature of 80 degrees and the added benefit of “Indian summer” stretching into October.
  • - Autumn is brisk, with brilliant fall foliage throughout the state, particularly in the mountains.
  • - Winters are brief, with average temperatures in the upper 40s and light snowfall several times a year in the north.
  • - Springtime is glorious, as Georgia is famous for its dogwoods, azaleas and other flora.

Why come to Georgia?

- The capital Tbilisi, a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious city on the crossroads of history.  A city where you can find Georgian Orthodox, Armenian Gregorian and Roman Catholic churches, a Synagogue, a mosque and a Zoroastrian temple all within a 5 minute walk of each other.

- Over 500 varieties of grapes grow in the small country, and Georgian wines are well known for their unique properties and characteristics. Warm climate and moist air from the Black Sea provides perfect conditions to produce superb wine.

- Every day can be festive in Georgia. Gathering with friends and family is very important here. If the guests are attending supra, it is even merrier. 


The order of toasts is not always the same: it varies from region to region, but generally the first glass should be drained for God and peace, because both play very important role for every Georgian. If you learn the phrase “Gmerts dideba chven mshvidoba” (“May the God’s greatness bring you peace”), it would be really appreciated. 



Interesting fact: 

Tbilisi was founded in the 5th century AD, and named after the hot springs.

 


Kazakhstan
Geographic Location

Kazakhstan stretches for more than 3,000 km (covering two time zones) from the lower reaches of the Volga in the west to the foothills of the Altai Mountains in the east, and almost 2,000 km from the West Siberian Lowland in the north to the Kyzyl Kum desert in the south. 

Climate

Climatic peculiarities are due to the amplitude of the country. Whereas temperature can hit 50 degrees below zero in the north in winter, in summer in the south melons ripen and cotton grow. The climate of Kazakhstan (excluding south) is sharply continental with average temperature between -4 °C and -19 °C in January and between +19…+26°C in July. In winter temperature may decrease down to -45°C, and in summer rise up to +30.

Why come to Kazakstan?

- The biggest city, Almaty, is almost reminiscent of Europe with its leafy avenues, chic cafes, glossy shopping centres and hedonistic nightlife.
- The capital Astana on the windswept northern steppe, has been transformed into a 21st-century showpiece with a profusion of bold futuristic architecture.
- Beyond the cities you will find the greatest travel adventures, whether hiking in the high mountains and green valleys of the Tian Shan, searching for wildlife on the lake-dotted steppe, enjoying home-spun hospitality in village guesthouses, or jolting across the western deserts to remote underground mosques.
- Kazakh tea or chai is very popular and there are national cafes calledChai-Khana (tea-rooms) where visitors may sip this Kazakh speciality. It is drunk very strong with cream. 

There is a wide range of choice in the types of apartments – from riverside home in the older, Soviet-designed right bank part of the city to high-rise apartments with spectacular views in the new centre. Astana is expanding at an amazing rate and new apartment blocks are being built all the time. Most apartment buildings have underground parking, a shop and a children’s playground.

 

Interesting fact


The word Kazakh can be translated to “independent” or “wanderer.”

Latvia
Geographic Location

Latvia is located in the north-western part of Europe by the Baltic Sea. 
With Latvia being located on the crossroads between Western and Eastern cultures, and having a history of tumultuous developments, it is clear that foreign nations have left significant footprints in Latvia. 

Climate

Latvia is located in the temperate climate zone and therefore has four pronounced seasons. Travellers visiting Latvia can enjoy a real winter with subzero temperatures and snow, spring floods, warm summers, and colourful autumns.
The winter in Latvia usually lasts from mid-December to the beginning of March. Air temperature can fluctuate from +5 degrees Celsius all the way down to -30 degrees.
The summer in Latvia starts in June and continues until September. The average air temperature in the summer is around +19 degrees, but on some days it may rise to +30 degrees. The latter half of the summer may bring sudden thunderstorms. 

Why come to Latvia? 

- The capital city of Riga is well known for its Art Nouveau architecture. Its old town is filled with such buildings, and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architecture, much of which dates back to the late 1800s and early 1900s
- Over 50% of Latvia is covered by forest, and it's one of the most environmentally friendly countries on the planet, ranking 2nd in the Environmental Performance Index
- Latvia has the 5th fastest internet speed in the world, ranking between Hong Kong and the Netherlands
- Latvia holds one of the largest song and dance festivals in the world (with over 40,000 participants), while choir singers and conductors are celebrities in Latvia
- Riga’s restaurants offer fusion cuisine, where one can taste Latvian traditional meals, and original meals offering an astonishing combination of tastes and taking you for an exciting gastronomic journey
- Riga is perfect for organizing conferences, exhibitions, and team-building activities. The city is very dynamic and can offer not only a professional service, but also good infrastructure.

Interesting Fact: 

Latvians continue to observe the traditions of their ancestors – culture embedded in Latvian folklore that is best experienced during the Summer Solstice or "Jani" holiday, and the massive Song and Dance festivals, as well as through traditional crafts and handiwork, events organised by museums, and a lot of other activities. 


PIRGROUP Latvia team:

chetri_portreti_43a.jpg "It is great pleasure to welcome you in Latvia, and introduce the country with all of it's different aspects and beautiful sights. "
Lithuania
Geographic Location

A land of wood and water, proud, independent Lithuania (Lietuva) is fast being recognised as one of Europa's gems. Southernmost of the Baltic states, it's a pocket-sized republic that's a nature-lover's delight, yet lacks nothing in urban excitement.

Lithuania's foremost attraction is its stunning Baltic coastline, especially the unique sliver of white sand known as Curonian Spit. Lonely coastal wetlands lure migrating birds by the tens of thousands while inland, lush forests watch over burnished lakes.


 
Climate

Average temperature in January is -5° C
Average temperature in July is +20 °C

Why come to Lithuania? 

- Mercer cost of living index places Vilnius 5th among the most affordable EU cities
- 34 % of Lithuania’s territory is covered by forests
- Vilnius is one of the greenest capitals in Europe, with its 40 % covered by vegetation
- Curonian Spit has made its way among the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
- Lithuania is No. 1 in the provision of the best public Internet
- Lithuania is European leader in fibre optic internet development
- 0 % corporate income tax applied across special economic zones during the first 6 years
- 5th in the EU by number of population with knowledge of at least one foreign language

Interesting Fact: 

- Lithuanians were the last pagans in Europe
- There are around 200 000 crosses on the Hill of Crosses

Business Conditions

Stable economic environment

Foreign investment requires stable economic environment which allows for new businesses to gain momentum without any difficulties. Results of certain measures that have been introduced are already visible – Lithuania has jumped up 8 positions in the World Bank’s Doing Business rating and was ranked 11th in the world in terms of ease of starting a business.


EU standards

The dynamic and modern business sector in Lithuania meets all the EU standards. Furthermore, we have signed double taxation treaties with 50 largest markets in the world, including China, Russia and the USA.


Effective legal system


Starting a business in Lithuania is easy. A company can be established in only 3 days time and it can be registered via e-mail with such ease that companies starting their activities in Lithuania can start operating instantly. We are among the leading countries in the EU in terms of the opportunities offered by e-government, thus our legal system is attractive for investors due to its security and transparency.


Special Economic Zones

There are seven special economic zones in Lithuania offering 0 per cent rate for corporate, dividend and property tax, as well as high-level infrastructure and additional services. The free zones of Kaunas and Klaipėda allow for the usage of air and sea routes.


Lower tax rates for research

Three times smaller tax rates are applied for expenditure on research to foreign investors who conduct scientific research, together with a 50 per cent reduction on taxation of corporate tax.

 

Luxembourg
Geographic Location

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in Western Europe. The country shares international borders with Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south. Luxembourg's geography offers two principal regions: the Oesling, a part of the Ardennes massif, a hilly region with large deciduous forests in the north, and the Gutland ("good country"), the relatively urbanized region in the south.

Climate

Luxembourg's climate is temperate and mild. Summers are generally cool, with a mean temperature of about 17° (63° ); winters are seldom severe, average temperature being about 0° (32° ). The high peaks of the Ardennes in the north shelter the country from rigorous north winds, and the prevailing northwesterly winds have a cooling effect. Rainfall is plentiful in the extreme southwest; precipitation throughout the country averages about 75 cm (30 in) annually.

Why come to Luxembourg?

-  The City of Luxembourg is not only a historic UNESCO site with its fortifications lining the steep valley but also an important European and financial centre with imposing modern buildings.
- No need to worry about safety! Luxembourg is among the safest countries in the world.
- The Grand Duchy represents the highest density of star restaurants throughout the world. The Michelin Guide rewarded Luxembourg’s best restaurants with 11 stars and 15 Bib Gourmands.

In general, prices are higher than in France and Germany. Luxembourg city is the most expensive place in the country, as well as the most populated. The majority of people live in the south of the country, known as the Gutland. In this region, 25 percent of the people, including most expat, live in Luxembourg or the surrounding area. The center of the city is the most expensive, with prices receding the farther you go toward the suburbs. With the excellent transportation options and small distances to be travelled, commuting is a popular option.

Interesting fact:

  1. Luxembourg is both multicultural and multilingual. Over 150 different nationalities live in Luxembourg which reflects in all aspects of Luxembourgs society through the use of languages, in gastronomy, arts, leisure, sports, etc. You will be surprised by hearing many different languages in the streets and the fact that almost everyone speaks at least french, german or english.


The Netherlands
Geographic Location

The Netherlands shares borders to the south with Belgium and to the east with Germany, while the North Sea lies to the north and west. Large areas of The Netherlands have been reclaimed from the sea and consequently one-fifth of the country lies below sea level. The country is flat and level and is criss-crossed by rivers and canals.

Climate

The Netherlands have a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, with cool summers and moderate winters. Daytime temperatures varies from 2°C-6°C in the winter and 17°C-20°C in the summer. 
Why come to the  Netherlands?

- What makes Amsterdam so attractive is the 17th century historical atmosphere combined with the mentality of a modern metropolis creating a friendly and relaxed environment. The small scale of the buildings and the intimacy of the streets, canals and squares create an atmosphere that visitors find unique.

The Netherlands has a cosmopolitan population with expats from across the world.  Food processing, chemicals, retail, financial services, transport, gas and oil are among the largest industries in the Netherlands. Highly qualified expats with skills in these sectors are more likely to find employment, especially in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam.


Finding a the right home is always difficult, and the Netherlands is no exception, 

especially in large cities. It's much cheaper to live in the non-urban areas, and cities like Amsterdam and The Hague can be very expensive.


Dutch is the official language, while English, German and French are widely spoken too. Although many expats get by without Dutch, having a basic understanding of the language is a definite advantage.


Interesting Fact: 

With 17 million people and a population density of 488 people per km2, the Netherlands is the most densely populated country of the European Union and one of the mostly densely populated countries in the world. The total size of the Netherlands is 41,500 km2. Amsterdam is the capital, but the government resides in The Hague. More than 40% of the total population live in the Randstad, the agglomeration of the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht
Poland
Geographic Location

Poland is a country with over a thousand year's of tradition and a turbulent history which may be traced through its various historic, religious, industrial and architectural monuments and relics. Most of these have been well preserved within the major urban centres of Krakow, Gdansk, Poznan, Wroclaw or Sandomierz. The origins of a country which found itself in the central part of Europe, where the East, West, North and South come together, resulted in a multicultural, divergent style of customs, traditions and historical monuments that are revered within each of the respective regions.

Climate

In Poland you will experience moderate winters and hot summers with very dry atmosphere. Heaviest rains are in June/July. Average temperature in winter is -5°C (sometimes for short period of time can go down to -25°C). Average temperature in summer is +20°C (often going as high as +30°).
Why come to Poland? 

- Foreign visitors will be received warmly; Poles make every effort to be good hosts, Polish people are very open and friendly and take a great deal of pride in providing hospitality to their visitors
- During business meetings, Poles maintain a very direct and focused professionalism, whereby joking and levity is set aside for a more appropriate time

Interesting Fact: 
According to a 2007 UNICEF report on child well-being in rich countries, Poland is the second best of the 25 OECD countries surveyed in terms of "behaviours and risks" (healthy lifestyle, lack of violence), and third best for educational well-being. The same reports also finds that Poland has the lowest percentage overweight young people (7.1%) and the lowest percentage of teenagers under 15 who had had sexual intercourse (15.1%). However, Poland also had the highest number of young people aspiring to low skilled work (17.1%).
Ukraine
Geographic Location:

Ukraine is situated in the south-eastern part of Central Europe. It borders on Russia, Byelorussia, Moldova, Slovakia, Roumania, Hungary and Poland on land and Russia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Roumania and Turkey on sea. There are the Crimean Mountains in the Crimean peninsula and the Carpathians in the west, but they are not very high. Mixed forests of pine and fir-trees, beeches, limes, oaks and elms cover the mountains, but the thickest woods can still be found in the northern part of the republic, in Volyn.


Climate

The climate of Ukraine can be described as dry and continental influenced climate with warm, dry summers and fairly severe winters. January is the coldest month with daytime temperatures usually around 0°C , but in some cases winter months can be quite colder with temperatures far below zero, about -20°C or lower and strong, cold northeasterly winds, called Bora. 

In summer daytime temperatures reach 25-30°C, but sometimes quite higher, 35°C or more, especially in the inland areas. 
Why come to Ukraine?

- Ukraine is the 4th most educated nation in the world
- The Cultural Capital, Lviv, has the highest amount of cafes per capital
- Ukrainian cuisine is very much a part of the population's culture, lifestyle and customs. Well-known for its great diversity and amazing flavors, Ukrainian cuisine has had a number of influences including Russian, Polish, German and Turkish. Popular ingredients in the cuisine of Ukraine are meat, mushrooms, vegetables, berries, fruit and herbs. As Ukrainians are extremely hospitable their meals are served in very generous quantities.

Expats moving to Ukraine will find a country of extremes, where heavy industrial areas are interspersed with beautiful and varied natural scenery. New arrivals will find that the people are warm and respectful, despite a superficial brusqueness.

The cost of living in Ukraine varies widely according to the region, with the capital, Kiev, being the most expensive. Still, most expats find that this city is substantially less expensive than other European capitals. Housing can be very cheap, realtors run the housing market in Ukraine

Interesting fact:

An expression commonly puzzling all foreigners is “Ta ni”, literary translated as “yes no”. Usually it is used as an objection and stands for “no”.
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