Since you can’t choose whom you fall in love with, chances are you wont choose where to fall in love either.
That is why international couples and multicultural families do not usually chose where to live. Nowadays, though, as jobs are changing and mobility is on the rise, such couples and families finally have the chance to drive the choice of where they want to settle down.
In Europe, major cities often are first choice since they offer more opportunities. But they are usually overcrowded too leaving young couples with the dilemma of whether is it worth it all.
But if you want to walk off the beaten path, then you might give Budapest, Hungary, a try.
Having been on and off to Budapest for the past eleven years, I guess I might have a word or two to say about this city. Streched alongside the Danube, it could be an interesting solution for multicultural families. Let’s see why.
International schools and institutions
The city has a long tradition of multiculturalism. Indeed, it is not uncommon to find families where members have emigrated or live abroad. Multiculturalism and being accustomed to multiple languages is deeply instilled into the Hungarians.
Multiculturalism and the massive presence of foreigners in the country reflects into the high number of bilingual and international schools, universities and institutions. It is very common to find English programs but also French, Spanish, Italian and Russian schools and cultural institutions. These institutions usually act as a meeting points for foreigners in the city (a list of the universities in Budapest).
A wide range of affordable flats is available to foreigners. Given the high demand of apartments and houses, many real estate agencies specialize in dealing with foreigners and with particular countries. Since the city hosts almost twenty universities and swarms with students, the mobility on the apartment market is pretty high.
Many European companies have local Hungarian branches. In addition to this, Budapest has become, over the last 15 years, a centre for Shared Service Centres. IBM, Vodaphone, Ericsson, Citi Bank, Deutsche Telecom, General Motors are among the most well known corporations that established local seats. Needless to say, these companies attract many of the foreigners in town. The academic life is also very active with Budapest hosting a huge number of business schools, theatres and leisure centres.
Easy to reach from all over Europe
Following the demise of Malev, the national flag carrier, the second city airport was closed down. All the most important carriers go through Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport now. Therefore, the city is easily reachable from all over the world. Also, low-cost carriers like Ryan Air, Jet 2.com, Easy Jet and Wizzair cover Budapest. Wizzair, in particular, offers many routes from and to Budapest and it is one of the cheapest ways to reach Budapest from all over Europe.
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