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Leaving Estonia


Lisatud 06.11.2013 | Uuendatud 17.02.2017

Within Europe (the countries of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) specific rules and legislation make it easier for jobseekers to search and work in another country, and information concerning job vacancies is shared between countries.

If you plan to leave Estonia to go work in a country outside of Europe, you will probably encounter more difficulties with formalities and specific arrangements.

Whichever country you plan going to, be sure to inform yourself on the living conditions and the legislation at your destination. Especially where it comes to taxes and social security, the systems in different countries differ significantly, and what you are used to at home may not be present or may be arranged completely different.

Other persons who have left Estonia to work abroad stress the importance of having a written employment contract in hand before you go, and to make sure you understand all conditions and obligations. Others warn against paying large sums of money to mediators, and suggest not to sign anything of which you don’t fully understand the content.

Organisations within the country you are going to can also help you to assess whether the opportunity you are presented with is real and legitimate. Some have found it important to get in touch with a trade union or the local labour inspectorate in order to obtain correct and complete information.


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