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  •  How difficult would it be to... (3+ / 0-)
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    Nulwee, NonnyO, Wee Mama

    ...expatriate to Iceland?

    •  It depends whether you're skilled or unskilled (1+ / 0-)
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      labor.  And, of course, whether or not you speak Icelandic.  Unskilled labor is pretty easy to get jobs in Iceland even if you don't speak Icelandic -- fish processing, cleaning, aluminum, construction, etc.  There are lots of Polish immigrants in particular working in such fields, Skilled labor is pretty difficult unless you speak Icelandic (even though essentially everyone there between the teenage years and the elderly speaks awesome English; Icelandic is the language that they speak with each other).

      Once you get a job, you have to pay for your own healthcare for the first six months.  After that, you're put on the national heathcare system and you don't have to worry about that anymore.  After seven years of residence, you can apply for citizenship.

      •  Hmmm...doesn't sound like they'd want me. (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm an erotic illustrator....I draw guys (and sometimes women) having sex with each other. It's a skill but not much in demand internationally. On the other hand I can pretty much conduct my business anywhere with internet service and a nearby Post Office. I'm 57 or so and would decline any healthcare services....maybe still get my teeth checked once a year. As far as language I think I could pick up some basics by osmosis but really, I've gone months at a time not having a conversation with anyone (other than greeting a bus driver or thanking a cashier) so maybe I can skate by since I have no problem being virtually silent. A smile and a wave might suffice for the next fifteen (or less) years I expect to be around. One of the good thing about expatriating to Iceland is I won't have to worry about being bombed by American drones like I might be in Venezuela or Costa Rica or anywhere else that might have shit America wants in the future...

        •  Given your field... (0+ / 0-)

          you'd probably find Iceland's culture interesting.  It's a very sexually-liberated country.  For example, Reykjavík's LGBT pride fest is the biggest annual festival in the country; this year's fest was attended by 1/3rd of the country's population, and their drag competition was held in Harpa (their equivalent of Madison Square Garden).  People really don't give a rat's arse who you sleep with.  When their lesbian prime minister signed their same-sex marriage bill, it had just passed their parliament 49 to 0.  "Dating" in Iceland is seen as roughly synonymous with "sleeping with".  There's very little social stigma associated with hookups, but if you hook up with the same person several times in a row, you're sort of de-facto assumed to be seeing each other, and then cheating is thereafter frowned upon.  Marriage rates are very low, yet the birth rate is not.  There's little pressure to get married; people marry if they want to.  They have children if they want to.  Parents live together if they want to.  Single parenting is common, but there's lots of government and family support.

          •  Wow. Sounds positively Paradisical! (1+ / 0-)
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            Plus snow and volcanoes, right? It sounds like everything I'd like in an environment. Now I'm going to seriously investigate just how I can transport my carcass over there...Thanks!

            •  Snow varies widely. (1+ / 0-)
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              Reykjavík only had 14 snow days last winter, although that's unusually low.  But usually snow doesn't stick there.  In the northeast, however, they get snowier winters, the highlands more, the mountains even more, and there are lots of glaciers where there's snow all the time (including the biggest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull -- which has a beautiful terminus at one point called Jókulsárlón, if you want to look up pictures).  Ironically, the northeast is warmer than Reykjavík in the summer.

              Volcanoes?  You better believe it!  ;)  Tons of them.  There's all sorts of mini-"yellowstones" all over the country, and eruptions are quite frequent (although some are subglacial -- those mainly manifest with "jökulhlaup" floods, which take out the bridges in the south -- they rebuild them in a matter of days, though, it's really amazing).

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