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Ireland ... business friendly with low corporate taxes and they especially like businesses with a slant toward publishing. ... Anyone have first hand experience?Born and lived there for a few decades. What you say was true up to the recent Wall St crash, where Ireland was the second-worst casualty, after Iceland. If I were you, I'd let the dust settle for a few years and see what emerges.
I have been living in Bangalore, India, for last 13 years, and I don't see major reasons not to like it
# good infrastructure - Currently its a chaos, but huge investment is being made to improve it, specially road and rail network. Should be good in 2-3 years.
# scenic beauty - Called a garden city and within 2-3 hours drive, there are many scenic places to visit.
# low cost of living - Real estate is relatively costly, but you can rent a decent 3 bedroom apartment for $400.
# pleasant weather (no extreme climates) - Bangalore scores the highest on this count.
# low or average taxes - In recent years, tax rates have dropped.
# fast internet access - Bandwidth options run up to 20mbps.
# political stability (no dictators and preferably non-nuclear) - It is nuclear, but as someone said earlier, fearing that is like fearing asteroid strike. Stable democratic government.
# easy entry for immigrants - Quite easy, except from a few countries
# friendly people (no racism) - Ask for a route, more than one person will come forward to guide you.
# a stable currency - Has been pretty stable.
# little or no red tape - If the investment is high, bureaucrats and politicians will want a piece of action. For individual webmasters, things should be pretty simple.
# business friendly atmosphere - Almost every multinational IT company has an office here.
# access to free or low-cost healthcare - After the IT boom, it is the low cost and high quality healthcare services that is making headlines now.
Mysore, which is just about 2-3 hours drive from Bangalore, is a good alternative, without the traffic and crowd. It is rated as the 2nd best city in India to live in.
I'm thinking, one should immigrate to a country with
(not in any particular order)
# good infrastructure
# scenic beauty
# low cost of living
# pleasant weather (no extreme climates)
# low or average taxes
# fast internet access
# political stability (no dictators and preferably non-nuclear)
# easy entry for immigrants
# friendly people (no racism)
# a stable currency
# little or no red tape
# business friendly atmosphere
# access to free or low-cost healthcare
[edited by: johnnie at 11:24 am (utc) on Aug 26, 2010]
Same qualities like in Canada, but in the Old World (as a bonus!)
Great place to w*rk, entrepreneurial, multicultural, great place to raise kids.
Once you've been there, there's no way you'll forget!
How about some opinions on Ireland and Canary Islands. I vacationed in Ireland once and loved the place and I understand they are business friendly with low corporate taxes and they especially like businesses with a slant toward publishing. This is just the impression I have from reading about the place. Anyone have first hand experience?
Don't know a lot about the Canary Islands either except the weather is supposed to beautiful all year round and a great place to holiday.
Canada takes self employed people only if they're accomplished or recognized at the national level in art and culture. Beats me why! If you're an entrepreneur you need to have $1 million before they'll even look at you.
If you're making lots of money and can get the immigration papers, the SF Bay Area in the US is by far, hands down, the best place to immigrate :)
No offense to the person that suggested it but you need to strike Malaysia from the list. Along with Indonesia, Dubai and the likes.
[edited by: Ujang at 2:31 pm (utc) on Aug 26, 2010]
Just wondering if people thought $3000 a year for property taxes on a $100,000 home was high, low or just right?
...if you are a single male, I think that a list of the perfect country should include, as one top requirement, "friendly beautiful women".