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Considerations for Americans Who Want to Move to Europe



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Editor’s note: There are many reasons why an American may seek to relocate to Europe, chief among them retirement, work opportunities or simply a better work-life balance. This is the first article of a four-part series in which we’ll discuss key financial considerations Americans should keep in mind when considering a move to Europe and zoom in on three countries in particular: France, Italy and Portugal.

Americans are moving to Europe in ever-increasing numbers, often because they believe that a better balance between work and lifestyle may be available in European countries. But many Americans who take up residence in Europe often find the transition to be more complex than they anticipated. While the issues can be complicated and differ significantly depending on the country, here are some things to keep in mind if you’re considering a move to Europe when you retire.