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Austria – and what living in Austria has to offer

Friday, February 5th, 2016

With an area of 83.858 sq. km Austria consists of 9 independent federal states (Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Vienna) with their own provincial governments. The federal legislation is exercised by the national council (Nationalrat) together with the Upper House of Parliament (Bundesrat) – the two chambers of Parliament.

Austria is located in a temperate climatic zone with a Central European climate influenced by the Atlantic climate. The four seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) each have typical temperature and climatic characters.
In summer up to 35°C with an average of 29°C
In winter up to -20°C with an average of 0°C
Austria is the 11th richest country in the world in terms of GDP (Gross domestic product) per capita according to the IMF rankings of 2011, has a well-developed social market economy, and a high standard of living.
Vienna was ranked the fifth richest NUTS-2 region within Europe with GDP reaching € 38,632 per capita, just behind Inner London, Luxembourg, Brussels-Capital Region and Hamburg.
Red Bull is an energy drink sold by Austrian company Red Bull GmbH, created in 1987. In terms of market share, Red Bull is the most popular energy drink in the world, with 4.5 billion cans sold each year.
About one third of the Austria’s energy consumption is covered by the national energy industry. Up to 70% of the energy comes from renewable sources such as water. Austria’s industrial sector is, however, one of the world’s largest.
The services industry is Austria’s fastest growing industrial sector. About one sixth of Austria’s three million wage and salary workforce is employed in the trade and industry sector, which contributes some 13% to the GDP.
Tourism is the country’s biggest foreign exchange earner and the fastest growing sector: 220,000 people in 40,000 tourist establishments generate 10% of Austria’s economic output.
Austria has a high standard of compulsory state funded healthcare. Private healthcare is also available in the country. All employed citizens and their employers contribute to the system.
There are three areas of social insurance in Austria, health, accident, and pension insurance. Anyone who is covered by the state insurance system will be covered by at least one of these branches. The job you are employed in determines the amount you pay in contributions and the level of social insurance available to you.
Basic health and dental treatment, specialist consultations, stays in public hospitals and medication are covered for all employees. Family dependents are automatically covered through the insurance of the employed family member.
Coffeehouse culture in Austria
 Cafés are an everyday part of city living and in Vienna in particular they are at the heart of city life. Around 1900, a visit to a Viennese café was a spectacular experience, newspapers were displayed on custom-made stands, waiters wore tailcoats and ceilings were decorated with elaborate chandeliers.
Today’s coffeehouse business is booming as more and more people seek a place to rest, work, eat or socialize in busy cities.
Wiener Staatsoper
The Wiener Staatsoper is one of the busiest opera houses in the world producing 50 to 60 operas per year in approximately 200 performances. It is quite common to find a different opera being produced each day of a week. As such, the Staatsoper employs over 1000 people.
Gustav Klimt was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Some of the most known paintings are The Kiss, Judith and the Head of Holofernes and Adele Bloch-Bauer I.
Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser was an Austrian artist. Born Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna, he became one of the best-known contemporary Austrian artists, although controversial, by the end of the 20th century. Some of his work include The Hundertwasserhaus apartment block in Vienna and Bad Blumau – a municipality and spa town in the district of Fürstenfeld in Styria, Austria.
Egon Schiele was an Austrian painter. A protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that characterize Schiele’s paintings and drawings mark the artist as an early exponent of Expressionism. His work includes Zwei Kleine Mädchen, Portrait of Wally and House with Shingles.
Austria has been the birthplace of many famous composers such as Joseph Haydn, Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Anton Bruckner, Johann Strauss, Sr. and Johann Strauss, Jr. and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Some scholars speak about Austrian literature in a strict sense from the year 1806 on when Francis II disbanded the Holy Roman Empire and established the Austrian Empire. A more liberal definition incorporates all the literary works written on the territory of todays and historical Austria, especially when it comes to authors who wrote in German. Thus, the seven volume history of Austrian literature by the editors Herbert Zeman and Fritz Peter Knapp is titled History of the Literature in Austria.
René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke better known as Rainer Maria Rilke was a Bohemian-Austrian poet. He is considered one of the most significant poets in the German language.
His two most famous prose works are the Letters to a Young Poet and the semi-autobiographical Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.
Stefan Zweig was an Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. At the height of his literary career, in the 1920s and 1930s, he was one of the most famous writers in the world.
Zweig is best known for his novellas The Royal Game, Amok, Letter from an Unknown Woman – filmed in 1948 by Max Ophuls
Franz Kafka was an influential German-language author of novels and short stories. One of his most famous novellas is The Metamorphosis.
Robert Hamerling was an Austrian poet. He was born into a poor family at Kirchberg am Walde in Lower Austria. Hamerling displayed an early genius for poetry.
His most important works are his epic poems: Ahasuerus in Rome and The King of Zion.
Vienna boasts one of the world’s most famous culinary traditions. A diverse yet delectably harmonious range of dishes reflects the city’s mix of nationalities and food cultures through the centuries, and inspires visitors from all over the world.
Due to the mountainous terrain, alpine skiing is a prominent sport in Austria. Similar sports such as snowboarding and ski jumping are also widely popular, and Austrian athletes such as Annemarie Moser-Pröll, Hermann Maier, and Toni Sailer are widely regarded as some of the greatest alpine skiers of all time.
The Austrian Football League (AFL) is the elite league of American football in Austria. The league was founded in 1984 and plays by the rules of the NCAA.
Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda is an Austrian former Formula One racing driver and three-time F1 World Champion.
Cost of living
  • A meal at an inexpensive restaurant: 8.16 €
  • A three-course meal for two at a mid-ranged restaurant: 37.18 €
  • 1 Liter of milk: 0.95 €
  • 1 kilogram of chicken breasts: 8.42 €
  • 1 kilogram of oranges: 1.77 €
  • 1 kilogram of potatoes: 1.10 €
  • A monthly pass for the local transport system: 43.93 €
  • 1 km with a taxi with normal tariff: 1.48 €
  • 1 liter of gasoline: 1.40 €
  • Monthly utilities for an 85m² Apartment: 155.27 €
  • 1 minute of pre-paid mobile tariff: 0.11 €
  • Internet access (6Mbps, Flat Rate, Cable/ADSL): 18.38 €
  • The monthly fee for an adult at a fitness center: 48.85 €
  • 1 hour tennis court rent in the weekend: 16.30 €
  • 1 seat in the cinema for an international release: 8.40 €
  • Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment starts from 350 €
  • Rent for a 3 bedroom apartment starts from 700 €
The rent varies from one federal state and city to another. Still, there can be more attractive offers for Doctors. 
Austria’s individual income tax rates are progressive 0%-50% (4 tax bands).
Beside the 12 salaries there are also salaries 13 and 14 which are taxed with only 6% – this is typical in Austria. The 6% lead to a very small difference between the gross salary and the net salary.


Income Euro Tax (%)
1 – 11,000 0
11,001 – 25,000 36,6
25,001 – 60,000 43.21
60,001 and over 50

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: A German state with a lot to offer!

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern  is a federal state in northern Germany. The capital city is Schwerin. The state was formed through the merger of the historic regions of Mecklenburg and Vorpommern after World War II, dissolved in 1952 and recreated prior to the

German reunification in 1990. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is the sixth largest German state by territory, and the least densely populated one. The coastline of the Baltic Sea, including islands such as Rügen and Usedom, as well as the Mecklenburg Lake District are characterized by many holiday resorts and pristine nature, making Mecklenburg-Vorpommern one of Germany’s leading tourist destinations.

Three of Germany’s fourteen national parks are in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, in addition to several hundred nature conservation areas.
Major cities in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern include Rostock, Schwerin, Neubrandenburg, Stralsund, Greifswald and Wismar. The University of Rostock and the University of Greifswald are among the oldest in Europe.

Over the centuries, Mecklenburg and Vorpommern have developed and maintained strong regional cultures. It can generally be described as North German and has similar linguistic and historic characteristics to other north German states, such as Schleswig-Holstein.
The cities are characterized by a certain “Hanseatic” style also found in other parts of northern Germany as well as in countries bordering the Baltic Sea. A common feature of many towns in Mecklenburg and Vorpommern are Gothic red brick churches dating back to the middle Ages. The old towns are usually built around one or several market places with a church or town hall. Often towns were founded at the Baltic Sea, one of the many lakes or a river for logistical and trade motives.

Museums, art and theaters:
The largest publicly-funded theaters in the state are the Mecklenburg State Theatre, the Rostock People’s Theatre, the Theatre of West Pomerania, with venues in Greifswald, Stralsund and Putbus, and the Mecklenburg State Theatre at Neusterlitz with venues in Neubrandenburg and Neusterlitz.
Since 1993, the Störtebeker Festival has taken place in Ralswiek on the island of Rügen. It is Germany’s most successful open-air theatre.
Störtebeker Festival
Notable museums include, for example, the Schwerin State Museum and the Pomeranian State Museum at Greifswald. The German Maritime Museum with its Ozeaneum in Stralsund is the most popular museum in northern Germany.
Ozeaneum in Stralsund
Furthermore, the German Amber Museum in Ribnitz-Damagarten, Rostock’s Abbey of the Holy Cross and Rostock Art Gallery are of national importance.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is home to many cultural events throughout the year. During summer, many open air concerts and operas are open to visitors. The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival (Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) attracts a sizeable audience by performing classical concerts in parks, churches and castles.
The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival
Caspar David Friedrich, a famous romanticist painter born in Greifswald, immortalized parts of the state in several of his paintings.
Caspar David Friedrich- Greifswald
Food and drinks
Like most German regions, Mecklenburg and Vorpommern have their own traditional dishes, often including fish, beef and pork. Rostock has its own type of bratwurst called Rostocker Bratwurst. An unusual food from Western Pomerania is Tollatsch. Rote Grütze is a popular dessert. The largest brewery produces Lübzer Pils.
Tollatsch, Rote Grütze , Lübzer Pils

In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, approximately 732,200 people were gainfully employed in 2008 with 657,100 of them were withe and blue collar workers. About 4,200 new jobs were created in 2007. Employees worked an average of 1,455 hours a year. The number of self-employed did not change in 2008. Three out of every four of all people in work are employed in the service sector.
The biggest businesses in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are the ferry operator Scandlines AG, the NETTO supermarket chain, the shipbuilders Aker MTW Werft, Volkswerft Stralsund GmbH and Aker Warnow Werft GmbH, the Energiewerke Nord GmbH and the shipping company F. Laeisz GmbH.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is among the top three destinations for inner-German tourism. The main tourist regions are:
  • Islands: Rügen and Usedom
  • Peninsula: Fischland-Darß-Zingst
  • Seaside towns: Heiligendamm, Graal-Müritz or Kühlungsborn
  • Cities: Stralsund and Wismar, both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Rostock or Greifswald which have a large cultural heritage.
As a relic of the past, nearly 2,000 castles, palaces and manor houses exist in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, many of which function as venues for public events like concerts and festivals.
Notable people:
  • arts and film: Ernst Barlach, Friedrich von Flotow, Caspar David Friedrich, Marianne Hoppe, Till Lindemann, Philipp Otto Runge
  • business: Ernst Heinkel, Carl Heinrich von Siemens, Georg Wertheim
  • literature: Ernst Moritz Arndt, John Brinckman, Hans Fallada, Walter Kempowski, Fritz Reuter, Rudolf Tarnow, Ehm Welk
  • politics: Ernst Moritz Arndt, Dietmar Bartsch, Egon Krenz, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Harald Ringstorff, Angela Merkel, Joachim Gauck
  • science: Theodor Billroth, Friedrich Chrysander, Walther Flemming, Gottlob Frege, Otto Lilienthal, Gustav Mie, Ferdinand von Mueller, Paul Pogge, Heinrich Schliemann, Johannes Stark
  • sports: Tim Borowski, Andreas Dittmer, Thomas Doll, Marita Koch, Toni Kroos, Jan Ullrich, Jens Voigt, Sebastian Sylvester
If our article peaked your interest about this lovely German state, why don’t you check out our job-offers here at: and you’ll be one step closer to working as a doctor in Germany!

EGV Recruiting – Interview in the making

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Today is a day for answering questions. Today we opened our doors to the news crew from DIGI 24 Romania to answer key questions healthcare recruitment. 

The interview will shed light on subjects such as:

  • current healthcare recruitment trends for doctors and nurse abroad
  • the recruiting process in depth, from applying to starting the job abroad
  • Opportunities that foreign countries have to offer to medical professionals

The interview will soon be live on the news! Stay tuned for the actual interview in a couple of days!

Thank you!

Germany – Small Cities with a lot to offer!

Friday, May 30th, 2014

As a healthcare recruiting firm, we often come in contact with young candidates willing to relocate in Germany but mostly target large cities such as Munich, Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, etc. and refuse to even think about settling in a smaller city. 

Coming from eastern Europe, it is understandable that some people think that smaller towns = no opportunities and no modern commodities because in some countries this is a reality. In Germany on the other hand, smaller cities have a lot to offer and offer even more than one might expect!

If you drive through Germany and explore its cities and towns, you will experience that many cities are scattered throughout the country. There are however large German cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Cologne, as well as a lot of towns and villages.

Germany has about 82 million inhabitants. In the largest city, Berlin, live however only about 3.4 million inhabitants. In other words, the German way of life is a bit different to some other countries on earth where most people live concentrated in huge cities.

There are countries in which it seems as if humans would almost flee into the large cities. Germans dare to live comfortable and calm. There is sufficient stress during the day so it’s good to relax in the evening, in a calm environment.

Germany is remarkable for its attractive smaller towns and cities, scattered like gemstones around the country. In these historic hamlets, many of them located less than an hour’s train ride from a major metropolis, you ‘ll find a very different Germany, brimming with the flavors of the past

  • An easy daytrip from Hamburg, lovely Lübeck epitomizes the maritime culture and redbrick architecture of northern Germany. So many architectural gems are located here that the entire Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a place judged to be of exceptional cultural value.
  • Weimar, in eastern Germany, was a cradle of the German Enlightenment of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This small unspoiled town was home to Goethe and Schiller, among others, and provides a glimpse into 18th-century German life and culture.
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a major highlight among the Romantic Road, it is a walled medieval city loaded with picturesque charm. You can walk along the old city walls of this perfectly preserved gem and stroll down streets that haven’t changed much in hundreds of years.
  • A stop on the Romantic Road or an easy daytrip from Munch,Augsburg is full of historic panache and architectural surprises, including Renaissance-era palaces and the oldest almshouse in Germany.
  • Located in the Bavarian Alps near Neuschwanstein Castle, Füssen invites you to stroll along its cobblestone streets past stone houses and a rushing mountain river.
  • One of the most sophisticated spa towns in Europe, Baden-Badenoffers an extraordinary range of spa treatments during the day and elegant gaming rooms at night.
  • Heidelberg, an old university town on the Neckar River, enchants visitors with its romantic setting, historic streets, and enormous castle.
  • Quedlinburg: Spared in part from the ravages of World War II, this town in the Harz mountains still evokes the Middle Ages with its, 1600 half-timbered buildings, more than any other town in the country. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quedlingburg is a gem of yesterday and was an imperial residence for 2 centuries.
  • Meissen, situated 25km north of Dresden, this is a romantic little town built along the banks of the River Elbe. It’s celebrated for its porcelain, which carries a trademark of two crossed blue swords and is valued by collectors the world over. Even without its porcelain factory, the town merits a visit for its quiet charm, its old buildings, and its 15th-century castle.
  • Dinkelsblüh, situated along the Romantic Road, it is not as grand as the more celebrated Rothenburg, it has fewer tourists and therefore retains more old-time charm.
  • Mittenwald, has long been celebrated as the most beautiful in the Bavarian Alps, with magnificently decorated houses, painted facedes and ornately carved gables. In the mid-17th century, it was known as “the Village of a Thousand Violins” because of the stringed instruments made here.
  • Lindau, dates back to the 9th century, this former free imperial town of the Holy Roman Empire is like a fantasy of what a charming Bavarian lakeside village should look like. This garden city under landmark protection is enveloped by aquamarine waters, and one part of it is known as the Gardenstadt because of its luxuriant flowers and shrubs.
  • Rüdesheim, is the most popular wine town in the Rhine Valley, being set along the edge ot he mighty river. Rüdesheim is known for its half-timbered buildings and its Drosselgasse, a narrow cobblestone lane stretching for 180m and lined with wine taverns and cozy restaurants.
  • Cochem, is an idyllic medieval riverside town situated in the wine country on the banks of the Mosel river. It is famous for its towering castle, dating from 1027. On the left bank of the Mosel, Cochem lies in a picture-postcard setting of vineyards. Little inns serving a regional cuisine along with plenty of Mosel wine make Cochem a highly desirable overnight stop and a nice alternative to the more commercial centers found along the nearby Rhine.

Adding my personal opinion to this article I have to state that the charm, history and romance of the smaller cities and towns in Germany have captured my heart and imagination.

If our article has sparked your interest you are more than welcome to apply for a job at

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Weird stepstones into modern medicine

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Browsing trough the internet we stubled upon an interesting blog posting interesting and disturbing pictures of early medical devices, strange medical conduct (according to today’s standards) and things that for today’s doctors would just seem weird and creepy.

Brain hemorrhage, post-mortem

Corset damage to a ribcage. 19th century London

Dr. Kilmer’s Female Remedy


Tanning babies at the Chicago Orphan Asylum, 1925, to offset winter rickets

Woman with an artificial leg, too embarrassed to show her face c. 1890 – 1900

Wooden prosthetic hand, c. 1800

Selection of some items used to disguise facial injuries. Early plastic surgery.

Blood transfusion bottle, England 1978

Dr. Clark’s Spinal Apparatus advertisement, 1878

Neurological exam with electrical device, c. 1884

Antique prosthetic leg

US Civil War surgeon’s kit

“Walter Reed physiotherapy store” 1920’s

Boy in rolling “invalid cart” c. 1915

Obstetric phantom, Italy 1700-1800. Tool to teach medical students and midwives about childbirth

Radioactive yummies

Lewis Sayre’s scoliosis treatment

Claude Beck’s early defibulator

Antique birthing chair used until the 1800s

Anatomical Model. Doctors were not allowed to touch the women’s bodies, so they would point to describe pain locations

Radiology nurse technician, WWI France 1918

1855 – 1860. One of first surgical procedures using ether as an anesthetic

Masks worn by doctors during the Plague. The beaks held scented substances


Regardless, these pictures represent evolution. Who knows, maybe in 100 years, people looking at pictures from today’s medical conduct will react the same as we do to these pictures. What do you think?


Source of the article here: 


Health and ageing

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Hamburg: Since the 1960s, the life expectancy in most European countries has risen with 11 years. Still, most European citizens (60%) over 65 have at least 3 chronic diseases.

Thus since 2007, the Ministry of Education and Research emphasizes on the importance of a healthy ageing process.

“The research conducted aims to educate and help with the early recognition of potential threats to the state of health of an individual. Prevention should be a priority.” Stated Johanna Wanka, the Minister of Education and Research.

This approach aims to have the individual in the center of attention and should be aiming to provide a longer disease-free life and not a longer life with disease.

Professions that pay off abroad!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Romanians working in the field of healthcare earn up to an average of 9 times as much working abroad than in their home country. Healthcare specialists are not the only professionals that earn significantly more abroad than in Romania. An article published by illustrates the current fields that pay at least 3 times as much in Western Europe.

Salaries in the healthcare sector can be 22 times higher abroad that in Romania!

The average gross salary in Healthcare in Romania for the month of September 2012 was about 400 Euros. Employers in Denmark offers currently for healthcare professionals that can reach gross wages of 9300 Euros, approximately 22 times as much as employers in Romania.

A specialist doctor in France earns a gross wage of about 4000 Euros per month.

Employers in Germany offer gross wages for specialist doctors similar to the ones in France, somewhere around 4000-6000 Euros per month.

But not only has the healthcare sector offered such advantages abroad.

For example:

  • Salaries offered in constructions are almost 5 times bigger in western Europe
  • Professional drivers earn 4 times as much in western Europe
  • Employees in the textile industry earn about 4 times as much in western Europe
  • Carpenters are paid 4 times as much abroad
  • Forrester workers earn up to 3 times as much in western Europe


Source of the article here

Why Hungarian doctors choose to migrate abroad

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Only 2% of the ones that work abroad, plan to return to Hungary in the next 2 years.

“Since I started working here, during one year, I managed to get rid of my diabetes medication. I no longer have to hold diets, all the lab works are great, I’m well rested and balanced”- wrote a specialist doctor working in Germany in the query realized by the Resident Doctor Society, addressing the topic Hungarian doctors working abroad. Based on the answers given by the 150 questioned medics, the working abroad doctors’ general impression about the current situation in Hungary comes to the surface.

The query was realized online in October-December 2011. 85% of the responding doctors went abroad between 2008-2011. 71% of the participants worked in the Hungarian health care system before leaving abroad. From the answers given, 15% of abroad working Hungarian doctors, were considering even as students the possibility of leaving abroad.

When asked if they would ever plan on moving back to Hungary in the next 2 years, only 2% gave a positive answer. 58% said a definite no, and 25% would come back only if the system would change for the better. 15% were not sure or couldn’t give a precise answer. Even more so, the majority that gave a negative answer (28%) stated that they wouldn’t come back in the next 20 years.

7% of the respondents think about coming back in the next 5 years. 58% are still not sure about staying 5 years abroad. From the query one can draw the conclusion that there are 3 factors that prevent the doctors to come back:
1. The wages back home
2. The workload of over 60 hours/day
3. The impossibility of starting a family
4. Bribes

Based on the answers given, one can conclude that 2 out of 3 medics working abroad would come back if they would receive a decent salary starting from 300 000 Ft and normal amount of working hours.

For now it’s not hard to make a decision regarding staying abroad or coming home, because abroad, the colleagues’ patients and locals are very friendly, according to 90% of query respondents. Even more, residencies abroad are considered more efficient.

“Young doctors are ambitious and are integrated in the teams relatively quickly. Besides being under constant supervision, young doctors also get responsibilities from the start. Quality is assured via feedback. Proposals and ideas are also widely accepted. Most of these are promptly implemented.” –stated a resident doctor from Germany.

Another resident doctor working in Germany stated that despite his young age, he is allowed to perform operations. This is one of the rarest and most important things, besides this all positive and negative things are irrelevant. He also states that besides work, shifts and studying there is time for living.

The survey also addressed the issue of practices from abroad that could be easily implemented back home. The following answers were provided:

“Doctors are not caught up in administrative duties”.

“Regardless of someone’s profession or work, people respect each other”.

“After passing the specialist exam you actually can work by yourself”.

“Respecting the legislation regarding the work time and attributes”.

“What strikes me as an incredible difference is the fact that people listen to me despite being just a resident. Doctors and nurses work together in order to solve cases. On the other side there is a strong bond between doctors.”

Social studies were interested in learning about how Hungarians from across the border integrated themselves and live the day to day life:

“In order to avoid confusions I would like to add the fact that abroad you have to work a lot! Anyway in this particular field, it’s not about closing the shop door every day at 4 o’clock. But it feels different going to work and earning a decent living. Even abroad, medics don’t have the highest salaries but still they can create decent living conditions for their families” – resident doctor in Germany.

“When I started considering leaving the country, I was influenced by the over solicitation that I was exposed to in the hospital back home. This manifested itself as physical illness (diabetes and lack of sleep). Complaining to my employer brought no results. Considering my own health and the future of my family, I started to apply for positions abroad.”

“For 6 years I have been working and living abroad. Most of the doctors working abroad would gladly come back home, if they would feel themselves welcomed back.” – Specialist doctor UK.

“If the year of my graduation (2008) had presented a better home situation, I wouldn’t have started applying for jobs abroad. It is sad that I had to leave my home country but here I don’t have to worry about bills, rent costs, my car, cloths, vacations and even saving up some money. “– resident UK

“My worse memory from back home is tightly correlated to the constant bribes. I was allergic to them and was quite terrified when people kept insisting to take the money.” – specialist USA.

“During my years as a student, I was against migration. (My girlfriend is also a doctor and we graduated together). After graduation we worked together in Hungary. We lived together with her mom in order to be able to pay utilities. We had no time and no money for fun. Working overtime didn’t pay off either, and there was no chance to start a family. Once, a patient tried to beat me up. The last drop filled my cup of disappointments. Even though I loved my colleagues I decided to go abroad. Having an independent life, my own car, future perspectives, and a life outside the hospital improved our life.” –resident Germany.

“If we continue to postpone the resolving remuneration issues in Hungary, we will have to lose an entire generation, and then young doctors will not have any other motivation to stay home because they won’t have any mentors back here to teach them the art of medicine”- specialist UK.


Source of the article

Estonia spends too little on health care

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Health care spending in Estonia is significantly lower than the average in the OECD countries, writes LETA/Postimees Online.

Estonia only spends 6.3% of its GDP on health care costs while the average among OECD members states is 9.5%, is revealed by the organisation’s 2012 health care sector overview. Only Mexico and Turkey spent proportionately less than Estonia for health care.

According to the organization, spending on health care increases together with the increase in wealth and the countries, with higher GDP, also have greater health care spending. For example, the United States spent 17.6% of their GDP on health care, the Netherlands 12% and France 11.6%.

Estonia’s GDP is also that much smaller from the point of view of purchasing power. Estonia’s GDP per capita is estimated at around 1030 Euros, while the OECD average in 2012 was 2600 Euros.

In the year-on-year comparison, Estonia’s health care spending grew by an average of 6.9% between 2000 and 2009. In 2010 however, it suffered a severe decline of 7.3%. Health care spending also fell in several other OECD member state in 2010.

Source of the article

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Moving,Living and Working in Norway

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012


So let’s say you recently decided to move to Norway. Here are some things you should know about:




When you work in Norway, you automatically become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme from your first day of work. You will not become a member though, if you are working temporarily for your foreign employer in Norway.

Through the membership you are entitled to health services in Norway and can earn pension rights according to the regulations of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.


Health Systems:

When you live and work in Norway, you will be registered with Norske Folketrygden (Norwegian National Insurance), which covers the entire population. This provides public health care which is financed by the Norwegian State and managed by the countries. A charge is payable for visits to doctors. Hospital stays are largely free of charge.

The Norwegian health service is based on a decentralized model. The State formulates policy, capacity and quality through budgets and legislation. The countries and municipalities are formally responsible for the planning and running of the health service within the law and budgeted frameworks.

The municipalities are responsible for the primary health service

  • Preventative health measures. The school service, clinics, physiotherapists, the midwifery service, pregnancy check – ups and vaccination programmes
  • Diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. The ambulance service general medical treatment, physiotherapy and treatment during illness.
  • Nursing in and outside institutions. Nursing Homes and district nurses.

The counties are responsible for the public dental service.

The following groups are included:

  • Children and adolescents (below 21 years)
  • People with impaired mental development
  • Elderly and disabled people with chronic illnesses who reside at institutions or care homes

The rest of the population use the private dental service, which patients pay for themselves

The occupational health service in Norway is organized in a number of ways. Individual major corporations have their own occupational health services, and some companies share a joint service. A third model involves workplaces buying in occupational health services from a private doctor’s surgery.


The personal doctor system

These are general practitioners who have contracts with the public sector/municipality.

All citizens registered at the Folkeregister (Register Office) are entitled to their own permanent doctor. Your permanent doctor has to give you an appointment quickly, at publicly set prices. This is a voluntary arrangement. If you choose to use a different doctor who does not have a contract with the municipality, costs are a lot higher. You can switch your permanent doctor up to twice/year.


Private health services:

In order to supplement the public institutions and services, a number of private hospitals and health institutions have been established.

Particular cases are the semi-private arrangements where – for example – physiotherapists operating privately perform services on behalf of public health authorities.

The emergency services are municipal services.


Private life:

Most children are born at the local hospital. Babies are registered in the same municipality as their mothers, unless the parents decide otherwise. Children with one Norwegian parent automatically become Norwegian citizens.

As a rule, child support is paid to all mothers (when the child lives in Norway) until the child reaches the age of 18. Cash benefits are paid for children aged between 1 and 3, unless the children go to publicly financed or part-financed nurseries.

To marry in Norway, you have to be 18. A certificate has to be produced confirming that there are no obstacles to the couple marrying. Church weddings and civil weddings are permitted. In accordance with the law, married parents have the same responsibility for any children they may have together.

Unmarried couples can live together in a formalized relationship and have many of the same rights as couples who are formally married. But as far as any children are concerned, they have to enter into an agreement stating that they hold equal responsibility for their children. Cohabiting couples do not automatically have mutual inheritance rights. To have mutual inheritance rights, wills have to be written stating this.


Finding schools for your children

Children under the age of 6 are allowed a place at a nursery. Things are reasonably fair, but there are not enough nursery places for everyone in Norway, so it can be difficult to find a place. The municipality where you will be living can provide you with information on local conditions.
All foreign children are entitled and obligated to go to school, and all compulsory education is free. Children start school the year they reach the age of 6.

When you know which town or municipality you will be living in, you should contact the local school authorities/nursery office. Essentially, children go to the school which is nearest to the place where they live with their families.

If the child is in one of the first 4 years of school, with a relatively short school day, you may need supervision for them once they have left school for the day. Skolefritidsordningen (the School and Leisure Scheme), or SFO, is a municipal facility for the hours before and after school. SFOs can be found at schools, or in their immediate vicinity. As this is not part of the school day, a charge is payable.

It may be a good idea to contact the school before you move to Norway so that they are aware that they will be having a new pupil.
There are a number of foreign schools in Norway which offer education in languages other than Norwegian; primarily English, German and French.




The cost of accommodation varies widely in Norway and has gone up a lot over the past few years. The highest prices are in Oslo and its surroundings, Bergen and Stavanger. Finding accommodation which is not quite so expensive is easiest outside of the central areas of the biggest cities.

There are several different ways to live in Norway. You can rent, live in a housing cooperative or buy your own home. The rental market in Norway is small; by far the majority of people own their own home.
Houses and apartments are normally advertised in the local press and in the Aftenposten national newspaper. Some newspapers have a housing supplement one day a week, and also place ads for accommodation on the Internet. You can also advertise for accommodation yourself.

Estate agents mostly deal with the sale of houses and apartments, but they also arrange rentals. You can find them in the yellow pages under Eiendomsmeklere – Estate Agents. Estate agents deal with the formal side of things, such as financial arrangements and registration. Loans are mostly arranged via banks, and you can take out a mortgage against your home.

If you want to rent a house or apartment, you should have a rental contract. These contracts are normally valid for a year at a time with subsequent periods of five years, with mutual entitlement to cancellation. The notice period is normally a month. As a rule, you have to pay a deposit of one to three months’ rent. Your deposit has to be placed in a blocked account. You can find standard contracts in Bookshops or on the Internet. Most rental properties are apartments which are rented out either furnished or unfurnished.


Cost of living


Living expenses, which include heating and municipal charges for water and refuse collection, are the biggest outgoing for families or single people.

Transport expense account for about 18%. The third biggest outlay for households in the cost of recreation and cultural activities, approx. 12%. People spend about 11% of their wages on food and non-alcoholic drinks.
Alcoholic drinks and meals in restaurants are considered to be expensive in Norway, particularly in comparison with other European countries.