Slideshow: The 15 best countries to have a baby in

Adam  @goodmigrations

Our blog post on Best Countries to Have a Baby In was so successful that we’ve made it bigger and better. We expanded it to 15 countries offering the most generous paid parental leave packages (and other goodies, like the famous Baby Box in Finland). So if you’re thinking about having a baby or just curious to learn which country gives the most lavish parental time off, then definitely read on.

15. Belgium
Moms get 15 weeks of paid leave at 80% pay for first 30 days and 75% thereafter. Moms are also eligible to take 8 months part-time leave instead of the full-time 15 weeks. Dads get 10 days of paid leave; three of those days are at 100% pay and the remaining seven are at 82%.

14. Netherlands
Moms get 16 weeks of paid leave at 100%. And they’re entitled to nursing breaks upon returning to work for up to 9 months. Dads get five days of paid paternity leave. 

13. Australia
Moms receive 18 weeks of paid maternity leave. Dads get two weeks of paid paternity leave. 

12. Spain
Moms get 16 weeks of paid leave. Dads also get 16 weeks of paid leave.Moms are also entitled to paid nursing breaks during work for up to 9 months. 

11. Iceland
Parents get a total 9 months of leave at 80% pay. Three months go to mom, three to dad, and three are split as desired.

10. Norway
Parents choose between 100% of their salary for 49 weeks or 80% for 59 weeks. Dads can use up to 14 weeks of this allowance. Moms can take nursing or pumping breaks after returning to work for as long as needed. Additionally, daycare is universal and 90% of costs are subsidized for children between the ages of 1-5. 

9. Hungary 
Moms receive 24 weeks of paid leave at 70% of their pay. Fathers get one week of leave paid in full. Parents can opt for an additional 156 days to split between them at 70% pay. 

8. Canada
Moms get 15 weeks of paid leave. Parents receive an additional 35 weeks of paid leave to be split as desired.

7. Denmark
Moms get 18 weeks of leave and dads get 2 weeks of leave. Plus, they get an additional 32 weeks to split at 100% pay. 

6. Serbia
Moms receive 52 weeks of paid leave at 100% of their salaries. Dads receive one week. 

5. Finland 
Moms receive 18 weeks. Dads get nine weeks. They get an additional 26 weeks to split, all at 70-90% pay. Every parent receives a Baby Box which includes everything they will need for the first year. This box also comes with a mattress inside to convert the box to a bed.

4. Bulgaria
Mothers get 410 days of leave with 90% pay. Fathers get 15 days with 90% pay.

3. Germany
Moms get six weeks of leave prior to birth to ensure they’re comfortable. Parents receive 14 months of leave to share at 65% pay. Moms can use up to 12 months of this allowance. Bonus: in many cases, daycare is completely free.

2. Sweden
Moms get 55 weeks of maternity leave! Dads get 90 days of paternity leave, which is one of the best in the world. Parents receive 80% of pay for the first 390 days.

1. Estonia 
Moms receive 85 weeks of maternity leave with full pay! That’s nearly one and half years! Dads get two weeks of paid leave. 

Keep exploring! Check out the 10 easiest countries to get residency.

Oh! And Happy Cinco de Mayo! 

Mover Spotlight: Nuss Relocation – Australia

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Partnering with trusted international movers around the world is a key cornerstone of GoodMigrations’ mission and we are really excited to have a great company like Nuss within our network. Based out of Australia, they have offices in both Sydney and Melbourne and have been a great partner to us and our clients. Want to learn more about the people behind the company? Here is an interview we did with Ray Beard, the state manager for Victoria. Nuss Relocation- Australia

  1. What’s something you’d like to share about your company?
    Nuss is an Australian privately owned fourth generation removal and relocation company. We have offices and warehouse facilities in Melbourne and Sydney and world class partners globally. Our Removals division provides both international and domestic door to door removals and our Relocation Services division provides Home search, School search, City familiarisation, Settling-in services and much more.
  2. How long have you been with the company? 
    Personally for 15 years which is not unusual for Nuss. We have a great staff retention rate.
  3. How many international moves a year does your company do? 
    Nuss moves “thousands” of families each worldwide.
  4. What credentials do you think every moving company should have? 
    Most quality orientated international moving companies are members of FIDI, the international moving community regulatory board.  The FIDI Accredited International Mover (FAIM) Quality Management Program is the most rigorous and the only quality certification program dedicated exclusively to the international moving industry. Nuss is of course a FIDI accredited mover.
  5. Have you ever lived outside of your native country?
    Many Nuss employees have previously lived overseas and so have the benefit of real life relocation experience. This is an unbeatable benefit in that it creates a great empathy between us and our clients. We know the problems but we also have the solutions.
  6. What motivated you to get into the international moving industry?
    International moving is a fast paced and constantly changing industry offering new challenges every day. No two moves are the same. It comprises like-minded experts from every country in the world who work together to deliver door to door moving service programs to people that make the world go round. We are a global community; one minute we are speaking with someone in Rio, the next minute to someone in Tokyo. How exciting is that!
  7. What are some of the most common mistakes made by individuals moving overseas for the first time? 
    We hear stories from time to time of people attempting to move themselves which can often ends in tears. An international move is complex. Local Customs regulations, ever increasing security arrangements and, just recently, the introduction of new maritime weight declaration laws make such an undertaking almost impossible to manage without expert assistance.
  8. What is the biggest tip you can offer someone moving overseas for the first time? 
    Plan way ahead of time; start getting your moving quotes a couple of months before your departure date. This is particularly important if you intend moving in the summer months as this is peak season for most movers. Have a real good de-clutter (why pay to ship things you really don’t need).
  9. Which countries do you move the most people to?
    This tends to change each year as moving seems to be in trends depending on global talent supply and demand requirements but Asia, North America and Europe are consistently our top destinations.
  10. What is the strangest item you’ve been asked to ship? 
    Cat hormones!

Thinking about moving to Australia? Check out our Sydney and Melbourne City Guides to help you find your perfect neighborhood. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest news.

International Moving Insurance Questions Answered

Admin  @GoodMigrations

You’ve decided to move to another country. It’s a huge change, but you’re confident it’s the right decision. Now it’s time to figure out the details, including how to move all your stuff, and how to get the best international moving insurance. You don’t want to risk losing everything you own, after all.

But you have questions—so many questions. Don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place.

international moving insurance
Here are the answers to your top five international moving insurance quandaries.

Q: Why can’t I use my homeowners insurance?

A: Some homeowners insurance policies cover damage to belongings during a move. However, this is not something that should be assumed. Many policies exclude or limit damage for valuables while they are in transit and away from your home. When you’re moving to another country, the situation is even more complicated. Homeowners insurance rarely covers valuables outside of the country. You can double check your policy, but most likely, you’ll need to get moving insurance from your mover or a third-party moving insurance provider. Read more…

Do’s And Don’ts When Relocating Abroad To Australia

Admin  @GoodMigrations

Moving to Australia Hassle Free

Moving to the land down under is a life-changing decision. Taking the right steps to make this a smooth transition will start you off on a good foot. Australia is one of the world’s most sought after migration destinations. Its high quality of life, beautiful beaches, and multicultural communities make it a desirable location. Aside from employment opportunities, quality education, infrastructure, and recreational options, we’ve compiled a a few tips on moving to Australia.

Applying For A Visa

Applying for the right visa is the most critical step in pursuing a move to Australia. The entire list of visas available along with the eligibility requirements is available for public viewing. Requirements for each different visa vary. Generally, this entails showing evidence of available funds, health insurance, police clearances, English language testing and the skills and qualification eligibility. There are also types of visas that require an existing Australian bank account.

The most common types of visa include family migration, skilled migration and for education opportunities, study migration.

 Arrange A Professional Company To Move Your Belongings

Regardless of where you’re moving from, to make the big relocation easier, it’s integral that you hire professional international removalists. When relocating international, it’s best to hire a moving company that can help you with the transportation of your things.

A premium removalist firm can help you sort your belongings and advise you on what is the most efficient and economical way to move your things. Before you take on the behemoth task of packing, keep in mind that Australia has some very tight quarantine laws, specifically when it comes to food, plant and animal material. It’s best to check with their customs before you begin the task of packing.

If you’re considering a move to Australia with pets, make sure to have all your paperwork and health checks in order so there are no untoward or unforeseen circumstances come travel day. The Australian Department of Agriculture lays out the conditions for moving with pets so it’s best to check this out first.

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Pet Restrictions: Things to Know Before You Move Abroad

Kate  @awaywithkate

From fish to hamsters and from cats to dogs, we consider all members of our scaly, furry, and hairy house guests a part of the family. Moving overseas without our four-legged family members is not an option for many of us. Before boarding your plane (and before even booking the flight), it’s important to know the steps involved in pet relocation when moving overseas and to know which countries have pet restrictions.
Countries with Pet Restrictions

Moving overseas and leaving your pet behind is not an option. They are family after all! Here are three things to consider when preparing to move abroad with a pet:


Some countries are certainly easier than others when it comes to bringing bring dogs, cats and other animals across the border with you. These are the countries you can count on to have a relatively easy process:

  1. Austria
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Hungary (Fun Fact: dogs are welcome in most cafes and restaurants in Hungary.)
  4. Nicaragua
  5. Switzerland

I hope you like to write. If you plan on traveling to one of the below countries, be prepared to fill out lots, and lots, and lots of paperwork:

  1. Australia
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Jamaica (Not-so-fun Fact: Regardless of the animal or breed, only pets from Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland are allowed entry into Jamaica.)
  4. New Zealand
  5. Vanuatu

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