Both countries are nations founded on immigration, with the majority of population being descendents of European settlers from England, Scotland and Ireland. English is the national language and is spoken at home, at school and at work. Due to the introduction of post-war and more recent immigration policies, New Zealand and Australia have become incredibly multicultural, with many foreign born citizens from all over the world.
Both New Zealand and Australia have prosperous, western-style economies, with strong local currencies and healthy GDP rates. Both countries are considered ideal for business investment. Despite their economic prosperity, New Zealand and Australia have been experiencing the problem of skills shortage and are actively looking to attract qualified, knowledgeable people from all parts of the globe. Job opportunities are diverse and, in some areas, are better paid than in Europe. Skilled Migrant/Business/Entrepreneur visas are a popular choice for people wanting to move to New Zealand and Australia.
But it’s the quality of life what sets New Zealand and Australia apart from many of their western counterparts. New Zealand is within the top ten of the World Human Development Index, which describes a superior life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living. New Zealand is also at the top of the list for non-corrupted countries in the world and within top three of the Global Peace Index. Australian and New Zealand cities rank highly on the global quality of life surveys, often named as the most livable and friendly places for visitors and residents. Australia’s healthcare system is praised for its high standards and affordability. Overall, the lifestyle in both countries is extremely relaxed and laid back, with class boundaries virtually non-existent.
Finally, the climate and nature of New Zealand and Australia attract thousands and thousands of people to explore those countries. Stunning landscapes – from vast ocean beaches and tropical rainforests to magnificent mountains and ski fields, as well as the countries’ clean and safe environment, ease of travel and their unique natural beauty – this is what makes New Zealand and Australia “dream destinations” for many.