Thu Oct 6th, 2005 at 01:39:40 AM EST
Well, like many liberal Americans, I have been considering for some time the possibility of leaving the country. The U.S. is in a precarious economic situation, where we are dependent on foreign lending to maintain our way of life. Clearly this cannot be sustained indefinitely, and I fear the resulting economic crash could set off a number of ugly trends, from increasing intolerance and racism to religious fundamentalism.
What's more, I agree wholeheartedly with Jerome on the realities and dangers of peak oil. Sadly, it has become obvious that the U.S. is completely unprepared for the end of the oil era, and at this point it may simply be too late for the country to prepare itself.
So to sum this up, I'm looking to move to Europe, where I feel that countries are better suited to handle the transition to a new energy regime. Don't get me wrong, from reading this site and others I realize that the EU is no paradise, and there are many serious political battles to be fought in the future. But at least in Europe I can believe that there is hope for a better life.
So here's my dilemma. I want to move to Europe, but while I have visited there many times over the years, and even lived in Denmark for six months while in college, I do not have any kind of visa or work permit. Even worse, as a typical American, I only speak English. Though I'm willing to learn!
So how should I get started? Will it even be possible? I work in finance, if that will help any. And I'm willing to live pretty much anywhere on the continent (sorry, no interest in the UK...becoming too much like the US), though I have a particular fondness for both the Scandinavian countries and for Switzerland.
Any advice for me? Tips, links, etc...anything would be appreciated! I'll add my email address if anyone wants to send me information. Thanks all!