WHY NEW ZEALAND
In uncertain times globally, New Zealand offers a haven of stability and freedom.
It’s easy to do business or retire here while enjoying a quality, laid-back lifestyle.
LIVING IN NEW ZEALAND
Expats living in New Zealand rate the country very highly: second best in the world for work-life balance, third for physical and mental well-being, and fifth best place to live in overall.
The choices available for your home and lifestyle are almost limitless. With an enviable range of outdoor and cultural activities on your doorstep, and subsidised, quality healthcare and education systems, it’s easy to see why New Zealand is a great place for families, and to retire in.
New Zealand is generally a safe place to live with a low violent crime rate and little conflict between communities. There is no dangerous wildlife, and few diseases. The New Zealand police force is trustworthy and dependable and they don’t carry firearms.
New Zealand consistently places at or near the top of key global rankings for stability, peacefulness, lawfulness, and lack of corruption. New Zealand was the sixth most stable country in the 2020 Fragile States Index, the second most peaceful country in the 2020 Global Peace Index, and seventh in the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index® 2020. New Zealand also has the least corrupt judiciary and public sector in the world alongside Denmark, according to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2019.
New Zealand’s spectacular natural beauty and temperate climate make it one of the most appealing countries on the planet to live in.
Compared with many parts of the world, New Zealand is a sparsely populated, relaxed and contented country. New Zealanders have a reputation for being among the most friendly people you could meet.
New Zealand is a diverse nation with a rich mixture of cultures reflecting a history of Māori, European, Pacific Island, and Asian immigration.
A SMALL COUNTRY WITH PLENTY TO OFFER
New Zealand’s economy was rated the third freest in the world in the 2020 Index of Economic Freedom.
“The economy of New Zealand has ranked as one of the freest in the world over the past 25 years. Steady GDP growth reflects that outstanding performance.”
“Over the past 40 years, the government has transformed New Zealand from an agrarian economy, dependent on concessionary British market access, to a more industrialized, free market economy that can compete globally.”
According to the World Bank’s 2020 Doing Business report, New Zealand is the easiest country in the world in which to do business, start a business and get credit, and the second easiest for registering property.
Forbes ranked New Zealand the fifth best country for business globally, and first for being without red tape and corrupt practices, along with the highest degree of personal freedom.
The New Zealand tax system is easy to navigate. It is simple, predictable, fair and has no capital gains tax. The US-based Tax Foundation ranked New Zealand’s overall tax system as second in the developed world for its competitiveness, with second for property taxes, and fourth for personal taxes.
New Zealand residents benefit from a world-class, subsidised healthcare system. It’s usually easy to see a doctor unless you live in a remote area. Private healthcare can be covered by medical insurance.
New Zealand’s education system at all levels is excellent. School is compulsory for children aged 6 to 16. State-funded public schools are free, and you should have no trouble finding a school with high standards for your children. In higher education, the eight universities in New Zealand all feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2019, and there are also 18 institutes of technology and polytechnics offering vocational courses focused on practical skills and hands-on experience.
NEW ZEALAND SNAPSHOT
Location: Southwest Pacific
Land area: 268,838 sq km – slightly larger than the UK.
Population (30 June, 2020): 5,084,300 – about the same as Alabama or Ireland.
Population density: With only 18 people per km2, New Zealand is a sparsely populated country. By comparison, the UK has 281 people per km2, while China has 153, Germany 240, Netherlands 508, and the US 36.
Median age (years): 38
Life expectancy at birth: 83 years (NZ has a healthy population pyramid).
Indigenous Māori: 17%
Pacific Islander: 8%
Main language: English
Capital city: Wellington
Largest city: Auckland (1,606,564 in 2020)
Government: Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system. Democratic elections are held every three years.
Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Human rights: Historic leadership role – first country to implement universal suffrage, in 1893.
Main religion: Christianity. Other religions include Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.