Relocating to Estonia as a developer

Anastasiya Surkova
August 10, 2020

We already told you about the details of relocating to Finland as a developer, so will now look at Estonia which is just a short ferry trip away.

Taxes and cost of living

Income tax rate is flat: it is 20% for everyone with an income higher than 500 euros per month. The employer pays all the taxes on behalf of the employee and they are withheld from your gross salary. This leaves you with your net salary and nothing to worry about.

If you want to drill down into the cost of living, you can find all the costs on Numbeo. In general, rent is inexpensive, public transport in Tallinn is free for the city's residents and there is no problem in getting lunch specials for three to four euros.

Estonia also has a number of other things going for it, which you can read more about on their official Visit Estonia site.

Work permit

The nice thing is that there is no such thing in Estonia as a special “work permit”. You can work in the country if your short‐term employment is registered by your employer and your stay here is legal or when you have a valid residence permit for working.

Developers also have the opportunity to get relocation support from the government. The amount of the grant per one top specialist is 3,000 euros. While it's quite easy to apply, the grant isn't paid out to the employer until five months into the employment.

Finding a new home

The rental market is not very competitive and it is easy to find a new home for a moderate price. Even a tiny apartment in most cases will be clean, safe and modern. Keep in mind though that long-term leasing is preferrable and the contract tends to be signed for a year. Either way rent is paid monthly and if you end up moving out early you just may have to forgo the deposit. The deposit is typically one or two months’ rent.

Bringing your family with you

If you are moving with children, you need to solve one of the most important issues - finding a kindergarten or school. There is nothing difficult about this in Estonia as the educational system is well developed. There are English, Russian and other language kindergartens and schools. Also, all children living in Estonia receive full health insurance until the age of nineteen. In addition to monthly child benefits and child care allowances, Estonia offers generous parental leave that lets one parent stay at home until the child turns three. You can also take turns with your spouse in staying at home with your child.

Estonia is an inviting place for expats. It is also very convenient that you can carry out most of your daily tasks online.

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