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International Moving Information For Moving To Scotland

Aug 7, 2008
Scotland is the nation that is credited with giving the world one of the most important inventions in the history of mankind: the game of golf. Located at the northern end of the island of Great Britain, Scotland is a land of rich history, breathtaking outdoor scenery and mystical legends. International moving to Scotland is done mostly from England, which really doesn't classify as international moving because Scotland is a part of the British Empire. It's still considered a nation though so for the sake of this article we will consider it international moving.

The currency in Scotland is the British pound sterling. They, like Britain itself, have not adopted the Euro but many businesses within the country accept Euros and even American dollars as a method of payment. Great Britain is a member of the European Union but has chosen to not adopt the currency for reasons of tradition. Despite their position on the European continent England and Scotland are different in many ways culturally and economically than the other E.U. members.

International moving from outside the British Isles is usually done by ship. Edinburgh is a major shipping port with hundreds of vessels arriving and departing daily. It is also the most convenient landing and starting point for any international moving into Scotland regardless of what your final destination is. The terrain as you go north of Edinburgh turns into mountains, or highlands, and can pose many obstacles to the moving process. Hiring a local mover in country after your international moving company has gotten you through customs might not be a bad idea.

If you are moving in from the United States the U.S. Embassy is located at 3 Regent Terrace in Edinburgh. Despite good relations between the U.S. and Great Britain you might want to retain your citizenship status for a while after you move. Anti-American sentiments are not limited to the enemies of America. Many citizens of the U.K. aren't too happy when yanks move in from across the pond. Keep close ties with your homeland just in case you decide that you don't want to stay.

To summon police, ambulance or firefighter emergency assistance in Scotland, dial 999 on any telephone. The international country code for telephones is 44 and the city code for Edinburgh is 0131. Internet access is available throughout the country and you can get cell phone and wireless service from AT&T, Sprint or MCI just like in the United States.

International moving is a big decision and one that requires the assistance of a professional with experience in doing it. Quality international moving companies can be found in your local yellow pages and on the internet. Make sure that they have verifiable references and a good track record with your local Better Business Bureau or Chamber of Commerce. Find out where the embassy is for your country of origin and get detailed information on the economy and job situation where you are going. Even if you are moving because your company is sending you there are no guarantees that you won't have to look for work sometime.
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