Living in Israel-What to Consider before Moving
Israel is a country in Western Asia with an advanced and industrialized economy which attracts many of the people from across the globe. Living in Israel however has its own advantages and disadvantages. You shall find some key elements that are most likely to affect you after you start living in Israel.
Israel is one of the most amazing countries in the world as despite having such a little area, it has considerable diversity in its climate. While at one hand, there is Jerusalem that is cold and receives at least one rainfall annually, the coastal cities in Israel have cool winters and hot summers. To add more diversity to this, the people living in Israels southern regions experience desert-like intense hot days in summer while a few days of rain in winter.
Economy is indeed one of the most notable factors while considering any country. As for Israel, the concern of economy can often be misleading due to the complexities involved. Living in Israel may sound quite promising when one sees the fact that Israel is a developed country having the second-largest number of start-up companies in the world-just lagging behind the US. The country has also become a member of OECD. However, there is also another dimension to this picture.
This dimension is that the poverty rate in Israel stands at about 20%. In other words, one out of five persons living in Israel lives below the poverty line-a rate which is quite high as compared to other developed countries. However, this is also not the end of the road as most people living below the poverty lines are either Arab Muslims or ultra conservative Jews. In case, you are neither of these, your chances of falling below the poverty lines remain quite low.
Language may prove to be a barrier for you in this country if you do not know Hebrew at all as Israel has two official language, viz. Hebrew and Arabic. Though, majority of people living in Israel do understand English, this does not mean that the importance of Hebrew should be underestimated as most of the official correspondence takes place in Hebrew. If you are planning to start living in Israel permanently then, you can get adjusted if you know some basic Hebrew as English is well-understood and you shall be able to upgrade your Hebrew from basic command level to moderate or expert level after living in Israel for a year or two.