The Best 8 Countries For Nursing Jobs !

Here we look at the top 8 countries for nursing jobs and what makes them so popular with EU nurses.


Are you looking for a health care job in Europe that values you both as an individual and professional ? Since the Dutch have one of the strongest economies of the world and there is a high demand for nurses, you will be rewarded accordingly.

You will receive competitive salaries and extra payments for working on Sundays, public holidays, irregular hours, and overtime. Working as a nurse in the Netherlands means working between 32 and 36 hours per week.

According to the United Nations Human Happiness Report 2019, The Netherlands ranks as one of the top 5 happiest places on earth. If you are seeking great working opportunities and aspire a high quality of life, don’t worry about what to do or where to go.

The Dalai Lama says that “The purpose of our life is to be happy”. So, if you value happiness and a great working environment, there is but one thing to do: go Dutch!


According to the recent OECD index, Denmark is listed as 1’st in terms of work-life balance. Denmark is paradise for kids, with its family- and child-friendly facilities everywhere

Danes have the shortest working week in the world, with the average expat working 37. Still, we are among the most productive and hardworking workforces in Europe.

Public healthcare in Denmark is tax financed, and the vast majority of health services are free of charge for users, such as hospital services and visits to general practitioners.

The Danes are always voted the happiest people in the world because of their healthy balance between work and private life !


Sweden like Denmark and the Netherlands, has adopted a policy to improve work-life balance for its citizens. The minimum vacation per year is five weeks.

In addition to a career where you’re encouraged to develop as an individual, the tax-financed social benefits mean you don’t have to worry about the cost of healthcare, childcare or your children’s education. State subsidies make these and other aspects of life affordable. 

 The amazing surroundings, the beautiful views, the supportive work culture, the business opportunities have made Sweden the best place to work and a reason to live.


Norway offers a unique beauty full of outstanding landscapes, from arctic islands and northern lights to hilly mountains.

The biggest employer in Norway is the vast public sector, but fluent Norwegian is required to the majority of positions.

To fire an employee in Norway, the employer must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the employee consistently failed to perform their job duties. Unless an employee commits a crime or royally screws up, it’s unlikely that they’ll ever lose their job.

Norway has a shortage of qualified healthcare professionals. Foreign nurses are welcome to apply for authorisation; as the population increases and people live longer, Norway’s need for qualified healthcare professionals will only continue to grow.


In recent years, Germany has been seen as a kind of promised land where there is enough work for everybody. There is certainly a lot of demand for EU nurses or midwives there, which is why working in Germany is a much easier dream to achieve today than you might think, even for those who do not speak German yet.

Don’t let the language barrier scare you. Learning German is not going to be easy, but it is not impossible too.

Many of the nurses who choose to take this step decide to stay and live in Germany. Others, meanwhile, benefit from their experience working abroad and then decide to come back home armed with better preparation, a broader technical and cultural background and the savings they have accumulated during their time in Germany, which allow them to find a great job at home.

Germany is among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of work-life balance. As a nurse in Germany, you can arrange your work shift based on your preference.

People that have jobs here say that they are paid extremely well and at no point do they feel that they are being over worked and under paid.

  • UK

The NHS ( National Healhcare System ) is the fifth largest employer in the world, with approximately 1.8 million workers across the UK, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland .

Since healthcare workers are in such high demand, many employers will be offering extra training and personal development opportunities to help staff progress, giving you a great chance to expand your knowledge and experience.

If you’re career-minded, UK is one of the best countries in the world to establish yourself; having UK on your CV or resume will benefit you anywhere else in the world.

 By becoming a nurse, you can do your bit, not just in the short term, but in the long term; and the career opportunities are greater than ever before.

UK welcomes immigrants more than any country does. Good incomes, longer holidays and free healthcare, have gradually increased the standard of living in UK.


Practically all of the biggest tech and pharma companies in the world have their European headquaters in Ireland.

Today, Ireland’s economy is in good shape and offers a wide variety of opportunities. You are surrounded by beautiful landscape. You can hike, surf, climb, walk, cycle or just relax and take in all the stunning views this country has to offer. There really is something for everyone here.

Ireland is ranked among world’s 10 safest countries. The country is recognised for its national security and the personal safety of its people.

Saint Patrick’s Day, music, Guinness, Whiskey, Irish Stew, Golf and beautiful rolling hills are all part of the Irish culture, landscape and traditions.

You will never get bored in Ireland; the country voted as the 18th most beautiful country in the world.


Belgians are enjoying an effective work-life balance. They work to live, rather than the other way round, but generally manage to enjoy the business of working.

 Brussels is home to the headquarters of the EU and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), both big employers of international workers.

The calm pace of life in Belgium might first time arrivals, but most long-term residents grow to love it. Shops are generally closed on Sundays, making the country nicely calm on weekends in particular. 

In Belgium, it is not necessary to live in the city in order to get quickly to your working place. If you prefer the countryside or a smaller town, it is possible to live there and work in the city. Belgium has a very good public transport.

Greater work/life balance, weather and climate, travel opportunities and culture are some of the most popular reasons behind starting a job in Belgium.

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