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Wales is packed full of possibilities. From heart-racing adventure to simple pleasures and everything in between, there’s no end to the ways you can fill your spare time.

This is Living.

Benefiting from a strong sense of community, affordable housing, great schools and loads of ways to relax and have fun, Wales is a great place to work and live either on your own, or with your family.

A country of contrasts

Compact but diverse, Wales is a country where picturesque communities, unspoilt coastlines, stunning countryside and vibrant cities combine to offer you all the relaxation and adventure you need to find the work-life balance you’ve been looking for.

Urban living

Fast emerging as one of Europe’s most energetic capitals, Cardiff offers world-class shopping, stylish dining, beautifully kept parks and all the other advantages you’d expect from modern urban living. Newport is a city rejuvenated by investment, Swansea appeals with its beach suburbs and the market town of Wrexham offers historic buildings and is the gateway to north Wales.

The great outdoors

There are three National Parks in Wales. But wherever you go, nature is all around you. From luscious mountains to dramatic river valleys, deserted beaches to rugged cliff tops, the natural landscape offers a breathtaking backdrop whether you’re in the mood for adventure, looking to unwind or simply following your daily routine.

Beach life

From the world-renowned Gower coast in the south, to the beautiful Llŷn Peninsula on the edge of Snowdonia National Park in the north, Wales is home to many of the UK’s best beaches – all accessible along a continuous 870-mile coastal path that reveals coves, headlands and bays overflowing with wildlife.

Castles & legends

Castles define the Welsh landscape just as much as our hills and valleys. There are 641 in total – imposing, fairy‑tale and tumbledown – each offering a glimpse into the past and the chance for you to explore the legends within their walls. Going back even further, there are also dozens of pre‑historic sites to see, including some of the best‑preserved Neolithic wonders in the UK.

Adventure on your doorstep

For kids (both big and small), Wales is the perfect playground. From mountain biking to kayaking, rock climbing to surfing, our mountains, hills, rivers and beaches are waiting to provide you with as much adventure as you can handle.

And if you want to try something different, we’re home to the fastest zip line in the world and an underground trampoline suspended 180 feet in the air.

Enter the field of play

Wales has a proud sporting heritage. From rugby, football and hockey clubs that welcome players of all standards, to golf clubs boasting championship courses, you’re welcome to get involved and test your skills.

Your entertainment capital

With its high-end designer stores, high-street favourites and charming Victorian arcades, it’s easy to see why Cardiff is on the map as a destination for world‑class shopping. Throw in laid‑back live music venues, an ultra‑modern waterfront, international sport, theatres and loads of events and you won’t be able to stay away.

Dining to suit all tastes

From Michelin-starred restaurants to farmers’ markets, pop-up bistros to award-winning country pubs, Wales is a place where you can taste delicious food wherever you go, whoever you’re with and whatever you like to eat.

Cost of living

We have some of the lowest living costs in the UK and most of the population enjoy a high standard of living.

Living costs in Wales do depend on your location, employment and circumstances. However, historically Wales has had lower costs on items such as accommodation, travel, food, entertainment, shopping and services.

Housing

Traditional and modern homes are 33% cheaper than in the rest of the UK on average. Whether you are looking to buy or rent a property, the cost of this is very much dependent on the location you choose and the size of the property.

Visas and immigration

Wales is part of the United Kingdom (UK). The UK Border Agency is responsible for managing border control for the whole of the UK, including considering applications for permission to enter or stay in the UK and for citizenship.

The UK Border Agency also has a number of overseas centres that can give you information about the application process for UK visas in different countries around the world.

Relocating your family

If you are looking to relocate with your family who may want to work or study in Wales, more information can be found on Wales.com.

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