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43,000 Estonians or 4.7% of the employable population are interested in finding work outside their country and have made preparations for this, according to a new survey commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Postimees newspaper reports.
43% of respondents said they plan to work in Finland, with Norway and Sweden equally attractive, while the number of people interested in working in the UK has fallen.
21% of Estonians who are interested in working abroad are prepared to do any type of work. 50% say they would like to be paid as much as the locals in their country of destination.
70% of Estonians who would work outside their country would only do so for a limited period of time. Some said that they are being held back by the costs involved in moving abroad.
The Ministry estimates that 28,000 Estonians were working abroad last year, which is 3% of the employable population.
Estonia is one of the Eastern European member countries of the European Union for whom the German labour market will open on 1 May 2011.