Welcome to Scotland

Around 5.2 million people happily call Scotland home – you can too. After all our family extends across the globe with nearly 50 million people claiming Scottish heritage world-wide. But Scotland isn’t only about jobs – we offer exciting opportunities to develop your career in innovative, inspiring and diverse industries across the country.

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It’s true, we like to chat. And although English is the main language spoken here, we have an extensive and interesting range of Scottish accents and dialects from city to coast. In some parts of Scotland, like the Highlands, some of us still speak the ancient Celtic language Gaelic.

Our safe and supportive communities have warmly welcomed people from all over the world, meaning we’re now also home to 150 secondary languages like Arabic, Punjabi, Mandarin and Polish to name a few. Mosques, temples and synagogues sit alongside churches – allowing you to freely practice a variety of religions.

More than breathtaking scenery

With nearly 800 islands, numerous magnificent castles and sprawling coastline, there’s a lot to explore. In fact, no mater where you live, you’re never more than 40 miles (65 km) from the sea. But we’re more the merely breathtaking scenery.

Whether you’re looking for an exciting social life in our multicultural cities or for the tranquillity of relaxing towns, Scotland is perfect for adults, children, singles and families alike.

Whatever the weather

Our weather is the subject of much debate but is typically temperate, changeable but rarely extreme. Generally we have milder winters but cooler wetter summers than other areas on similar latitudes like Labrador in Canada, Moscow or southern Scandinavia. The east coast of Scotland is cooler and drier than the west, which is milder and wetter.

And while certain areas of the country do get their share of rain - as the inventor of the ‘Mac’ raincoat, we’ve got you covered. Besides, in mid-summer the Northern parts of Scotland benefit from four more hours of daylight than London.