Live Here

Shetland is a small community, but it’s diverse, open and welcoming. The environment is one of the rarest and richest in Europe and there’s an amazingly vibrant social, artistic and music scene. We hope you’ll decide to join us.

Why you might want to...

Why you might want to...Over the centuries, new Shetlanders have included Viking adventurers; German merchants of the Hanseatic League; troops stationed here in two world wars; and artists, writers, medical staff or engineers from all over the world.

Housing

HousingShetland offers many kinds of housing, from coastal locations with stunning views to a cosy pied-a-terre in the heart of Lerwick’s Lanes Conservation Area. There are many options in between.

Education and Schools

Education and SchoolsEducation provision, most of which is the responsibility of the Shetland Islands Council’s Education Service, spans a range from pre-school to degree-level study, with extensive adult-learning opportunities.

Health & Social Care

Health & Social CareWork with us! Working as a doctor or dentist in Shetland, you and your family can live in one of the most spectacular natural environments in Europe.

Current Vacancies

Current VacanciesIf you’re interested in moving to Shetland, there are several ways in which you can find out about the jobs on offer. Many job vacancies in Shetland are listed online.

Do Business

Do BusinessWhy Shetland? Why not? If you happen to be a lawyer who loves bird-watching, a web developer who’s into yachting, a chef who wants to escape to stunning coastal walks or an engineer who moonlights as a fiddler, Shetland could be the place for you.

Local Services

Local ServicesOn this page, we’ve tried to gather together as much useful information as possible about opportunities in sport and leisure, shopping, eating out and entertainment. There’s even guidance on removal services, in case you’re already hooked.

Moving from outside UK

Moving from outside UKOn this page, we've gathered together some advice about the laws and customs that will affect you if you're moving from outside the UK.