I currently live in the US. I am exploring Portugal residency or citizenship. I love Portugal and the people, food, culture, etc. I am open to living other places such as Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Greece but prefer warm weather.
My concern is that I have heard of the lockdowns around Europe. I have read that in Spain people are not even free to travel to neighboring regions. They seem quite severe lockdowns in some EU countries and this affects quality of life and health. Where I live in the United States, there are no lockdowns since April 2020. There is some spread of COVID but people make their own decisions about risks and overall it isn’t overwhelming the health care system. Masks are mostly required. Most people live their lives and go about their business with some precautions. Of course, there are some jerks who are completely irresponsible but no law can correct this attitude.
I don’t necessarily want to live in a country where there are few personal freedoms. Some restrictions are obviously necessary and warranted but not harsh travel and freedom of movement limits in my opinion.
I hope this all passes but it does make me nervous about moving to some European countries. Are there some countries in Europe that respect freedoms but still have basic regulations in place to protect people?