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Articles > Canada

Canada

Canadian Senior Management Roles Outside of Ontario and B.C.

Posted on Friday April 26, 2013 (14:30:19)
Montreal, Quebec
Canada benefits from a busy job market. A number of expats decide to make the move to Canada to work and live. It has similarities to other Western countries and feels like a home away from home in many ways. Despite the recent global recession, Canada remained unshaken and whereas other G8 economies crumbled, Canada has added to its job tally since 2009 and the economy is stronger. The federal government and many Canadian industries have started to expand trade with emerging Asian markets, in an attempt to diversify exports. Widely debated oil pipeline proposals are hoped to increase exports of Canadian oil reserves to China and add even more opportunities to a country which is ideal for the modern expat family.

While Ontario and British Columbia tend to be areas of choice for expats, Canada offers a number of other key employment opportunities outside of cities like Toronto and Vancouver and these should be researched and explored fully before you make the move to the country.   more ...

Articles > Australia

Australia

Why is Australia So Popular with Expat Families?

Posted on Friday April 26, 2013 (14:27:10)
Australia is one of the most ideal expat choices for families, offering sunshine and beaches and an excellent quality of life for people of all ages. With a population of just 22 million in the sixth largest country in the world, Australia offers huge open spaces and ample opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. The country offers such diversity, that there is something to suit everyone.

Culture

Australia is rich with elements of multiculturalism, particularly in its traditions and cuisine and the influence of neighboring countries. English is the official language spoken in Australia, which makes communication easy if you are an expat from the UK or US. Lifestyle in Australia is extremely laid back. Although hardworking, Australian people pride themselves in an excellent work-life balance.   more ...

Articles > France

France

Dealing with the French Health Insurance System as an Expat

Posted on Friday April 26, 2013 (14:20:50)
Overall life expectancy at birth in France is 81.7 years and health is of an exceptionally high standard. In many ways, it excels and overtakes healthcare in countries such as the UK, with better access to new drugs, less hospital infections and pioneering research. However, that said, there is a lot to be said for the quick and easy access to free healthcare enjoyed in the United Kingdom.

The French health care system provides universal health care that is largely financed by way of national health insurance. The country is actually prepared to spend an average of 11% of GDP on its healthcare according to a report in the year 2005. This figure is much higher than the average spent by countries in Europe. Approximately 77% of health expenditures are covered by government funded agencies.   more ...

Articles > United Kingdom (UK)

United Kingdom (UK)

Best Parts of the UK for Expat Family Life

Posted on Friday April 26, 2013 (13:54:00)
The cities, towns and villages differ greatly in the UK and those moving to the area have a large, personal decision to make based on their preferences, employment opportunities and the landscapes they prefer. The UK, on the whole, has it all on offer, from valleys and lakes to bustling cosmopolitan life.

Employment

The highest salaries on offer in the UK can be found in Kensington and Chelsea, the City of London, Westminster and Elmbridge in Surrey, although the cost of living and property prices in these areas are also much higher than other parts of the country. The City of London and other large cities in the UK, such as Birmingham and Manchester offer employment opportunities at senior levels, as these tend to be the hubs for business headquarters. Employment in the UK is highest in Ryedale in North Yorkshire and the Shetland Islands, where the rate is 86.1%, according to the fifth annual Quality of Life survey from the Halifax Building Society.   more ...

Articles > Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

The Truth about Living as an Expat in Saudi Arabia

Posted on Wednesday April 17, 2013 (15:46:56)
According to statistics, there are approximately 8 million non-Saudi residents in Saudi Arabia. These levels prove that it is a popular choice for expats and has its appeal. The desert land is run by strict laws and tradition which need to be abided by, understood and respected by expats who move to the country. It can be a culture shock for those moving there from Western countries and is a life experience and learning curve.

Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country and religion is of huge importance to daily life there. Foreigners are expected to act with decency and comply with the teachings of their national religion and the strict interpretations of the Quran.

The country is ruled by the Al Saud family and public participation in politics, democracy and voting is non-existent. This may take some adjustment for expats from the Western world, who have not experienced a strict way of living and are more used to an open and multicultural society.   more ...

Articles > Malaysia

Malaysia

Why Malaysia is One of the Best Countries for Expats

Posted on Wednesday April 17, 2013 (15:02:18)
Redang Beach, Malaysia
Expats flock to Malaysia because of the beautiful weather, the affordable living costs and the landscape. Not only is Malaysia a top choice for tourists, particularly couples on their honeymoon, but it is becoming one of the best countries in Asia for expats. The South East Asian state has a long history of immigration and its appeal lies in the how easy it is for expats to settle there and the desire for the Malaysian people to have expats settle within their country.

Malaysia consists of two regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (separated by the South China Sea) and both boast beautiful landscapes, from mountains to the ocean. There is something to offer everyone. Eating at the restaurants, shopping, going to a bar, playing golf, are all within reach of everybody thanks to the low costs for leisure activities. In fact, the reasonable cost of living, in general, is one of Malaysia’s most attractive features and selling points.   more ...

Articles > United States (USA)

United States (USA)

Top 10 Cities in the US for British Expats

Posted on Wednesday April 17, 2013 (14:41:58)
San Francisco
Where you move to in the US very much depends on your personal situation and your preferences; for example, whether you are young and single, have a family or are looking to retire. The states and cities in the US vary dramatically, and your choice of city to reside in will depend on factors such as climate, crime/safety, employment and education. Some states often come up on top for British expats in the US, including California and Florida, largely due to the amount of sunshine there compared to the UK. With a number of factors in mind and overall quality of life, here are ten top cities to consider...

San Francisco

San Fran tends to top the polls for the most famous city in the US for British Expats. Those who visit on holiday tend to fall immediately in love with its charm. San Francisco has a population of 808,854 and is known as the City by the Bay.   more ...

Articles > Netherlands (Holland)

Netherlands (Holland)

Top Dutch Cities for Expats

Posted on Tuesday April 16, 2013 (16:15:21)
Amsterdam
With a dense population of 16.6 million, the Netherlands is widely known as the Gateway to Europe, due to its waterway access to Belgium, France and Germany. It is rich in culture, English is widely spoken, the cost of living is cheaper than in other European countries and the climate is mild.

As well as being a hit with tourists from across the World, the Netherlands is a popular destination for expats due to the welcome it provides, which go as far as to let expats with residency status vote in local elections.

Where you reside in the Netherlands will usually depend on your personal situation and which factors are most important to your decision, for example employment, schooling, retirement issues or leisure facilities. If you enjoy culture and typical Dutch features, such as tulips, windmills and canals, then Rotterdam would not be your likely choice; however, if you want a relaxed city, Maastricht could be the ideal place for you to set up your home and new life.   more ...

Articles > Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Working as an Expat in the Duchy of Luxembourg

Posted on Tuesday April 16, 2013 (12:23:35)
Old Luxembourg
Luxembourg, one of the smallest and most charming countries and a hidden gem in Western Europe, is surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany and popular with expats due to its location, size and culture.

Voted the European Capital of Culture back in 2007, Luxembourg has developed into one of the top tourist destinations in Europe, thanks to its large diversity in such a small area. With a population of 512,354 and the national language of Luxembourgish (although German, French and English are also spoken), expats have decided to move to the country to set up home and gain employment.

Members of the EU are able to live and work in Luxembourg without a work permit and those outside the area can apply for a permit before entering the country. Businesses who take on expats have a legal obligation to notify the Department of Employment about any vacancies and appointments.   more ...

Articles > Singapore

Singapore

The Singaporean Healthcare System for Expats

Posted on Monday April 15, 2013 (13:46:31)
Singapore has the 6th best health care system in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) back in the year 2000. It came behind the likes of France and Italy but was ranked number one in the Asia-Pacific region.

Singapore is well-known for having performed world class, successful and complicated surgical procedures and breakthrough medical surgery (such as separation of conjoined twins).

With such a high global reputation for its safe and leading healthcare, one could assume that this level of healthcare comes at a high price, but the Singapore system is made affordable to all. The Government fund some of the nation’s healthcare but individuals and employers fund the majority.   more ...