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Articles > South Africa

South Africa

South Africa - Recommended Social Media Accounts

Posted on Friday May 26, 2017 (04:06:55)
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At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at South Africa and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.   more ...

Articles > France


An Expat Guide To The Regions Of France

Posted on Thursday May 25, 2017 (08:32:59)
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Thinking of moving to France? You'll join the many expats that have settled there. Whether it's the scenic coast line, gorgeous countryside, the lifestyle or the delicious French cuisine that has prompted you take the plunge, you’ll be glad you’ve made that brave decision to make your dreams become reality. Below is a simple guide to varying costs and locations to help you decide where to reside.   more ...

Articles > Spain


An Expat Guide To Private Healthcare In Spain

Posted on Thursday May 25, 2017 (07:53:04)
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Spain spends more money than neighboring European countries on its public health, at around 10% of its GDP.

Hospitals and health services are of good quality and some offer both public and private healthcare.

It is vital to state which service you require beforehand to avoid being left with a hefty bill.   more ...

Articles > Germany


A Guide To Health Insurance In Germany

Posted on Thursday May 25, 2017 (07:20:19)
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Health insurance is one of the duller aspects of moving abroad, but in Germany it’s against the law not to be insured, so we are all legally obliged to care. The good news is that Germany has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, so after the initial push you’ll rarely have to worry about it again. But be prepared, good things don’t come cheaply.   more ...

Articles > General


Expat Focus International News Update May 2017

Posted on Thursday May 25, 2017 (07:07:32)
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Expat opportunities in Saudi Arabia’s public sector curtailed

Opportunities for expats in Saudi Arabia will be severely curtailed from 2020 when all government departments will have terminated their expats’ contracts.

News outlets in the Kingdom are reporting that with 70,000 expats working in the public sector at the end of 2016, the process of job rationalisation will be an ambitious project.   more ...

Articles > General


Thinking The Unthinkable: How To Deal With Your Own Prejudices When Living Abroad

Posted on Wednesday May 24, 2017 (09:27:15)
Living abroad is a cherished dream held by many. Discovering a new culture can be exciting. But moving abroad also comes with its set of challenges. One of these is culture shock. It can take a while to become familiar with a completely new way of living that is starkly different to our own.   more ...

Articles > General


The World's Top Ten Cities For Quality of Life

Posted on Wednesday May 24, 2017 (08:40:00)
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The elements that make a good quality of life are difficult to pin down, and different for each person. Not only that, they change as we age, so that our teenage paradise might be our mid-life hell.

Nevertheless, there are stacks of indexes out there that claim to have discovered the master key for the good life. And it's all about location, location, location. Choosing the right city could make all the difference in achieving the kind of life you've always wanted.   more ...

Articles > Japan


Tokyo Is The World's Most Expensive City For Expats

Posted on Wednesday May 24, 2017 (07:50:54)
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Not every expat destination is created equal. Some cities will offer greater variety in entertainment or leisure activities while others will be focused entirely on work. One location may be surrounded by peaceful countryside; another might be a bustling concrete jungle.

Whatever might suit an expat best, exciting metropolis or sleepy hamlet, the reality is that most expats follow the money to their destination. The majority of expats will be travelling to a town or city that affords them the best job opportunities or where work is already waiting for them.   more ...

Articles > Norway


Thinking Of Studying Abroad? Norway Is Where You'll Be Happiest

Posted on Wednesday May 24, 2017 (07:17:53)
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Education is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of life. In today’s competitive world it often feels essential to have a college degree.

Students between the ages of 16 and 21 from all across the globe are now seeking admission in colleges and universities overseas. This gives them the chance to experience a whole new culture, lead a different lifestyle, pick up a foreign language, meet various people, and live independently. At the same time, a degree from a foreign university can also add to their professional profile and boost their career prospects for the future.   more ...

Articles > Education


Why You Should Consider Sending Your Child To A Local School Abroad

Posted on Monday May 22, 2017 (07:39:40)
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When parents meet up with one another in parks, restaurants or malls, the conversation inevitably turns to the most critical topic: schooling. Education plays one of the most important roles in a child’s life! It is therefore essential that you choose the right school for your young ones, whether you reside in your home country or a foreign location.

Of course, there are several advantages to being a global citizen, such as exposure to an unfamiliar lifestyle, meeting new people and getting to know about a different culture. At the same time, a well-developed system of academics will help enhance the whole learning experience for your child to a great extent.   more ...