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Starting A Business In Japan - 4 Things You Should Know

Posted on Monday July 27, 2015 (08:31:15)
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Starting a business in Japan can be incredibly difficult for foreigners. Japanese bureaucracy can be extremely confusing and demanding, requiring huge amounts of paperwork and documentation, all of which needs to be done just right. This of course makes starting a business difficult enough even for Japanese citizens. However, foreign nationals need to also deal with the additional difficulties that come with the language and the culture.   more ...


Learn Why Italy Is An Expat Paradise

Posted on Monday July 27, 2015 (08:20:40)
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Italy is one of the most intriguing and attractive countries in all of Europe, if not the entire world. It does many things remarkably well, but especially excels in food, art and fashion. Italy is the birthplace of Spaghetti Bolognese, Antipasto and Tiramisu. It is the land where Michelangelo painstakingly painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It’s also the place where some of the world’s leading fashion labels, from Gucci and Fendi to Dolce & Gabbana, are headquartered.   more ...


The Dark Side Of Expat Life In Thailand

Posted on Monday July 27, 2015 (08:09:34)
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Beautiful beaches, pleasant weather and a laidback lifestyle are just some of the advantages of living in Thailand. Expats also benefit from the emerging economy and profitable business prospects. The expat scene in Thailand is vibrant, especially in the capital city of Bangkok. Phuket and other southern areas of the country are more popular among retirees and foreigners who have their holiday homes in the region.

At first glance, Thailand seems nothing short of an island paradise.   more ...


Ten Japanese Words That Don't Translate Into English

Posted on Sunday July 26, 2015 (09:32:21)
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One of the delights of learning a new language is discovering words that have no equivalent in your own language, words that you never imagined existed, but that capture ideas that are quite familiar.

The Japanese language has some wonderful ones; below are ten examples. Some are words and phrases that can be translated literally, but may make no sense this way and actually signify something quite different. Others have absolutely no equivalent in the English language.   more ...

United States (USA)

Surviving On Less In New York - Money Saving Tips For Expats

Posted on Sunday July 26, 2015 (09:16:18)
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New York is a not only a melting pot of diverse communities, but also one of the largest economies of the urban world. Every year, many expats move to this global financial hub to live and work. A significant portion of the city’s workforce consists of foreign nationals.

While the New York lifestyle is fast-paced and glamorous, it can also be quite expensive.   more ...


Preparing For The Climate In Denmark

Posted on Friday July 24, 2015 (09:52:45)
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Denmark is a small country, but it offers many advantages to potential expats. Most of the population, especially in the urban areas, speaks English. For those who also prefer to learn Danish, there are subsidized or free language courses provided by the local authorities.

The country has an active art and culture scene, and there’s always something going on – music and film festivals, art shows, theatre, and plenty more.   more ...


Learning To Laugh In China: Appreciating The Chinese Sense Of Humour

Posted on Friday July 24, 2015 (09:33:06)
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China’s economy is one of the fastest developing economies in the world. Foreigners, especially those with specialized skills, are able to find lucrative employment due to the increase in job opportunities and business prospects that have occurred over the years. China has a huge number of foreigners living and working within the country, and for these expats, living in China is an utterly unique experience.   more ...


How Not To Offend The Locals In Bulgaria

Posted on Friday July 24, 2015 (09:21:06)
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Bulgaria is a haven of historically and architecturally significant sites. With a varied terrain ranging from the Black Sea to a mountainous interior, the country has always been a popular destination for tourists. Expats too find the Bulgarian lifestyle to be rich, diverse, and fulfilling. The local culture bears Ottoman, Persian, Greek and Slavic influences, and Bulgarians take great pride in their traditions.   more ...


Giving Birth In Poland As An Expat

Posted on Friday July 24, 2015 (09:06:07)
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Having a baby in a foreign country need not be a daunting experience for an expat; all it takes is a little bit of preparation. Here are a few tips that could make it much easier for you to have a baby in this country.

1. Get your insurance in order

Contrary to what most people believe, this is the first aspect to consider during pregnancy, regardless of the place in which you are planning to have your baby.   more ...

South Africa

Five Reasons Why Expat Children Love Living In South Africa

Posted on Thursday July 23, 2015 (08:56:38)
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Foreigners from different parts of the world have made South Africa their home over the years. Most expats enjoy living and working in the country, and many of them find that South Africa is an ideal place for family and raising children.

Of course, certain problems continue to prevail, such as the unstable currency, unemployment, corruption, and crime; but South Africa also has a lot of benefits to offer, like a welcoming and diverse society, rich natural landscape, and a vibrant culture.   more ...

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