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United Kingdom (UK)

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United Kingdom (UK)

Why Moving To London Will (Probably) Make You Happier

Posted on Thursday February 19, 2015 (20:06:36)
London is considered to be among the world’s most desirable cities for overseas workers. In a 2014 survey, London topped the list of popular cities beating other major international cities like New York, Paris, Sydney, Berlin and Rome. London is also a beautiful destination with fascinating architecture, a thriving music scene and great art and culture opportunities. Here are some of the reasons why moving to London may make you happier.

Lucrative job opportunities

Expats who move to London with the intention of securing employment will be glad to know that the city has a thriving business culture. Professionals with varied backgrounds and skills will be able to find excellent job options with the prospect of further growth.   more ...


What Are The Health Risks For Expats In Qatar?

Posted on Thursday February 19, 2015 (19:54:26)
Before travelling to Qatar, it is a good idea for expats to consult their General Practitioner who can assess any health risks and if required, prescribe vaccines or medications. Usually the following vaccinations are recommended for Qatar.

• Hepatitis A vaccine for individuals over the age of one, preferably 2 to 4 weeks before travel.
• Typhoid vaccine for travelers of all ages except for those on short visits such as business travelers who will consume meals only in the major restaurants and hotels.   more ...

Netherlands (Holland)

Useful Job Hunting Tips For Expats Moving To The Netherlands

Posted on Thursday February 19, 2015 (19:17:33)
There are lucrative job opportunities available in the Netherlands for the right candidates. The recent years have seen jobs open up in various economic sectors such as services, trade, telecommunications and information technology. Here are some useful job-hunting tips for expats moving to the Netherlands.

Working in the Netherlands

Nationals of European Union (EU) countries, European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Swiss citizens can live and work in the Netherlands freely. The exception may be citizens of some of the recent member countries who may have to obtain a work permit for their first year of residency. Nationals of non-EU/EEA countries need to apply for a work permit or residence permit in order to begin working in the country.   more ...


Learning To Communicate With The Locals In Argentina - Some Tips For Expats

Posted on Tuesday February 17, 2015 (21:36:19)
There are over 40 languages spoken in Argentina, of which Spanish is the most dominant. English is the second most commonly spoken language, followed by Portuguese, Italian and French. The accent varies according to geographical location, and there are extreme differences in pronunciation within the country.

Although Spanish is the official language of Argentina, it is very different from the type of Spanish spoken in Spain. Spanish in Argentina has been affected by many of the European languages, especially Italian, which is why it sounds very similar to Italian. The most prevalent dialect is Ripolatense, which uses ‘voseo’ instead of ‘tu’ (the familiar "you").   more ...


Cost of Living Facts For Expats Moving To Australia

Posted on Tuesday February 17, 2015 (19:36:31)
Sydney used to be ranked as Australia’s most expensive city for expats. While that may still hold true, the good news is that the 2014 Mercer Cost of Living Survey indicates that it has dropped a whopping seventeen places from number nine to twenty-six. This fall in cost of living has occurred in other Australian cities too. For instance, Melbourne dropped a massive seventeen places to 33, Perth is down nineteen spots, Brisbane and Canberra slipped out of the top fifty and Adelaide was down twenty-five places from its rank of 59 in 2013. The prime reasons for the fall in rankings are the changes taking place in the value of the Australian dollar against the US dollar. This also translates into better job opportunities becoming available in the country, as corporates will find it lucrative to have their offices in any of these cities.   more ...


UK SMEs Eye Euro Weakness, While USD Stays Strong

Posted on Monday February 16, 2015 (08:16:12)
Simon Hilton
by Simon Hilton, senior foreign exchange consultant at World First and official Expat Focus foreign exchange partner

One month into 2015, and we’ve already seen enough volatility in the currency markets to last a year. However, though the first month of the New Year has been a turbulent one, it may have worked in your favour - especially if your business is involved in importing goods from Europe – as the pound has hit fresh highs against the euro.

The European Central Bank’s long awaited decision to announce a plan worth around EUR1.1trn to purchase assets in a bid to create inflation and stimulate demand in the Eurozone is long overdue, and it was the expectation of the announcement that caused a broad sell-off in the European single currency. At the time of writing, the euro is down 6% through 2015 already.   more ...


Using The Healthcare System In Norway - A Short Guide For Expats

Posted on Sunday February 15, 2015 (16:58:33)
Norway’s state funded healthcare system abides by high standards. The medical staff is known to be highly trained and all citizens and registered permanent residents can avail of the health benefits of this system, which is monitored by the Ministry of Health. The ministry also decides on healthcare policy, which is executed by the different health regions and municipalities. Residents can also avail of private healthcare in Norway.

State healthcare system

The Norway government funds the state healthcare system through taxes, which are directly deducted from salaries. There is no separate healthcare fund. The National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is the state insurance scheme that ensures that everyone receives a basic standard of welfare.   more ...


Staying Safe In Jamaica As An Expat

Posted on Sunday February 15, 2015 (16:48:08)
Jamaica is one of the jewels of the Caribbean with its incredible coastline, natural beauty and friendly people. The lively culture is marked by great music, good food and a characteristic optimism, in spite of the poverty and hardship witnessed by much of the country. As an expat in Jamaica, you can look forward to a wholesome experience and life here will never be dull. However, there is a side to Jamaica that has many visitors to the country concerned.

Crime and Safety

Crime has always been a growing problem in Jamaica. Kingston, the capital city and also the largest city in the country, sees frequent criminal activity. There is a serious problem of violent crime here, but there is no evidence that such activity is meant to target foreigners.   more ...


Make The Most Of Your Time In Sweden - 5 Things To Try Before Returning Home

Posted on Sunday February 15, 2015 (16:37:03)
Sweden is an expat hotspot for many reasons. The social benefits that residents receive are among the best in the world. There are high taxes to be paid, but since this is a country where you get your money’s worth, most expats don’t mind it. The Swedish public transportation is known to be one of the most comprehensive systems across all countries. The weather offers the best of both worlds. Winters are the time for a myriad of fun activities like ice-skating, sledding and playing hockey among others. Summers are a unique experience when daylight begins very early and ends very late. This gives ample of time for summertime activities like kayaking and picnics. For those making the move to Sweden, here are some things you simply must do before returning home.   more ...


5 Things You Should Do When Living In Bulgaria (And 1 You Definitely Shouldn't)

Posted on Sunday February 15, 2015 (16:25:04)
Bulgaria’s rolling mountain ranges, spectacular beaches and historic towns attract a steady stream of visitors and expats. Bulgaria is a unique country with many benefits. Its proximity to many other countries allows for convenient travel. Bulgarian cuisine is delicious and healthy, and the people are often warm and generous. The country is often regarded as a photographer’s paradise because of the many interesting places to see and things to do. For those who want to explore Bulgaria, here are 5 things you should do.

Skiing at Bansko

Bulgaria’s renowned winter sports resort, Bansko, is just as fun in the summer months too. The town of Bansko lies in southwest Bulgaria and sits at the foot of the Pirin Mountain.   more ...

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