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United States > Articles

United States

Top 10 Cities in the US for British Expats

Posted on Wednesday April 17, 2013 (19:41:58)
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 ...

Netherlands > Articles

Netherlands

Top Dutch Cities for Expats

Posted on Tuesday April 16, 2013 (21:15:21)
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 ...

Luxembourg > Articles

Luxembourg

Working as an Expat in the Duchy of Luxembourg

Posted on Tuesday April 16, 2013 (17:23:35)
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 ...

Singapore > Articles

Singapore

The Singaporean Healthcare System for Expats

Posted on Monday April 15, 2013 (18:46:31)

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 ...

Italy > Articles

Italy

The Current Employment Situation for Expats in Italy

Posted on Monday April 15, 2013 (18:22:25)

In a similar vein to the rest of the world, Italy is experiencing challenging times during the current economic climate, with regards to employment opportunities and the financial crisis. Unemployment is at an all-time high and the recovery has been slow for the country.

Expats will be interested to hear that the North has far more opportunities for work than the South, although every area differs. Despite the recent global recession, there are a number of employment avenues available in Italy for both locals and expats, if you know where to look and target your search appropriately.

When moving to Italy (or beforehand), it is wise to contact as many prospective employers as possible to open up options and opportunities. Recruitment companies usually advertise and deal with executive positions, key personnel and management roles which are often highly paid; whereas local employment offices tend to offer manual work (jobs in retail or construction) which are lower paid but more readily available (immediate starts etc.).   more ...

New Zealand > Articles

New Zealand

North or South Island? The Expat Dilemma When Moving to New Zealand

Posted on Monday April 15, 2013 (18:11:38)
Milford Sound, New Zealand (South Island)
New Zealand is an English speaking country, with a good climate, spacious and luscious landscape/scenery and a good quality of life. In fact, the number one dilemma facing people who have chosen to move to the country is whether to locate in the North or South island, as both are arguably great choices for working and settling in a new life.

In New Zealand they offer Brits (under the age of 30) the chance to apply for a working holiday visa (lasting up to two years) and there is a need for various skilled workers. With a number of factors pointing to New Zealand as a good bet for expats, the question is where in the country to reside.   more ...

Belgium > Articles

Belgium

Living as an Expat in Brussels, Capital of the EU

Posted on Monday April 15, 2013 (17:27:58)
Brussels
Expats in the city of Brussels enjoy a good quality of life in an attractive, trendy and cosmopolitan city. Those moving to the city can access the help of numerous organizations in finding accommodation and employment. In recent years, particularly with the rise of the EU, the capital of Belgium has become a popular choice for expats as it offers a high standard of living, mild climate and is easily accessible from other parts of Europe.

Employment

With a number of business conferences hosted in the capital of the European Union and the capital city boasting headquarters for many European companies, it has become a top choice for working professionals, particularly in fields such as public affairs, IT and social policy. Due to its setting as the base for the European Parliament and its geographical location, it has attracted a number of top manufacturing companies such as Toyota and the headquarters of NATO.   more ...

United Kingdom > Articles

United Kingdom

Does London Provide a True Reflection of British Culture?

Posted on Monday April 15, 2013 (17:19:04)

Among Brits, there exists a divide between London and the rest of Britain, possibly heightened by the recent Olympic Games and the media branding of ‘Planet London.’ The divide is not one of animosity, but simply of location, size and opportunity. Britain is well-known for being a diverse nation.

For this reason, London tends not to reflect British culture fully. Britain has a number of villages, towns and cities which vary dramatically, from the South Wales valleys and its beautiful countryside, to the lively urban life in the city of Birmingham in the Midlands.

About London

London (the city) has the eighth biggest economy in Europe, ranking above Sweden, Finland and Hungary (as whole countries). The capital of the UK is the world's most ethnically diverse population. While there are areas of deprivation, generally London holds a place on the world’s political and economic stage, which other areas of Britain cannot compare with.   more ...

Germany > Articles

Germany

Working Expectations for Expats in Germany

Posted on Monday April 08, 2013 (18:04:06)
Offices in Frankfurt
The words "German work ethic" are world-famous for a reason. Since the time of the nation's Wirtschaftswunder ['economic miracle'] in the 1950’s, Germany has projected the image of a nation that can rise from total devastation to exceptional prosperity merely through the unflagging determination of her citizenry. Though accomplishment also comes with an asterisk next to it that historians will already be aware of - namely, that this happened in what was then still the West of an ideologically partitioned Germany - it is still impressive. This, along with the still-strong reputation of German craftsmanship embedded in brands like Zeiss and Porsche, will give prospective workers in Germany fair warning as to the high standards and unequivocal results that employers expect.   more ...

Singapore > Articles

Singapore

5 Great Reasons for Relocating to Singapore

Posted on Friday April 05, 2013 (18:25:43)
Prawn and noodle soup
For professional expatriates, there are generally two key factors that influence the decision to relocate to a new country: the perception of how easy it is to do business there, and the overall quality of life (a factor that itself takes into account ease of socialization, ease of mobility and the peace of mind that one will be free from criminal harassment or local prejudices.) As mentioned elsewhere at Expat Focus, Singapore is a prosperous financial center that - along with Hong Kong, Finland and the United States - tops the Transparency International global list for competitiveness. So, it would seem, the first of these two items is taken care of: from the initial stages of obtaining a work visa to the levels of government intervention that can be expected during business undertakings, Singapore is highly thought of as a place where minimal authoritarian intervention encourages entrepreneurship and long-term employment alike.   more ...