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United Kingdom > Articles

United Kingdom

From Small Town Australia To London’s Big City Life

Posted on Friday October 06, 2017 (07:10:37)
I was born and raised in Australia, in a small town called Thornton just north of Sydney. The Great Southern Land is the envy of many for its warm weather, wide open spaces and abundance of possibility but it has its downsides too, one of those being isolation. Being so far from the rest of the world makes it time consuming and expensive to travel, so for a long time Australia was all that I knew. My parents took my brother and I on a couple of trips to Thailand when we were kids but Southern Asia was as far as I'd been.

At the age of 20 I decided it was time to spread my wings and venture further afield. I'd dreamt of adventure for as long as I could remember. Stories like Robinson Crusoe and The Famous Five had a big influence on me, so when the idea of venturing into the big wide world began formulating in my mind it didn't take long for it to become a full blown plan. I'd travel across Europe for a few months and then settle in London for a while. I began saving, got my UK visa, and it was all I could think about for an entire year.   more ...

Netherlands > Articles


10 Scary Places To Get Goosebumps In The Netherlands

Posted on Tuesday October 03, 2017 (08:44:18)
Pain Cellar in the Prison Gate Museum, (c) Kees Hageman
Fancy freaking yourself out? No need to miss out on a spook-fest while you are living in the Netherlands. Here are some creepy destinations to give you the shivers.

The Prison Gate Museum, The Hague

Just west of the Hofvijver, in the centre of The Hague, stands the foreboding Museum de Gevangenpoort, a thirteenth century castle gate which later became a prison. Its medieval jailers used torture to force confessions, meted out sadistic public punishments, and sentenced many of its occupants to death. Today many of these instruments of terror are on display and visitors can roam the rooms and feel the chill of their grim past.   more ...

United States > Articles

United States

Why The US Has The World's Top Universities

Posted on Thursday September 28, 2017 (09:23:51)
How is it that the US seems to have the lion’s share of the world’s most prestigious universities? The QS World University Rankings 2018, for instance, feature five American institutions in the top 10, and 11 in the top 20. For that matter, the top four global universities are all based in the US (in fifth place is the UK’s University of Cambridge), with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) leading the rankings for the sixth consecutive year.   more ...

Netherlands > Articles


Expat Centre IN Amsterdam: A One-Stop Shop For International Newcomers

Posted on Wednesday September 27, 2017 (09:08:41)
IN Amsterdam (c) Niels Blekemolen
Expat centres in the Netherlands are enjoying a radical restyle, and IN Amsterdam is leading the way. Expat Focus heads to its HQ in Amsterdam’s stylish World Trade Center to find out more about the rationale behind the new branding and the services that expatriates can expect from the centre.   more ...

Netherlands > Articles


A Guide To Renting An Apartment In The Netherlands

Posted on Tuesday September 26, 2017 (08:56:59)
Looking to move to the Netherlands? When it comes to finding the right place for you, that little flat in the hip part of town or that beautiful 18th century-built apartment overlooking the canals may be just around the corner.   more ...

Spain > Articles


Employee Documentation In Spain - What You Need To Know

Posted on Friday September 22, 2017 (09:13:14)
At the end of May this year, the Spanish government updated the rules for companies hiring expat workers in the country. In light of this—and given the complexities of Spanish law for foreigners working in the European Union’s fifth-largest economy—we’ve put together a guide to work permits and employee documentation in Spain.   more ...

Italy > Articles


A Guide To The Regional Delicacies Of Italy

Posted on Friday September 22, 2017 (08:43:40)
The boot-shaped peninsula is famous all around the world for its distinctive culture, especially its cuisine. Italian food has become extremely popular worldwide, and signature Italian dishes are now available in major global cities.   more ...

Panama > Articles


A Guide To Panama's Best Golf Courses

Posted on Thursday September 21, 2017 (05:45:57)
Panama has been rapidly emerging as one of the top destinations for expats. Whether it’s retirees looking for a peaceful place to spend their golden years or those simply looking for a beach lifestyle, Panama has been welcoming expats from around the world for a long time.   more ...

Spain > Articles


Unexpected Charges In Spain And How To Deal With Them

Posted on Wednesday September 20, 2017 (08:24:33)
With its alluring blend of stunning shores, unexplored mountains, diverse landscapes and vibrant cities, Spain has become one of the most popular destinations for tourists and expats from all across the globe. The nation offers its residents high living standards, with access to good quality infrastructure, education and healthcare. The excellent weather, unique cuisine and hospitable people are added advantages.   more ...

Germany > Articles


Job Hunting In Germany - A Guide For Expats

Posted on Tuesday September 19, 2017 (07:53:39)
Germany is in the midst of a powerful era. The country is the economic and symbolic centre of Europe, unemployment is low, and numerous industries are expanding. That being said, finding a job in Germany as an expat is a time consuming activity that requires a generous dose of determination, patience, and paperwork.

This article gives an overview of the jobs and opportunities open to expats in Germany, the various methods and portals you can use to search for jobs, and the documents required to apply.   more ...