Happy New Year 2011
01 January, 2011 00:01
Happy New Year 2011
We wish you all a very happy year 2011!
So many changes for 2010 and more to come in 2011.
2010 was a busy year with a lot of improvements:
- We have completed the specific services provided to our member with myExpat. Read the full change HERE.
- We have fully redesigned our classifieds section and add a few new features. Read the full change HERE.
- The forums and the community management has been fully redesigned and improved. Read the full change HERE.
- Plenty of more guides and translations: Hong Kong, South Korea, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Rome, Lisbon...etc
We will work on more guides for 2011, with the update of the oldest ones. We have planned more services to follow your ads...and other improvements you will discover along the year. (More)
Best-of EasyExpat: the worst emails received
To finish this year, we have decided to present the EasyExpat Best-off list for the funniest or most bizarre emails we have received ever (compilation from the past few years).
We remind you that EasyExpat is a list of city guides for expatriates, host a public forum for the community and free services such as job listing, classifieds, directory of expat websites. Apparently some Internet users did not understand it! Enjoy. (More)
We have implemented a new box on the right hand side of EasyExpat's pages for social network tools and newsletters.
EasyExpat has now a page on Facebook. We hope to see a lot of fans and feel free to participate commenting on our wall and sharing the news.
You can also follow our latest news on our Twitter account.
If you have nice photos from your expat life that you want to share, you can post your photos on our Flickr pages.
Last but not least, feel free to register to our monthly newsletter (in English and in French).
Of course we are happy to receive your feedback on our new pages, ideas to improve the contents etc. Please use the comment box below.
Guide for expatriates in Sao Paulo, Brazil
We are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Sao Paulo is the capital city of the state with the same name, which lies in southern Brazil.
As well as being Brazil’s largest industrial, commercial and services centre, the state of Sao Paulo is also the country’s prime agricultural producer; coffee (Brazil’s main export at the begining of the 20th century) remains the most important agricultural product.
Sao Paulo is by the far the most important industrial state in Brazil and industrial activity is focused on the cities known collectively as Grande São Paulo - São Paulo itself, Santo André, São Bernardo, São Caetano, Diadema (known as ABCD), Guarulhos, Osasco and Suzano. As q consequence of the population and the industry, Sao Paulo is the largest consumer of energy in Brazil, with almost 90% of its energy needs produced by hydroelectricity plants located across the state.
Due to overcrowding in the city of Sao Paulo successive governments have introduced incentives, such as tax breaks and free real estate, to encourage people to settle in other towns. Thanks to São Paulo’s superior infrastructure in terms of telecommunications, energy supply and transportation, it is nonetheless set to remain Brazil’s commercial hub for the foreseeable future. (More)
Guide for expatriates in Taipei, Taiwan
We are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Taipei, Taiwan.
Taiwan is also known as Formosa, (from Portuguese, Ilha Formosa) which means "Beautiful Island", separated from the Asian continent is only 120 kilometres (75 miles), across the Taiwan Strait.
The city of Taipei is headquarters of Taiwan's political, economic, and cultural scenes. It is the capital and largest city of the Taiwan province.
Taipei is at the centre of Taiwan's rapid economic development. It is now a global city with a focus on technology. Some of the leading companies include: Shihlin Electric, CipherLab and Insyde Software. National brands such as: ASUS, Chunghwa Telecom, Mandarin Airlines, Tatung, and Uni Air are headquartered in Taipei City.
Tourism is a growing area of the economy. International visitors look to total about 5.3 million in 2010. The industry brings in about US$6.8 billion to Taiwan's economy. (More)
Rio de Janeiro guide for expats in French / Guide pour expatriés sur Rio de Janeiro en français
We have now fully manually translated our original guide in English into French.
The city of Rio de Janeiro is artistically bordered by magnificent mountains, white-sand beaches and spectacular blue ocean, and lush rain forests. Residents of the city are known as Cariocas. The area of the city is 1182.3 square kilometres or 456.5 sq miles. The city is dense, with about 6.1 million people in the city and 11-13.5 million in the greater metropolitan area.
Brazil is not only a large country in South America, it is the fifth largest country in the world with an area of 8,514,877 sq km and population of 198,739,269. (More)
List your participation and see your favourite pages at a glance in your myExpat area
We have completed the specific services provided to our member with myExpat.
MyExpat is the private area of Easy Expat, for members only. On this page you can:
> Bookmark your favourite pages
You can manage your own list of favourite articles, pages on the forums and all the other pages of EasyExpat. In order to add a page to this list, you just need to click on the image: at the bottom of each page. You can always check your list on your MyExpat page.
It cannot be easier to tag a page: on any page, find the at the bottom, and the tag will automatically be registered with its title (you can review and add a description). (More)
EasyExpat Meetup in Milan - 5 November 2010
[in English below]
Un aperitivo sur Milan a été organisé à l'initiative d'Emilie vendredi 5 novembre 2010 à l'Yguana. Nous lui laissons la parole pour un récapitulatif de la soirée (nous avons mis des liens avec les profiles de certains. Nous vous rappelons que grâce au forum, vous pouvez échanger vos messages sur le Wall, devenir Amis, participer aux discussions et échanger par Message Perso):
Nous nous sommes retrouvés aux alentours de 20H30 au bar l'Yguana dans le quartier Ticino. Nous avons pris l'apéritivo à l'italienne où un grand buffet de pasta, pizza, olives et foccacia nous attendait.
Les filles ont été les premières à arriver : Carole la Parisienne et Joanna la Suisse qui se connaissaient déjà avant via EasyExpat.com et moi ! Joanna a amené son petit dog français de 4 mois Taizon ; il était tellement mignon qu'il était un peu comme la mascotte de la soirée. Carole a suivi son ami français qui travaille ici et Joanna est venue rejoindre son ami italien. Elle a repris des études à Milan et elles sont heureuses de la vie qu'elles mènent ici.
Les garçons se sont fait désirer : Aurélien est arrivé et a reconnu directement notre table puisqu'on parlait entre nous et des filles françaises qui discutent entre elles, dieu sait que çà papote. Aurélien a invité un de ses amis Florian. Ils sont hypers sympas et très rigolos, ils connaissent déjà quelques coins sympas à Milan et nous avons décidé de les suivre la prochaine fois.
Adrien, fraîchement arrivé il y a un mois, nous a rejoint pour déguster un bon mojito !
Nous avons discuté rapidement : nous nous sommes présentés, les raisons de notre venue en terre italienne, ce que nous faisions dans la vie, si nous aimions Milan, si nous parlions déjà bien l'italien... bref, une soirée de présentation très sympathique.
Nous nous sommes quittés vers 23h et moi je suis restée pour un dernier verre avec Florian et Aurélien puis nous sommes rentrés chez nous vers minuit.
Nous avons projeté de faire quelques sorties ensemble comme aller à Turin ou Pise, et surtout aller voir un match de foot à San Siro car nous avons deux belles équipes ici !
Voilà pour le résumé de la soirée, nous avons tous été enchanté de notre première sortie, à renouveler au plus vite.Emilie
[En français au dessus]
Lisbon guide for expats in French / Guide pour expatriés sur Lisbonne en français
We have now fully manually translated our original guide in English into French.
Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal. The westernmost capital in mainland Europe, it is located in the west of the country, on the Atlantic Ocean coast at the point where the river Tagus flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The city occupies an area of 84.8 km2 (33 sq mi). The western side of the city is mainly occupied by the Monsanto Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in Europe with an area close to 10 square kilometres. Lisbon has a Mediterranean climate that is strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream, giving it one of the mildest climates in Europe. (More)
Guide for expatriates in Oslo, Norway
We are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Oslo, Norway.
The city of Oslo lies on the southeastern region of Norway (Known as Norge, this section of Scandinavia lies to the northwest of Finland and its immediate neighbour, Sweden on Europe's most Northern peninsula.).
Oslo is Norway's capitol and the largest city (total area of 454 km2). There is a population of around 590,041. The city is also incredibly safe with one of the lowest homicide rate in the world.
The metropolitan area of Oslo accounts for 25 percent of Norway's gross domestic product. The region has one of the highest per capita GDPs in Europe.
Oslo is a global city, ranked "Beta World City" (major world cities) in studies performed by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network in 2008. It has also been consistently named as one of the most expensive cities for expats (ECA) and one of the best cities to live in.
You will find the usual articles in our guide to prepare your expatriation to Oslo and manage your life once in there: Overview, Job, Passport, Visa & Permits, International Removal Companies, Finding Accommodation, Work, Benefits and Tax, Moving in, Education, Health, Practical Life (banks, transport, shopping...), Entertainment...
You can also discuss and share experience in Norway in our forum.