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Guide for expatriates in Edinburgh

14 April, 2011 10:47  EasyExpat EasyExpat

United KingdomWe are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Edinburgh.

Scotland is an ancient, mystic land of the common man, and the original intellectuals; lush green valleys and rolling hills; the intimidating dish of haggis, legendary whiskey, and fried Mars bars. As identifiable as Scottish brogue, family tartans and bagpipes appear all over the world as reminders of the great, little land so many people come from.

The coat of arms of the City of Edinburgh, Scotland - Wikipedia.org commonEdinburgh, capital city, is located in the Central Belt region of the country, which is the eastern portion of the Central Lowlands of Scotland. Occasionally called "Auld Reekie", the city is bounded by the Firth of Forth to the north and the Pentland Hills.

Edinburgh has been named the Best Small City of the future and is the undisputed center of Scotland's economy. It excels in the field of health, business services, and retailing. The main focus is largely based on the services sectors of banking, financial services, higher education, and tourism.

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Vienna guide for expats in French / Guide pour expatriés sur Vienne en français

16 March, 2011 22:53  EasyExpat EasyExpat

AustriaWe have now fully manually translated our original guide in English into French.

Vienna is the capital of the Republic of Austria and is the country's primary city, with a population of about 1.7 million people. It is the largest city in Austria and the 10th largest city by population in the European Union.

In 2005, an Economist Intelligence Unit study of 127 world cities ranked Vienna first equal with Vancouver for the quality of life. The city has earned the reputation for being Austria's cultural, economic and political hub and plays host to many international organisations like United Nations and OPEC.

Austria is one of the 10 richest countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita. The country has a well developed social market economy and a high standard of living.

At the end of 2010, 7482 French nationals were recorded by the French Consulate. Binational represent about 40% of the French community (the Convention of Europe from May 6, 1963 does not allow French citizens to take Austrian citizenship without losing their French nationality, but children from mixed couples have both nationalities).



Guide for expatriates in Luxembourg

10 March, 2011 12:54  EasyExpat EasyExpat

LuxembourgWe are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Luxembourg.

Luxembourg is a mighty little country, although most Luxembourgers would resent the use of "little". It is the sixth-smallest country, yet holds the prestige of being the only Grand Duchy in the world. It is also one of the top three richest countries in the world with a matching high standard of living. Many people have come to enjoy it's treasures; Luxembourg has the highest proportion of inhabitants with a foreign passport among the EU countries. Stunning natural beauty, a dynamic banking sector, and international flair are packed into this tiny powerhouse. (More)


Hong Kong guide for expats in French / Guide pour expatriés sur Hong Kong en français

28 February, 2011 15:57  EasyExpat EasyExpat

ChinaWe have now fully manually translated our original guide in English into French.

With a population of over 7 million people squeezed into an area of 1104.3 km2, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, although many of the outlying islands remain uninhabited. The two official languages are Cantonese and English and the population is made of 94,9% chinese, 2,1% filipino and 3% others (mainly europeans).

Since the handover to China, things haven’t changed much in a sense that Hong Kong economy is still driven ad rules by Hong-Kong itself, at least for the next 40 years or so. The island is a free market-enterprise society and will not change for a while. Hong Kong’s rank is third from the Global Financial Centres Index after London and New York and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange is the 6th in the world.

At the end of 2010, 9077 French nationals were recorded by the French Embassy. The French community is mostly made up of expatriates and concentrated on the island of Hong Kong. The French are also the largest European community, however for historical reasons, after the British community and the Portuguese community (most of whose members are of Chinese origin). (More)


Oslo guide for expats in French / Guide pour expatriés sur Oslo en français

30 January, 2011 16:11  EasyExpat EasyExpat

NorwayWe have now fully manually translated our original guide in English into French.

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 has been ranked the second most expensive place to live in the world, and the most expensive in Europe according to the EAI.

At the end of 2009, 4,734 French nationals were recorded by the French Embassy. The whole French community is about 5 000 people (the 8th largest country of the European Economic Area present in Norway) who live mainly in Oslo (70%), Stavanger (16%) and Bergen (7%).  (More)


Guide for expatriates in Prague, Czech Republic

29 January, 2011 15:49  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Czech RepublicWe are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Prague, Czech Republic.

Prague has been a beloved Bohemian capital through invading armies, World Wars, and a long Communist regime. Known in Czech as Praha, the city is the artistic, cultural, economic and political heart of the Czech Republic. It is one of Europe's most charming and beautiful cities, popular with budget travellers and high society revellers alike.

Prague - The clock tower

Located in the centre of Czech Republic, the capital city of Prague is 496 square km and about 1.2 million inhabitants live here. The Vltava River is a defining geographical feature as it rolls through the city.

The modern economy of Prague is largely service and export-based. The city has developed rapidly and is named as one of the best cities for innovation globally and the best in Central Europe. The city accounts for 25% of the Czech Republic's GDP making it the pinnacle of Czech economics. There are 800,000 employees in Prague, with an additional 120,000 commuters. In 2010, there were about 150,000 foreign workers (about 18% of the workforce).



FAQ system improved

21 January, 2011 16:50  EasyExpat EasyExpat

FAQ icon on EasyExpat.comOur list of Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ) has been improved to include automatic translation of all the FAQs in the language you are currently browsing on EasyExpat.com.  (More)


Buenos Aires guide for expats in French / Guide pour expatriés sur Buenos Aires en français

05 January, 2011 10:14  EasyExpat EasyExpat

ArgentinaWe have now fully manually translated our original guide in English into French.

Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic (República Argentina) is a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city, Buenos Aires. It is the second largest country in South America and eighth in the world by land area and the largest among Spanish-speaking nations, though Mexico, Colombia and Spain are more populous. Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and currently the third largest metropolitan region in South America, after São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Argentina, along with Canada, Australia and the United States is considered a country of immigrants. Most Argentines are descended from colonial-era settlers and of the 19th and 20th century immigrants from Europe. Approximately 86.5% of Argentina's population is of European descent.  (More)


Happy New Year 2011

01 January, 2011 00:01  EasyExpat EasyExpat


StarWe wish you all a very happy year 2011!Star

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

28 December, 2010 13:49  EasyExpat EasyExpat

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)


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