2012 Expat Cost of Living Ranking
15 January, 2013 10:36
2012 Expat Cost of Living Ranking
As we enter 2013, EuroCost International has released the 2012 cost of living ranking. Based on prices collected in June 2012 and updated with August exchange rates, it compares expat living costs in major locations worldwide. Life abroad can be quite pricey... (More)
Where to be Born & the Luckiest Baby of 2013
No one gets to choose where they are born, but this unchangeable detail can have life-long consequences. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist, recently put out "Lottery of Life: Where to be born in 2013".
"Warren Buffett, probably the world's most successful investor, has said that anything good that happened to him could be traced back to the fact that he was born in the right country, the United States, at the right time (1930)."
While this may be true for Buffet, and America may have been one of the best places to be born at that time, which country will be the best for a baby born in 2013? (More)
Top 9 Countries to Raise Your Child
HSBC International specializes in collecting data from around the globe and finding the best places to live, make money, and have a happy life. Their fifth annual Expat Survey use a unique combination of factors (cost of living, education, safety) to find the best countries to raise your expat kid. (More)
Which Countries Have the Most (& Least) Vacation Days?
As summer draws to a close for the Northern hemisphere, and the Southern hemisphere gears up for the warmer months, you may be longing for more vacation days. Some of us are luckier than others. Countries like the Untied States are notorious for it's lack of vacation time, but some surprising places aren't much better. And what are the best countries for vacation time? (More)
Most Expensive Cities For a Night Out
Cities around the world can offer different attractions, cuisine, culture, and vastly disparate cost of living. The Independent evaluated what an evening out for two costs in several tourist cities. Whether you are an expat trying to cope with high cost of living, or wanting to visit one of these top spots, check out the list and learn how to cope with the high cost of going out on the town. (More)
What do Expats Say?
It may seem like the "Sh*t Girls Say" videos have run their course. They probably have. But a new crop of "Sh*t Expats Say" have proved entertaining and surprisingly accurate. From expat Berliners to women to things an expat would never say, take a look at what expats are saying. (More)
While English is becoming the norm, the number of new (artificial) languages is expanding
In a previous article, we have seen that the UK’s lack of language skills could cost the country £17 billion of loss in GDP (and although beginning in the 1990s, decline became more rapid after 2004, thanks to Tony Blair who had the brilliant (!) idea to make languages optional for GCSE, in order to show a better success rate).
All expatriates understand the benefits of languages. How frustrating it can be to be abroad and not be able to deal with simple things such as shopping or transport, without even talking about utility companies, properties or tax. Today we count about 7,000 different natural languages (as of 2009, SIL Ethnologue catalogued 7,358 languages grouped into 121 families, but the number may vary between 5000 and 10,000 depending on the definition of "different" languages or dialect), often spoken by only a few (96% of those languages are only spoken by 4% of the population). How many will still be there in 2100? Maybe only half of them as they often die out with the people that spoke them. (More)
What Countries Offer the Best Quality of Life?
An overall "quality of life" is incredibly hard to determine as different people have different values and priorities. Is free time the most important? Or the cost of living? But what good is free time if there are a lack of employment or education opportunities? Surveys and studies abound, but what actually makes a place the best? (More)
2011 Quality of Living Worldwide Rankings
Quality of life is determined by a combination of independent factors. Cost of living, safety, job opportunities, transportation options, and more all are elements in leading to the best quality of living. Mercer's Quality of Living survey helps to identify leaders and seeks to provide governments and multi-national companies with information. The survey covers 221 cities and provides a detailed list. (More)
Where is Life Best?
What is Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)?
Established in 1961, this organization seeks to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. They do this by providing a forum in which governments can work together to share statistics, evaluate issues, and find solutions to common problems. Their site offers comparative data for quality of housing, salaries, levels of education, and more.
OECD Better Life Initiative
OECD tries to define what makes a better life. While this is highly influenced by personal preferences, there are common indicators. The OECD Better Life Initiative offers a dazzling interactive tool to match your preferences with the country that most closely matches those results. The statistics of 34 countries are evaluated on:
- Life Satisfaction
- Work-Life Balance