Expat Trends

Most Expensive Cities Worldwide in 2010 (EAI)

21 June, 2010 22:15  Erin Erin

of LivingPeople's standard of living can vary greatly according to their wealth, personal choices, and willingness to do without. However, there are some cities, that are expensive no matter what choices a person makes.

EA International is a world leader in managing employees around the world. EA offers data and advice about everything concerning expatriates and the companies that hire them. The most recent list of the most expensive cities worldwide was published on June 10, 2010. (More)


Top five New Year resolutions and tips to help you keep them

28 December, 2009 09:26  EasyExpat EasyExpat

It’s that time of the year again. Events of the past 12 months are assessed and plans for the next 12 are made. Read on to find out some of the top New Year resolutions people make every year and top up on some tips to help you keep at them.

1. “I will spend more time with family”

This tops the list of New Years resolutions. In a recent survey, over 50% of Americans took the pledge to spend more time with family this year. Call friends home instead of meeting up at the pub, leave work earlier at least once a week and then try doing it more often. (More)


The most popular destinations for French expatriates

23 November, 2009 09:19  EasyExpat EasyExpat

According to an article published in the French newspaper Les Echos, China is the most popular destination for French expats.

Top Destinations for French Expatriates

Rank Country Number of expats in thousands Share (%)
1st China 252 9.9
2nd Japan 223 8.8
3rd Canada 210 8.3
4th USA 175 6.9
5th UK 158 6.2
6th Turkey 133 5.2
7th Spain 94 3.7
8th Germany 86 3.4

There are 2.5 million French living abroad (1.4m officially) with 32% in Western Europ, 25% in Asia and Oceania, and 21% in North America. 13% of French expatriates have got university grades (licence level or more) and 79% have more than the Baccalaureat. The growth of the expat population is 3.6% per year. 23% of them earn more than €60k per year and 31% are between €30k and €60k. (More)


The most popular destinations for British expatriates

09 November, 2009 09:40  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Following last year survey from HSBC on expat existence, Halifax International has published a report on British expatriates. Their research shows that 4% of Britons already own a home abroad and a further 27% of Britons have said that they are considering the option of moving or buying property abroad in the future. Almost one third (32%) of Britons considering a move abroad are below 35 years of age and additional data have also shown that over two-fifths (41%) of those that have moved abroad have no intention of ever returning.

Most Popular Destinations for British Expatriates

Forget New Zealand or Australia: when it comes to leaving the UK to settle somewhere else, France as the most popular destination for Brits moving abroad, according to Halifax.

Rank Country Share of total (%)
1st France 16
2nd Spain 10
3rd USA 8
4th Australia 4
4th Switzerland 4
4th Germany 4

16% of British expatriates currently live in France, with Spain in second place with 10% of the total. The most popular overseas destination for people to move to outside of Europe was the USA at 8%. Australia, Switzerland and Germany came in joint 4th place at 4% of the total each.

Differences in the answers according to age

However those figures need to be considered overall. Indeed, when broken down by age category, it shows that almost one third (33%) of respondents in the survey, aged between 16 to 35 years of age, ranked Australia as being their favourite place in the world to live. When it came to Europe, the younger generation would most like to live in either France or Spain, with 6% of under 25 year olds opting for France and 6% of those aged between 25 to 35 years olds preferring Spain. Italy was voted the ideal European destination for those aged between 35 and 45 years of age. (More)


Oslo, Zurich and Copenhagen the most expensive cities in the world

27 October, 2009 19:33  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Cost of LivingAccording to the latest report from UBS on the cost of living (Prices and Earnings comparison), Oslo, Zurich, Copenhagen, Geneva, Tokyo and New York are the world's most expensive cities in the world. London, the second most expensive city in the 2006 review, plummeted nearly 20 places following the pound’s steep devaluation, landing in the middle of the Western European rankings. Currency devaluation pushed down prices in many emerging market cities as well. Prices slipped the most in Mexico City, Moscow and Seoul. Paris goes up 2 places from 11th to 9th between 2006 and 2009.The survey says: "Since our previous survey, in 2006, the financial crisis has exerted relentless downward pressure on exchange rates in many countries."

Living costs are calculated based on a survey of 154 items in total. They include 122 products and services that are used directly to calculate the reference basket. When rent prices are factored into the equation, New York, Oslo, Geneva and Tokyo emerge as especially pricey places to live. The basket costs the least in Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Delhi and Mumbai. The study was based on data collected in 73 cities around the world between March and April of this year. (More)


Languages of the world

14 August, 2009 13:36  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Back in March, we were talking about the most spoken languages in the world followed by an article on the endangered languages. Mandarin (with the 1.2 billion of Chinese), English and Spanish are of course topping the list of the most populars.

The language website bab.la has created a world map that shows some of the many languages of the world, where they are spoken and how many people speak them. This language map means you can now see the most spoken language on each continent! (More)


INTERVIEW: Les Euronautes

13 July, 2009 13:38  EasyExpat EasyExpat

LesEuronautes.euLesEuronautes.eu is a website aiming at informing young people about opportunities of mobility in Europe and encouraging them to take advantage of it. The project (initiated by the European Union and the French government) is managed by Touteleurope.fr, a company which aims at giving to the citizens as much information as possible about EU, its organisation and actions.

Company - City - Country :

Les Euronautes, Paris, France (H.Q) All over Europe

Can you talk a bit about your company/project?

Touteleurope.fr is a company which aims at giving to the citizens as much information as possible about EU, its organisation and actions. At the end of 2008 we launched a new website, leseuronautes.eu. (More)


Endangered languages

17 March, 2009 17:21  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Only one native speaker of Livonian remains on Earth, in Latvia. The Alaskan language Eyak went extinct last year when its last surviving speaker passed away. Manx in the Isle of Man and Ubykh in Turkey have joined the list of extinct languages. Last week, we discussed the world’s most popular languages; this week let’s take a look at the other end of the spectrum - languages that run the risk of extinction.

So firstly, how does a language qualify to be considered endangered?
In most general terms, it means that parents are no longer teaching the language to their children and are not using it actively in everyday matters. (More)


World’s most spoken languages

05 March, 2009 15:42  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Gone are the days when people spoke just one language. In case you’re planning to add a new language to your skill set, it may as well be one that you can use with a whole bunch of people. Check the list below for 10 of the most spoken languages in the world*.

1. Mandarin

With an estimated 1.2 billion people speaking it, it’s hardly surprising that this is the world’s most spoken native language. Belonging to the Sino-Tibetan and Chinese family of languages, Mandarin is not an easy language to learn. There are four tones to every syllable and a beginner is bound to get them mixed up. But hey, look on the bright side, if over a billion people can do it, so can you.

2. English

With over 500 million speakers of the language, English is the lingua franca used in much of the world today. Its speakers hail from all around the world, including New Zealand, the U.S., Australia, England, Zimbabwe, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Canada. If you’re reading this article, you probably don’t need much more information on the language. (More)


All those strings linking the world

17 February, 2009 13:25  EasyExpat EasyExpat

You might have noticed the map on the home page of our directory of expat blogs. Each string represents the path of an expat, from his/her starting point to the destination, the country where the blog is now located.

This map represents the move of all expatriates on Blog Expat: from the original country to the destination.

As the directory is growing, you will see more links and more links.

It reminds us that the world is now more linked than ever. Albeit often at war with their close neighbours, the nations have tried to ease the communications with each others. As we've drawn strings between countries, they have put physical links: that's what you can visualise with the article called:

History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network.

1901 Eastern Telegraph Company System Map from A.B.C. Telegraphic Code 5th Edition
(via presse-citron)


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