France tops 2010 Quality of Life Index

11 January, 2011 13:43  Erin Erin

As we start 2011, International Living offers the 2010 rankings of the best places to live. Every January, 194 countries are ranked to find which location offers great quality of life. Wherever you are, you can be happy....but maybe in these top spots life is just a bit better. (More)

   


Pension Plans for Americans

10 January, 2011 12:23  Erin Erin

Pensions US - Photo © Flashon Studio - Fotolia.com

We are starting a series of articles describing different pension systems around the world.

History of US Pension

Public pensions began as "promises" made to veterans of the Revolutionary War. Those who served were often informally, and sometimes legally, promised financial security after the conflict. These agreements were much more widely used during the Civil War.  (More)

   


New Year, New Taxes

07 January, 2011 10:43  Erin Erin

Rome colisée © catherine PERARNAUD - FotoliaRome Hotel Tax

Rome has hosted visitors for centuries and no matter the cost, one can expect it will continue to be a favorite of tourists for centuries to come. That doesn't mean a new tax on the city's visitors is appreciated. Along with people gathering around the Piazza del Popolo to ring in 2011, a new tax on tourism arrived as well.

What it is?

From January 1st, all visitors are expected to pay a per-person (over the age of ten), per-night tax on the first ten nights of their stay in Rome. (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)

   


New Years Around the World

04 January, 2011 11:52  Erin Erin

New year celebration with fireworks © Fejo - Fotolia.com

USA

New York City

Though the U.S. officially spans 9 time zones, most Americans watch the city of New York and its traditional ball drop for New Years Eve. Times Square fills with about a million eager party-goers, decked out in novelty glasses, paper top hats, and noisemakers. The snow that caused such havoc throughout the hectic winter season was swept aside. Host Ryan Seacrest led the festivities as a range of celebrities performed. Snooki, from the infamous reality TV show Jersey Shore, was planned to appear in the globe that drops at midnight. At the last minute, this odd sideshow act was pushed to the nearby state of New Jersey which spawned the original show. (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)

   


Holidays on the Fly

20 December, 2010 15:27  Erin Erin

The one thing that can bring down "holiday good cheer" and "goodwill toward men" can be the flight home to see your family. Nothing quite dampens the mood like overbooked flights, sleeping in airports, and invasive security scanners. Don't let the flight home ruin our holiday! Be aware of the potential issues, prepare, and be jolly. (More)

   


Stay connected

16 December, 2010 16:31  EasyExpat EasyExpat

We have implemented a new box on the right hand side of EasyExpat's pages for social network tools and newsletters.

Social Network box for EasyExpat: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Newsletter

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

14 December, 2010 18:10  EasyExpat EasyExpat

BrazilWe 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.

Faculdade de Direito da USP. © Wikipedia images

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)

   


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