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)

   


Expat Evacuation

07 March, 2011 12:26  Erin Erin

evacuation © vivalapenler - FotoliaWhether a disaster is natural or man made, situations may arise when you are no longer safe in your expat environment. Tunisia's revolt ending in a successful eviction of dictator Zine El Abedine Ben Ali on January 14, 2010 has led to a domino effect in the Middle East of countries revolting against their oppressive government regimes. Egypt's successful revolt in late January to February is still trying to find it's new legs. The latest revolt in Libya has Dictator Muammar Qaddafi attacking his own people with helicopters, warplanes, and ships. Many companies (Shell, Suncor) have already removed their expat employees and families. On the other side of disaster, the earthquake in New Zealand is just the latest efforts of Mother Earth to shake all of us little people around.

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Sport and Expatriation: support and practice abroad

02 March, 2011 18:06  Erin Erin

Expat Match - Scotland v. England

Sporting events have the ability to tear communities apart or unite a nation. The emotion packed into a single game can match a soap opera as people cheer, cry, scream, pray, curse, sweat, and moan. For many expats, going to a sporting event is an opportunity to feel included. Upon arrival you can immediately put on a jersey, go to a game, and melt into a crowd of your countrymen. (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)

   


How to make a Happy Expat Kid

18 February, 2011 10:50  Erin Erin

Baby with puzzle globe. © Anetta - FotoliaBecoming an expat arouses all sorts of fears. What if I can't learn the language? What if I can't find anywhere I like to live? What if nobody likes me?
Take those fears, and now imagine you are 10.

Children of expats are lucky to join in on these cross-the-world adventures and most will be better people for the experience. This can be hard to explain to the child you are uprooting from their extended family, school, social group, and everything they have ever known. Considering expat kids don't get much of a say in the matter further compounds anxieties about expatriating.  (More)

   


Valentine's Day Around the World

11 February, 2011 12:34  Erin Erin

Love in multiple languages © Yahia LOUKKAL - FotoliaThough St. Valentine has been celebrated since he got his own day in 500 AD, Valentines Day has long held a bad rap. Omitted from the Roman calendar in 1969 by Pope Paul VI, the holiday we see today has little to do with the Christian martyr who gave it his name.

Flowers, paper hearts, candy and cupids make up the modern Valentine's Day festivities. Many people feel that February 14th has devolved into little more than a gimmick to sell material goods and has absolutely nothing to do with romance.  (More)

   


Expatriates in Egypt

10 February, 2011 09:41  Erin Erin

Egypt. Shaded relief map © Arid Ocean - FotoliaExpats look forward to an exotic life of excitement and surprise. Unfortunately, expats in Egypt are getting more than they bargained for. As the people of Egypt struggle for greater independence, some expats have chosen to stay, some have left, and some have been removed by their companies.

What happened?

Egypt has long been known as one of the most stable nations in a volatile corner of the world. That does not mean that everything has been perfect. Ruler Hosni Mubarak has enjoyed his 30-year rule, while many of Egypt's people have not. Mubarak and the National Democratic Party has been accused using manipulation, intimidation, and rigged elections to keep the party in power for over 30 years.

Resistance had been growing with groups using Facebook groups and Twitter accounts to rally supporters. The Muslim Brotherhood, which was officially banned, was partly responsible for motivating the people in this revolution.  (More)

   


HEART Act- What it Costs to Stop being an American

09 February, 2011 09:57  Erin Erin

American passport cover close up isolated on white © Olivier - FotoliaBecoming an expat is one thing. Renouncing your citizenship is altogether different and much more difficult. The federal Register reports that 502 expatriates gave up their U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status in 2009. That is extremely small percentage of the estimated 5.2 million Americans living abroad. So what causes some people to renounce their citizenship and why is this movement growing?

It appears that frustrations over tax and banking questions are the primary concern for most of those who renounce. American expats complain about the United States taxing citizens income abroad, U.S. based banks closing expat accounts because they are not maintaining a US residence, and finally the HEART act's high cost has proved unpopular. (More)

   


UK Pension plans

07 February, 2011 10:06  Erin Erin

Pensions UK - Photo © Flashon Studio - Fotolia.comThis article is part of a series describing different pension systems around the world. You will find the other articles already published at the bottom.

History of the UK Pension

The first pension schemes in the UK were actually organized for Royal Navy Officers in the 1670s. In 1908, the arrangement was formalized with the creation of the Old Age Pensions Act. Sir William Beveridge, father of the welfare state, was an adviser on the program that provided assistance to the elderly and honored them on January lst, 1909 with "Pensions Day". 

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Coolest Nationalities

03 February, 2011 14:48  Erin Erin

Brasil © Eli Coory - FotoliaOf course your country is cool! You live there after all. Either adopted, or the country of your birth, every place on earth has something to be proud of. But, is your country the coolest?

Maybe this depends on how many cool people reside in a country? Maybe it's determined by the quality of nightlife? Does the title belong to those nations that are the best dressed? Is Switzerland's political neutral status cool?

Maybe it is all these things....and a little something extra. Something cool. (More)

   


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