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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)


Guide for expatriates in Taipei, Taiwan

10 December, 2010 17:55  EasyExpat EasyExpat

TaiwanWe are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Taipei, Taiwan.

Taiwan is also known as Formosa, (from Portuguese, Ilha Formosa) which means "Beautiful Island", separated from the Asian continent is only 120 kilometres (75 miles), across the Taiwan Strait.

The city of Taipei is headquarters of Taiwan's political, economic, and cultural scenes. It is the capital and largest city of the Taiwan province.

Taipei 101 at night © Wikipedia imagesCity is home to an estimated 2,607,428 people. The city, along with Taipei County, and Keelung City form the Taipei metropolitan area with a population of 6,776,264.

Taipei is at the centre of Taiwan's rapid economic development. It is now a global city with a focus on technology. Some of the leading companies include: Shihlin Electric, CipherLab and Insyde Software. National brands such as: ASUS, Chunghwa Telecom, Mandarin Airlines, Tatung, and Uni Air are headquartered in Taipei City.

Tourism is a growing area of the economy. International visitors look to total about 5.3 million in 2010. The industry brings in about US$6.8 billion to Taiwan's economy. (More)


Brits say 'au revoir' to their expat life

07 December, 2010 14:45  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Lauren Booth, sister-in-law of Tony Blair, wrote recently in the Mail On Sunday about her mariage breaking down after a family move to Dordogne.  "The sad truth is that life in the European countryside can be as basic, boring and as downright exhausting as it was centuries ago" she says. "The man gets drunk and resentful about his role as an odd-job man once he was happy executive or, in our case, a lad-about-town".

Direction Londres © zuchero - Fotolia.comAnother British expat in Charentes, France, whose husband left her to cope on her own when he wnet back to England in 2008, started an organisationcalled WAIF (Women Alone In France) designed for women/men alone in France who need practical help and advice to survive alone. There are a team of French medical, legal and financial experts offering advice about how to navigate the French wealthfare system and knowing your rights in France. (More)


Rio de Janeiro guide for expats in French / Guide pour expatriés sur Rio de Janeiro en français

03 December, 2010 21:13  EasyExpat EasyExpat


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

The city of Rio de Janeiro is artistically bordered by magnificent mountains, white-sand beaches and spectacular blue ocean, and lush rain forests. Residents of the city are known as Cariocas. The area of the city is 1182.3 square kilometres or 456.5 sq miles. The city is dense, with about 6.1 million people in the city and 11-13.5 million in the greater metropolitan area.

Brazil is not only a large country in South America, it is the fifth largest country in the world with an area of 8,514,877 sq km and population of 198,739,269. (More)


List your participation and see your favourite pages at a glance in your myExpat area

17 November, 2010 12:31  EasyExpat EasyExpat

We have completed the specific services provided to our member with myExpat. myExpat screenshot

MyExpat is the private area of Easy Expat, for members only. On this page you can:

> Bookmark your favourite pages

You can find thousands of pages on EasyExpat: topics on the forums but also articles about cities, classifieds, expat jobs, FAQs and links.

You can manage your own list of favourite articles, pages on the forums and all the other pages of EasyExpat. In order to add a page to this list, you just need to click on the image: Add this topic to your bookmarks on MyExpat at the bottom of each page. You can always check your list on your MyExpat page.

It cannot be easier to tag a page: on any page, find the Add this topic to your bookmarks on MyExpat at the bottom, and the tag will automatically be registered with its title (you can review and add a description). (More)


In which country is lifestyle better?

15 November, 2010 11:03  EasyExpat EasyExpat

With the 2010 Expat Explorer, HSBC International released the result of its survey on expats' experiences of setting up in their new country of residence, integrating into local society as well as their quality of life.

Thailand tops expat lifestyle surveyThailand - © julie etchepar -

Some people only dream about that : leave all behind and go around the world. But for those planning a gap year in Thailand they better book soon as the country has come top in the survey and ranked most highly for its overall quality of life, including its food, its social aspects and its opportunities for sports and entertainment. (More)


Russia is top wealth destination for expats, Europe at the bottom of the league

12 November, 2010 08:31  EasyExpat EasyExpat

With the 2010 Expat Explorer, HSBC released the result of its survey on expats' financial aspects, the first of three reports to be published.

Finance - © Fotolia.comThe bank explores top locations for salaries, levels of disposable income and luxuries. The report also takes a look at how the expat economy has changed since 2009.

The survey is now in its third year and reached over 4,127 expats in about 100 countries this year. Two years ago published the result of the survey 2008, and in 2009 we published the Halifax report on British expatriates.

Russia is home to the wealthiest expats, followed by the Middle East

Expats in Russia remain the wealthiest in the world, with 36% earning over $250,000, even invreasing from the 30% a year ago. In fact, the Middle East, Singapore and Russia dominate the top quartile of the Wealth Hotspot leader board in 2010, while expats in mainland Europe and South Africa are accumulating the least amount of financial wealth. (More)


HSBC look at expat finance, experience and raising a family abroad in 2010

11 November, 2010 12:58  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Expat family - © Fotolia.comHSBC has released some results of its 2010 survey: Expat Explorer 2010.

Expat Explorer, now in its third year, continues to deliver an insight into expat life around the globe. 4,127 expats in over 100 countries were surveyed in 2009, making it the largest expat survey. Two years ago published the result of the survey 2008, and in 2009 we published the Halifax report on British expatriates.  (More)


EasyExpat Meetup in Milan - 5 November 2010

09 November, 2010 13:58  EasyExpat EasyExpat

[in English below]

Un aperitivo sur Milan a été organisé à l'initiative d'Emilie vendredi 5 novembre 2010 à l'Yguana. Nous lui laissons la parole pour un récapitulatif de la soirée (nous avons mis des liens avec les profiles de certains. Nous vous rappelons que grâce au forum, vous pouvez échanger vos messages sur le Wall, devenir Amis, participer aux discussions et échanger par Message Perso):

Nous nous sommes retrouvés aux alentours de 20H30 au bar l'Yguana dans le Aperitivo organised in Milan (Yguana) - November 2010  - © Emilie84quartier Ticino.  Nous avons pris l'apéritivo à l'italienne où un grand buffet de pasta, pizza, olives et foccacia nous attendait.

Les filles ont été les premières à arriver : Carole la Parisienne et Joanna la Suisse qui se connaissaient déjà avant via et moi ! Joanna a amené son petit dog français de 4 mois Taizon ; il était tellement mignon qu'il était un peu comme la mascotte de la soirée. Carole a suivi son ami français qui travaille ici et Joanna est venue rejoindre son ami italien.  Elle a repris des études à Milan et elles sont heureuses de la vie qu'elles mènent ici.

Les garçons se sont fait désirer : Aurélien est arrivé et a reconnu directement notre table puisqu'on parlait entre nous et des filles françaises qui discutent entre elles, dieu sait que çà papote.  Aurélien a invité un de ses amis Florian.  Ils sont hypers sympas et très rigolos, ils connaissent déjà quelques coins sympas à Milan et nous avons décidé de les suivre la prochaine fois.

Adrien, fraîchement arrivé il y a un mois, nous a rejoint pour déguster un bon mojito !

Nous avons discuté rapidement : nous nous sommes présentés, les raisons de notre venue en terre italienne, ce que nous faisions dans la vie, si nous aimions Milan, si nous parlions déjà bien l'italien... bref, une soirée de présentation très sympathique.

Nous nous sommes quittés vers 23h et moi je suis restée pour un dernier verre avec Florian et Aurélien puis nous sommes rentrés chez nous vers minuit.

Nous avons projeté de faire quelques sorties ensemble comme aller à Turin ou Pise, et surtout aller voir un match de foot à San Siro car nous avons deux belles équipes ici !

Voilà pour le résumé de la soirée, nous avons tous été enchanté de notre première sortie, à renouveler au plus vite.


 [En français au dessus]

An aperitivo in Milan was organised at the initiative of Emilie Friday, November 5, 2010 at Yguana bar.  (More)


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