Happy New Year 2010

01 January, 2010 00:01  EasyExpat EasyExpat


StarWe all wish you a very happy year 2010!Star

Same time each year, the end of 2009 is a period to think about what has been achieved and what will be done in 2010.

2009 was a good year on EasyExpat's network but the growth was slower than predicted. Beside the expansion of our guides covering several new cities, we have implemented a complete new design to our expat websites.

For 2010 we have already several very exiting projects:

  • new forums: a global makeover of the forum to create a community for each destination;
  • new functionalities for the classifieds, with a better presentation and subscription;
  • more guides: Beijing, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul... etc;
  • many others including more proper translations, blog articles...etc.

And don't forget to have a look at our newest city-guide: Auckland

Our solutions:

Once again, happy new year 2010 with Easy Expat!


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)


Top New Year's Eve parties

26 December, 2009 08:51  EasyExpat EasyExpat

It’s that time of the year again…  as we usher in the New Year here are some of the biggest and most talked about parties from around the world.

New York – Times Square
New Year's Eve at the symbolic center of New York City has become more than just a celebration - it's a global tradition. The world holds its breath...and cheers as the clocks strike twelve. That’s when the famous New Year's Eve Ball descends from the flagpole atop One Times Square. Join the estimated one million people in Times Square in ushering in the New Year at one of the most watched and famous New Year’s Eve gatherings. (More)


Tips to make your Christmas party a hit

18 December, 2009 11:23  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Whether an intimate family gathering or one where the paparazzi is in waiting, a Christmas party can involve loads of planning. Here are some tips to plan a fantastic Christmas party.

1.    Start early:

It’s the busiest time of the year and everyone’s got some place to be. The earlier you plan your party, make a guest list and get onto people’s calendar, the more time you have to organize things accordingly.

2.    Decide on the budget:

Plan your budget and always allow for a 10 percent extra for last minute things that pop up. Once you have a budget in mind, you’ll be able to decide on a lot of other things… like are you going to cook or cater, is your friend spinning the music or are you getting a professional DJ to do that etc (More)


International health insurances

11 December, 2009 15:33  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Moving to a new country? Travel frequently? Need to make impromptu trips? Whatever the reason for being on the move, it’s best to be covered by an international insurance. Needless to say, navigating the murky world of insurances can be a complicated affair. Below are some of the key players in the industry to get you started. (More)


Doing business Indian style

01 December, 2009 17:54  EasyExpat EasyExpat

India is playing an increasingly important role in the global economic scene. More and more international companies are setting up operations in the country, Indian companies are strengthening their positions globally and its reputation as the preferred offshoring hub continues to go strong. Whatever the reason may be, if you find yourself heading for a meeting in India, here are some tips that may come in handy. (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)


Pre-nuptial agreements: of any use in England?

20 October, 2009 15:52  EasyExpat EasyExpat

The Court of Appeal in England has recently re-made the law concerning the recognition of pre-nuptial agreements in England. So, what does this mean for you as an expatriate who may or may not have a prenuptial agreement in place with your spouse?

In July 2009 one of Germany’s richest women, Katrin Radmacher was awarded victory in her appeal to have her pre-nuptial agreement recognised in the English courts. Her former husband, Nicolas Grantatino had signed a pre-nuptial not to make any claims on her fortune if they split up, however he was awarded £5.85 million for his own use by a High Court Judge in 2008. The Court of Appeal overturned that decision. (More)


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