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)


INTERVIEW: Olivier Giraud - How to become parisian in one hour?

16 October, 2009 16:22  EasyExpat EasyExpat

One man show: How to become parisian in one hour?You love Paris but you think that Parisian are rude! You're right, they are! You are too nice and you want to become arrogant and learn the typical Parisian language, facial expression.

Olivier Giraud is a young comedian is playing a One Man Show in Paris, Théâtre de la Main d'Or until December, and answer our questions below.

Can you talk about your activity?

I am a French comedian and I'm doing a stand up comedy show 100% in English "How to become parisian in one hour?"; I'm playing for three months and the show becomes successful.

I'm planning to play this show in America and England in 2010.

What is the profile of your audience?

The audience is mainly foreigners living in Paris (Americans, English , Australians ); they come to understand the Parisian mentality! By the way the Parisians are coming as well to laugh at themselves! (More)



12 October, 2009 17:50  EasyExpat EasyExpat

OneWorldCV.com logoPresentation
OneWorldCV.com offers an English resume writing service for non-English native speakers.

OneWorldCV.com was established in answer to the low success rate of job applications from international candidates and to support them in their job search overseas.

Anne, from OneWorldCV.com is answering our questions. Anne - OneWorldCV.com

Can you talk about your company?
Our unique service goes way beyond resume translation as our clients benefit from a personal consultation with a bilingual expert in recruitment, who will identify their skills and competencies, advise them and tailor their resumes to help them reach their career goals.
Can you talk about your activity/process? (More)


Focus on skin care: medical tips for a healthy expat lifestyle

05 October, 2009 11:30  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Article sponsored by William Russell

By William Russell’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jace Clarke

Focus on skin care
Better weather and more sunshine is one of the big attractions of overseas living for many expatriates, but over-exposure to the sun can also be extremely harmful, causing faster skin aging and potentially lethal skin cancers.  Dr Jace Clarke provides some basic guidance on the health issues expats should consider before going out in the sun – but the golden rule is to consult a health professional if you are in any doubt about your skin health.

There’s no doubt that being out in the sun makes you feel better.  Unfortunately, it’s easy to get to get too much of a good thing and overexposure to the sun can cause serious skin health problems.  Caucasian expats in sunny countries are particularly at risk, especially if they have fair skin, red hair or freckles however anyone can suffer from skin damage or skin cancers.  The key to healthy living is taking sensible precautions to avoid being exposed to too much sunshine and to recognise the signs quickly if something is amiss.

The problem is caused by the ultraviolet rays in sunlight; UVA light causes wrinkles and skin aging and can also damage the deeper skin layers, while UVB causes sun burn and other damage to the skin.  The are a number of conditions caused by too much sunshine, some are minor such as sunburn, but even this can be very unpleasant if severe and sunstroke which can cause headaches, fevers and vomiting.  More serious conditions caused by the sun are premature skin aging, including wrinkling, brown spots, growths and skin cancers. (More)


Fiduciary & Offshore Factoring with Expert Expat

28 September, 2009 16:44  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Fiduciary Factoring is the most effective Tax Planning Solution for optimisation of your income in a tax-free offshore environment.

The main purpose of Fiduciary Factoring - also known as Offshore Factoring - is to expatriate all or part of your income and assets into offshore funds.

Fiduciary Factoring offers attractive advantages as part of your Tax Planning strategy providing benefits that you may have thought inaccessible.

Forget about so-called government tax exemption programmes in real estate and other areas, and consider all of the opportunities allowed by alternative Tax Planning schemes and efficient legal arrangements.

The set up of these kinds of arrangements is quick and absolutely affordable. As a result, you will benefit from retention of 90% of all of your expatriate income and funds, completely tax-free.

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With the service provided by ExpertExpat, Financial Planning managers will take care of your offshore wealth and will offer you the best choice of investment programmes.

Expert Expat Offshore pageOn the website you will find explanation of the process, case-study and FAQ.

All operations can be done online with the highest confidentiality, with the website offering a unique area for members to make online operations and follow their settlements, as well as discussing privately with financial planning experts through our private online email system.

Salon des Micro-entreprisesExpert Expat in Paris - salon des Micro-entreprises : 6-8 octobre 2009 [Palais des Congrès - Porte maillot]

Our experts will be in Paris at the beginning of October to take part in the exhibition dedicated to entrepreneurs and small-companies. They will be located Stand A22.

If you are in Paris you will be able to get explanation on our unique tax optimisation and our experts will answer directly all your questions. They will have specific offers for the time of the exhibition.



Expert Expat - a new design for offshore services

23 September, 2009 16:00  EasyExpat EasyExpat

After the redesign of EasyExpat and our Travel services, an other of our websites has been under major reshape:

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Expert Expat is a platform providing 3 major services:

Expert Expat Offshore pageOffshore Factoring
Offshore Factoring, or Fiduciary Factoring is an easy and quick Tax Planning solution to achieve offshore wealth without any taxation. You will receive 90% of your expatriate income & funds tax-free.
Read more here.

Expert Expat Banking pageInternational Banking: Opening an offshore bank account
Expert Expat is offering its long experience in international bank services, with a lot of advantages such as easiness of use and low cost. It is also a strategic choice for your patrimony and your taxation plans.
Read more here.

Expert Expat Insurance pageHealth Insurance
We act as an independent international medical, health and travel insurance broker. In partnership with companies specialised in expatriate insurance, we offer you the best deals on the market.
Read more here.

Here is a screenshot comparison on the redesign work (before/after):

Expert Expat v1 2007  Expert Expat Home page


Festivals around the world this October

17 September, 2009 11:35  EasyExpat EasyExpat

As autumn slinks into the northern hemisphere, the parties are still going strong. Here’s a round up of the some of the fascinating, fun and downright rowdy festivals happening around the world this October.

Boat Racing Festival, Laos
14th – 15th October
This festival is held after the end of the monks’ three-month fast and retreat during the rainy season. Dawn sees temples packed with devotees offering donations. The evenings are for festivities. Join in the numerous candle-light processions and enjoy the sight of hundreds of colourful floats decorated with flowers, incense and candles as they are set adrift down the Mekong River to pay respect to the river spirit (More)


INTERVIEW: Research on the importance of international work experience for the career of managers and professionals

15 September, 2009 14:19  EasyExpat EasyExpat

We are a joint multinational research team: Dr. Maike Andresen from Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg/Germany, Dr. Torsten Biemann from Jacobs University Bremen/Germany and Dr. Marshall Pattie from James Madison University/USA.

PD Dr. Maike Andresen, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg/Germany Dr. Torsten Biemann, Jacobs University Bremen/Germany Dr. Marshall Pattie, James Madison University/United States

Can you talk a bit about your activity?
We are doing research in the field of expatriation encompassing those persons who were assigned to a foreign subsidiary by their employer as well as those who relocated on their own initiative and search themselves for a new employment abroad.

Can you talk about your project?
In our current project we are exploring the importance of international work experience for the career of managers and professionals. Although many employers stress the importance of international skills in times of globalization, many expatriates report about problems during and especially after their deployment abroad. (More)


Easy Expat in Portuguese / EasyExpat em Português

10 September, 2009 11:32  EasyExpat EasyExpat

After Russian, Polish and Dutch, we are expanding the number of languages on EasyExpat. We are proud to announce that all our articles and sections are available in Portuguese, beside the existing English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Dutch languages. All sections including classifieds, jobs and tools are also available in Portuguese (with the exception of the forums, still in the 5 different languages which are available for posting). (More)


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