Festivals in Europe this September

26 August, 2008 17:53  EasyExpat EasyExpat

From music to fashion, yachts to seafood, there are loads of festivals happening all across Europe. Here are some of the top ones to watch out for.

Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland
8th – 31st August

Concerts, opera, theatre, ballet, dance, orchestra – the world-renown Edinburgh Festival has it all. Performances take place in six major concert halls and theatres and a number of smaller venues as well. The best occasion to savour the classics. (More)

   


Free Independent Wealth Management seminars for foreign nationals

20 August, 2008 19:29  EasyExpat EasyExpat

HSBC offers a series of free Independent Wealth Management seminars for foreign nationals.
The next seminar presented by HSBC International Financial Advisers (UK) Limited (HSBC International) is in London on 17 September 2008 and will cover international tax and financial planning.

HSBC IWM Seminar - London 17th Sept 2008Are you a foreign national living and working in London? If so, there is every chance that you could enjoy a number of tax advantages that this status offers. But where can you get reliable advice and guidance on effective financial planning? This is where one of HSBC International’s free seminars could help you. Seminar details are given below.

The seminar, entitled ‘International tax and financial planning for foreign nationals’, will cover a wide range of topics that could be of benefit to anyone living and working abroad. In particular, how you can benefit from our independent financial planning advisory service. (More)

   


Different legislation in Europe for immigrants

19 August, 2008 20:20  EasyExpat EasyExpat

As there are more voice in Europe calling for unifying rules for immigrant workers, we present an overview of the situation in some countries:

United Kingdom: 509,800 legal immigrants in 2006

  • No quota
  • No necessity of a contract for integration
  • Family regrouping
  • Necessity of a work contract (with point system)
  • Language test
France: 135,100
  • No quota
  • Family regrouping (with conditions)
  • Necessity of a contract for integration
  • Necessity of a work contract (with a list of priority sectors)
  • Language test

Spain: 803,000 (the government has proceeded to a large legalisation)

  • No quota
  • Family regrouping (with conditions after 1 year)
  • Necessity of a contract for integration

Belgium: 83,400

  • No quota
  • No necessity of a contract for integration
  • Family regrouping (with conditions of income)

Netherlands: 67,700

  • No quota
  • No necessity of a contract for integration
  • Family regrouping (limited to the work contract duration)
  • Language test

Denmark: 23,000

  • No quota
  • No necessity of a contract for integration
  • Family regrouping

Germany: 558,500

  • No quota
  • No neccessity of a contract for integration
  • Language test
  • Family regrouping (for contracts more than 1 year)

Italy: 181,500

  • No necessity of a contract for integration
  • Quota
  • Family regrouping (with conditions)
  • Necessity of a work contract (with conditions of income)

Source: Le Monde 8/07/08 (More)

   


Largest ever survey of expats - Final results

05 August, 2008 23:05  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Four months ago, we talked about HSBC's project to conduct the largest ever survey of expats. The project aimed to give more than 2000 expats across four continents the opportunity to have their say on what life is really like for people living and working away from home, looking at opportunities that come with starting a new life in a foreign country away from home, and the challenges and difficulties that they may face at home and at work.

EasyExpat gave echo to this project, and therefore is today able to have access to the final results.

The survey revealed that Singapore, the UAE and the US are the best locations to be an expat, according to findings of its Expat Explorer survey, the largest international survey of expats ever conducted. (More)

   


Top Summer Festivals in Europe this August

28 July, 2008 23:38  EasyExpat EasyExpat

It’s summer, it’s sizzling and it’s time to party. What better way than with some of the hippest, funkiest parties and festivals all over Europe this August.

Aste Nagusia (Semana Grande)
10th – 17 August (dates to be confirmed)

This party offers visitors nine days and nights of non-stop entertainment. Semana Grande boasts of a week of varied events. From bull fights to fireworks competitions, music concerts to street entertainment, beauty pageants to theatre shows, sporting events to regatta, there’s something for everyone. (More)

   


Smoking bans- no butts about it

09 July, 2008 19:23  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Smoking bans seem to be all the rage with governments these days. A rash of bans have sprouted especially in Europe in recent years. A number of countries have joined the non-smoking wagon and a number of others are scrambling for their turn to join in.

Different countries have implemented the ban to different degrees. Some countries like Albania, Ireland, Cyprus, England, Iceland, Estonia, Finland, Scotland and recently Netherlands and France have opted to go completely smoke-free and ban smoking in all work places and public buildings including restaurants and cafes. Some countries have chosen to tread a bit more lightly. Austria for example bans smoking in public buildings open to children and young people but does not include work places. Others like Germany agreed to ban smoking in restaurants and pubs but will allow exemptions for small bars and premises with separate smoking rooms. Spain, Slovakia and Slovenia have allowed smoking in separate zones in pubs and restaurants. Switzerland imposes partial restriction on indoor workplaces and Luxembourg imposes a total ban on advertising and sponsoring smoking and a partial ban on smoking in public places.

The list is not limited to Europe alone. In recent years, many countries around the world including Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Singapore and a number of states in the Untied States have banned smoking in public areas. From the above, it’s clear the world wants to go smoke-free. Below are some key effects of such a move. (More)

   


Top European Festivals this July

27 June, 2008 17:31  EasyExpat EasyExpat

The sun is shining, the hem lines have risen, the beaches are packed and the holidays have begun. Summer is here and there are loads of festivals happening all across Europe. Here are some of the famous ones.  

Barcelona Summer Festival
1st June – 30th August

Popularly known as the Grec, this festival takes place in a Greek-styled amphitheatre near Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium. It is one of the most famous art festivals in the world. It hosts well-acclaimed dance, theatre and music performances ranging from contemporary music and performance arts to classical and traditional acts. Popular among local and international visitors. (More)

   


Dining with a difference

19 June, 2008 19:00  EasyExpat EasyExpat

We’ve all had those dinners we’ll never forget. Maybe it was the delicious food, the incomparable company, the superb service or the stunning setting… either way it was a meal to remember. And here are five more unique dining experiences from across Europe you’re not likely to forget in the near future. (More)

   


Malaysia, my second home- enjoy a ten year holiday in Malaysia

17 June, 2008 00:41  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Malaysia is a tropical paradise – sunny days, warm evenings, sandy beaches and an easy lifestyle – all at a very affordable price. And to make it even more attractive, the government has introduced the Malaysia My Second Home programme. Commonly known as the MM2H programme, this is an international residency scheme that allows foreigners to live in the country on a multiple entry visa that can be renewed every ten years. (More)

   


June: End of the paper airline ticket, welcome to electronic boarding pass for everybody

09 June, 2008 20:55  EasyExpat EasyExpat

As of June 1, IATA (International Air Transport Association) will no longer supply paper ticket stock to 60,000 travel agencies in 125 countries around the world. OK, most of you frequent traveller think already that paper airline tickets are past (for example, British Airways issued 790,000 airline tickets in March, of which 8,000 were paper), but in many other countries it is quite frequent, especially for long distance including different itinary and flights. Now the rules will be that you can just register with your passport (registration number might be requested, but not necessary).

In the urge of reducing costs everywhere, from baggage allowance to food on board, the elimination of paper airline tickets stands to reduce airline costs by as much as €2 billion worldwide and cut the cost of issuing a ticket from €6 to less than €1, according to Bryan Wilson of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Whereas in June 2004, only 18% of tickets issued were e-tickets, by the end of March2008, the number had risen to 94%. (More)

   


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