Europe

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International health insurance for expats set to get more costly

October 19, 2015 Europe

Expats around the world are paying more for their health insurance as a number of governments increase Insurance Premium Tax. The IPT, which is probably not even known to many expats, has increased by more than half in France to 14%, is 19% in Germany, 21% in Holland and will rise to 9.5% in the […]

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Being an expat is nothing new and nothing out of the ordinary, says new research

September 29, 2015 Africa

Being an expat or migrant might seem like a very recent phenomenon but now research reveals how it has been going on for thousands of years and been normal rather than exceptional. Genetics researchers at the UK’s Oxford University have used DNA to map the history of population movements in and around Europe and say […]

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New European Union rules make inheritance choice easier for expats

September 1, 2015 Europe

New rules introduced by the European Commission should make it easier for expats to choose whether their foreign assets are subject to local inheritance law or laws from their native country. But, as with many things within the EU, it is not likely to be plain sailing. For example, Denmark, Ireland and the UK are […]

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Iceland, Switzerland and Denmark have highest life satisfaction, new research shows

July 6, 2015 Europe

A good lifestyle is what expats are seeking when they move abroad, however, a new global study has found that satisfaction scores have not recovered to pre-economic downturn levels in many countries. More than half of the countries covered by the research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have some way to […]

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Paris is No Longer a Top Spot for Expats to Find Romance

May 14, 2015 Europe

For expats Paris has always had a certain allure, with single people hoping to find romance when they move to the French capital city to work and live. But new research shows they are more likely to find an attractive partner in Lyon than in the city of romance. And to make matters worse Paris […]

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Research Reveals Lack of Benefit Updates for Employed Expats

April 29, 2015 Europe

Expats should ensure that their employers are reviewing their international benefits often enough, with new research suggesting that these are not being carried out regularly enough. According to Jelf International, a company that advises on employee benefits, some 42% have either never reviewed their benefits or have done so over a year ago. The company […]

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Switzerland tops UN Happiness Survey

April 27, 2015 Europe

Switzerland is the happiest place for people to live, followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada, according to a United Nations index. Togo, Burundi, Syria Benin, and Rwanda and were least happy, the third annual World Happiness index produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) shows. The annual report looks at 158 countries across […]

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Annual Global Index Report Reveals Which Passports Give Most Travel Freedom

April 2, 2015 America

Expats travelling around the world for work face less hassle if they have passports from the UK, the United States, Finland, Germany and Sweden, a new index report shows. Indeed owning a passport from these five countries mean you are less likely to be refused entry to a country and also more likely to travel […]

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Research Reveals Huge Difference in Pay Across Europe

March 31, 2015 Europe

Hourly rates of pay vary considerably across European Union countries with people paid the least in Bulgaria and the most in Denmark, new research shows. Indeed, average rates in the EU ranged from €3.80 to €40.30 across Member States in 2014, according to data published by Eurostat. In 2014, average hourly labour costs in the […]

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Non-Europeans will Have to Pay for Health Service in UK from Next Month

March 20, 2015 Britain

People arriving in the UK from outside the European Economic Area for longer than six months will be required to pay a ‘health surcharge’ when they make their visa application from next month. New legislation that comes into effect on 06 April will also mean that non-EEA nationals already in the UK who apply to […]

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French office workers less satisfied than European peers

January 21, 2015 Europe

France is one of the most popular countries in Europe for expats but it would seem that working in a French office is not all it’s cracked up to be. A survey has found that French workers are the least satisfied of six major European countries with those working in the Netherlands the most satisfied. […]

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Expats and travellers warned about elevated risk of terrorism in Europe

January 12, 2015 Europe

Following the terrorist attacks in France, various countries have updated their advice on travelling to the country and are urging expats to be especially vigilant. Due to ongoing threats to France by Islamist groups, and recent French military intervention against ISIL, the French government has warned the public to be especially vigilant and has reinforced […]

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Pet travel rules in Europe change at end of December, expats reminded

December 25, 2014 Europe

Expats living in Europe who travel with their pets need to be aware of changes to the European Union pet travel regulations from the end of this month. Changes will come into effect on 29 December 2014 and are mainly designed to strengthen enforcement across the EU, increase levels of compliance and improve the security […]

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