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Is Croatia a new hub for would-be expats?

Is Croatia a new hub for would-be expats?
Croatia is yet another up-and-coming destination for would-be expats looking to embrace the unfamiliar. Initially an increasingly popular holiday destination, the charms of this lesser-known European state are now persuading would-be expats to make it home for at least a while, either by finding a job, starting a small business or...

Why is the online free press no longer free for British expats?

Why is the online free press no longer free for British expats?
At this crucial moment in time, gaining access to information about Brexit’s effect on the lives of UK expats all over Europe is essential, especially in Spain and France, both favourite retirement hubs for Brit pensioners. Up until very recently, Brexit and other news in the English language was freely available online to UK citizens...

Dublin tops survey listing for unaffordable accommodation

Dublin tops survey listing for unaffordable accommodation
Results of the recently published Expat City Ranking survey are bad news for expats heading to Dublin. The Republic of Ireland’s capital, Dublin, has attracted a good number of expat professionals over the past few years, but the results of a recent survey aren’t doing its formerly positive reputation any favours. According to...

Nordic cities good for jobs but poor for housing and living costs

Nordic cities good for jobs but poor for housing and living costs
Now that the entire world is every job-hunting expat’s oyster, it all comes down to what’s most important – career or quality of life. Focus nowadays is on the tech sector, with top talent entrepreneurs grabbing fistfuls of seed funding from Estonia to Shenzhen whilst expats in less exciting fields are feeling somewhat left out....

Dissention still brewing over Netherlands 30 per cent tax break ruling

Dissention still brewing over Netherlands 30 per cent tax break ruling
After a final announcement about the controversial 30 per cent tax relief rule for expats, dissension is still brewing as those affected consider their financial options. Protestors have won at least a single victory, in that there is now a transitional law affecting those whose cut-off point would have been in 2019 0r 2020. It’s still...

Brit expat bankers set to make millions more in Europe

Brit expat bankers set to make millions more in Europe
If there’s one group of workers who won’t be voting Remain should a second Brexit referendum become a reality, it’s the British bankers now heading for massive salary increases and tax breaks in Europe. Foreign governments have opened their bank vaults to welcome the best of the British banking and investment sector to their lands...

Netherlands pension scheme is world’s best

Netherlands pension scheme is world’s best
For expat professionals looking for permanence in the Netherlands, the Dutch pension system is now the world’s best. Mercers Global Pension Index’s recent report showed the Netherlands’ pension scheme was back at the top of the list after last year’s second-best placing. The index rates pension schemes in no less than 34...

Is France still cheap for expat living costs?

Is France still cheap for expat living costs?
Is France still an affordable destination for UK expats? The chosen destination for many British expats lies just across the English Channel and has two main advantages – it’s cheap and quick to get back to the UK to see family and friends, and the French language is still taught in the majority of UK secondary schools. In addition,...

Tips for expats buying a property in Greece

Tips for expats buying a property in Greece
Expat property purchase in Greece is complicated, but can be done with a little professional help. If you’ve finally given up on the UK and are moving to Greece, buying a home in your chosen location isn’t exactly straightforward, but can be done. EU nationals can freely purchase real estate on the mainland and in the islands, but...

Expat life in France can become a personal nightmare

Expat life in France can become a personal nightmare
The majority of expats who choose France as their overseas home are happy to have done so, but what makes a dream turn into a nightmare? Survey after annual survey praises France as an expat destination, especially for Britons, with many having lived there for several decades. Most say their quality of life has improved considerably,...