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Advice for Brit expat drivers during the Brexit transition period

Advice for Brit expat drivers during the Brexit transition period
For established British expats and would-be new arrivals, the Brexit effect on driving in the EU needs to be understood. Firstly, almost everyone now knows that, until December 31 this year, everything as regards freedom of movement, healthcare and so on is still mostly set in tablets of stone. After that, it’s anyone’s guess what the...

Spain now officially the healthiest world country for expats

Spain now officially the healthiest world country for expats
For British expats already loving life in Spain and those desperate to get there before the door slams shut at the end of this year, Spain is now officially the world’s healthiest country. According to the highly respected Bloomberg ‘Healthiest Country’ index, Spain is now the planet’s healthiest location, topping out ahead of...

British expats in Portugal to lose their tax exemptions

British expats in Portugal to lose their tax exemptions
British expats living, working or retiring in Portugal are set to lose their tax-free status due to new government rules. As a result of a new amendment to Portugal’s 2020 budget, the foreign revenue brought in by British expats in the country will be taxed at 10 per cent. The new rule will not affect those who arrived in the country...

Brit expats in Spain furious over UK banks new overdraft charges

Brit expats in Spain furious over UK banks new overdraft charges
One of the most important aspects of emigration is setting up bank accounts in the new country whilst still retaining an account back home. For British expats heading for Spain, it’s the norm to keep a UK bank account as well as holding cash in a local Spanish bank, even although many Brits don’t exactly trust the Spanish banking...

New Year brings new laws for expat businesses in Czech Republic

New Year brings new laws for expat businesses in Czech Republic
As it is every New Year in the Czech Republic, expats with businesses or working in the country will need to take note of a raft of new rules. This new year, as usual, the set of new laws and regulations cover all businesses and workers in Prague and the wider republic, and include varied topics including a minimum wage boost and new ways...

Where to settle in Italy if quality of life is paramount

Where to settle in Italy if quality of life is paramount
If moving overseas as an expat is all about quality of life, the Italian lifestyle is as good as it gets, provided you’ve selected the most suitable smaller city or town. Italy may well be Europe’s most romantic place for a permanent lifestyle change, but all depends on your choice of town or city. No matter where in the world you’re...

Will the EU still chase top talent UK expats after Brexit?

Will the EU still chase top talent UK expats after Brexit?
British would-be expats now have a brief period in which they can still emigrate freely to one of the European Union’s 27 states using the Bloc’s free movement legislation. The transition period starts next week and will continue until the end of this year at the earliest, with a possibility of a further extension or the threat of a...

Aids to learning Czech for new expats in Prague

Aids to learning Czech for new expats in Prague
For the vast number of expatriate professionals heading to unfamiliar lands, learning the local language is one of the most dreaded aspects of living and working overseas. The challenge of moving overseas, whether it’s for career enhancement, starting up a new business or retiring to a less expensive, more peaceful location, isn’t...

The true cost of expat life in Athens may come as a pleasant surprise

The true cost of expat life in Athens may come as a pleasant surprise
If your dream of living in Athens has grabbed you and won’t let go, the city’s genuinely cheap cost of living is an essential study. The majority of online reports and surveys on various countries’ costs of living are based on first-world expat professional salaries and pension payments. Consequently, the levels of affordability...

New Brit expats in Spain urged to watch out for illegal housing developments

New Brit expats in Spain urged to watch out for illegal housing developments
Finally, newly arrived expats in Spain will be able to have confidence their recently-built homes comply with all necessary legalities. The scandal of illegal homes in Spain has been going on for years, blighting the lives of those expats who were duped into purchasing homes without the legal licenses and deeds enabling the new owners to...