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Selling your expat property in the Netherlands

Selling your expat property in the Netherlands
Property-owning expat professionals in the Netherlands about to be badly hit by the Dutch government’s reduction of the time element in the 30 per cent tax break may be considering selling their homes and relocating elsewhere. Selling a house in the Netherlands isn’t all that different than selling elsewhere in Europe, but it’s...

Anger grows over Dutch government change to expat tax break

Anger grows over Dutch government change to expat tax break
As the controversy rumbles on over the Dutch government’s shrinking of the popular eight year 30 per cent tax break to five years, the majority of expats still believe it should be only for new arrivals. The Dutch government’s recent announcement of a reduction in qualifying years for its 30 per cent expat tax break took the foreign...

Bucket List challenge aimed at Brussels international expat community

Bucket List challenge aimed at Brussels international expat community
In the hope of luring expats living in Brussels to the surrounding region’s charms, the local tourism agency has launched an expat bucket list centred on the Flemish Brabant province. According to local estimates, some 200,000 expatriate professionals are living and working in the Belgian capital of Brussels. For those wishing to get to...

Portugal Golden Visa investment scheme facing corruption accusations

Portugal Golden Visa investment scheme facing corruption accusations
The popular Portuguese Goldan Visa scheme aimed at wealthy investors needing second passports and citizenship is under attack for corruption. European MP Ana Gomes led a surprise attack on the scheme earlier this week, accusing it of prostituting European citizenship and being open to organised crime and money-laundering. Gomes, also the...

Entrepreneurial environmentalists more than welcome in the Netherlands

Entrepreneurial environmentalists more than welcome in the Netherlands
If you’re an environmental activist with entrepreneurial ideas on saving the planet, the Netherlands is the place to make your dreams come true. Already famous in the expat world for its positive approach to new entrepreneurial ideas and start-ups, the Netherlands is the perfect place for expats interested in new ways to help the...

Scandinavian and Brit expats in Spain warned of lethal painkiller Nolotil

Scandinavian and Brit expats in Spain warned of lethal painkiller Nolotil
A Costa Blanca health network is warning its medical staff not to prescribe the painkiller Nolotil to expats from the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. The alarm was raised by Alicante-based legal and medical translator Cristina Garcia del Campo after she’d researched into the deaths of Anglo-Saxon type expats who’d been prescribed the...

Tips on renovating your chosen French property

Tips on renovating your chosen French property
If the temptation of restoring a potentially charming, historic French ruin is too much to resist, here’s how to go about it legally. House hunting in France is fraught with pitfalls, with one of the biggest the temptation to buy and renovate a home that’s definitely seen better days some time in the last century! It’s been done...

State pension possibilities for freelancing expats in the Netherlands

State pension possibilities for freelancing expats in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is fast becoming a first choice destination for freelancing expats, but many don’t appreciate the fact that they’ve rights to social security and even a pension. Every expat living and working in the Netherlands is covered by the country’s social security network, including its pension provisions for the individual...

Expat professionals with families in Amsterdam priced out of international schools

Expat professionals with families in Amsterdam priced out of international schools
Due to the soaring popularity of Amsterdam as an expat professional destination, schools in it’s Amstelveen district will soon have a majority of English-speaking pupils. Local media are reporting that Dutch schools in the district will soon have few Dutch-speaking children in their classes, as the area is now overrun with expatriate...

New expats in Spain urged to avoid unregulated property agents

New expats in Spain urged to avoid unregulated property agents
Expat arrivals in Spain are being warned over a lack of professionally qualified, experienced players in the country’s real estate game. Given that property scandals in Spain have wrecked the lives of a good number of British expats, the fact that just about anyone can set up as a real estate agent is worrying, to say the least. Posing...