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The monthly magazine for people living and working overseas

What a varied month of news it has been here at Expatriate Healthcare. Like everyone else, we got caught up in the excitement of the royal baby and looked at how expats across the world marked the occasion.

Another edition of the study into the most expensive cities in the world to be an expat in was published and progress has finally been made on the issue of European Health Insurance Cards in Spain.

Several news items have also looked at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the efforts being made to keep more people updated about travel to countries around the world.

As has become customary, we rounded off the month with two of our useful how-to guides. This month the subjects tackled were moving companies and building a social life.

And finally, don't forget to enter our photo competition for your chance to win a prize...

Here at Expatriate Healthcare, we're always looking for ways to highlight how great living abroad can be. More people than ever are choosing to relocate, but for many it still remains a distant dream.

In order to celebrate our tenth birthday and convince a few more to take the plunge, we've put together a new Twitter competition called 'Bizarre World' that is open to the whole expat community and aims to show just how weird and wonderful it can be living overseas!


Expat life still popular, but in different destinations

The expatriate lifestyle still appeals to a third of the UK's population, but traditional destinations such as Spain have fallen out of favour. That is according to research carried out by, which interviewed 1,500 over-40s in order to gauge a sense of the national feeling.

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Interest in US property falls

Fewer expatriates are looking to buy houses in the US as higher prices mean that they are excluded from the market as a whole. Despite this some of the poshest neighbourhoods are still attracting buyers from overseas, according to the International House Hunter Report.

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Expat tycoon argues immunity from divorce courts

A wealthy property tycoon has successfully argued his case for immunity from the British divorce courts due to his loathing of the country's climate. Paul Saward, an expatriate living in Spain, convinced the judge that his hatred for the British weather meant he no longer considered himself a resident of the UK, reports the Telegraph.

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Escape the US heat wave at New York ice bar

British expatriates living in the US will not be used to the searing heat that is currently sweeping the country. There is one place that is guaranteed to be cool and that is the newly created Minus5 Ice Bar at the New York Hilton Midtown on Sixth Avenue.

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9-in-10 people ignore FO warnings

British expatriates are failing to check the Foreign Office (FO) prior to travelling abroad, according to new research. Figures revealed by revealed that three-quarters are not logging on to the portal before they set off on their journeys, while nine-in-ten do not know which countries the FO has issued warnings about.

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Spain taken to court over EHIC

There has been much confusion relating to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for holidaymakers and expatriates in Spain recently. It seems that the authorities are not offering free emergency care to all those who hold it and the European Commission is now taking action.

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British expats celebrate arrival of royal baby

Living away from home can be tough, but there are always national events that bring expatriates together and unite them with their fellow citizens across the world. The most recent of these has been the arrival of the royal baby, which has been met with excitement across the globe.

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Luanda regains top spot for most expensive city for expats

Luanda, the capital of the African nation of Angola, has returned to the top spot on a list of the most expensive cities to live worldwide for expatriates. In research carried out by the consulting group Mercer every year, the city has once again taken over from Tokyo to be the priciest for foreigners to live in.

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Expats and their visitors to benefit from FCO advice on Twitter

It used to be the case that the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) encouraged expatriates to register with them in case anything went wrong while they were abroad. While some conscientious expats did follow this advice, take-up always remained relatively low and earlier this year the scheme was scrapped.

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Guide to choosing a moving company

The initial success of your move to a new country can be compromised by problems arising with your possessions and the firm hired to move them. In order to give yourself the best start, choose your moving company carefully and carry out all the necessary bureaucracy in advance. Taking items across borders and through customs complicates matters no end, so do not underestimate the process. A bit of extra time and research could pay dividends in the future.

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