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Expatriate Health Insurance News: Biggest expat network hits 1m members

Joining an online expatriate community is a great way to get questions answered and settle into a new country feeling supported and it seems that one million people would agree.

That is the number of members that InterNations has accrued, and the network is throwing a series of parties to celebrate the fact.

Started six years ago in Germany, the biggest expat community on the web has grown to include members in 390 cities spanning the globe, reports the Telegraph.

Already adept at organising social events, InterNations is holding parties in 350 metropolises to mark the milestone, with the first one occurring in London tonight (October 15th).

The event will then spread to Washington DC, Bangkok and Nairobi the following night, before heading to Kuala Lumpur, Rome, Marrakech and many more.

Expats keen to attend should look to the organisation's website to find out when the nearest one to them is being held.

Ana Chumroo, press officer for the network, told the news provider: "The success of InterNations depends highly on the fact that networking does not only take place behind a computer screen. It happens offline, where new friendships blossom."

It is not surprising that the largest number of InterNations members are in Munich, as this is where the community was founded.

Some 30,000 people who have relocated to the city have signed up, with Dubai closely following with 27,000 then Paris, which boasts 22,000 and Singapore, where 21,000 can be found.

The biggest proportion of members is American, which accounts for ten per cent, while eight per cent are German, five per cent British, four per cent Swiss and another four per cent French.

Ms Chumroo added: "InterNations is an English-speaking community and most members interact in English [but] it often happens that you meet other expats who speak your mother-tongue."

Signing up to an already well-established network helps to give new expats a fighting chance of feeling happy in their new surroundings and not quite so alone.

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