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The World’s 10 Best Cities to Live in 2019

Last year we gave you a rundown of the best cities to live in and this year we’re back to update you on the movements for 2019. According to Mercer’s ‘Quality of Living Ranking’ for 2019 Vienna has topped the chart for the 10th year running. Every year Mercer evaluates a variety of different factors including; recreation, housing, public transport, education, natural environment and more to determine the quality of living in almost 500 cities around the world. This is what the ... Read more

The Latest on British Expat Pension Freeze

The UK State Pension is paid to British nationals of retirement age who have contributed through their National Insurance for the required number of years. The state pension increases each year since the introduction of the ‘triple lock’ guarantee, in 2010. But what happens to your pension if you decide to retire abroad? Expat pensioners can claim their state pension abroad, as long as they have paid enough UK National Insurance. However, there are currently over 500,000 expat pensioners living in Canada, New Zealand ... Read more

Singapore Ranked Best Place for Expats for Fourth Year in a Row

HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer study analyses the views of over 22,000 expats around the world, based on economics, experience and family life. Released at the end of 2018, the results found Singapore to be the expat destination of choice for the fourth year running. The global report looks at how expats feel about living overseas by examining various aspects of expat life, including family dynamics, their experiences and the economy. The findings from countries all over the world are then ranked against ... Read more

Irish Expats Encouraged to Return Home

Ireland is currently experiencing a booming economy and as a result has created high demand for workers in the healthcare, construction, IT and financial sectors. However, recruitment agencies are struggling to fill these roles and are desperately seeking skilled professionals. It is estimated that some 100,000 Irish nationals flocked to the distance shores of Australia between 2008 and 2014, following the economic crash experienced in 2008. Australia was the destination of choice due to its then thriving jobs market in these particular ... Read more

How Much Does It Cost to Live in Canada?

The Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank, release their global Prosperity Index annually. The survey ranks the most prosperous countries in the world. Many assume prosperity is used in reference to the financial standing of a country and, while this is included, the Legatum Institute considers more factors in its ranking. Ranking in 8th place in their most recent study (out of 149 countries) was Canada. This puts Finland in the top 6%, with its rankings for Personal Freedom (2nd), Business Environment ... Read more

5 Nature Lover Locations Out of the Ordinary

Although undeniably unique experiences, safaris in South Africa or kangaroo spotting in the Outback are pretty well known. Even if you haven’t jetted abroad to experience the wonder for yourself, depictions on TV and in magazines give you a pretty good idea of how amazing it is. However, did you know that there are locations around the world that are home to some of the lesser-known natural phenomenon? Here’s where you can see 5 of the world’s more secret animal exploits. Cocos Island, ... Read more

An Expat Student Guide to Canadian Visas

Canada welcomes around 130,000 international students into its universities every year. The country is championed for it’s high-quality educational offering and some of the most popular schools include University of Toronto, Athabasca University, University of British Colombia and Simon Fraser University. Do You Need a Canadian Student Visa? You do not need to apply for a study permit if you are in one of the following situations: You want to study a programme that is less than six months You are a family ... Read more

The Best Countries in the World for Freelancers

Many moons ago we reported on the best countries in Europe to be self employed. Whilst this still stands, we wanted to open the door to the rest of world and see what other global destinations have to offer freelancers with the urge to head abroad. In the past few years there has been an explosion in the number of jobs available for those who don’t want to head into an office every day. Working remotely has become popular, as has freelancing. ... Read more

The Best Christmas Markets Around the World

Whilst you may not be fortunate enough to jet off to one of these far-flung destinations so close to Christmas, there may be one on your doorstep that you simply didn’t know about. Christmas markets have risen in popularity over the years and have been known to make the Scrooges of the world feel even a tickle of festive spirit. We take you around the world’s best Christmas markets and we expect you’ll be planning a trip for December 2018. Viennese Christmas ... Read more
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