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5 Destinations Suited to Eco Expats

The world is facing increasing environmental issues, now more than ever before. As such, it has become essential for action to be taken both at an international level and within local communities – Gandhi’s quote “be the change you wish to see in the world”, comes to mind. In the UK, we are encouraged to recycle, buy locally, use green energy and in general, we have the freedom to take the suggested actions to reduce our carbon footprint. However, in other countries ... Read more

How to Cope with Darkness in Nordic Countries as an Expat

Expats looking to relocate to Northern Europe or the North Atlantic, namely countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland, you will likely have some awareness of the fact that the winter months are longer and colder when compared to the UK winter season. You will also be aware that a longer winter will mean the need to wrap up warmer and that perhaps you may need to invest in some snow boots. However, often it can come as a surprise that ... Read more

Investigating 5 of Europe’s Promising City Locations

London, Paris, Rome. Europe is famed for its cultural cities and countless tourists pilgrimage to these famed destinations every year. Whilst this is great for tourism in these cities, there are some often overlooked European cities that are equally as beautiful, equally as cultural, and equally as steeped in history. Would you consider one of the below for your next adventure? Split, Croatia Croatia, as a whole, has risen in popularity as a holiday destination and potential expat hive over the past few ... Read more

The Best Countries in the World for Working Women

The World Economic Forum has revealed the best countries in the world for women in their latest Global Gender Gap report. However, unlike most studies which measure the baseline quality of living, this report has a focus upon gender disparity. The report analyses the economies of 144 countries in relation to the female workforce with a focus upon politics, education, health, and economy. The 2016 report is an excellent resource to explore the lives of women in different countries and distinguish which ... Read more

Sweden is The Best Country in the World to Raise Children

Sweden has been ranked the best country in the world for expat families to move to. As well as offering an incredible quality of life, education and income were also rated highly. The Expat Explorer Survey was conducted by HSBC, within which 26,871 expats responded to questions about their lives abroad including careers, financial wellbeing, quality of life, and ease of settling in for children. This is Sweden’s second year at the top of the tables for children, with 75% of expat parents ... Read more

The Top 10 Most Prosperous Countries

The Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank, release their global Prosperity Index annually and the endless survey ranks the mos t 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. The organisation compares 89 variables to distinguish the ranking, including traditional indicators such as per capita gross domestic products and the number of people in full-time work, to more ... Read more

The Facts Around Working Abroad

According to the United Nations an incredible 232 million people are now living in a country in which they weren't born. Expat life is truly a global phenomenon with ever more of us travelling around the world for better weather, increased career prospects or more competitive salaries. According to HSBC, who surveyed 22,000 expats around the world recently, 58% of all the expats they spoke to moved abroad because of their career. Reasons cited include better job prospects, new challenges or employer requests. But ... Read more

What are The Best (and Worst) Passports for International Travel?

Many expats and seasoned travellers are so used to brandishing their passport sanguinely while gliding into yet another country as to take it for granted. After all, isn’t a passport just a passport? Apparently not, according to a new study by residence and citizenship experts Henley & Parts. The firm recently published their annual “Visa Restriction Index” which aims to examine the “strength” of different passports. In essence, the study looks at how many countries the holder of a specific passport can enter either without ... Read more

Expat Quality of Life Around the World Revealed

One of the main expat surveys carried out each year is the HSBC Expat Explorer; covered each year here on Expatriate Healthcare. The survey aims to rank countries of the world by their attractiveness to expats already living in those countries. However a competing survey has recently been published by Natwest with a slightly different angle. The so-called Natwest IPB Quality of Life Index, as the name suggests, aims to find those countries offering expats the highest quality of life. While the ... Read more

Top 5 European Countries for Expats

In the recent past, here at the Expatriate Healthcare news section, we dove headlong into the 2015 HSBC Expat Explorer survey. The annual publication was the most extensive ever this year, taking into account the independent feedback of almost 22,000 different expats around the globe. In essence, the freely-available report aims to provide a “helicopter view” of the expat experience, looking at the strengths and weaknesses of individual countries as expat destinations. Regular readers of this column will know that Singapore was recently voted ... Read more
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