Expat Euro News

Latest 10 news items tagged Euro

18 Mar at 6 PM 2015

Spending Power Decreases for Expat Pensioners

According to a recent survey, two thirds of pensioners are now less financially well off compared to ten years ago. Equiniti, a pension payments firm, have looked into how pensions being paid in Sterling compare to other currencies. With the majority of the firm’s 60,000 clients living in the Eurozone, this is bad news although the growing pound enables people to enjoy a higher exchange rate in other countries. Over the past year, the pound has increased 10 per cent in value against the euro, yet the pensioners are worse off...
17 Mar at 2 PM 2015

Negative Outlook of France Causing Most Expats to Not Want to Return Home

A survey has revealed that 66 per cent of French expats are not planning on returning back to France within five years due to the country’s poor economic outlook. A poll carried out by French firm Humanis said that the expats earned more and had a better quality of life whilst working in a foreign country. Around 2.5 million French nationals are working and living abroad, double the figure from 20 years ago. Austerity measures and high taxes are to blame, which is causing worries about a brain drain of the top workers in...
8 Mar at 6 PM 2015

Mother of expat murdered in Spain speaks of problems in dealing with authorities

The mother of a British man murdered near the Spanish town of Benalmadena in April 2010 has spoken of the problems she has had in dealing with the Spanish authorities since his death. Paul Fether, 31, was killed almost five years ago but his mother Beryl revealed that she had received no definite information about what happened to him and still did not know where his possessions were. Beryl said that it was really upsetting as she had no clue what actually happened. She admitted that her son was no saint, but said the Spanish...
6 Mar at 9 AM 2015

Expats can easily obtain antibiotics in many countries

New data shows that Brits in some of the most popular Mediterranean countries to relocate to can get their hands on antibiotics without too many problems. Greece leads the way when it comes to dishing out prescriptions, with more than 39 daily antibiotic doses per 1,000 inhabitants per day, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Cyprus is next on 31, while Luxembourg, France and Belgium (all 28 doses per day per 1,000 inhabitants) complete the top five. Research from Public Health England...
5 Mar at 6 PM 2015

Copenhagen high on quality of life for expats

Although Copenhagen is among the world’s most expensive cities, it also offers one of the highest qualities of life – if you can afford it of course. Not long after The Economist ranked it as the eight expensive city to live in in the world, it has been named as the ninth best to live in. The latest Mercer quality of life survey was dominated by European cities, with the Austrian capital Vienna topping the list followed by Zurich in Switzerland. Meanwhile, German cities Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg claimed the fourth, sixth...
5 Mar at 4 PM 2015

Dubai tops Mercer quality of life index for region

Mercer’s Quality of Living survey has ranked Dubai as the number one place to live in the Middle East and Africa – although it came in 74th in the overall list. It is the third successive year that the Emirate came out on top for the region, according to the international human resources group. However, when all 230 cities that were taken into consideration are accounted for, Dubai finished in 74th position - some way off some of its European counterparts. Mercer’s information solutions leader for the Middle East, Nuno Gomes,...
26 Feb at 2 PM 2015

French expat kidnapped in Yemen was due to leave

A French expat abducted in the Yemeni capital Sanaa was scheduled to leave the country just days later, revealed her employer. Development worker Isabelle Prime, 30, had been working for Ayala Consulting in the Middle Eastern country on a World Bank-funded initiative advising the government on its social welfare programme. The firm’s president, Francisco Ayala, said that all the other expat employees had left and Isabelle was the only one remaining but she was due to leave any day. The French woman was kidnapped along with her...
25 Feb at 3 PM 2015

Expats see rise in pension income but it remains lower than a decade ago

Retired Brits overseas are currently feeling the benefits from the pound’s strengthening, but two-thirds are not as well off as they were 10 years ago. Pension payment firm Equiniti, which deals with more than 60,000 retired Brits abroad, said that expats are currently enjoying a boost in income due to the rise of the pound, but most remain worse off than they were in the mid-noughties. The majority of the 60,000 retirees that Equinity manages pension payments for are in the Eurozone, where even though the British currency has...
23 Feb at 4 PM 2015

More than 1,000 people form ‘ring of peace’ outside Oslo synagogue

Over 1,000 people congregated outside Oslo’s main synagogue on Saturday to form a “ring of peace” in support of the city’s Jewish community in the wake of recent anti-sematic attacks across Europe. The event, which was organised by a group of young Muslims living in the Norwegian capital, was aimed at showing people that Islam was not about the attacks in Paris and Copenhagen but about “love and unity”, according to Hajrah Arshad, one of the six planners. Fellow group leader Zeeshan Abdullah explained to the crowd that...
20 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Thailand: French expat attack linked to deadly Russian kidnapping

Police on the Thai resort island of Phuket have yet to investigate reported links between a violent hatchet attack on a French expat and a Russian abduction case. Eric Seigneurin, an expat who runs the Blue Garden Resort and Spa in Cherng Talay, sustained four-inch-deep wounds to the back and side of his head after being attacked with a hatchet near his home on 8 February. Despite stories linking the attack to an alleged kidnapping in which 22-year-old Russian Iana Strizheus was discovered battered and bruised in Mr Seigneurin’s...