Expat Euro News

Latest 10 news items tagged Euro

28 Jul at 4 PM 2015

British expats may require health insurance for treatment in homeland

Brits living abroad face the prospect of needing medical insurance to be treated back home, regardless of whether or not they have been paying into the country’s healthcare system. The UK’s Department of Health says that visitors to the country have been allowed to use a number of NHS services, but that they cost the NHS in the region of £1.8bn a year. Recent reports have suggested that the UK is becoming increasingly popular for “medical tourism”, with visitors taking advantage of the free treatments on offer. As a way of...
24 Jul at 12 PM 2015

Expat millionaires’ date ends in legal dispute

A French oil expert and a former Japanese model have become embroiled in a legal spat after meeting on a millionaires’ dating website. Charles Miriel, 67, and Nan Itakura, 44, met on millionairematch.com and met in person for the first time in the Spanish town of Sotogrande in March. Things were all rosy at the beginning and Itakura and her 11-year-old son moved into the Frenchman’s home in the Andalusian resort town shortly after. However, just three months later the relationship has turned so sour that both have filed police...
22 Jul at 6 PM 2015

Expat nurses in UK face prospect of being sent home

Increased budget cuts designed to further reduce the government budget deficit mean many foreign nurses in the UK may be sent home. To separate long-term residents and short-term workers, UK laws state that expat workers are permitted to stay and work in the country for six years. However, by the time the six-year mark comes round, they must be able to show they are on a yearly salary of at least £35,000. If not, working visas can be taken away from them and they then have to return to their homeland. In recent times the UK has...
13 Jul at 12 PM 2015

Malaga has Spain’s cheapest beer

Malaga serves the cheapest beer in Spain, revealed a recent survey, spelling good news for the large number of expats that reside in the southern city. With the average price of a beer being just €1.56, the Andalucian city is also the fourth cheapest city out of the 75 surveyed worldwide. The rankings, which were listed by Go-Euro after comparing 33cl beers in hotel bars and stores across the 75 cities, showed Krakow in Poland as having the cheapest beer at an average of just €1.51. The Ukrainian capital Kiev and the Slovakian...
10 Jul at 9 AM 2015

Life in Greece looking tough for expats

A large number of expats living in Greece are finding life increasingly difficult due to the country’s ongoing financial crisis. The Mediterranean country is home to an estimated 188,000 European nationals, and is particularly popular among retirees looking to take advantage of its year-round sunshine and laidback lifestyle. However the debt crisis has had such an impact on foreign residents that some are seriously mulling over leaving for good. European leaders are set to converge at the weekend to decide whether Greece’s cash...
19 Jun at 9 AM 2015

London cheaper for expats than Hong Kong or Geneva

London is now a cheaper city to live in for expats than Geneva, Hong Kong and the Angolan capital Luanda revealed a new study. The British capital came 12th in the latest cost of living poll, which looked at the priciest cities for multinational companies to base their expatriate employees. The news may come as a surprise for HSBC as it considers changing its headquarters from London to Hong Kong, with the East Asian city being named the world’s second most expensive city to base expat staff. The study, which is conducted...
9 Jun at 9 AM 2015

Manila ranked 136th out of 230 for expat quality of living

The Philippines capital Manila is the 136th most livable city in the world for expats, according to the 2015 Quality of Living Rankings, which featured a total of 230 cities. The rankings, compiled by US global human resource consulting company Mercer, listed the Austrian capital Vienna as number one, with Switzerland’s Zurich and New Zealand’s Auckland taking up the nest two spots respectively. Meanwhile, most cities in the same region as Manila came above it, with Singapore in 26th place, Tokyo in 44th, Hong Kong in 70th and...
8 Jun at 6 PM 2015

Dog housesitters allow expat in Spain the chance to travel

Irish retiree Catherine Guy quit her homeland last year and headed for the Spanish town of Vera and, having previously been committed to her role as a music teacher, found herself with plenty of time on her hands and a desire to travel. However, there was one slight problem that prevented her doing so: her dogs had moved with her. Despite loving life in Spain, a country she regularly visited on holidays before retiring, Catherine, with her new found freedom, wanted to travel around and see family and friends across Europe and Canada....
29 May at 9 AM 2015

Expats lose £850m worth of pensions

Roughly 250,000 British expat pensioners have lost out on pensions benefits worth in the region of £850m due to the fact that UK pension scheme trustees have lost trace of them since they emigrated. The estimate arrives after data gathered by FindMyLostPension.com showed that expats in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and other regions across the world have pension pots that remain unclaimed. The average pensioner is owed anything between £2,000 and £30,000 per year, while tax-free...
26 May at 4 PM 2015

Expats living in Spain to be affected by EU inheritance law

Expats in Spain could see their estates handed out against their intentions and their families having to fork out more tax than they should if they have not made a will. Spain is the most popular destination among emigrating British retirees, with thousands relocating to the Mediterranean nation each year. However, many remain completely unaware that the inheritance laws in the two countries are entirely different, and are all set to change once more. Spanish laws determine who the inheritor should be when a person who has not made...