Expat Euro News

Latest 10 news items tagged Euro

26 Jan at 2 PM 2015

Copenhagen and Bern lead the way in expat liveability index

Copenhagen and Bern are the easiest places for Europeans to relocate to, according to a new index by ECA International. The organisation, which advises firms on posting workers on foreign assignments, evaluated more than 450 locations across the world. Among the things it evaluated were: the lifestyle on offer in a city; the availability and cost of housing and utilities; the availability of health services; the climate; political tensions; the quality of air; personal safety; and infrastructure. ECA noted that that factors such as...
23 Jan at 12 PM 2015

Greek expats angered at voting exclusion

Greeks abroad have admitted their frustration at not being allowed to vote as the southern European nation gears up for its general elections. Electoral regulations state that expats can only cast their ballots if they return home to do so, which for many is not possible. In the Belgian capital, Brussels, there are an estimated 20,000 Greek citizens, many of whom are becoming increasingly angry by the situation. One such person, 29-year-old economics and international relations graduate Nick, quit Greece in 2011 amid the...
22 Jan at 2 PM 2015

Expats demanding winter fuel allowance show proof of wintry conditions

Thousands of UK expats across the Europe are campaigning to ensure their winter fuel payments are not scrapped, and many have now taken to sending photos to show just how cold conditions are in the countries they live in during the winter months. Under a new government proposal, expats living in Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, France, Malta, Cyprus and Greece will no longer receive their winter fuel allowances (around £200- £300 per year) as of next winter because the countries they live in are considered too warm. However, expats in...
20 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Voting referendum ‘unlikely’ this year for Irish expats

A referendum on whether to allow Irish expatriates the right to vote in general elections is unlikely to take place this year, according to Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan. The Cabinet was scheduled discuss holding a referendum on the matter before Christmas, but it has yet to do so, confirmed Deehinan. The minister said that referendums on the minimum age of presidential election candidates and marriage equality were due to be held in the next 12 months, so it would be “”logistically very difficult” to stage a...
14 Jan at 4 PM 2015

British expat pensioners in Cyprus fighting to keep winter fuel allowance

British expat pensioners in the Mediterranean nation of Cyprus are fighting tooth and nail to keep their winter fuel benefits after a proposal to take the allowance away from them due to the climate they live in was tabled. The UK government is considering taking winter fuel allowances away from pensioners from 2015-16 if the country they live in has an average annual temperature than the proposed set level. This ruling would not only would affect expats in Cyprus, but also other European nations such as Spain, Portugal, France, Malta...
7 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Oslo most expensive European city for expats

The Norwegian capital Oslo has been ranked as the most expensive city in Europe for expats to live in, according to a recent cost of living survey. The latest rankings, compiled by ECA International, did not feature any cities in neighbouring Sweden in the top 30, most likely because of the weakening of the Krona. ECA conducts cost of living surveys twice annually to assist companies in working out allowances for employees while on foreign assignments. The surveys compare like-for-like consumer services and products commonly bought...
23 Dec at 3 PM 2014

Online survey names Ecuador as best place for expats

A survey of over 14,000 expats in 160 countries has ranked Ecuador as the best place in the world to live in terms of factors such as finances and overall quality of life. The survey, which was carried out by online community website InterNations, also quizzed expats on family life, making friends, how easy settling into life in a country was, and overall satisfaction with life abroad. Ecuador was named the best country for expats, followed by Luxembourg and Mexico. Other notable names in the top 10 were the US, Singapore, Australia...
18 Dec at 4 PM 2014

Joy for expats in Denmark as government passes dual citizenship law

Denmark has finally passed a law that will allow expats to become citizens of the country without losing the citizenship of their homeland. The new legislation also states that Danes who have previously given up their citizenship are able to reclaim it. The government’s decision on dual citizenship came after a research on the issue began back in 2012. The panel in charge of looking into it first considered the option of allowing dual citizenship for individuals from EU countries or member states of NATO, but came to the...
9 Dec at 2 PM 2014

Expats in Spain help collect hundreds of thousands of kilos of food for the poor

A food campaign organised by food bank Bancosol to assist poor people in Spain has been a huge success, thanks in part to the large number of expats who helped. The results went way beyond what was expected, with the food bank collecting a total of 703,000 kilos of food – more than 100,000 kilos more than what was initially targeted. The food will now be used to feed families in need. Collection points were set up at supermarkets along the Costa del Sol, home to a large number of British expats, many of whom either purchased a...
1 Dec at 9 AM 2014

Dubai named world’s best city to work

Dubai has been voted the best city on Earth to work, beating off completion from the likes of Hong Kong, London, Singapore, Paris and New York. According to a recent survey carried out by Insead’s French alumni association, Dubai came first on a list of 15 of the world’s seemingly most desirable places to live. The researchers questioned 835 alumni from the school’s European-based campus who had gained experience working in the 15 cities involved. Among the things taken into account were the availability of young talent,...