Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

17 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Data debunks myth of Spain as elderly expat retirement haven

Contrary to the widely-held belief that Brit expat communities in Europe mostly contain retirees, statistics suggest two-thirds of UK expatriates are below retirement age. Recently-released data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics shows 66 per cent of the estimated 784,900 Britons living in Europe are between the ages of 64 and 15, with more living in Spain than in any other EU member state. In addition, the data shows Spain is home to 293,500 long-term British expatriates, and the UK has fewer emigrants living In Europe...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Thermal drone finds lost rescue dog in the desert outside Dubai

A South African couple in Dubai feared the loss of their almost blind rescue dog until a friend offered assistance with his thermal drone. Stevie, a four-year old German Shepherd dog, was adopted from a local dog rescue shelter by South African expat Michael Rudolph and his family almost four years ago as a four-month old puppy, after being severely beaten and starved by his former owner. His injuries were so severe that he suffered brain damage causing epilepsy and was almost blind, needing constant care and love from his new owners....
9 Apr at 6 PM 2018

US expats torn between distancing and joining political protests

As US political tensions escalate, American expats are split between watching from a safe distance and advocating support for a common sense solution to the Trump presidency. Caught between feelings of guilt for missing out on the USA’s developing protest movements and relief they’re not affected by the continuing chaos in their home country, expat Americans are doing what they can on the international protest stage but are worried about the Trump effect on their families and friends. Unable to cut their emotional ties to...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Austrian bitcoin fraud investigation goes Europe wide

Austrian financial authorities investigating a suspected cryptocurrency pyramid scheme related to bitcoins are requesting Interpol join the search for those behind the fraud. Centred in Vienna, the investigation is now considering whether other European countries have also been targeted by a recently-discovered bitcoin-related scam. Interpol has been asked to join in the investigation amid fears the fraud has spread across Europe and involved more than the initial hundreds of victims in Austria. According to spokesperson for the...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2018

New Vietnamese ride hailing app set to outpace Grab

Just a few days after Uber pulled out of Southeast Asia after its sale to Grab, a Vietnamese company has launched its own ride-hailing service via a massive investment. Ride-hailing in Southeast Asia is popular with expats and tourists as well as locals for its inexpensive fixed prices and sheer convenience set against more traditional rides such as the tuk-tuks and songthaews reputedly run by local mafias. Since its set-up in neighbouring Thailand, Uber has faced challenges from locals as well as from lawmakers, and was still branded...
26 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Broken Britain the cause of UK expat exodus

Broken Britain is one reason why UK nationals are rushing to move to Europe before Brexit officially kicks in. It seems the EU referendum has sparked an increasing exodus of angry and disappointed Britons looking to create a better lifestyle for themselves and their families. Some are setting up new businesses, others have successfully applied for better jobs and others are bringing forwards their retirement to coincide with 29 March next year. Most seem happy to embrace their new communities and avoid established expat enclaves....
14 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Total Brit expat numbers in Spain now in serious decline

Recent reports suggest British would-be expats are continuing to buy Spanish properties, but the actual number of UK citizens in the country is in sharp decline. Official figures from the last quarter of 2017 show more British buyers are busily buying Spanish homes than are investors from other world countries, but the total number of Britons actually living in Spain is shrinking fast. Some 2,348 homes were sold to Brits who’ve presumably brushed aside Brexit fears, according to Spain’s Land Registry Office. The French and Germans...
7 Mar at 6 PM 2018

US expat protest group challenges Bannon in Zurich

An American expatriate group protesting over USA lawmakers’ lack of interest in gun control made their voices heard in Zurich during Steve Bannon’s visit. As if the visit by the ultra-right wing ex-White House chief strategist wasn’t controversial enough, the small but effective expat demonstration outside the venue for his speech made it clear his views on gun control weren’t welcome in Switzerland. Bannon has traditionally taken a stand against any form of gun control, even after the latest murder of 17 students at a Florida...
5 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Expats and tourists caught up in Spanish hospital scam

A damning report has revealed several Spanish public hospitals are working with a company charging triple the actual medical fees to non-Spanish patients. A document shared with an English language expat-focused newspaper is claiming the International Care Patient Association is acting as an intermediary between non-Spanish patients and the hospitals themselves and can charge whatever it pleases on condition the medical facilities get a cut. According to the report, Barcelona’s Hospital del Mar has an agreement with ICPA to get 55...
23 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Survey reveals expats love Germany for its 'awesomeness'

Germany doesn’t exactly come to mind as a favourite expatriate destination, but those living there are more than happy with their choice. The most important aspect of German life for expats is the country’s open society and sensible laws. Germany’s modern, safety-conscious society with its inclusive legal system, gender equality and law and order ticks all the boxes with expatriates from less stable, secure lands as well as those from developed countries enduring political chaos at the present time. In a recent poll, an open...