Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

18 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Spain beats out USA as second most visited world country

Spain’s popularity as a destination both for tourism and expat life looks set to continue. Always a popular destination for both holidaymakers and expats, Spain is now officially the world’s second most visited country, beaten only by France and overtaking the USA. During 2017, an astonishing 82 million visitors arrived in the country, a further increase on the 2016 record high figure. The total amount of money spent by foreign visitors also soared by just under five per cent, bringing its share of gross domestic product to 11.5...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Travelling to Alpine ski resorts now hell for expat motorists

Expat ski fanatics who chose their locations with travelling to the slopes in mind are having problems actually getting to their favourite resorts. From Chamonix through Gstaad, St Moritz and Klosters to Les Trois Vallee skiers arrive to take full advantage of the perfect pistes, ski-in, ski-out chalets, buzzing nightlife and après-ski parties. Those living in major European cities such as Zurich, Munich and even Milan have few problems with getting there, but expats whose home towns are father afield are getting trapped by...
5 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Survey cites France as better for expat students than UK and USA

A recent survey of international students from world countries has found France to be more popular than either the USA or the UK. The new survey, carried out on behalf of Campus France, examined the experiences and perceptions of some 14,000 international students already studying in the country or planning to do so. The results indicate France is now one of the most popular world countries for university education, topping the UK, Germany and the USA. Students loved France’s ‘cultural radiance’ and appreciated the country’s...
29 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Dordogne villagers fear financial ruin if Brit expats leave

A charming small village in France’s southern region fears Brexit will be the end for its jobs and small businesses. The picturesque French village of Eymet is nicknamed ‘Little England’ due to its high number of British residents, and is now in a state of near-panic about the possible effects of Brexit on the entire community. Local business owners are convinced their livelihoods are now at stake as the EU negotiations proceed. More than 33 per cent of the business done in Eymet is to British expats, with a hard Brexit deal...
28 Dec at 6 PM 2017

US expats leave for a better life rather than more money

US citizens leaving the country of their birth are doing so for a change in lifestyle rather than to earn more money. A surprising revelation in the latest InterNations survey states many US citizens are upping sticks and moving overseas for a better quality of life, irrespective of whether they’re earning more in their new countries. In fact, almost half of those surveyed reported their take home pay in their new jobs was less than their US salaries. Mexico and Costa Rica, both favourite havens for American expats, both have costs...
18 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Expats fight addiction and find new lives at Thai monastery

Rising drug addiction and alcoholism rates regularly hit international news outlets, but finding affordable, effective treatment seems to be beyond the skills of most Western health services. Whether it’s hard drugs or alcohol, the effects of addiction can be literally mind-blowing and frequently fatal, especially for those unable to afford the luxury of treatment at a private clinic. In the majority of Western countries, both kinds of addiction are running riot, with local government-funded clinics unable to help the majority of...
13 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Brit holiday rental fraudster on the run in Spain

A female British expat is on the run in southern Spain after she was caught conning English tourists out of thousands of euros. The alleged holiday rentals scammer is now the subject of a manhunt centred on the Costa del Sol after victims of her online fraud complained to local police. Expat conwoman Paula-Louise Neale has been accused of placing fraudulent holiday rental adverts on social media over the past two years. Once potential victims were hooked into the scam, they were told to make their rental payments via Paypal, but once...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Guide to your first expat Christmas in Germany

Expats living and working in Germany find themselves at the heart of traditional Christmas with glittering pine trees, endless fun things to do, and lots of delicious mulled wine. It could well be said that Germany invented the traditional Christmas enjoyed by the entire Western world. Christmas trees, now considered the icon of the festive season, were first introduced in the 16th century, only becoming popular in the UK after their introduction by Queen Victoria’s beloved Prince Albert. Although glitzy artificial trees are more...
13 Nov at 6 PM 2017

EU leader promises expat her rights will be protected

European Union leader Tono Lopez-Isturiz has promised the rights of a female expat who sent am appeal to the European Peoples’ Party will be protected. The Spanish European Parliament Member had been approached by a female expat via a letter telling of her concerns about losing her rights once Brexit is finalised. Speaking directly to her on Armistice Day, the Spanish lawmaker made it clear he was committed to fight for all UK expats’ rights, especially as he honoured the UK’s contribution to his country during World War II. He...
13 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expatriate pupils in Dubai learn to love Arabic lessons

Expatriate pupils at one of Dubai’s international schools are newly enthusiastic about learning Arabic due to the Living Arabic Forum. Until very recently, expatriate children were far less than enthusiastic about learning Arabic, as they considered the language was far too ‘foreign’ and likely not to be much use to them in their future lives. Nowadays, it’s very different, thanks to the introduction of the Living Arabic Forum’s new, improved teaching methods which encourage a love of the language. One shining example of...