Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

8 Dec at 6 PM 2016

France the best place for expat home ownership

A recent and wide-ranging study on residential property across Europe gives good news to UK expats owning French homes. Eight European countries were compared for their number of home owners, costs of homes versus salaries, property price variations, sizes of homes, construction costs, mortgages and rural versus city locations. The Eurostat study covered the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Poland. France outdid the UK in several of the categories, although both countries showed the same number of...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Hangzhou get Good Neighbour awards

Two long-stay expats living in the Chinese city of Hangzhou have been given Good Neighbour awards for their service to the community. One of the traditional highlights of the annual Hangzhou Neighbour Festival is the giving of Good Neighbour awards to residents who’ve made significant contributions to their local community. This year, two foreigners were voted the awards for the first time by local residents. Australian hotelier Pater Zaunmayr arrived in China 15 years ago and has lived in Hangzhou’s Xixi community for three...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Brexit effect devastates Spanish property market

Real estate agents in the Spanish Costas are reporting British demand for homes in the sun has fallen by 50 per cent since the Brexit vote. According to local estate agents, British demand for holiday and retirement homes in the popular Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca regions has fallen by 50 per cent since the Brexit vote and subsequent sterling crash. The slump wiped out strong gains in the market during 2015, during which 10,000 homes were purchased by Britons taking advantage of the strong pound. Traditionally, British buyers...
2 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Vietnam hosts festival celebrating local friendships with expats

In a move well ahead of neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam is hosting a Development and Integration Festival aimed at integrating expats into the Ho Chi Minh community. Ho Chi Minh City’s annual Development and Integration Festival kicked off yesterday for its three-day run aimed at introducing the country’s culture and history to an ever-increasing number of expat residents. Amongst its many features are the culture and arts of Vietnam, the city’s development plans and Vietnam’s delicious traditional cuisine. ...
28 Nov at 6 PM 2016

EU MEP proposes individual EU citizenship for British expats

Following a huge post-Brexit rise in applications by expat Britons for citizenship of other countries, the European parliament will review a plan for individual EU membership. If adopted, the proposal put forward by a Luxembourg liberal MEP would allow UK expats and British citizens free movement and the right to remain in EU member states. MEP Charles Goerens believes many UK citizens both overseas and at home want to stay as part of the European community. Amendment 882 has been proposed as an add-on to an EU parliament...
16 Nov at 4 PM 2016

Survey reveals the 17 best world cities for expats

The latest expat survey gives an extensive glimpse into expatriate lives and identifies the best world cities for quality of life and career success. The InterNations Expat Insider 2016 survey was based on all aspects of expat life including career prospects, lifestyle quality, friendliness of locals and even the weather. No less than 17 world cities were highly rated, giving prospective expatriates a choice of cultures, salary levels and more. Top of the range was Melbourne, Australia, with 80 per cent of expats commending the...
14 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Beijing government promotes Chinese hot spring culture to expats

As part of a new initiative to encourage expats and their families to explore Chinese culture, a group of foreign residents were given a chance to experience hot spring baths. Last Saturday, 50 expats and their families were taken on a day trip to a well-known hot spring resort in Beijing’s Changping district. The excursion formed part of a promotion to encourage the experience of Chinese culture and was aimed specifically at resident foreigners. Invitees came from 10 countries including the USA, the UK, Japan and Germany and...
10 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Dismayed US expats in London compare Trump victory to Brexit

US citizens working and living in London are horrified for the second time this year as Trump’s election follows on the Brexit vote. As if June’s shocking vote in favour of Brexit wasn’t enough to scare US expats working in London, Trump’s unbelievable win has plunged the community into terminal depression. Many are remembering Theresa May’s cryptic comment that those who believe they’re citizens of the world are citizens of nowhere. The American expat community is at the heart of cosmopolitan London, one of the world’s...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Options for stunned US citizens after the Trump victory

Prior to election day itself, social media and expat forums were loaded with US citizens determined to emigrate should Trump win. Now that the hopefully impossible is stark reality, many of those who were contemplating deserting the sinking ship are now rushing for just about any lifeboat in any friendly, non-Trumped country. A quick trawl through recent surveys brings up 10 escape-hatch countries already popular with US expats. It doesn’t matter whether you’re seeking a job, thinking of a start-up or even retiring, there are a...
3 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Bicultural expat couples choose China for culture and opportunity

With bicultural marriages becoming the norm in the younger expat community, China’s business opportunities and inclusive society fit the bill as a long-stay destination. Bicultural couples nowadays are choosing to live in an entirely new environment rather than have one or the other try to adapt to their partner’s country of birth. It’s a major challenge, but China is a great choice as it’s totally different in culture, work ethics and opportunities than anywhere in the West. The major challenge when resettling in a Chinese...