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Tailor Made Luxury Home Services in Lisbon

Have you recently bought a home in the Lisbon area but are feeling overwhelmed or too busy to take care of it yourself? You would love an expert to manage things on your behalf, whether it means getting things set up, helping with home services, or even having 5 star concierge support. Home Services 4U (HS4U) does exactly that – offering tailor made luxury home services in Lisbon, catering totally to your needs. HS4U was founded by 3 partners who for a long time were debating the need for such a service. They were frustrated by the low standard of existing companies in the market and wanted to create a better experience for their clients. Relax while they take care of things Clients are happy to use the company’s services as they want first class service for their homes away from hom...

London Rejected from the 10 best European cities for Property Investment

At the top of the EU property market we find Birmingham, Berlin and Hamburg. London has been overtaken by cities such as Budapest and Istanbul This is the first time since 2012 that London has slipped out of the top 10 best cities in Europe for investment prospects. Prices are high and yields aren’t as good as they used to be. PwC Report A report done by by PwC and the Urban Land Institute, showed that Berlin and Hamburg took the top two positions in the Emerging Trends in Real Estate, while Birmingham came in sixth. This report collated interviews with more than 500 developers, investors and property managers across Europe and is a useful guide to where experts think the market might be heading Cities were rated based on investment prospects, and for their impressions on the future of the...

New French courses period in Autumn

Alliance Française Amsterdam New French courses period – September-December 2018 We offer you French language courses for every age, level and occupation. Our strengths: Dynamic and innovative teaching methods; Qualified native teachers; Oral-based courses; Latest online learning tools From only €12.50 / hour The worldwide AF label stands for quality, expertise and unique linguistic and (inter)cultural experience.   OPEN DAY  Our team welcomes you on Saturday, September 1st at Centrale OBA’s ground floor to present you the new 2018/2019 French courses and cultural offer. Programme: Discussions with our staff and teachers, Free placement tests, Children workshops, French books sale – everything for €1, 10% discount on all our courses and our membership offer. EXCLUSIV...

9 of the most relevant etiquette norms of 21st century

Etiquette standards have changed a lot during last 20 years. Things that were normal for our parents and grandparents, like sending letters via mail or calling via a land line, in this digital age are used much less often. Earlier generations didn’t need to be worried about texting, mailing rules or dating app protocol. Well, pretty much everything used to be done face to face before. However, our environment progresses and keeps up with the latest innovations. For this reason, there exists a vague understanding about current etiquette norms and acceptable behaviors. Thus, this article should help you get a clue  as to what is acceptable and what is not in terms of technology, work and relationships. 1.    No phone on the table during a meal Keeping your phone on the table in most cases is...

Individualistic vs. Collectivistic Cultures

Cultures are dynamic manifestations of a society’s value choices. They reflect a society’s preferences and approaches to problem-solving together with its citizen’s source of inspiration and motivation. In the world of psychology, cultures are often classified into two camps. Firstly, there are those cultures that are innately collectivist. Secondly, there are those cultures that are that are inclined to be more individualist in their philosophy. The Individualist – Collectivist Divide Individualist cultures, usually represented by Western cultures such as Western Europe and the United States, stress individual fulfilment without regard for their potential impact on collective group goals. This produces a robust framework of competition within a society. Collectivist cultures, often repres...

The Danish unemployment rate is the lowest since 2009

The unemployment rate in Denmark is falling. The number of people who receive social welfare support diminished by 1,400 in June.  Statistics Officially, there are 107,300 people who aren’t working currently and who receive government support. According to the statistics department, the unemployment level is the lowest since 2009 taking into account both the percentage of people who aren’t working and the number of individuals in full-time positions. Even though there has been a steady decrease since 2009 there were some insignificant increases of unemployment in 2016 and 2017. Moreover, the number of people, who are suitable to work but aren’t employed yet, reach 152,000. Meanwhile, it was 148,000 in March last year. So, as we can see, not all numbers are looking better. The labour market...

Remove the Hassle of U.S. Tax Obligations as a Digital Nomad

If you are an American citizen living abroad, you are probably aware that you will have to file your US taxes on any income you earn worldwide. It may be a difficult task trying to find qualified help locally, but with Taxes for Expats (TFX) you would be able to get help from wherever you are in the world. Read on to find out how you can remove the hassle of U.S. tax obligations as a self-employed digital nomad. Stay on the right side of the law All digital nomads, whether living consistently in one country or wandering the planet, will need an expert to help them go through the complicated issues around U.S. taxes. TFX does exactly this and has been preparing American expat taxes for the past 25 years, serving clients in over 190 countries worldwide. The company’s main priority is to remo...

New to Barcelona? Get Your NIE the Quick and Easy Way

So you’ve just moved to Barcelona and loving the life there. You feel grateful to be able to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The thing is, now that you live here, you have to get your head around the whole NIE thing. Yes, that NIE residency card is the key to everything in Catalonia and Spain. You will need it to open a bank account, to get a job, apply for a driver’s license and even get a phone number or internet at home. NIE.Cat can help you get your NIE the quick and easy way. Ensuring a smooth process Getting your NIE is not an easy process especially if you don’t speak much Spanish. That’s where NIE.CAT can help you out. They will be able to advise you on all the necessary documents that you would need to present. Checking over all the paperwork for you and hel...

How to Spend and Save Money Abroad for Free

As an expat living abroad, you may have found that it can be a difficult task trying to save money abroad, especially due to currency conversions. Using ATMs and POS machines overseas can be extremely confusing, but learning how to get around this can help you spend and save money abroad for free! With Revolut you can find out exactly how to do this. What is Revolut? Revolut is an app that is revolutionizing the world of personal finance as a ‘digital banking alternative’. It is an app for your global lifestyle and offers a contactless card that allows you to spend all over the world with no fees. There are no exchange currencies at the interbank rate, you can open multi-currency accounts, and get money at any ATM with no commissions. You are able to make payments and divide accounts with ...

A Stress Free Way to Rent a Short Term Furnished Apartment

So, you’re thinking about moving abroad for a short period of time but are feeling a little anxious about it. Maybe you’re unsure about how long you will be staying for, whether for work purposes or for pleasure. Most expats prefer to look for furnished apartments as it makes everything a lot easier and definitely saves money. Here are a few tips on a stress free way to renting a short term furnished apartment. Easier to find a short term let You can breathe easy knowing that the first step to your apartment search is to get a short term let rather than a long-term, which is so much easier to find. Also, looking for a furnished property will be much cheaper as you won’t need to spend any extra money on furniture, appliances and maintenance. Find your perfect place within two viewings tempo...

How to Survive Expatriate Life

If you’ve moved to a new country, you know the many challenges that can come with it. It is not an easy decision to make and even the most thick-skinned adventurer has their challenges. As a psychologist, mother and weathered survivor of her move abroad, Dr Elizabeth Frei shares her tips on how to survive expatriate life, to help you flourish in your new home. Get a grasp of the language If you have yet to learn the local language, I would suggest that you look into taking some classes as it will make you feel more connected to the community. Before my family and I moved to the German-speaking area of Switzerland, we had lived in the French part for three years. Learning French helped me a lot with simple day-to-day tasks such as telling the cashier at the local store to “have a nice day”....

The importance of choosing the right hospital as an expat

If you have recently moved to Spain, it would be highly recommended that you choose the right hospital as an expat, as well as good health insurance cover. You never know when you may need to use it, as well as which hospital to go to. There are quite a number of private hospitals in Spain and Quirónsalud is the largest, as well as being the leading provider of healthcare services nationwide. Save huge amounts of time Hospitals in Spain, both private and public, are rated highly and are considered some of the best in the world. However, when it comes to public hospitals, you may have to wait a long period of time to see a doctor, especially if it is a non-emergency. Through the public system, patients would usually have to be first referred by their doctor to see a specialist. With private...