Expat Life

How is Oslo to Live in?

Any prospective expat spending a day in this vibrant city to familiarize themselves will be easily able to answer the question, How is Oslo? The answer is immediately obvious as are the reasons why Oslo, Norway’s capital and its largest city remains Europe’s fastest-growing capital. Flanked by mountains, Oslo is set in a giant amphitheatre with its feet soaking in the Oslofjord an inlet of the imposing Skagerrak Bay which thrusts all the way up to burst out into the North Sea and the sea, while its suburbs spread out and up to meld with the densely forested Marka area. Living In Oslo Oslo is a city comfortable with its past and eager to usher in its future as can be seen by its thriving museums, burgeoning foodie movement, dynamic contemporary-art scene and daringly energetic archite...

10 frightening superstitions from around the world

Superstitions are something unexplainable. But they do exist, and people simply believe in them. Our rational thinking doesn’t make much sense here, but at least we can enjoy the diversity of the world.  Let’s take a look at these weird, frightening and simply amazing superstitions below. Turkey If you are wondering why nobody is chewing gum at night in Turkey, here is an answer. Locals believe that if you do so, you are actually chewing on rotting human flesh. Obviously, brushing your teeth or choosing another type of breath freshener is a better option in this country. Spain and Latin America Hollywood taught us well about Friday the 13th. So, we are aware about the presence of bad luck. Meanwhile, Spanish-speaking countries have a different schedule – it is Tuesday the 13th that is unlu...

Spotlights of Swenglish

In recent times, the English language became quite active in ordinary Swedish vocabulary. For this reason, an ongoing interaction between the two languages appeared, which led to a common term “Swenglish”.  It is usually accompanied by the local one: ”Svengelska”. This article revels how the absorption of English language affects the local one. The roots ”Svengelska” is a combination of two Swedish words svenska and engelska. The term firstly appeared in one article published in 1960. It tried to get the attention of readers to the case and make them aware about the words they use in order to prevent any possible influence on the native language. And more than 50 years later Svengelska is more progressed and lively. It became a common thing in daily communication. However, generations Y an...

2018 Opinion Survey Finds Expats Disagree With Requirements For Filing US Taxes

Greenback Expat Tax Services holds an annual survey that examines the opinions of expats from all over the world. This year, the 2018 US Expat Opinion Survey gathered responses from 3800+ US expats. Read what David McKeegan, Co-Founder of Greenback Expat Tax Services, has to share about the results. This year’s survey was different than previous years’ surveys because we departed from asking primarily tax questions. We covered the tax reform, IRS amnesty programs, thoughts on citizenship renunciation, and how expats feel about filing US taxes, but then we ventured into new topics. We asked what political issues expats believe are the most important, and which way they think issues such as healthcare, gun control, and immigration reform should be handled. The answers may surprise you. Key f...

Some mind-blowing facts about Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, also commonly known as KL, is one of the most popular tourist destination worldwide. Not surprisingly, the city is extremely cosmopolitan and keeps expanding its growth becoming one of the most important places in Southeast Asia. For this reason, many important international events are hosted in Kuala Lumpur. Anyway, there are some fascinating facts about the city that must be revealed. Kuala Lumpur by itself is an extraordinary place, so some extra information should help us to understand how KL was shaped. The name Since Kuala Lumpur is located between two rivers, it literally signifies that: in Malay, Kuala means “Muddy” and Lumpur – “confluence”. Honestly, it is a quite ridiculous case when you are looking for the meaning. The roots The city was founde...

The “opposites attract” approach is out of date

It is time to give up on the “opposites attract” stereotype. It is fake. To achieve happiness and harmony in relationships it is recommended to look for someone like you. The basics of the former attitude Relationships can be explained as “a result of the exchange of goods and services”. This kind of interpretation comes from a stereotyped understanding that associates romantic relationships with the trade concept: partners desire different things from each other. Have you ever wondered why a young, beautiful woman is married to that old rich man? It is very simple: both of them found what they were looking for. In other words, she had something that he needed and vice versa. In addition, it is based on one-dimension demand. Probably a naïve romantic can find this reality disappointing, bu...

Why Relocating To Dublin Might Be A Smart Decision?

Dublin is a truly bewitching city of old-world cobbled streets, hedonistic pubs, medieval castles and soaring cathedrals contrasted to a vibrant cultural scene bursting with thriving art galleries and dynamic nightlife. With an economy beginning to rebound again, a magnificent architectural heritage and broad expanses of greenery coupled with some of the friendliest people on the face of the planet makes living in Dublin Ireland one of the most attractive places to call home. Relocating To Dublin Most expats in Dublin who live in Ireland will cheerfully expound on the manifest joys of living in this tumultuous city. From its Georgian architectural legacy to its determinedly cosmopolitan outlook, the last decade has seen Dublin unashamedly embrace diversity and multiculturalism. Here, as we...

Does office work make you fat?

An average calculation shows that people in America spend 90 percent of their time indoors, and total of 17 hours is dedicated to outdoor activities. Office work can affect your waistline and there are many workplace consequences why. Lack of natural light disrupts our hormones The explanation comes from the natural transition of lights during the day. At sunrise, the blue light gives you an energy for the daily tasks because it reacts with the cortisol. Meanwhile, at sunset blue light is alternated with a red one, which activates sleep hormones. Most of the offices have blue lightning, which is good for productivity, but since the strength isn’t adopted to this natural transition throughout the day, the understanding about when it is time to relax is distorted. Moreover, at home we are no...

Keep Track of the Good Things in Life

When everything goes according to plan we experience times of euphoria. We are encouraged to reach for even higher heights when our dreams and desires are fulfilled. However, there are times when our world seems to crumble and things go wrong. It’s during these times we wonder if we will ever see the light of day. It’s at these times it’s important to keep track of the good things in life. A continuous cycle Life is always changing and is a continuous cycle of victory and defeat. Regardless of whether we are in a time of triumph or a time of defeat, savouring the excellent things will serve us well. When Things Are on The Upswing… When we look back at our achievements, or accomplishments, we get an extra shot of motivation to set bigger goals or aim for more targets. Each target we met act...

Welcome to the 10th Issue of MyExpatsWorld Magazine

We are happy and excited to welcome you to our tenth edition of this magazine. 
A magazine for people who live, or plan to move abroad. In this issue you can find out about life standards in three totally different cities: Hong Hong, Rome and Zurich. Have a good laugh while reading an article about hilarious things that everyone has secretly done and count how many of them appeared in your life. Gain a useful perspective into why long distances might be the healthiest thing for your relationship. Know why millenials are the biggest victims of social engineering. Read about the generation that is expected to be the most overweight generation on record. There are many more interesting stories to read for any taste. Take a look around! According to the latest research, it was estimated that a...

20 Signs You Have Gone Native in Switzerland

From staying up past midnight to organise the recycling, shaking hands with children to kissing people three times. Here are 20 signs you have gone native in Switzerland. 1) You have officially become either a Migros person or a Coop person. You do have loyalty cards for both supermarket chains in your wallet though – just in case. 2) When you enter someone’s home, you automatically take your shoes off. You have also bought special slippers for guests to wear when they visit your place. 3) It seems quite normal to have a dozen different insurance policies..and, that your health insurance doesn’t cover ambulance trips. 4) You think it is reasonable to drive five kilometres to recycle some tin cans. And, you stay awake past midnight tying up bales of newspapers with string to put them ...

The 10 Hardest Languages for English Speakers to Learn

Japanese, Finnish or Chinese? It’s never easy learning a new language. There is a lot of new vocabulary and grammar one must learn. But if you’re going to learn something new you may want to try something more difficult. A language with different alphabets, characters, writing styles and new sounds will push you to the limit. Here are the 10 hardest languages for English speakers to learn. Mandarin Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world. Mastering Mandarin is a tall order for most English speakers though. Because Mandarin is a tonal language, every sound in Mandarin’s phonetic transcription system pinyin has four distinct pronunciations. Chinese is a language rich in homophones and full of idioms and aphorisms picked up over the course of its long history. Mandarin is absolutely...