Expat Life

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...

Why Valencia?

If anyone ever asks you the question, “Why Valencia?” after you’ve explained you have just relocated there, the simple answer is, “Why not?” Safely tucked away out of the hurley burley between Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is comfortable in its own skin. And what a skin that is. Valencia is an effortlessly livable city, a haven for foodies, culture-vultures and night owls. Valencia has never looked back since it courageously diverted its avowedly flood-prone river around to its outskirts and converted the now dry riverbed into an illustrious verdant park twining its way through the city. On it, Valencia unleashed innovative architectural designs such as the futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Just as critical to Valencia’s enduring attractiveness to residents, visitors and expa...

Current social media demographics

4.021 billion people use an internet on a daily basis. This number grows 7% annually. 42% of the world’s population, which is 3.196 billion people, are social media users. Since last year, this number grew 13%. As we can see, social media is inherent in our lifestyle in this century. For this reason, the top 5 social networks and their demographics are revealed in this article. Keep reading it, since there is a great chance that you are a part of these statistics. The list is made according to Spredfast data. Top 5 social networks The first five positions that contain the biggest number of active social networks’ users don’t change much from year-to-year. In fact, they will not surprise you at all. However, the most popular social media sites vary a lot by level of usage in different...

Why the four-day work week is good for business

A company in New Zealand decided to test if the four-day work week was beneficial to business. Everything stayed the same, including salary, except employees were working one day less. The experiment lasted for eight weeks and proved that the work-life balance had increased from 54 percent to 78 percent. Stress levels had declined, and most importantly, the job performance wasn’t affected. In fact, it became mildly better.  After two months of trial, the company will be scheduling the four-day week permanently.  Productivity lasts less than 3 hours a day The CEO of the company, Andrew Barnes, was reading about a research project which revealed that employees are only productive for 2.5 hours a day. This is what made him consider a four-day week as an option. Andrew claimed that it was an e...

Why do Swedes have the longest vacation time?

Vacation in Sweden is something phenomenal. Local residents have 41 paid days annually. The country takes the lead on a global scale. Nearly two months of the year in total For many employed workers around the world 41 paid vacation days may sound glorious, but it is only a humble minimum for Swedes. In fact, legally they can be out of office around 2 months of the year. It is calculated with possible absences regarding personal matters, grief leave, public holidays and even a day off when you’re moving house.   However, the country keeps breaking down the standards: after taking the first 20 holiday days, Swedes are allowed to save remaining time up to five years. In addition, employers are responsible to inform their employees about their vacation situation in order to use it before thos...

Why people seem so mean as they age?

The differences between each living generation are based on diverse experiences that accordingly shape different approaches and can create barriers of communication or even provoke the inability to listen to each other. But this doesn’t necessarily need to be the case.  The latest studies show that the generation gap might not be relevant when it comes to the question why older people seem to be so mean. The aging process shrinks certain parts of our brain and that affects people’s embarrassment level.  This causes people to become less worried about what they are saying. It might mean that older people express their opinion that would normally keep only for themselves. Moreover, it is possible that people have always been this way, and aging simply reveals ones’ true character...

Tipping in Germany

The tipping culture in Germany is deeply entrenched. Thus, this article explains the most actual tipping habits: how much Germans favour waiters; and what expectations waiters have; So, read the article to avoid any possible misunderstandings and unnecessary blushing!  The information is based on a study, made by Dr. Christian Stegbauer, who is an academic at the Frankfurt University.  So, many people all around the world would use rational logic when tipping: if they like the services and food, they will tip the staff accordingly. Meanwhile, Germans have their own standards that aren’t based on a typical “calculations”. German tipping habits Tipping is known as “trinkgeld” (“drink money”) in the country. Interestingly, Germans are known as generous restaurant-goers, even though the tip is...

How does language affect our perception of reality?

Can a native language influence the way we think and express our thoughts? Can it shape our world accordingly? It is very likely. This topic catches a lot of attention among linguists and researchers.  They are trying to identify the relationship between language, culture, and perception. The words, grammar, metaphors we use influence the diversity in perception and experiences. However, it is quite difficult to measure what is the extent of a language’s influence. Culture, traditions, habits and local environment shape our mind too, for this reason they affect how we talk and how we express our opinion. Linguistic differences There are a few examples below which demonstrate the differences from a linguistic perspective among unlike nations. –          Eskimos have many more words to...

Does New York Shape Its Residents?

New York The New York can be anything you want it to be. It’s why countless people have pinned their dreams on this evocative city, thrown caution to the wind and shown up on its doorstep. As Frank Sinatra famously put it, New York is the “city that doesn’t sleep.” New York City is the American centre of gravity for all things modern and cool that evolved into a hyper-frenetic centre stage all the world dreams of performing on. This is the city that is always non-stop, 24/7 in its eternal quest to remain one step ahead of the rest of the world. Living In New York Visiting New York is fundamentally different from living permanently in the Big Apple. New York is indeed a one-in-a-million, exciting place to live and work. New York, however, is not for the faint-hearted, the vacillating nor th...

Expats in Switzerland: where do they belong?

Even though everyone is different, it is still possible to sort people into groups regarding their attitude to a specific matter. Expatriates in Switzerland are not an exception: they can be grouped to the tribes due to their experience and viewpoint of living abroad. Here is the variety of Switzerland’s expat tribes. The love refugee They can’t even properly explain how everything happened and how they found themselves living here: working on their residence permit, as locals kissing other on the cheek three times when they meet them. They became extremely punctual and no longer notice the church bells, which ring all the time. The taxpat People chose this place because it is easy to park some money here. However, the situation has changed over the years, but Switzerland still stays...

Honouring Italy: surprising pasta facts

Probably everyone would agree, pasta is Italy’s pride. Let’s educate ourselves more about this delicious product! Eating with a spike In the Middle Ages, Italians used to eat pasta with a wooden spike. It was called “punteruolo”. Progressively, it was changed to a fork, which they found more convenient: it has three spikes instead of one to twirl up their noodles. This might the main reason why the change was quite fast and easily integrated into Italian society. Meanwhile other parts of Europe were struggling with acceptance of using the fork. Making pasta in Naples In southern Italy, close to Naples, the region called Campania is considered to be the best place to make pasta. And it is only because of suitable climate conditions. The durum wheat is able to grow all year round and u...

What our face tells about our internal system

Face mapping has been known since the ancient world. In the past, it was the main way to diagnose and prevent diseases and prescribe treatment. However, this ancient practice is also a widely used technique in today’s world, especially when it comes to nutrition and healthy life style. It works quite simply: an organ or body part is identifying with a specific point on the face, which shows existing disorders and diseases. Here are the main areas of our face that talk loudly, let’s take a look! Forehead It is related to gallbladder and liver issues. The forehead reveals the condition of our nervous and digestive systems. The main threats come from the stress, internal stagnation and dietary habits: deep lines on a young forehead can’t be mixed up with age wrinkles. It is a sign of some kin...