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My Expats World | The workation phenomenon

Work doesn’t look the same as it looked in the past, even if we are talking about previous 10 years. However, there still are many companies that are trying to stick to the old-fashioned way of working: strict working hours and a disapproval of remote work. On the contrary, forward-looking companies and usually startups, often run by millennials, appreciate a flexible working environment. The contemporary mindset of running a business allows their employees to travel and not to lose their vacation time. Workation meaning Very simply, workation stands for vacation time while still working. Modern employees support this choice because they believe it paybacks in productivity and creativity: a temporary escape of day to day stresses in the office. Moreover, it helps to please employees, becau...

My Expats World | Gen Z is troubled by phone boredom

Generation Z is also known as the iGeneration, which has started using the internet since a young age. This makes them proficient users of current technology and social media.   Even though teens have a full access to the technology today, they claim they feel very bored by it.  A new type of boredom  This case may sound a bit strange since we have lost those moments of daydreaming. In fact, it is quite difficult nowadays to be bored when our phone can entertain us while having free moments: Facebook, emails, Candy Crush Saga, etc. However, today’s teenagers are still feeling bored, which creates a new type of boredom: phone bored.  Many of these teens and tweens are growing up with 4G internet, laptops, and social media. Well, basically with everything that earlier generations started to ...

My Expats World | Climate change and laziness killed our genetic ancestors

What did affect their fate? The latest archeological study at the Australian National University revealed that Homo erectus (“upright human”) might die because of being too chill. The lead researcher, Dr. Ceri Shipton,  claims that their laziness is revealed by the way these archaic humans made their tools. Dr. Shipton and his team were exploring some territory in Saudi Arabia, where they were focusing on stone axes made by Homo erectus. Interestingly, the excavation site proved that our genetic ancestors were simply choosing something that was lying nearby their camp instead of going further away to pick some better-quality rocks for their tools. Their carefree perspective didn’t help them to survive during the climate change. When the rivers in the Arabian Peninsula dried up,...

My Expats World | The decrease in Swiss citizenship applications

Switzerland brought in a new requirement for foreigners who want to apply for citizenship. From now on, foreigners must complete a formal test of one of four national languages in order to prove to be a suitable level. It is expected that this new rule will result in  quite a dramatic decrease of applications in the first six months after becoming effective. One more indicator is simply naturalization, which allows the foreign spouses and children of Swiss citizens to receive the citizenship much easier, which has dropped by a third in the last two last years. Moreover, the number of applicants was extremely low in French-speaking regions like Geneva and Vaud. New citizenship rules This year, the Swiss government approved new regulations that made the citizenship process even more complica...

My Expats World | 7 things that impact obesity in America

Obesity rates in the United States are the highest in the world: two of every three American men are considered to be overweight or obese. However, obesity in women is more common. According to the statistics, close to 40% of adults and 19% of young people are obese. And this trend is not decreasing.   Even though it is pretty clear that Americans consume more food than is necessary to turn into energy, an ordinary resident unconsciously overindulges in a great variety of unhealthy foods. Simply because in the States unhealthy food is the most tasty, affordable and available.  It’s provided in large portions and even visually looks better than healthy alternatives.   Let’s get some deeper insights about what influences American obesity.    1) Americans eat out a lot  The frequency of...

My Expats World | Polish your recycling habits: the non-recycled plastic penalty in France

The current project  The French government is planning to set penalties on non-recycled plastic in 2019. The country is planning to start using only recycled plastic by 2025. Thus, the penalty system is related with raising the expenses for consumer goods that come in packages which are made of non-recycled plastic.   The new regulation introduces the law system which is based on 10% lower costs for products that contain recycled plastic, opposed to products with non-recycled material which will cost 10% more. The French government is expecting that higher non-recycled plastic expenses will help eliminating the excessive packaging. The future  This change is to improve the environmental state and is one of the few that are going to be carried out in the following years. The next step conce...

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...

Eastern vs Western Medicine

The controversial discussion about two main medical fields, Eastern and Western, is trying to answer which method is superior. There are many opinions of what is better, but before making any further judgments, let’s have a deeper look at their differences. In short, the main difference comes from short-term versus long-term action planning. Western medicine is driven by science and is criticized for its “one size fits all” approach: in most cases patients with certain symptoms are treated alike. Meanwhile, Eastern medicine focuses on individual cases considering the bond between mind, body and spirit. Western medicine Western medicine aims its attention at physical systems and body functions. Doctors are used to emphasizing a specific part of the body, which gets damaged. Accordingly, Wes...

How our age affects our appetite?

Food is the daily fuel of humans. And our relationship with food is formed by income, availability, trends and even peer pressure. Which means that the relationship can be as much complicated as it is joyful. Hunger is the main stimulant that affects our appetite and informs the brain when it’s time to have a bite. However, nowadays we got into the trap of overconsumption: smell, sound and advertising which all make us eat even we are not hungry. This also affects our eating habits. Anyway, our appetite changes with aging as well. Our lives are divided into seven stages that illustrate the differences of our relationship with food. Knowing this might help fighting against a few main the twenty first century issues: overconsumption, obesity and eating disorders. The first decade, 0-10 In th...

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...

Millennials are poorer than previous generations

Each generation has their standards of living. Millennials aren’t an exception. Even though their economic situation is discussed aloud as the most challenging, there are some reasons for this. University loans and the coinciding debts (especially in USA), the outcomes of the latest recession, higher expenses towards housing and living costs, excessively competitive job markets, etc. don’t make their life easier. Let’s take a closer look at the financial situation of millennials.  The fundamentals Millennials are people between 18 and 35 years old, also known as generation Y. It’s the largest and most powerful consumer generation (1.8 billion) surpassing Baby Boomers (1.1 billion). These young adults have totally different habits of buying, spending, and saving. This generation grew ...