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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...

Reasons to Love Living in Andalusia

Onions Newly arriving in Andalusia creates all kinds of sensations. Andalusia delivers drama, colour, flavour and spectacle. When you arrive at the Mirador de San Nicolas for the first time and look across at the Alhambra and the snowcapped Sierra behind… well, it’s unforgettable. There are even more rewards that come with time and effort. Learning a little (or a lot) of Castellano, getting to know the neighbours, going through some rough spots and coming out on the other side, and repeating things over an over again to make you feel embedded in a place. This, in other words, is what we call, knowing your onions. For those just arriving to Andalusia for the first time need to know the importance of the onion – a tortilla de patata without them es una decepción. Acetaldehyde Sherry wines, a...

Is Norway no Longer the Promised Land for Young Swedes?

Young Swedes had a tradition of flocking to Norway to find work. For example, getting a job in Norwegian cafes and restaurants was previously a popular option for young Swedes. But this appears to be coming to an end. This trend has slowed by an estimated 60 percent decrease in recent years suggesting the slowing of the oil boom has stemmed mass movement west from Sweden in search of employment. Is Norway no longer the promised land for young Swedes? Crossing the border It was common for young Swedes to travel across the border to work in areas like the service industry and retail when the Norwegian economy was at its peak. The lure of higher salaries on offer compared to back home and a favourable exchange rate were quite attractive. Nowadays, there is less Swedish being spoken on the str...

The Truth About Those Paris Clichés

Everyone has heard clichés about Paris and its inhabitants. The rudeness, the dog poo, the slim women, the reluctance to help tourists, the Metro nightmares. We’re here to set the record straight and get to the truth about those Paris clichés…in a comical way. Read on to see which clichés are myth and which are reality. Paris is not kid-friendly REAL: Parisians like children of course, but they just don’t want to see them in bars or restaurants. Parisian restaurants generally don’t have kids chairs or colouring books to keep the little ones occupied. Generally speaking it’s not a kid-friendly city. Space comes at a premium in this city and perhaps one reason kids are not welcome in restaurants is that they take a lot of space, so you feel bad bringing them into these tightly packed s...

Spanish Cities are Bursting Airbnb’s Bubble

Spain is one of the world’s top tourist destinations is Spain. In this country’s biggest cities the locals have grown quite tired of the Airbnb-style rentals and now. The result is that their city councils are taking action. These cities are bursting Airbnb’s bubble. Greedy landlords Airbnb and other vacation rental websites have been very popular in helping people find new ways to explore foreign lands for several years. It’s not unheard of that greedy landlords are throwing out long-term tenants in order to cash in on the tourist flow. These short-term leases are pushing up rent and locals are complaining about the unaffordability of housing. New rules Madrid’s left-wing government plans to make short-term rentals nearly impossible. Approximately 95 percent of apartment...

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...

A New Panda Cub in Kuala Lumpur

There is a new panda cub in Kuala Lumpur. A Malaysian zoo in Kuala Lumpur is the home to the world’s newest panda born in captivity. This baby panda does not yet have a name but was born about 5 months ago and made her debut just a few days ago. It’s a girl! The proud parents of the new female panda cub are giant pandas Liang Liang and Xing Xing. Liang Liang and Xing Xing are on a 10-year loan to Malaysia since 2014 and this new cub is their second offspring. Big sister Nuan Nuan was the first cub born to this panda couple. She was born in August 2015 and was sent back to China last November. Returning the cub at the age of 2 was part of a deal with Beijing. Big debut The healthy new addition to this panda family weighs 9 kilograms (19.8 pounds). There was a big media turnout as the cub ma...

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...

Recently Discovered World Wonders

From buried treasures, hidden cities and secret Maya pyramids, we bring you some of the most exciting archaeological discoveries of modern times. Get out your Indiana Jones hat and read on, for an amazing insight into powerful dynasties, ancient cults and other recently discovered world wonders. QALATGA DARBAND, IRAQI KURDISTAN, 2017 A lost city is being slowly unearthed in Iraqi Kurdistan, thanks to declassified spy footage and drone photography.  Qalatga Darband is thought to have been established by Alexander the Great and built around 331 BC.  The site of where the fortified city sits is believed to be in an area of what was a well-trodden route between Iran and Iraq. Experts watched declassified spy footage that was made public in 1996 and that is how the site was originally detected....

10 Countries That Don’t Like Visitors

In many countries, tourism can is a very big boost to the economy. Visitors have been embraced in most countries around the world with open arms. There are some countries however, that have decided that they were better without the masses of newcomers. Here is a list of 10 countries that have closed their doors to Americans along with many other nations. 1) Saudi Arabia All visitors to Saudi Arabia must be sponsored by a legal resident or citizen. There are still no guarantees even if you’re sponsored properly. The visa application process is highly selective. 2) Iran This country no longer has an American Embassy anymore due to the tense Iran hostage situation that occurred there in 1979. The only way to obtain a visa to this country is through the Pakistani embassy in Washington, D.C and...