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Why we can’t stop going back to the same places?

Have you ever noticed that usually when we are meeting our besties, we choose the same places to hang out most of the time? Researchers, who are studying the nature of human behavior, revealed that a groups of friends stick to a small number of certain places. A specific number of places Even though there is always something new in town that people are up to trying, in most cases, we end up going to a maximum of 25 already tried and approved places at any given time.  Basically, when we are extending our geographic circle with a new bar or restaurant, a previous one is taken away from our list. Yes, it is all about the number. The researchers explain this situation as a result of our laziness and curiosity.   Laura Alessandretti, co-author and Ph.D. researcher at University of London, clar...

Some Good Advice About Chasing Dreams and Following Your Passion

We all have the ability to dream, but not all of us have the courage to live out our dreams. Limiting self-belief systems are often the reason why people aren’t living their dreams. Many believe that their current circumstances or surroundings are keeping them from achieving the things they dream of. Everyone has things they can use as excuses but learning to find those workarounds in our life that give us the ability to succeed, can inspire us to start implementing changes in our lives that need to be made. There really are no excuses; you are never too old, too poor, or too sick to live your dreams. The road getting there may not be the same way as others but if you start chasing your dreams now you eventually will get there. Dreams remain just that until you decide they are going to be ...

The Highest Educated Countries in the World

A Global Competitiveness Report is issued annually by the World Economic Forum. This report provides a set of rankings (well-researched) of all the countries in the world. There are a host of factors related to education which provide holistic scores for each nation. Consideration is given to things such as access to schools, tuition fees, diversity, school quality and educational attainment within the population. Below is a list of the highest educated countries in the world. Nations are ranked in 4 key areas: Capacity This quantifies to what extend a countries overall population has received education, or educational experiences. Deployment Deployment calculates to what degree skills are accumulated and applied among the population in a given country. Development The ability to adapt the...

Warmer weather in Norway: climate change and snake bites

Unusual weather is spoiling Norwegians who are used to much lower summer temperatures. Moreover, unusually high temperatures for this northern country may become normal. Climate change Climate researchers are anxious about quite a regular occurrence of Euro  pean heatwaves this summer. A few records for hot weather have been already set. For now, 34 degrees has been recorded as a highest temperature, which is 4 degrees higher than a warmest day last year. The long-term average temperature has increased between 2-4 degrees to that of the average. However, climate researchers warn that it can become even hotter in Norway. This prediction is based on global warming and the world’s incapability to take proper actions to stop it. Additionally, other opinions believe that this drastic change wil...

Welcome to the 11th Issue of MyExpatsWorld Magazine

We are happy and excited to welcome you to our eleventh 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: Manila, Oslo and Dublin. Get to know more about the differences around the world: what people choose to eat for lunch; what is the situation of paternity allowance all around the globe; what are the countries with the highest life expectancy in 2018. Gain the truth about those Paris clichés. Know why the Japan’s rent-a-family industry is thriving. Get useful tips on how to survive the Spanish heat. 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 total of over 244 million...

US birth rate at all-time low

America faces a record low fertility rate for the second year in a row. The research had blamed the latest recession. But even after the economic recovery, the numbers do not look any better. The reason why Americans have fewer babies mainly hides behind financial insecurity. Also, it may be bounded with woman rights and the gender equality movement. Many related concerns like the immigration situation, education, housing, the labor market, and the governmental fund, affect Americans’ decision to have larger families. Besides that, young adults prefer to have more spare time for themselves and personal freedom; some of them are still single or not sure if they want to commit to this “challenge”; others are stopped because of the child-care costs. Below you can see a bar chart with th...

Why men and women process emotions differently

In our society there is a strong stereotype that women are more emotional than man. However, new researches reveal that different gender brain process emotions differently. Earlier studies reported that women have higher levels of emotional stimulation. The researches from the University of Basel explored the difference of emotion processing among genders. They claim that it is related with the diversity of gender-specific variation in memory and brain activity. A case study The team of researches created a particular test to learn if the way females process emotional information has an impact on better memory performance. The experiment contained 3,400 images with emotional content which were shown to participants. It disclosed that these images were more emotionally stimulating for women...

Paternity allowance around the world

Becoming a parent is always challenging. Especially, if you are brand new dad who is going to look after a brand new human being. It is not only about having an extremely important responsibility to ensure a right development of a newborn. It also involves a psychological comfort about being on paternity leave (social standards) and having fair allowance. In this article we concentrate on the situation of paternity allowance around the world. As stated by UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, analysis, “almost two-thirds of the world’s children under age 1 — nearly 90 million — live in countries where dads are not entitled by law to take paid paternity leave.” And in this case, an employer, is the one who dictates the conditions. The chart below is produced by World Polic...

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...