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Public Holidays in Africa

Angola 1 Jan      New Years’ Day. 4 Jan       Martyrs of the Colonial Repression Day/ Memo rial Day. 4 Feb       Start of Liberation War.7 Mar       Mardi Gras.8 Mar       International...
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Democratic Republic of Congo - Economy, Business and Banking

 EconomyThe economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo - a nation endowed with vast potential wealth - is slowly recovering from two decades of decline. Conflict, has dramatically reduced national output and government revenue, and increased external debt. Foreign businesses curtailed...
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Senegal - Language, Ethnicity and Religion

 LanguagesFrench is the official language, used regularly by a minority of Senegalese educated in a system styled upon the colonial-era schools of French origin (Koranic schools are even more popular, but Arabic is not widely spoken outside of this context of recitation). Portuguese Creole is...
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Useful Resources and Websites for Expats

  Below is a list of expat related websites which we think are useful. Useful Websites for ExpatsExpat Exchange - lots of expat related links in their resources area.Expat Arrivals - Comprehensive destination guides aimed at helping expats living and working overseas make their time...
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Over 40% of Employees Would Relocate for Better Quality of Life

A survey by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority shows that almost half (43%) of working Americans would relocate if it meant a better quality of life.Economic factors are the predominant reasons for wanting to pull up roots. More than one-third (36%) said they would move to another...
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What factor influences expat happiness the most? And it's not money!

Countries which provide expats with the greatest benefits in terms of salary and economic rewards don't always provide the best quality of life for children and families.Those countries that provide the greatest benefits in terms of overall wealth, disposable income and luxuries are often those in...
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What determines whether an expat chooses an international school for children?

According to the 2011 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey the level of an expats' salary seems to be a big deciding factor in the type of schools their children attend, with expats in countries ranking higher in the Expat Economics league table for income such as Singapore (2nd), Hong Kong (6th) and the UAE...
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Expats in developing countries often lead a more luxurious life than back home

According to the 2011 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey, expats in developing countries such as South Africa, Thailand and the Philippines are much more likely to have increased luxuries since relocating from their home country (47%, 43% and 47% respectively vs 32% average) and as a result are ranked...
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The Best Countries for Raising Expat Children

The social integration of children is more important than financial gain to many expat parents.Relocating with children always complicates the decision making process, as you have to consider, not only the usual aspects (career, income, logistic matters…) but also your children needs, which usually...
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How to be a happy expat

Why is it that some expats are always happy and upbeat while others find themselves depressed and frustrated? Here are a few factors that can influence the happiness of an expatriate wherever they are.   1.  Be intensely curious. Relocating to a new country is always interesting. ...
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