One of the (many) appeals of life in France often cited by foreigners who want to move here is the country's superior work-life balance. "In France people work to live and not live to work," was how one Australian reader put it. Those working gruelling jobs in Britain and American look to France as a country where -- it is believed -- it is taken as a given that you will work fewer hours and have more leisure and holiday time. But many may find when they get here that their lifestyles, working hours and number of holidays aren't so different after all and they're still left struggling to balance working the hours considered normal in an office environment in France. Some who have children even find the struggle of jostling work and life can be more complicated in France. READ ALSO: Photo: AFP A survey by InterNations, a website for people who live and work abroad revealed that France ranks a fairly unimpressive 34th out of … [Read more...] about ‘It makes the taxes worth it’: Is the work-life balance in France really that good?
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Kids are in full time education age three This is a major plus point about having children in France. OK it might feel a bit weird to send off your baby to a school aged just three, but for a start it’ll save you lots of money and it does the kid well too. "Think about what your friends back home in the US or UK are paying for daycare," say the mums at the Mama Loves Paris advice website for Parents. "From the ages of 3 to 6 in France, the emphasis is on socialising the kids and getting them used to school life. This full time care means parents are free to work or spend time with their younger kids." A recent OECD education report on France praised the fact that the vast majority of kids are in full time education at the age of 3. (AFP) Cost of creche and childcare is fairly cheap Talk to anyone with kids in London or indeed anywhere in the UK about how much they pay in childcare and you’ll be glad you are in France. The price of a place in a municipal … [Read more...] about The best and the worst things about having kids in France
1. What happens when you move across the world for love, then break up? Cross-cultural couples make up one in ten of Sweden's married couples – but are up to 2.5 times more likely to divorce. Photo: Ruslan117/Depositphotos In 2010, cross-cultural couples – or those involving a native Swede and a foreigner – made up nine percent of all married couples in Sweden. And according to a survey of expats in Sweden by Internations, more foreigners relocate to Sweden to be with their partner than for any other reason: 25 percent of those who responded said they moved to the country for love. This group faces unique challenges, from where to spend Christmas to which language to use with their children, while the partner who relocates must adjust to an entirely new culture, often leaving behind a job, family and friends. Click HERE to continue reading (Members) 2. How robust is Sweden's democracy? (Clue: not very) Photo: Jessica Gow/TT Sweden celebrated … [Read more...] about Year in review: Ten long-reads that tell the story of Sweden in 2018
Theresa May told parliament and members of her government on Wednesday that the Brexit deal agreed with Brussels was the best possible agreement for the UK to leave the EU and one that delivers on the result of the referendum in 2016. Her deal was however attacked by both leavers and remainers and it remains highly doubtful that the agreement would win the necessary support in her cabinet and then the British parliament before it can be signed and sealed. The agreement certainly hasn't won any support among campaign groups representing the 1.2 million British citizens living across the EU. "Claims by the British government that 'they have delivered on citizens' rights' are entirely false," Brian Robinson from the Brexpats Hear our Voice campaign group told The Local. "The draft agreement only touches upon some treaty rights, and ignores the rest." "The citizens’ rights part of the Withdrawal Agreement was agreed in full back in March," the spokesman … [Read more...] about OPINION: Brexit deal does not deliver on the rights of Britons in Europe
caption Tired of your home country? source HSBC Expat HSBC Expat released its annual expat survey to find the best countries for expats to live based on economics, quality of life, and a slew of other factors. The top countries include Singapore, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, and Bahrain. Switzerland is the best country to live abroad if you want to make more money – the average expat salary is $202,865. Tired of your old job? Looking for a new environment? There are a lot of reasons to leave your home country behind in search of greener pastures, but picking where to go can be an overwhelming decision. There are a lot of conflicting factors: job opportunities, salary considerations, quality of life, safety, and childcare are just a few. HSBC has made the decision a whole lot easier with its latest annual Expat Explorer survey. The survey ranks the best places to go based on experience, economics, and raising children abroad, … [Read more...] about The 20 best countries around the world to live as an expat, ranked