Prepare to be shocked – these are officially the worst countries for expats

I’ve been speaking to the people at Internations about the best places to live as an expat and I also thought to ask about the worst. I was expecting Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq to top the list but in terms of numbers, these are actually the worst according to their survey. Clearly expat life is subjective and personal. Or clearly some…
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Are you an Expater? Then here’s where you should live

I recently chatted with the CEO of Internations about the best and worst places to live as an expat. As Expaters we have different priorities than regular expats (Mojito), so I asked Malte for some personal recommendations on where I should live next. Here’s his list: 6. Finland. Brilliant education, superb economic growth and saunas built out of the snow. Sounds good…
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Does poverty make you uncomfortable?

Today it’s International Day of Charity. This got me thinking about a recent discussion with friends on the merits of India. One friend said she’d love to go ‘if it were not for the poverty’. Yes, there is poverty, and it’s a raw, painful, often extreme poverty, which clumsily plonks itself beside elegant marble clad luxury. But poverty exists everywhere,…
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Don’t cut your egg in Spain and other table manner rules

My Spanish husband and I agree to disagree on many things. One thing we cannot agree on however, is table manners. It seems that we attended different etiquette schools in our youth. The Spanish and English rules are not just different, but contradictory. I’ll stare at elbows of random Spanish people in cafés, swallowing the rage to the back of…
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Why is it bad luck to pass salt in Spain?

Last week I was getting a facial and the facialist shrieked ‘stop!’ as I went upstairs to the treatment room. Another beautician was rushing down and apparently it’s common knowledge that you never cross someone on the stairs for fear of bad luck. This got me thinking about all the superstitions I’ve learnt in all the places I’ve lived. In…
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