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5 Language Learning Challenges and How to Avoid them

It is not a bad thing to want to learn a new language. Why not make it one of your goals for this year? It would be a perfect accomplishment actually, especially if you are planning to move abroad sometime soon. Give it some thought but meanwhile, here are some challenges to keep in mind. Embarrassment Most language learning programs...

The Hidden Secrets Of Living Abroad That People Won’t Tell You

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Life overseas is a different experience for different people. It’s never the same. Most of the time, we think of the good things to expect: the freedom, the culture, and friends among others things. This is only half the reality of life abroad however. Those with the experience have a better picture. What they don’t often say is the...

What can learning a new language do for you?

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Language, language, language. There is not a day that goes by where the role of learning a new language doesn't arrive without its gang of relatives and positive outcomes. We don't just learn a new language, we must adapt to the reality of wherever that language is spoken at, and at the same time instruct our children on some...

5 Important Tips For First Time Expats

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Every year, thousands of people quit their jobs, pack their bags, and move abroad. Living the life of an expatriate is certainly the road less travelled. It could either turn out the one step in the right direction or the one in the wrong direction – depending of course on how well you prepare yourself or take proactive steps....

Why It’s Good To Keep Things Simple In Intercultural Relationships

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Life is complicated in so many ways. There are rules and ways of doing things for just almost everything. To the extent, love is no longer as easy as falling in it and getting carried away by what is charming about the other. It has become very important to exercise caution, especially when the ‘falling’ is to another who’s...

Chaos and Order in Intercultural Relationships

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  We spend our days searching for that moment when our partners look at us and with a wink they acknowledge that our ship is traveling at a steady pace, with its regular stops for proper nourishments and communication like leading captains of a transatlantic voyage. It is in those moments when the trips to other countries unknown to us...

Subtle Tips How To Find A Job Abroad

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If your sense of adventure is a strong as mine then you are going to want to live abroad. If you have a partner across the border then all the more reason for you perhaps, to cross over to that other country. Living abroad is however not easy, there’re quite a number of things that require finances. This means...

Finding that Sweet Spot in a Multicultural Relationship

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The greatness behind being in any kind of romantic relationship comes in that mutual agreement that turns our attention towards nurturing the fire of individualism. Each one of us customizes their own power of cultural background in the defense of the unit the couples create. Therefore, the beauty of knowing how interconnected units build that unapparent threshold where we...

Do you want a successful intercultural relationship? Consider this!

  Amidst the many possible barriers or difficulties cross cultural relationships face, there are some that have very significant repercussions. Most of the time, some of the things that help us value and accept each other, while setting up foundations of trust and acceptance are more related to how, where and by whom we were raised than anything else. ...

Just left my country to a foreign country. What do I need to learn?

You have dated your significant other for a while now, you both feel it is time to come together and live as a family because moving to a foreign country for the sake of love sounds both exciting and romantic. You then both decide it’s necessary to move to his country to reduce the distance and to be close...

The Fear of Moving Abroad- A Couples Story

It was a sunny and windy day. Timothy’s first day basking in the sun at a beach along the Indian Ocean in Mombasa, Kenya. While marveling at the beautiful scenery in the coastal town of Kenya, a beautiful waitress came to serve him a drink. Her name is Eunice. Love at first sight applied between the two and before long,...

They Also Have A Saying: Raising Children with a Cross-Cultural Partner

  Children sometimes manage to burn away our daily stress. They have conquered a magnificent game of momentary attentiveness capable of changing the most difficult of circumstances. It is through their eyes and their ability for language learning that I start this article. Since my children speak three languages and shift from one to another, it can be the most...

How to get the in-law’s on my side: The Brew

  Every new day your in-laws visiting troupe are taking over your house has an impact on how much you wish you could turn yourself into four, especially if you are expected to cook for twelve people and some are vegans and others follow a strict meat eating diet, with no space for raw dishes filled with the whole rainbow...

Don’t Blame the Distance – Here Are 5 Practical Communication Tips in Long Distance Relationship

Gustafson is Swedish. She’s a professor at a university in Denmark. Her husband is African. Together they have a son. Like many, she’s seen first-hand the difficulty maintaining and staying in not only an intercultural but also a long-distance relationship. She says the challenges are vast majorly triggered by distance related factors such as lack of attachment, trust issues,...

How To Survive The Separation In Long Distance Intercultural Relationship

Is this real or am I dreaming? Is s/he even worth it? Is s/he feeling the same way about me? Am I being a mediocre again thinking it’s going to work? Would I be better off dating someone else around here? These were some of the questions in her mind in her two-year-long distance relationship before she married him. Carmen...

Thinking Out Loud: Cross-Cultural Relationships

  The questions remain the same in a relationship: How to better communicate what we want? How do we allow those we love to be their best self? Who has the patience to see through an argument based on individual freedoms? Was I wrong to criticize how his or her culture seemed bias to other cultural...

How Do I get Him to Learn my Language?

Dating a man who speaks another language can be interesting, and even much more interesting when yours is the language they want to learn. However, we cannot rule out the fact that doing so is not an easy task. Whether they want to learn it by their own approval or your counsel, you will have to chip in. So,...

No Rules In Love

If there was an easy way to find your perfect companion, the world would be in an ecstatic state of wonder. The days would blend with the nights in music and acts of kindness. But as it happens, we have not reach such a state of amazement, yet. Taking the risk in a love beyond the boundaries of our...

We are the Enthusiasm of the World

We all have in our organism traces of a dance between cultures that happened before our forefathers crossed the desert, before they ventured on the wild waters of any ocean. We scream in silence the symphony that made the world what it is today. So, don’t be left on the other side of the river wondering if the boat of...

An Expensive Freedom: Living Away From In-Laws

I have no issues with my partner’s close relatives, but the fact that his family doesn’t live in the same country as we do can sometimes be a great way to strengthen the bonds of our unit. I also live far away from most of my family members, except for my mother who lives two hours away. We both...

5 Useful Tips to Help You Learn a New Language

You want to say “I love you” to someone special but you can’t. It’s an incapable feeling, but will you accept to be defeated by it every time you see your lover? I bet no. Love is blind, so blind that we often do not see barriers as actual barriers. Instead, we avoid them by trying to fit into our...

How The Holidays Brought Back The Spark In Cate’s Relationship

If you have only shared some quality time on dates then holidays may be quite an experience for you. It means you spend more time together, which is great but can also cause strain and quarrels between yourself and partner. You may not have noticed how messed up he can be until this time.  For intercultural partners this may...

Breathing Life Into a Bumpy Intercultural Relationship

It’s a new year and Erin is hoping her relationship can take a turn more positive. Her story is not different from most. For some time now she’s felt her relationship has been rocked by a wave of subtle yet stout bumps of emotional detachment. Not that it’s any big crisis but the simple things that no longer happen....

5 Ways of Bringing Up Children Born in Intercultural Marriages

With the world turning into a global village, there is certainly a lot of connection and each day, thousands of relationships are born. Forget about the official and highly formalized relationships that are majorly business oriented, I am referring to the cordial ties that may have a future encompassed in it. When you have fallen in love with someone...

How to Maintain Your Culture in a Foreign Work Place

 There is more to accepting a job than just knowing how to do it. The decision becomes more critical when the environment is speckled by people from different races.  You may have been the best in your previous station but you realize that you dealt with the same racial mentality and may have been so easy to manage. To...

Free culture-training video: Individualism versus community

Are you dating or married to someone from a different culture or country? Here is a video about the #1 cultural difference that trips up a lot of cross-cultural couples. This might be the most important video you watch at the end of 2016. http://reimar-vetne.wistia.com/medias/0uu332q9x6?embedType=iframe&videoWidth=800 This training was really useful, right?Click here if you...

Key Language To Pick Up In A New Country

Imagine that you find yourself in a new city, with no idea how to speak the local language. What would be the first things that you would learn in order to survive? Some of the most important phrases relate to getting around. After all, how are you going to get from A to B in an unfamiliar place if you...

Raising Children with your Cross Cultural Partner

 When it comes to providing a shelter of love and understanding for our dear children, raising a family with your cross-cultural partner must become "ground zero" for treaties and negotiations. We all have our own expectations and our own sets of values. Tools that were given to us by our parents, and by the circumstances around our childhood. ...

Things To Do Before You Move To A New Country

In today’s globalized world, an increasing number of people are moving away from home. Whether they are moving for work, or for love, the fact remains that there are many expats out there. When preparing for a big move, there are a number of things that you can do to make life easier. Being prepared makes moving less stressful If you are...

Subtle Tips on How to Manage Your Interracial Relationships at 20’s

Kenneth and Jude are students at California State Polytechnic University. Kenn is a white. Jude on the other hand is a Latina. They met in freshman year of college, that was some 3 years ago while living in the same hostel. Their difference has never been an issue to them, neither has it been a big issue for their...

Survival Tips in a Cross Cultural Workplace

While surviving the differences in a cross-cultural workplace generally comes down to sincerity and good manners, it really is difficult surviving in an environment where nothing is as it seems to be. Imagine this, you happen to be in a managerial position and are talking to this Arab junior and in the process, you cross an ankle over one...

Trilingual Children: How Story Time Fosters Language

It's been more than four years since our reading time at bedtime has turn into an outburst of spontaneity. Theater, dancing and international children tales. Our children are both the entertainers and the audience, and each with equal amount of joy. But when it comes to reading stories we shift languages like a baby changes diapers.  Recently our two-year-old...

Learning French in Paris

Plenty of people want to learn French, and set off to Paris in order to do so. What they may not realize before they leave is that Parisians have a reputation for being sullen, unhelpful and at times downright rude. This applies to both foreigners stumbling over their words and fellow French people. While this may help to forge a common...

Why finding a job in a new country after relocating may be a challenge

Sometimes having to travel overseas in search of better employment opportunities can sound so exciting but have you ever thought of the challenges that comes with finding a job once you are settled. ‘I remember how excited I was with the thought of relocating to another country. My plan to travel abroad came as an invitation from one of my...

Choosing to be happy no matter what: International Relationship

I love standing in line to buy food in Havana, there is nothing worse than the present circumstances our relatives must go through to make ends meet. But even in the middle of those situations, happiness has its way of turning the tides of sorrow into one of community and selfless service. This is one of the things I...

Dealing with matters of the heart in different cultures

People move abroad for plenty of different reasons, whether it’s work, pleasure or following your heart. Of course this could mean moving to be with someone that you met in a different country, or it could be that you are skipping town after a recent break up. Even if things aren’t quite so dramatic, if you’re moving without a significant...

How to Transition Into A Multicultural Leadership Model

As the world continues to become more like a global village, more and more companies continue to hire a multicultural workforce. This is why you’re more likely to move across the borders. The problem is not even surviving in a different country. The bigger challenge if you’re coming in as a manager is how to steer productivity regardless of...

Settling into a new country despite the best efforts of bureaucrats

Moving to a new country can be challenging on so many levels, especially if you are going to stay a while. Forget the culture shock, getting lost around town, or difficulty communicating. All of these things you will be able to deal with over time. It is the factors outside your control that are the most infuriating. One of these factors...

Unique Shortcomings Of Cultural Diversity In The Workplace

Cultural diversity is in many ways a good thing. It means increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. It also means a melting pot of ideas in the workplace. In most cases it also means increased productivity. It is, in fact, a great asset in today’s modern socio-economy. This is not to mean however that having or getting into...

Taking advantage of Work-related Transfer to another Country

Three years after graduating from college, I managed to secure an employment with one of the top performing companies after sending so many applications for consideration. The company was growing and new branches were being opened globally. During that time, many employees were being transferred to the new branches and I was lucky enough to be one of them....

Challenges of Workplace Diversity: What to Expect

Due to the increase in globalization in today’s world, organizations are now becoming more diversified to remain competitive. The ability to maximize and capitalize on workplace diversity is important because of it benefits, but it also has its drawbacks. In almost every workplace in the business world, diversity-related challenges exist. The most important aspect is how to deal with these...

Kevin’s Interracial Dilemma: Choice Between Partner and Family

Kevin is a colleague at work. He is an African American. Like most blacks, he traces his roots from the 250 or so years of slavery. You would relate this was the reason behind abolitionist or anti-slavery movement in the U.S back in the 1830s. And like any well-learned black in the US he understands the pains his ancestry...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Intercultural Relationships

Intercultural relationship can generally refer to a relationship between people from different races, say, an African and Asian or a Chinese and an American lady. Such relationships may exist on the wider view of mere interactions as job mates or can pick a more intimate dimension as of people who are looking forward to making marriage vows. The former...

Touching Confessions of Couples in Intercultural Relationships

Emily and Michael Emily a doctor and Michael an engineer had no idea if they were ever going to last as couples for that long. ‘Every moment we were together it felt like we were drifting away from each other. I had no idea what to do but I knew something had to be done for this relationship to work....

Strategies for Effective Cross Cultural Communication Within the Workplaces

It’s not easy working in a cross-cultural environment. Communication can be quite difficult. It is the expression of our thoughts and a way through which we interpret instructions and relate with others. It’s influenced by several factors that largely form our worldview. Our cultures happen to play a very big role in this. It’s the window through which we...

Things to consider if you are moving abroad with children

Moving abroad is a massive step for anybody at any stage of life, but doing so with children presents even more challenges. If you are young and single with no dependents, there is less to worry about before you move to a different country. You may be more inclined to take risks, and everyday concerns such as finding a room...

Opposites Attract: International Relationship

 They say "opposites attract", and international relationships have a saying on this. They are the embodiment of such a statement. From the color of the skin to the idea of family and child bearing, there couldn’t be anything more different yet so frequently bonded by an attraction to such differences.   When my husband, our children and I walk together in...

El Malecon and its lovers

El Malecón or Avenida de Maceo, in Havana City, is one of the longest sea walkways I have ever walked. It is truly a piece of cultural landmark for Cubans. The war of the elements on the façade of the buildings, poets, dancers, artists and lovers all struggle to become one in a dance of splash and melody, on...

The Other Cuba: Free Spanish Teachers

The Cuba you see in the news is by far the worst representation that country has. No land can ever be truly portrayed by a camera man and a news anchor. Especially if their intentions are to criticize and demoralize a culture, instead of understanding why a country is the way it is and why its cultural heritage is...

Discovering different parts of your hometown thanks to a relationship

When you live in a place for a while it can be easy to get stuck in the same routine. Humans are creatures of habit and even the most open-minded people can find themselves visiting the same bars and restaurants that have become their favourites. Sometimes it takes a conscious decision to shake things up, or maybe a new relationship. London...

It takes a village to raise a child: Intercultural relationships

"It takes a village to raise a child." A village is defined as "a gathering of humans" by most dictionaries, but I would like to take that term a little bit further. Being an active member of two "villages", in two different countries has been an eye opening world schooling reality for my own children and I. For me, there...

She didn’t like my joke!: Humor in a cross-cultural relationship

Humor generally comes as a savior for cross-cultural relationships, at least most of the time. It doesn’t matter how, it could be folkloric humor, or strange phonetics outburst of language imitations, or smart criticism with a splash of lemon and a twist of dark demographic observations. It is one of the best allies to bring your partner closer to you....

Maintaining Your Own Identity In An Intercultural Relationship

Intercultural relationships are a wonderful opportunity to combine the best of two cultures. At the same time, many ultimately fail because one partner sacrifices too much of their own identity in order to make the relationship work. This is especially true if the couple lives in the home country of one partner. This invariably means that you will see more of...

10 Myths and Misconceptions about Intercultural Relationships

Intercultural relationships cannot work Most people already have a formed opinion and belief that no cross-cultural relationship can ever work because of cultural diversity. When people develop such a perception, it is difficult to change their mindset. We are all familiar and have heard of phrases like ‘he was not good for her, she is difficult to deal with,...

Success Stories from Couples in Intercultural Marriages

Brian and June When Nurse Andre called out Brian’s name who was pacing up and down in the waiting room, the nurse looked at him in a confused manner, the kind of glance that raises many questions. Brian immediately stood up though panicking and followed the nurse to where he was directed to go. Through the corridors, the nurses and...

Key Stress Factors for New Intercultural Couples

Heather is a gorgeous lady in her late thirties. She was born and raised in Germany. She met her husband Mike some 14 years ago. Now Mike is a third generation Hispanic American serving in the military. They met while Mike was stationed in 34 Germany. Theirs is a story of love at first sight with no letting go....

Managing conflicts in intercultural relationships

Lately, intercultural relationships have become common, and this situation will only increase. However, not all is rosy for couples in this relationships. Several differences reportedly take center-stage in this relationships with many of the causes attributed to cultural, religious and social differences. The serious issue, therefore, is dealing with these conflicts. In some cultures, conflict is seen as a positive...

Overcoming your fear of moving abroad

Moving to a different country can be rewarding for so many reasons, and you may find that some of your old assumptions are challenged. Not everyone that lives abroad does so of their own free will. Some are posted abroad because of their job, and others bite the bullet because of career prospects. For many people, the thought of moving abroad...

What do you need to know before marrying someone from a different culture?

Marrying someone from another culture can be so exciting because of the new and interesting things that you can learn from each other. However, as much as it may sound so good, it can also be frustrating. Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong with marrying from another culture. However, before you think of marrying someone from a different culture, here are...

Cross-Cultural Dilemma: Silence the translator to let your relationship breathe

It seems that whenever we think about international relationships we always have our attention delegated to language, and the importance of being able to share and to communicate with the other. It’s the one constant topic that permeates into the bonding of human beings. Without language, communication dies, and it is shortly followed by the decay of any relationship. But...

Learning your Lover’s Language: The slang of The Cuban Canadian love

  My husband asked me the other day, “Why is it that French from France sounds different than French from Quebec?” He continued: “It’s like the verbs are in different places or that the pronunciations are stronger at points in the conversations and there are different words entirely to describe the same object.”   It is true, there is a...

Where do expats most enjoy living?

Every so often a survey comes along reporting on the best places to live. Some of them may seem a bit arbitrary, but some review the opinions of expats themselves. The InterNations Survey draws up a top ten list of best and worst places to live as reported by expats, and some of the results are surprising. If you are...

Choosing a place to settle with your partner

In an intercultural relationship you may sometimes find yourself living away from home. However at the same time this doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to live in the home country of your partner. In fact, many intercultural couples live in a third country. Some couples meet while studying at university, and others in their place of work. Living in a...

Importance of diversity in the workplace

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Many organizations in today’s world recognize the importance of cultural diversity in the work environment. This is because of the increase in globalization that requires and encourages interaction among individuals from the diverse backgrounds. Diversity is basically the ability to acknowledge, understand, accept and value the differences that exist among people with respect to, class, gender, disabilities, race, religion, nationality...

Finding A Job In Your New Country

So you’ve upped sticks to follow the love of your life to a new country, and when the initial euphoria wears off you realize that you still have to deal with some of life’s great necessities. First off, your savings have run out and you really need to get a job. Let’s assume that you speak enough of the local...

Eating at the in-laws: Mima’s most powerful potion

There was a time when I had so much to say about food combining, and the positive aspects of raw eating and juicing. Thinking back now, I realize that I have been blind-sided by a certain group of Cubans and their mastery of Latin cooking. I still eat as healthy as I can, but I feel that I have...

When you don’t understand the language of your in-laws, you smile and enjoy the scenery instead.

It is with great knowledge that I write about this. A knowledge that is based on direct experience, acquired through constantly facing one of the most difficult yet funny circumstances of cross cultural relationships. It doesn’t matter for how long you have studied a language, or how many times you have dated people native to that particular tongue....

What makes or breaks your cross cultural relationship? Commun values

   My husband and I are sitting on our couch. There are books on the floor, our national geographic collection is boxed and ready to be taped, ready to be put in our friend’s attic. We are both writing emails, finishing our publishing ordeals, and making sure that things are done before our big date. Our small library, consisting...

Are they saying your relationship won’t make it? Tell them to go fly a kite

We all have something to say about everything. We need to comment on each and every topic that our friends have opinions about. But please, be more tolerant when it comes to criticizing or stating facts about cross cultural relationships, and why some of your friends are dating someone from outside their cultural boundaries. And for you, my friend, next...

Cross-cultural relationships: The good, bad and ugly side of it

We live in a world where everything has become so accessible, opening endless opportunities for people to interact through work, study, or travel. Such avenues have made it possible for so many people to meet with their spouses, thereby, giving rise to intercultural relationships. Cross-cultural relationships or better yet intercultural relationships bring with it a wide range of new experiences...

Teaching English in Japan

Many people go to Japan. Whether it's for the adventure, seeking a significant other, or taking a break from the ordinary humdrum of life, Japan is definitely the place to expand your horizons and gain some valuable life experience while making a decent income. I lived and worked in Japan for seven years. I have had four different jobs, all...

Earning Spanish

Antigua is well known for learning Spanish. On every block you will encounter at least one or two different Spanish schools, both private (within houses, one to one), and larger more professional schools. It’s easy to learn here. An average lesson, one-to-one, will only set you back a measly five dollars US per hour. That’s not much more than the...

International couples shine differently

Do you go to airports on a regular basis? I do. In part because of my own travels and also to take relatives who are either going to or returning from their homes. Its another perk of being in a cross cultural relationship. Airports are a window into realizing that international couples are more common than we think. They come...

How to deal with in-laws from a different culture

If you’re in an intercultural relationship you might be dreading dealing with your parents-in-law, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult as people make out. Most people worry about meeting their parents-in-law for the first time, and intercultural relationships can make it even more difficult than normal. The most important thing for you to consider is learning the language,...

How relishing food from other cultures strengthen multi-cultural relationships

To some extent all relationships are multicultural since we all come from different families to create a new unit. While most couples adjust naturally over time to the new paradigm, others find it difficult to comprehend their spouses’ ways of looking at the world as well as their way of life. One of the hardest things to get used to...

The Role of Women in Various Cultures in the Society

In every culture, there is the consistency of standards regarding the division of gender-based roles. This is because of the diversity in culture, which, function as a way of organizing and differentiating the roles to be played by both men and women the society. For instance, the masculine personality involves being the providers, assertive and independent while the feminine...

New Language For Love And Family

Jane is an African from Kenya. She’s lived in the U.S more than a decade. She traveled for her Master’s degree, and she got a job. But that wasn’t all for her; she also met her prince charming while at the University. It’s been great between her and the boyfriend, Jimmy. Well, that was till recently when they traveled...

How are men expected to act in an intercultural relationship?

The role that a man is expected to take in a relationship has perhaps never been subject to as much hand wringing as it is today. The rise of modern feminism and slow progress towards equal rights for men and women has led to a shift away from traditional gender roles. Relationships between the sexes have been subject to millions...

Working illegally in Mexico

I'm an immigrant to Mexico, working illegally as a gardener. The irony isn't lost on me. It's hot, sweaty work; mostly I'm just cleaning up fallen palm fronds and coconuts while watering a jungle of vegetation in blistering heat. Of course, there are a few interesting jobs that I'll discuss in a moment. I don't get paid exactly, but it's...

Washing up

Every relationship has cultural differences. What kind of family were you raised in? Where did you go to school? Are you from a big city or a farming community? Which ethnicity do you associate with? Even people within the same country, even the same state, can have very different cultures, but when you're in a relationship with someone from...

Make your intercultural relationship last by learning the lingo

While you may be love struck for a while after meeting your partner, speaking the same language is key if your relationship is to blossom. Love at first sight is a wonderful thing. It can spring from a single look, and be enough to leave you speechless. As is the case with many expressions, the French arguably capture the sentiment...

I come into your mind in peace

You have a set idea in mind for your evening: a few lit candles, an organic bottle of wine, some jazz playing at a very low volume, and some nice sauté fish and herbs. With this picture in your mind, you opened the door to your house, prepping everything before arriving and as you step in, you hear the...

The Nightmares Surrounding Intercultural Relationships

Making any relationship work whether it is an intercultural relationship or not can be demanding, and at some point turn out to be a total nightmare. As much as some couples may find their cross-cultural relationship interesting and exciting, to some, it is a tough and a rough journey. This is because of the many challenges that may be...

How to overcome challenges in intercultural relationships

The cultural challenges faced by two people who are from different backgrounds can be so overwhelming thereby, making it a difficult for intercultural relationships to work. The simple question that has tormented several people in intercultural relationships is: How do you overcome these challenges? Here is how to go about it. Never assume When it comes to intercultural relationships, never assume that...

The importance of culture in defining the role and the expectations of men in the society

The gender-based roles for both men and women widely differ as they are defined depending on the different cultures. This is a clear sign that roles and expectations form important components of any culture in our today’s world. Therefore, without culture, there would be nothing to define the roles to be played by both men and women. It is true...

Some Reasons Why You Should Learn To Speak French

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When it comes to one of the most beautiful languages spoken in the world, the French language is probably the best which embodies the complexity, rhythm, and tone that would make you just want to listen to the speaker and just listen to the sing-song effect of the melody the French words make.  But as they say, even if...

Moving to Cairo (Egypt)

Cairo is the largest city in the Arab world and the center of the region’s political and cultural life. It is the ideal destination for people who wish to be amidst the culture and tradition of one of the oldest civilizations in the world.  The city still reeks of its old world charm, but continues to expand its horizons...

Relocating with Pets

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It may be one of the last things you consider when moving to a new country, but taking Fido and Kitty along can be a tricky process! There are a host of factors that need to be considered, paperwork that needs to be completed, bookings and vaccinations, and it can take several months to get all the details sorted out...

Moving to Warsaw (Poland)

The Phoenix city of Warsaw is called so because it was damaged considerably during World War II and rebuilt by the Polish its citizens. Since then, the city has built itself into a financial and cultural capital of Poland and is even considered as one of the tallest cities in Europe, with a huge number of skyscrapers. Jobs in...

Moving to Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands with a population of more than a million people. The name Amsterdam originates from Amstel dam i.e. a dam in the river Amstel. It is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands and has a port with historical and economical importance.  There are only a few jobs sites in English –...

Moving to Mexico City

This capital of Mexico, Mexico City* is a rare marriage of history and modernity. At 571 square miles, it is one of the biggest cities in the world and also one of the oldest. The city is said to have originally been built by the Aztecs in 1325 AD. It is one of the most important and richest cities in...

Moving to London

The capital of England in the United Kingdom, this bustling metropolis is one of the world’s largest financial centres.  People from all across the globe converge here for university education and jobs in finance, entertainment, media, fashion and art. London offers a high quality of education for all students, and has a number of universities that cater to all...

Moving to Tokyo (Japan)

A bustling metropolis that holds over 35 million people, Tokyo is the economic hub of Asia. Earlier known as Edo, Tokyo got its name when it became the capital of Japan in 1868. The city witnessed tremendous growth in the 1960s and 1970s with huge leaps in technological advances. Today, it is considered as one of the finance command...

Moving to Rome (Italy)

Walking around Rome give you a glorious feeling, of standing in the midst of a great past and a rich history. Engulfing the Vatican City on all sides, Rome breathes an ecclesiastical spirit of culture and architecture. Being the capital of Italy, many multinational companies are headquartered in Rome. Tourism, banking, education and entertainment (television and radio) are the...

Moving to Dublin (Ireland)

Dublin is the capital of Ireland and also its largest city. Literally translated, it means “town of the hurdled ford” or “the ford of the hurdles” and gets its name by the Vikings who grew the original settlement near a hurdled ford. It enjoys a temperate climate, with average highs going up to 19° C (66° F) in July...

Moving to Budapest (Hungary)

The political capital of Hungary, Budapest is also the commercial and educational capital of the country. Earlier comprising of three cities, Buda (on the west bank of River Danube), Obuda (old Buda) and Pest (on the east bank of River Danube), It was merged into one in 1873. The River Danube flows from the north to the south, dissecting...

Moving to Mumbai (India)

Previously known as Bombay, Mumbai is the financial capital of India, with a confluence of people from various backgrounds and cultures from across the country. It is a city known to fulfill the dreams and aspirations of millions of people around the country and across the world. With a population of approximately 14 million, it is a melting pot...

Moving to Argentina

South America is a wonderful continent with many interesting, distinct countries, but one of its finest parts is Argentina. This enormous country has everything a person could ever want, whether it is big city living or ice trekking, Argentina has the answer. The capital city, Buenos Aires, is home to three million people with an additional couple million living...

Moving to Turkmenistan

For people looking to make a change of scenery, Central Asia is a good place to look.  One country in particular is a great choice for a person who prefers a drier, more arid climate and that is Turkmenistan. Eighty percent of Turkmenistan is covered by the Karakum Desert and the remaining twenty percent does not have a lot of precipitation...

Moving to Uruguay

Though small in size, Uruguay has a lot to offer both tourists and residents. Moving to this lovely little country is a great idea for anyone looking to adopt a more tranquil lifestyle and develop some language skills by studying and speaking the native language, Spanish. Located in the southeastern part of South America, Uruguay is one of the...

Moving to Venezuela

Located on the northern coast of South America, Venezuela is one of the most interesting and environmentally rich countries on the continent.There is immense environmental diversity throughout the country, making it one of the world's top eighteen most biodiverse countries. Nature lovers can explore the far reaches of the country, going from the Andes mountains, across the expansive plains known...

Moving to Vietnam

Individuals who wish to live among nature's finest work should seriously consider moving to Vietnam. Located on the far eastern side of the Indochina Peninsula, Vietnam is the sixteenth most biodiverse country on the planet. About forty percent of the country's area consists of mountains, with only twenty percent of level land in the whole country. This composition of rolling...

Moving to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

One of the tinier and less frequented of the Caribbean nations, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is one of the most charming and genuine destinations in the Lesser Antilles chain of islands.  The country is divided into two islands, as the name implies, and they lie only a few hundred miles off the northern coast of South America.  The...

Moving to Suriname

Located along the northern region of South America, Suriname happens to be the smallest sovereign state on the continent.  Originally a Dutch colony until independence in 1975, the country has been a relatively stable place, and boasts one of the most culturally diverse populations in the world, and definitely within the region.  Over recent times, the amount of foreign...

Moving to Paraguay

Nestled in the very middle of South America, Paraguay is the “Heart of America” (as the locals refer to their country).  A landlocked country bordered to the south by Argentina, to the east and northeast by Brazil, and to the northwest by Bolivia, Paraguay lies mostly in a subtropical climate zone with vast swaths of the national terrain being...

Moving to Thailand

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The Kingdom of Thailand is situated in Southeast Asia and was formerly known as Siam. Thailand is best known for its year-round warm temperatures, gorgeous tropical beaches, islands and vibrant cities. As the country is devoutly Buddhist, there are many Temples and Buddhas. Thailand is not only popular with tourists looking for a sunshine holiday, but also with retirees....

Moving to Spain

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The Kingdom of Spain is the second largest country in Europe. It is a developed country, a founder member of the European Union and a member of the United Nations. Due to its mild winters and sunny summer climate it is popular with holiday makers and increasingly with retirees. The capital city is Madrid and the official language is...

Moving to Switzerland

The pretty alpine country of Switzerland is known for its beautiful scenery, winter sports, secretive banking system and quality watch making. This is a very romantic view of one of the richest countries in the world, measured by income per head. Switzerland offers a very high quality of living to its citizens. Surprisingly, it is not a member of...

Moving to Sri Lanka

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is on the southernmost tip of India. Sri Lanka is a modern, industrial economy producing and exporting tea, coffee, coconuts and rubber. More recently it has moved into textiles, telecommunications and finance. The official languages are Sinhala and Tamil but English is widely spoken due to Sri Lanka's former...

Moving to Slovenia

The Republic of Slovenia is a small country in central Europe and was part of the former Yugoslavia until declaring independence in 1991. It is a member of the European Union and NATO. Its currency is the Euro and the capital city is Ljublyana. The official language is Slovene although English and German are spoken in tourist areas. Hungarian...

Moving to San Marino

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Of all the possible places abroad a person could choose to relocate to, perhaps none other is quite as serene and charming as San Marino.  That's simply because San Marino has a ton of character, and is more inviting than most people would imagine.  From the picturesque countryside, interspersed with rolling mountains and broad valleys, to the fascinating little...

Moving to Peru

One of the largest countries in the Americas, Peru is situated along the western coast of South America with a very extensive Pacific coastline.  Despite its proximity to the equator, there are a surprising amount of different climates in Peru, mostly due to the influence of the high and snowy Andes Mountains and the Humboldt Current that brings up...

Moving to Singapore

Uniquely an island, city and state, Singapore, the ‘Lion City’ sits at the southern tip of Malaysia and is joined to the mainland by the Johor-Singapore Causeway Bridge. Once an important port on the spice route,  it developed into one of the most important commercial and military centers of the British Empire, becoming an independent nation in 1965. Its...

Moving to Serbia

The Republic of Serbia is in the center of the Balkans and formerly was part of Yugoslavia. It is right at the crossroads of Eastern, central and southern Europe and although it is landlocked, many rivers including the Danube are navigable and supply river transport routes to the Black Sea. The capital city is Belgrade and the currency is...

Moving to Romania

Best known as the legendary home of count Dracula, Romania abounds with history, folklore and legends. Bordered by the Black Sea and the River Danube, Romania has long stretches of coastline, making it a popular European holiday resort. It is also known for its castles, medieval towns, forests and mountains. The capital city is Bucharest and the official language...

Moving to Trinidad and Tobago

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If you've been searching for a gorgeous place to settle down, you'll need to look no further than a short hop across the Caribbean Ocean from the United States. Just north of Venezuela, this chain of islands offers friendly people, gorgeous beaches, and pleasant weather just about year round. In fact, you get the best of both worlds; while...

Moving to Portugal

Portugal is a popular holiday destination for many European residents. Tucked away in south western Europe on the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is popular for its sunshine, wine, seafood, golf, historic villages and architecture. Portugal is a developed country with one of the world’s highest qualities of life. It is a member of the European Union and the currency is the...

Moving to Poland

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The Republic of Poland is a sizeable country in Central Europe. Formally under communist rule, the trade union shipyard workers’ protests in 1980 led eventually to the 1989 Revolution which allowed Poland to develop into the ‘Third Polish Republic’. The capital of Poland is Warsaw and the official language is Polish. Russian was formerly the second language but that has...

Moving to Malaysia

Malaysia is a large country in South East Asia. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur and the administrative capital is Putrajaya. With a 27 million population, Malaysia is spread over two distinctly separate areas separated by the South China Sea. Formerly known as Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak, these three areas formed Malaysia in 1963. The islands of Langkawi and...

Moving to Norway

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The kingdom of Norway is a constitutional monarchy in the north of Europe. It is part of Scandinavia and has close ties with Sweden, which it shares a border with. This beautiful country is known for its snow-covered mountains, glaciers and many fjords. The capital city is Oslo and the official language is Norwegian, although most Norwegians speak fluent English...

Moving to the Netherlands

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The Kingdom of the Netherlands, in North West Europe,  is also known as Holland. It is a small, flat country, largely reclaimed from the North Sea and is characterized by its dams, dykes, canals and windmills. It is a modern country, a founder member of the European Union and a member of NATO. It has joined with neighboring Luxembourg...

Moving to Luxembourg

With a population of less than half a million people, and sandwiched between Belgium, Germany and France, the tiny country of Luxembourg covers less than 1000 square miles (2576km2). It is the only Sovereign Grand Duchy and holds considerable power for its size, as a founder member of the European Union, a member of NATO and of the United...

Moving to Nicaragua

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Few countries in the Americas can boast of the natural beauty that Nicaragua so proudly cherishes and preserves.  This relatively small country (about the size of the state of New York) is situated smack dab in the middle of Central America, with Honduras on its northern border and Costa Rica on its southern border, with the Pacific Ocean to...

Moving to Pakistan

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Partially located in one of the longest inhabited regions in the world, the Indus Valley, Pakistan is a country rich in culture and history, with a proud past that has seen the national culture overcome countless obstacles and challenges, both internal and imposed form without.  Though in the mid-20th century (which is when Pakistan attained its independence from Great...

Moving to Algeria

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From luscious Mediterranean beaches to the vast Sahara Desert, Algeria presents visitors with constantly stunning and varied landscapes.  The Sahara Atlas Mountains in the North, and the Ahaggar Mountains in the South, rise dramatically above the arid land.  One of the most enchanting things about living in Algeria will be the opportunity to travel throughout the country to experience...

Moving to Andorra

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Ensconced between Spain and France in the eastern portion of the Pyrenees mountains, Andorra is a tiny nation rich in history and culture that has drawn many foreigners to its picturesque valleys in search of easy, healthy living, as well as a preferable tax rate. With the second highest life expectancy in the world according to recent statistics released by...

Moving to Antigua and Barbuda

It's tough to think of a spot in the Caribbean that isn't simply gorgeous, but the small island nation of Antigua and Barbuda—from the Spanish words for “ancient” and “bearded”—on the eastern cusp of the Caribbean Sea provides inhabitants not only with enviable natural beauty, but also with a relatively high standard of living and one of the best...

Moving to the Bahamas

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Incomparable natural beauty is what comes to mind when most people think of The Bahamas, and for good reasons: this archipelago off the southeastern coast of Florida, made up of more than 2000 cays, is an oasis of palm trees, turquoise waters, and white beaches.  That's a big part of the allure; the other half?  Tax relief. The Bahamas draw...

Moving to Barbados

Located just east of the Caribbean Sea, and forming part of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, Barbados is a tiny island nation that enjoys a high standard of living and a marvelous mix of British, Creole, African, and Latin American culture.  Consistently ranking among the top 30 or so nations in the UN's Human Development Index (an aggregate of literacy,...

Moving to Belize

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  Located on the upper reaches of the Central American subcontinent, Belize is one of the most charming countries in the region.  Historically a British colony until achieving independence in 1981, the only official language in Belize is English, making it the only country in Central America to have English as an official language; alternately, Spanish is commonly spoken throughout...

Moving to Bolivia

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Nestled in the east-central part of the South American continent, with the imposing Andes mountains along its western stretches and low-lying open fertile plains and jungle in its eastern areas, landlocked Bolivia is a charming country rich in culture and ethnic diversity.  With dozens of indigenous communities, as well as a significant portion of the population of roughly 9...

Moving to Brazil

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Though most people think that the term “melting pot” only applies to countries like the United States, the reality is that there is equal—if not more—diversity in Brazil.  With an amazing mix of Caribbean, Indigenous, African, and European cultural influences, Brazil shines as one of the American continents most eclectic nations. The only Portuguese colony on mainland America during the...

Moving to Canada

Most US visitors to our northern neighbor will only be able to tell that they have left their home country by the slight variation in accent, and the generally superior cleanliness of the major city centers.  Ranking as the second-largest country in the world in terms of land mass, Canada is one vast expanse of prairies and rugged hills...

Moving to Gambia

The Republic of the Gambia, better known as simply “the Gambia”, is the smallest country on the continent of Africa. Surrounded on three of its four sides by Senegal and offering the fourth to the Atlantic Ocean , this tiny country has a unique beauty and charm. Only measuring about 30 miles at its widest point, the Gambia’s borders...

Moving to Honduras

There are a lot of reasons why Americans choose to move abroad, and among the most important are finding a nicer climate, discovering a different culture, and finding a place with breath-taking scenery everywhere you go.  People moving or traveling to Honduras will find exactly every single one of those things, and a lot more, too.  That's because there...

Moving to Ivory Coast

The western coast of central Africa is home to luscious forests, ecologically diverse habitats, and a milieu of cultures and tribes that give the societies of the countries in the area a unique and intense boldness.  The Ivory Coast (or, as the government of the country prefers it to be called, Cote d'Ivoire, from the original French) has traditionally...

Moving to Jamaica

Tropical paradise is one of the first things to come across most people's minds when thinking of Jamaica, and with good reason.  This small island nation in the Caribbean is diligently and responsibly taken care of by its inhabitants, leaving one of the most delectable ecosystems in the area for locals and foreigners alike to enjoy.  In fact, cultural...

Moving to Madagascar

Few destinations on the planet are as exotic or majestic as Madagascar, one of the largest islands on the planet.  With its incomparable natural biodiversity, a result of the isolation of its flora and fauna for millions of years from the main continent of Africa as well as the rest of the world, Madagascar attracts thousands upon thousands of...

Moving to Mexico

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  Mexico, the USA's southern neighbor, has attracted the interest and admiration of Americans for the many centuries that we have existed side by side, both in the colonial and independent periods.  Given its proximity to the US, many people—from college students on spring break to snow birds seeking seasonal shelter or a nice retirement destination—have made Mexico the top...

Moving to New Zealand

There are few places in the world where one can feel as calm and placid as in New Zealand. Life is just a little bit smoother and more pleasant in this remote corner of the world, and people get along with each other quite well in this diverse and prosperous nation.

Moving to Morocco

  The Kingdom of Morocco is a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Western Sahara desert. The capital city is Rabat, but the most famous and largest city is Casablanca. The official language is Arabic, with French as the unofficial second language, and the currency is the Moroccan dirham. Morocco celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence from...

Moving to Monaco

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The tiny city-state of Monaco rarely gets a mention in the news as being a place people move to. It is tiny, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and surrounded on its remaining sides by France. It covers less than 2 square kilometres, or ¾ square mile, yet it has over 32,000 permanent residents, making it one of the most...

Moving to Kenya

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Many Europeans and American citizens visit Kenya each year as tourists, to enjoy the beaches and go on safari. The beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Great Rift Valley and the rich diversity of the wildlife in Kenya are quite unparalleled. They are now protected by the many national parks in the country. However, the vastly different culture and standards...

Moving to Italy

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Italy enjoys the Mediterranean climate of Southern Europe. It is a highly developed country and a founding member of the European Union. The capital is Rome, the currency is the Euro and the official language is Italian. Many visitors pour into Italy each year to enjoy its ancient history, architecture, artworks, beaches, sunny climate and excellent food. Many people are...

Moving to Ireland

The Republic of Ireland, or Eire as it is known, is a beautiful green country made up of tiny rural villages and more urbanized cities such as Dublin. The lush vegetation is due to the mild climate and frequent rainfall. Northern Ireland is approximately one sixth of the island and it is governed by Great Britain. Whilst Northern Ireland...

Moving to Iran

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The Islamic Republic of Iran, formerly known as Persia, is one of the most westernized countries in the Middle East. The supreme leader of the country is now the chief Ayatollah, as the Shah was removed from power in 1978, but links with the west have been at times cordial, and at other times somewhat strained, particularly over its...

Moving to Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is steeped in history. It's the birthplace of Islam, with an economy built on oil and foreign investments, thousands of square miles of desert, two coasts, and a seemingly endless stream of controversy. Saudi Arabia is run by the Saudi Monarchy, which are the sons and grandsons of Saudi Arabia's first king, Abd Al...

Moving to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth. The name translated in Spanish means "Rich Coast", and it couldn't be more accurate. Costa Rica is situated in Central America, bordering Nicaragua to the north, and Panama to the south. It's a popular destination for nature seekers, adventure travelers, and retirees from all over the world....

Cuba

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Encompassing the largest Caribbean island and several smaller ones, Cuba was once the premier vacation spot in North America. With the easing of international trade restrictions in the past 20 years, it is rapidly recovering this reputation. Cuba was one of the first islands visited by Christopher Columbus in 1492, when it was inhabited by Arawakan Native American groups. It...

Belgium

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For its small size, Belgium packs a large population and variety of cultures. One of the world's first industrialized nations, it maintains an important role in international trade and politics as the headquarters of the European Union, NATO, and a host of other organizations. Belgium derives its name from Gallia Belgica, the name the Romans gave its territory after conquering...

Moving to Japan

With thousands of years of history under its belt, decimated by the 2nd World War, then rebuilt into an economic giant, Japan is more than just a tourist destination. Japan is truly a world apart.  Japanese culture, much like its neighbors South Korea and Japan is deeply rooted in tradition and rules. That's not to say that they don't...

Cambodia

The ancient Kingdom of Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia on the Gulf of Thailand. Once a mighty empire, it is just beginning to recover from a long history of brutality and violence, largely on the strength of its tourist appeal. Cambodia was once the home of the great Khmer Empire, the largest in Southeast Asian history. This impressive state...

Moving to India

Moving to India for Europeans or Americans would be quite a culture shock. Everything is different – the language, religion, crowding, lifestyle, standards, education, health and family life. Perhaps the only thing we are familiar with is Indian food! However, many people who move to India are in fact Indians, repatriating after a time away, sometimes after a generation...

Moving to South Korea

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South Korea, or Korea, as it's commonly referred to, has one of Asia's most vibrant cultures. The country is known for its hard working people, cuisine, and powerful economy. South Korea has long been a destination for foreigners, both workers and tourists, and with a growing economy provides many opportunities for full-time and part time work. Those who plan...

Cameroon

Cameroon is a republic in central-western Africa, east of Nigeria and southwest of Chad. With over 230 distinct ethno-linguistic groups, and a stunning diversity of landscapes and wildlife, it has definitely earned its official nickname, "Africa in miniature". A huge number of civilizations and states have arisen in the territory of Cameroon over the centuries, including the Baka and Sao...

Paraguay

Located in the heart of South America, Paraguay is a landlocked country bordering Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina. Exotic and isolated, it is among the most adventurous travel destinations in the region. Paraguayan history is a rather difficult study, and suffers from revisionism, lack of archaeological research, and the effects of warfare on the country's National Archives. What we do know...

Nauru

At only 21 square kilometers, Nauru is the world's smallest republic. This island nation was once among the world's richest countries, but now faces the challenge of diversifying its economy. Nauruans are descended from a mixture of Polynesian and Micronesian peoples who first settled their island at least 3,000 years ago. Quite isolated due to its surrounding coral reef, Nauru...

Moving to Iceland

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Iceland is a modern European country with a tiny population of just 313,000 people, most of whom live in the capital, Reykjavik. Much of the land is arctic desert with mountains, glaciers and volcanoes. It has geysers and active volcanoes as well as the Blue Lagoon giant natural spa. Many people are attracted to Iceland for its natural beauty...

Costa Rica

Aptly-named Costa Rica (Spanish for "rich coast") is the stereotypical tropical paradise, located in Central America between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. With high human development and environmental performance rankings, and some of the world's most beautiful and undisturbed scenery, there's little reason to wonder over this country's reputation as an international travel hotspot. Pre-Columbian Costa Rica was...

Belarus

The Republic of Belarus is located in Eastern Europe, bordering Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Ukraine. Independent since 1990, this country is known for its pristine landscape of virgin forests and rolling green plains, and the staunch efforts of its citizens to maintain their cultural identity. Although the region was settled in the 6th century, an independent, uniquely Belarusian state...

Burma (Myanmar)

Burma, also known as Myanmar, offers a host of enchanting experiences to foreign travelers--and almost as many frustrations. In an effort to at least partially reduce the latter, this article will use the name "Burma", with no intentions of political, cultural, or ethnic partisanship. The fertile, resource-rich lands of Burma attracted numerous peoples throughout history, who founded the tremendously multicultural...

Moving to Dubai/UAE

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Dubai is the chief city and semi-autonomous emirate in the United Arab Emirates. The city is currently in the midst of a massive economic boom, largely due to construction projects, tourism, and major sporting events. It is estimated that Dubai currently has a population of roughly 87% foreign-born citizens. This makes it a great place for relocation, as there...

Moving to Hungary

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Hungary is a beautiful European country with wonderful architecture, food and spas. Budapest is the capital city, and the main place that tourists visit to see Trinity Square, the chain bridge and Castle Hill, a UNESCO heritage site. Due to its situation it has become a melting pot of Eastern and western cultures. There are plenty of theatres and...

Burundi

Burundi is a small, landlocked country in eastern Africa, bordering Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An old country with rich cultural traditions, it is nonetheless, and perhaps unfortunately, better known for the devastation wrought by years of socio-political turmoil within its borders. Burundi is one of the few modern African countries that is a direct successor...

Moving to Greece

Many people visit Greece today for its beautiful beaches, warm sunny climate and classical history, architecture and culture. What many people do not realize is what a vibrant modern European country Greece has become. It is one of the most multicultural societies due to immigrants from the Balkans, Africa and Asia and well as from other European Union member...

Guyana

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Guyana lies on the northern coast of South America, surrounded by Venezuela, Brazil, and Suriname. This multi-ethnic country is known for its unspoiled wilderness, and as one of only four non-Spanish speaking countries on the continent. Guyana was originally inhabited by Arawakan and Carib peoples, Native American groups linguistically and culturally related to the indigenous populations of the Caribbean. Although...

Moving to Germany

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Many people move to Germany each year for a variety of reasons. Military postings and connections are a major reason for Americans and British people to live and work in Germany. Students also find Germany an excellent country in which to study, whilst other European residents move to Germany to take up well-paid jobs in a more prosperous community. Check...

Federated States of Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia comprise 607 islands within the greater Micronesian subregion of the Pacific Ocean. Largely isolated even among its neighbors in Oceania, the FSM is home to several distinct cultural and linguistic groups who have successfully maintained their traditions to the present day. The FSM is divided into four states--Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap--each of which contains...

Canada

Canada is the world's second largest country, sprawling across a huge swath of North America. With political and economic clout to match its size, it is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, la Francophonie, the G8, and the OECD. Canada was actually the first site of European colonization in the Americas, when Viking explorers briefly settled Newfoundland around 1000...

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan straddles Eastern Europe and Western Asia in the Caucasus Mountains. It is the largest and most populous country in the region, and despite facing many of the problems common to the former Soviet republics, has bright prospects for future wealth, owing to its fossil fuel and mineral reserves. Azerbaijan was originally inhabited by a people known as the Caucasian...

Brunei Darussalam

The tiny country of Brunei Darussalam (short form Brunei) inhabits two strips of land on the coast of the Southeast Asian island of Borneo, separated from one another by the Malaysian district of Limbang. Fossil fuel revenues have given this nation the world's fifth highest GDP PPP per capita, and turned it into a major regional commercial center. The origins...

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso, often shortened to Burkina, is a landlocked African nation bordered by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Côte d'Ivoire. Formerly known as the Republic of the Upper Volta, it adopted its present name, meaning "land of upright people", in 1984. Burkina has a long history of habitation, with archaeological evidence indicating that hunter-gatherers lived in the region as...

Ecuador

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The aptly-named Republic of Ecuador lies right along the equator, south of Colombia and north of Peru. Although under-promoted, this diverse, exciting country offers a wealth of travel experiences to rival any of its Latin American, or international, neighbors. Several Native American civilizations have inhabited Ecuador throughout history, who were conquered by the Incas in 1463. Following a brief civil...

Moving to Finland

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Finland is the most sparsely populated country in the European Union, so if you are looking to get away from the crowded cities of the UK, you will love the wide open spaces and clean air of Finland. Finland is also listed as the second most stable country in the world, which is reassuring in turbulent times. The crime...

Marshall Islands

The Republic of the Marshall Islands encompasses 29 atolls and five islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Politically independent since 1986, this nation is working to increase its economic independence by encouraging tourism, fishing, and alternative fuel development. The Marshall Islands are part of the larger Micronesian subregion of Oceania, and were settled by Micronesians approximately 3,000 years...

Moving to Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa and is considered to be the ‘Cradle of Civilization’ as many studies suggest the origin of Homo sapiens began in Addis Ababa, the capital city. Many archaeologists come to Ethiopia to work on the ruins of the recently discovered Islamic kingdom of Shoa. The oldest fossilized complete human skeleton nicknamed ‘Lucy’...

Belize

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Belize is a Central American anomaly, as the only English-speaking country in the region. The breathtaking natural and cultural diversity of this former British colony attract thousands of tourists each year. Belize was first settled by the Mopan Maya around the 16th century BCE. Although their civilization had been in decline for approximately 500 years when the first Spaniards arrived...

Moving to Ecuador

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Ecuador is a small South American country straddling the Equator. It is well known for its Amazon rainforest and the Andes mountains. The capital city, Quito, features one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Ecuador also governs the Galapagos Islands, an archipelago of unique wildlife endemic to the Islands, where Darwin developed his theory of evolution. The official...

Moving to Colombia

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With an ideal location at the northwestern tip of South America, Colombia is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse countries in all of Latin America, with the third-largest Spanish speaking population in the world, and the second largest population in South America, at about 44 million inhabitants. Famed for its first-rate coffee beans, which have earned it the...

Moving to Denmark

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Denmark is one of the four countries which make up Scandinavia. It has close links with the other countries of Sweden, Finland and Norway. Denmark is a very industrialized country and the capital city is Copenhagen.  The standard of living is high, but it is also an expensive place to live. It is a member of the European Union but...

Austria

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From Mozart to Freud, Austria's contributions to the cultural enrichment of our world are second to none. This Central European nation boasts one of the world's highest standards of living and a long history as a major European power. The foundations of the modern Austrian state were laid in 976, when the country was created as an archduchy within the...

Moving to Namibia

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The Republic of Namibia, once known as South West Africa, and occupied, first by the Germans, and later by the apartheid South African government, gained independence in 1990. It is politically stable, and has not had any recent political violence, aside from the Caprivi Strip in the north, in years. Namibia is a very sparsely populated country – in fact,...

Moving to Cyprus

Cyprus is a very popular place for European ex-Pats to retire to. When people refer to Cypus, generally they are referring to Southern Cyprus. Northern Cyprus is a Turkish Republic, and although much cheaper than South Cyprus it has many issues. It is currently under occupation by the Turkish army which makes it a less than ideal place to...

Moving to Guyana

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Guyana is located on the Northeastern coast of South America and is the third smallest country on the continent as well as one of only four non-Spanish speaking nations in South America. The unique qualities of Guyana go beyond just these few facts and extend into the composition of the country as well. The nation has essentially four natural...

Moving to Cuba

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Cuba is a beautiful and exotic Caribbean island but getting past the border can be a daunting task. If you are a United States citizen, moving to Cuba is essentially out of the question, to put it bluntly. To even visit Cuba a U.S. citizen has to be licensed by the Department of Treasury and only select types of...

Moving to Cape Verde

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The Cape Verde Islands, located off the coast of West Africa, are somewhat of an anomaly in Africa - a stable democracy, free of recent political upheaval, and sought after as a retirement option by Europeans and Americans. The archipelago attracts a variety of other settlers too however, engaged in tourism and other business, and has a high immigrant population....

Moving to Chile

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Chile is currently one of the most stable, safe and prosperous countries in South America. It draws an increasing number of tourists each year to see the beautiful Lake District, the snow-capped mountains in Patagonia and Easter Island, which lies more than 370 miles offshore. The Andes lie along the eastern border of the country. Chile is also a...

Bhutan

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The Kingdom of Bhutan is an adventurer's dream. Hidden in the Himalayas between India and Tibet, this isolated and practically crime-free nation is fiercely devoted to maintaining its ancient cultural heritage, earning the nickname "The Last Shangri-La". Bhutan was first inhabited as long ago as 2000 BCE. Buddhism was first introduced into the country in the third century BCE, and...

Moving to Belgium

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  Although Belgium is a tiny country in Europe, it manages to divide itself into two main linguistic groups. The Dutch speaking Flemish residents are mostly in the North and the French-speaking Walloons are in the south. There are also some German speakers too, so the country is quite divided, which reflects its political history. Immigrants in Belgium account for...

Moving to Croatia

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While Croatia might not be one of the first countries that come to mind when you think of visiting Europe, it is quickly becoming one of the most popular travel destinations on the other side of the pond. The beautiful and highly varied landscape of Croatia that is attracting tourists by the bus load is also a highly motivating...

Botswana

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Landlocked in central southern Africa, Botswana is bordered by South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its mineral wealth, natural beauty, and close regional ties have given it one of the strongest and most successful economies on the continent. Botswana is named for the Tswana, the primary ethnic group of the country. These people immigrated to the modern region of Botswana...

Moving to Austria

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  Think of Austria and it conjures up images of long ski slopes, flower strewn alpine meadows, glassy lakes reflecting mountain peaks and pretty chalet-style homes. Pretty as a picture, this is the Austria we visit on our vacations, but what is it really like to live there? Austria is renowned for its music, art and architecture. Many famous painters and...

Moving to the Czech Republic

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Prague is a necessary stop on any European trip, but why pass through when you can stay and live there? The Czech Republic is a country rich in culture and history, and the capital city of Prague is the center of this extremely interesting past. Since it joined the European Union...

Colombia

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  Located in northwestern South America, Colombia boasts the world's third largest Spanish-speaking population, after Mexico and Spain. In the past decade its government has made great progress in reducing internecine violence, allowing it to open up its vast natural and cultural landscape to visitors from around the world. Native American groups including the Tayronas and Muiscas had already established politically...

Kiribati

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  Kiribati (pronounced Kee-ree-bass, with a short “a” sound) is a nation comprised of 32 atolls and one raised coral island in the Pacific Ocean. The eastern-most country on the planet, it was the first location on Earth to welcome the new millennium, and plays an important role in many of its developing issues. Kiribati is the local pronunciation of “Gilberts”,...

Moving to Australia

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  Australia is uniquely a continent and a country; in fact it is the smallest continent and the sixth largest country in the world. With a population of just over 21 million spread over nearly 3 million square miles, there is plenty of empty space for everyone! As Australia is an island, more than 80% of the flora and fauna...

Moving to the Dominican Republic

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  Sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is a beautiful place to consider living. Boasting the largest economy in the Central American and Caribbean area, setting up a life in the Dominican Republic is an entirely feasible idea. While agriculture has always been the most important part of the country’s economy, the service industry...

Barbados

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  Barbados is an island nation in the western Atlantic. It is one of the more populous and prosperous countries in the Lesser Antilles, with consistently high human development and literacy rankings. Like many Caribbean countries, the history of Barbados is marked by successive waves of settlement. The Salodoid-Barrancoid civilization first migrated to the island sometime around the fourth century BCE;...

Moving to El Salvador

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Located on the Western coast of Central America, El Salvador is a geographically small country filled with many interesting people and places. Known mostly for its exportation of coffee, the industrialization of El Salvador has brought in a surge of immigrants wanting to live within its borders. To join these ranks of foreigners looking to make a home for themselves in El Salvador,...

Moving to Jordan

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  The Kingdom of Jordan is in the heart of the Middle East. It has history seeping through its pores from lost cities, biblical stories and tales of Lawrence of Arabia. It is a country with astonishing natural beauty and many ancient ruins. The capital city is Amman and the official language is Arabic, but English is widely used in...