Introduction to Israel Israel’s borders are not internationally recognised. Its population is therefore disputed. Foreign relations are a minefield. Israel’s politics, and its civilians’ lives, have been heavily affected by war since its birth – and there seems to be no real end in sight. And yet despite all that, and despite having a small population (around 8.5million, even including …Continue reading
This guide deals with moving money from one country to another.
To help you understand the opportunities, it also gives a brief explanation of how the foreign exchange (Forex or FX) market works and looks at the most secure and cheapest ways of moving money from one country and currency to another.Continue reading
The concept of international banking gives rise to a lot of confusion. As is so often the case when you work in several countries, the terms used can means different things to different people.Continue reading
Human development, as set out by the United Nations, comprises three core areas: leading a long and healthy life, receiving a good education and enjoying a decent standard of living (a high income per capita).Continue reading
This guide deals with the thorny and very topical question of global healthcare for expats. Whether you are retiring to a foreign country or living there to work or run a business, this will be an issue of concern to you.Continue reading
You’ll find a full list of national and regional holidays here. However, don’t forget that each municipality will have two additional public holidays; often celebrating the local saint or an event of local importance. Some notes about the major holidays, mainly for our readers in the East:Continue reading
This short guide looks at the relevance of the global economy to people living, working or doing business in a country that is not their own. It also looks at reliable places where you can obtain further information about the countries of interest to you.Continue reading
Common legal terms and their meanings: Abstract (Of Title) A summary of the public records relating to the title to a particular piece of land. An attorney or title insurance company reviews an abstract of title to determine whether there are any title defects which must be cleared before a buyer can purchase clear, marketable, and insurable title. Acceleration Clause …Continue reading
The cultural differences between various countries are fascinating and, often, surprising. Understanding them is hugely important if you want to survive – and thrive – in a country that is not your own. Recognise them. Understand them. But don’t be frightened by them.Continue reading
EU policies aim to ensure the free movement of people, goods, services and capital within its internal market. Twenty-two member-countries – plus four that are not members of the EU – have abolished passport controls for movement between those countries. The area covered by these arrangements is known as the Schengen area. Nineteen member-countries have adopted the euro as their currency. …Continue reading
Getting to the Costa del Sol Getting to the Costa del Sol by air If you’re flying into the Costa del Sol, chances are you’ll be landing in Malaga International Airport (AGP). The airport is made up of three terminals. It handled over 14million passengers in 2015. You’ll find plenty of places to load up on shopping or feed and water …Continue reading
The figures for life expectancy at birth come from a variety of sources and, surprisingly, vary quite a lot. Nonetheless, they remind us about how startlingly different things can be depending upon the place where you were born. Japan 83.7, Swaziland 49.2.Continue reading
The number of people living below the poverty line is difficult to establish: partly because the definition of poverty varies so much from country to country – or isn’t even defined at all. However, these figures are a starting point for your thought process.Continue reading
Increasingly, we see two different measurements for unemployment: overall unemployment and youth unemployment. Both are important and will influence you: whether you are trying to find work or thinking of setting up in business.Continue reading
There is a great debate about whether public (government) debt matters. Is it a good idea to ‘borrow to invest’? How much? How should it be spent?
At Guides.Global we are pretty set in our opinion that too much borrowing is a bad thing: landing your children and grand-children with debt is immoral. You may, of course, disagree. Whatever your view, the level of public debt in the countries where you might live or do business is a factor to take into account.Continue reading
GDP and GNI, possibly adjusted for inflation and/or for PPP, sometimes shown as an amount per person (per capita) and sometimes as a simple total, are constantly used as a measure of a country’s wealth. What do they mean? How do countries compare across the world?Continue reading
For most people living, working or doing business is a foreign country, corruption is a major enemy. Of course, a few businesses – and individuals – thrive on corruption. They are not your friend!
The Corruption Perception Index from Transparency International has been around for a long time can help you a lot when it comes to risk assessment. Whilst nowhere is perfect, you need very good reasons to be dealing with the countries way down the list!Continue reading
The Rule of Law Index – produced by the World Justice Project – is one of the most useful indicators about what it is like to live or operate in a country. If there is no rule of law, why would you want to be – or do business – there?Continue reading
All over the world, expenditure on health is on the rise. In most developed countries, it had more than doubled since 1970. However, and not surprisingly, there are huge inequalities. In 2016, the US spent $9,636 per person: Zambia $203.Continue reading
With populations from 1.4 billion (China) down to 800 (Vatican City) there is no shortage of variety. Equally, with some countries still growing at nearly 5% per year and others shrinking by 1% per year, the future could look very different.Continue reading
Spain is a hugely popular destination for both expats and tourists. It has been a world power for over 500 years. Its huge empire has left its mark across the world. More than 400 million people speak Spanish as a native language – a number surpassed only by Mandarin.Continue reading
The euro in Spain Spain joined the European Union (EU) in 1986. It was one of the first countries to adopt the euro (having previously used the Spanish peseta), in the first wave of 1999. The fixed conversion rate was €1 to 166.386 ESP (Spanish Peseta). From 1999 to 2002, Spain was in a ‘transitional’ status – meaning that both …Continue reading
Spain is the most climatically diverse country in Europe and in the world’s top ten. Generally, on the coast, it enjoys warm weather all year round and, inland, hot summers and cold winters, especially at higher altitude.Continue reading
“Autonomous communities” (comunidad autónomas) are the political and administrative regions of Spain into which the whole of Spain is divided. There are 17 of them – plus two “autonomous cities” – Ceuta & Melilla in North Africa.Continue reading
If you’re hoping to live or work in Italy, look closely at the climate in the city you’re considering – and, if possible, visit at different times of year. A warm, sunny spring can turn fast into an unpleasantly hot summer. Winters are generally bearable across the country, but some places come with risks of storms.Continue reading
Germany is one of the big players in the European Union. It’s often referred to as the EU’s de facto leader, or the economic powerhouse of the union. It’s got the biggest population, the largest GDP, and the most exported and imported goods in the EU.Continue reading
Bulgaria is an Orthodox Catholic country, but it doesn’t celebrate the swathe of Saints’ days that some other Catholic countries (e.g. Spain) do. As well as the major Christian holidays, Bulgaria focuses on its own history, culture and military talent.Continue reading
Bulgaria does not have a large percentage of foreign-born residents – in fact, it’s one of the lowest in the EU. Those expats who have found their way to Bulgaria, though, have choices to suit most lifestyles.Continue reading
Joining a few Facebook groups is a good way to get a feel for the expat community in Turkey. Find expat events in Turkey and chat and share ideas, experiences and – occasionally – frustrations with like-minded people. Tell us if you’re part of a group that you’d like us to add.Continue reading
This guide lists the national public holidays of Turkey, and gives a little background on the meaning and importance of the days.
Turkey is a secular country, but its population is almost entirely Muslim; so it is no surprise that this is reflected in their national holidays.Continue reading
So, instead, we’ll take a look at the seven regions of Turkey. Truth be told, even the regions are large enough and varied enough in weather and climate to make it worth your while to check out the average climate in specific cities – but this guide should give you some idea of what you’ll experience. The date below was …Continue reading
Getting to Turkey is simple. Getting around Turkey requires a little more thought, but the public transport system is fairly modern and the roads are improving all the time. If you don’t know the language, it is particularly important to plan ahead if you want to use public transport in Turkey. Work out your route from the comfort of your …Continue reading
Although Bulgaria is not a huge country (at 110,994 square km), it does straddle several climate zones.
Temperatures depend on where you are – the southwest, by the Mediterranean sea, is mildly subtropical. The plains of the country are temperate. The mountainous regions are much colder (great for skiing).Continue reading
Getting to Italy is pretty easy. It’s a popular tourist destination and a country more and more people are visiting for business.
Italy is well known for a slightly scary driving experience – but many are unaware of its comprehensive public transport system.Continue reading
This guide is about the world’s climate and how it can impact upon your plans. Frankly, it will tell you little more than you could have found out yourself by spending a day on the internet, but it could save you a lot of time.Continue reading