This page lists all the written and video guides we have produced containing general information about countries.

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This guide deals with moving money from one country to another. To help you understand the opportunities, it also gives ...
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singapore financial district at night
The concept of international banking gives rise to a lot of confusion. As is so often the case when you ...
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Human development, as set out by the United Nations, comprises three core areas: leading a long and healthy life, receiving ...
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A medical model of a human skull, showing veins and nerves
This guide deals with the thorny and very topical question of global healthcare for expats. Whether you are retiring to ...
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a closeup of blue lights on top of a police vehicle
Of the great many factors you need to take into account when moving to another country, crime and justice are ...
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2018 Calendar
You'll find a full list of national and regional holidays here. However, don't forget that each municipality will have two ...
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A container ship in the port at Hamburg
This short guide looks at the relevance of the global economy to people living, working or doing business in a ...
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Common legal terms and their meanings: Abstract (Of Title) A summary of the public records relating to the title to ...
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Spanish Guitar
The cultural differences between various countries are fascinating and, often, surprising. Understanding them is hugely important if you want to ...
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Countries in the EU
EU policies aim to ensure the free movement of people, goods, services and capital within its internal market. Twenty-two member-countries ...
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Video Tour of the Costa del Sol
This guide gathers together film showing various parts of the Costa del Sol. It is intended to give those who ...
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Transport links within the Costa del Sol in Spain
Getting to the Costa del Sol Getting to the Costa del Sol by air If you're flying into the Costa ...
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The United States of America - Facts & Figures
The United States is a young country, but it is unarguably one of the most powerful and most influential ...
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Urban Population Percentages - Global List
Around the world, there is a rapid move from country to town. Here are the figures, giving the percentage of ...
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Life Expectancy - Global List
The figures for life expectancy at birth come from a variety of sources and, surprisingly, vary quite a lot. Nonetheless, ...
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Median Age of Population - Global List
For those of us who are mathematically challenged, the median age is the age at which there are as many ...
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People Below the Poverty Line - Global List
The number of people living below the poverty line is difficult to establish: partly because the definition of poverty varies ...
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Unemployment Percentages - Global List
Increasingly, we see two different measurements for unemployment: overall unemployment and youth unemployment. Both are important and will influence you: ...
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Government (Public) Debt - Global List
There is a great debate about whether public (government) debt matters. Is it a good idea to 'borrow to invest'? ...
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Inflation Rates - Global List
Inflation is a major issue in many countries: so much so that you might think twice about living or doing ...
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Countries by GDP & GNI - Global List
GDP and GNI, possibly adjusted for inflation and/or for PPP, sometimes shown as an amount per person (per capita) and ...
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Corruption Perception Index - Global List
For most people living, working or doing business is a foreign country, corruption is a major enemy. Of course, a ...
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The Rule of Law Index - produced by the World Justice Project - is one of the most useful indicators ...
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Terrorism Index - Global List
Terrorism is the concern-of-the-moment. There are some countries hardly affected by it. Would you want to live in them? ...
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Peace Index - Global List
The Vision of Humanity "Peace Index" gives you sometimes surprising insights as to how peaceful the country where you want ...
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Hospital Bed Numbers - Global List
Surprise: Japan has more than twice as many hospital beds (per 1000 people) as France - and nearly 10 times ...
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Doctor Numbers - Global List
Would you believe there are countries where there are over 70 doctors per 10,000 people - and many others where ...
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Health Expenditure Percentage - Global List
All over the world, expenditure on health is on the rise. In most developed countries, it had more than doubled ...
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Human Development Index - Global List
Let's face it. Some countries are 'challenging' places to live. The UN Human Development Index gives show an interesting way ...
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Population of Country - Global List
With populations from 1.4 billion (China) down to 800 (Vatican City) there is no shortage of variety. Equally, with some ...
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Land Area of Country - Global List
Did you know that the world's largest country (Russia) is nearly 8 million times bigger than its smallest (Monaco)? ...
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Water Consumption of Population - Global List
Drinking water is in short supply - and could be the trigger for many future conflicts. Even worse, for many ...
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A Spanish flag waving in the wind against a blue sky
Spain is a hugely popular destination for both expats and tourists. It has been a world power for over 500 ...
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Nigerian flag waving in breeze
Nigeria is a huge, varied, beautiful and - sadly - very troubled country ...
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Italian euros fanned out on table
The euro in Spain Spain joined the European Union (EU) in 1986. It was one of the first countries to ...
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Clubs, Associations & Support Groups in Spain
In Spain there are lots of clubs, associations, support groups and sources of information to help foreigners living in the ...
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The Climate in Spain
Spain is the most climatically diverse country in Europe and in the world's top ten. Generally, on the coast, it ...
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Italian euros fanned out on table
Euro banknotes and coins were introduced to Italy in January 2002. The Banca D'Italia stopped exchanging Italian lira in February ...
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Autonomous Communities in Spain
"Autonomous communities" (comunidad autónomas) are the political and administrative regions of Spain into which the whole of Spain is divided ...
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A winding road over low hills in San Quirico d'Orcia. It is sunset.
If you're hoping to live or work in Italy, look closely at the climate in the city you're considering - ...
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A tower on the Reichstag with a German flag flying against the sunset
Germany is one of the big players in the European Union. It's often referred to as the EU's de facto ...
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Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral lit up for Easter night
Bulgaria is an Orthodox Catholic country, but it doesn't celebrate the swathe of Saints' days that some other Catholic countries ...
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Small pile of Bulgarian money - notes and coins
The Bulgarian lev (which comes from the Bulgarian word for 'lion') was first introduced in 1881, and has since gone ...
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A Bulgarian flag on a mast, waving in the wind, against a blue sky
Bulgaria does not have a large percentage of foreign-born residents - in fact, it's one of the lowest in the ...
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Joining a few Facebook groups is a good way to get a feel for the expat community in Turkey. Find ...
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Public Holidays in Turkey
This guide lists the national public holidays of Turkey, and gives a little background on the meaning and importance of ...
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Turkey's Currency - the Turkish lira
The lira's present incarnation replaced the first Turkish lira in 2005, after a period of devastating devaluation ...
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The Climate in Turkey
So, instead, we'll take a look at the seven regions of Turkey. Truth be told, even the regions are large ...
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Turkey - Facts & Figures
Turkey welcomes many newcomers. They come to work, to run a business, to retire or just to enjoy a great ...
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Turkish taxi
Getting to Turkey is simple. Getting around Turkey requires a little more thought, but the public transport system is fairly ...
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Zasele, in Bulgaira. High, dark green hills with mist near the summits.
Although Bulgaria is not a huge country (at 110,994 square km), it does straddle several climate zones. Temperatures depend on ...
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Section of map of Spain
This is a question that we get asked a lot - for people not used to Spain, the differences in ...
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A platform at Milan train station, with people walking along. A train is pulling in.
Getting to Italy is pretty easy. It's a popular tourist destination and a country more and more people are visiting ...
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A lightning storm over a beach and distant city. The sky is purple and orange.
This guide is about the world's climate and how it can impact upon your plans. Frankly, it will tell you ...
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