This page lists all the written and video guides we have produced about living in various countries.

The Guides Global book about Turkey
Our own book about Turkey is an in-depth manual telling you everything that you need to know if you are ...
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Social Security in Spain
Social security arrangements in Spain are extensive and expensive. They are also rather complicated and, very likely, different from those ...
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European Parliament
Spanish politics is a complex and fractious subject. You'll learn more about the average Spaniard's views by sitting in a ...
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high speed train - ave - in Spain
As one of the world's major economies and the world's third largest tourist destination, Spain is well served when it ...
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Marriage in Spain
Marriage is still a major part of our culture - and where better to do it than a vibrant country ...
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A rainbow flag against a blue sky
This guide is about sex and sexuality in Spain. It covers issues like the age of consent, and LGBT rights ...
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doctors
Click where you see  for more information Emergency numbers Call 112 - the general emergency number or 061 for an ambulance Languages spoken: ...
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teacher and students
Education in Spain is often very good, but can sometimes leave a lot to be desired. Whether your child receives ...
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spanish driving licence
Almost every adult who wants to live or work in Spain will also want to drive in Spain. They need ...
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Driving in Spain
Every year, hundreds of thousands of foreigners drive in Spain. Many worry about it before they do it for the ...
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languages
Despite what some expats will tell you, learning Spanish is important if you're going to be spending a lot of ...
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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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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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Healthcare in Spain
This guide is about healthcare in Spain - the quality of the healthcare available and how to find and access ...
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Introduction Spain is fairly well served by internet providers, though service can be patchy outside of urban areas. Shopping around ...
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Dealing with the Administration in Turkey
Dealing with the administration in any new country is tough. Turkey is better than some, and worse than others. It’s ...
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Moving Back Home from Turkey
There may, for various reasons, come a time when you decide that you want to leave Turkey and return ‘home’ ...
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Dealing with a Death in Turkey
Dealing with the death of a loved one is always distressing. It can also be stressful, time consuming and expensive ...
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Receiving Your Pension in Turkey
When you live in Turkey there are no restrictions upon receiving any pension to which you are entitled in another ...
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Religion in Turkey
Religion in Turkey is as old as Turkey itself - which is very old. Islam is still a massively important ...
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A rainbow flag against a blue sky
As befits an old country right in the centre of the old Mediterranean civilisation, Turkey is pretty much on the ...
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Drink & Drugs in Turkey
Turkey is rather schizophrenic when it comes to its attitude to alcohol and drugs. As a substantial wine producer it ...
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Healthcare in Turkey
Healthcare is right at the top of people’s concerns when moving to - or even visiting - a new country ...
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Education in Turkey
Your children will have a great time living in Turkey. Because of the climate and the freedom that children still ...
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Driving in Turkey
Driving in Turkey is pretty simple - especially if you come from a country where they drive on the right-hand ...
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Moving Money & FX in Turkey
Foreign exchange (FX) is one of those boring subjects which it is so easy to overlook when planning your international ...
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Utilities in Turkey
Utilities: not the most exciting part of a move, but definitely vital. It's best to learn what to expect before ...
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Housing Options in Turkey
Where you live is one of the largest factors when it comes to how happy you are going to be ...
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Cultural Differences in Turkey
Moving to or doing business in another country always throws up issues arising from the basic cultural differences between your ...
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Business Culture in Turkey
Whatever your reason for doing business in Turkey, you will probably find that there are some big differences in business environment and ...
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Banks & Banking in Turkey
Banking is an important part of the Turkish economy. The sector is made up of a mixture of state-run banks ...
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Marriage in Turkey
Turkey still has one of the highest rates of marriage in the world: about 7.75 women out of every thousand ...
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Shops & Shopping in Turkey
Shopping - love it or hate it, it's a big part of life. It can be confusing in a new ...
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Learning Turkish - in Turkey or 'back home'
Learning Turkish is important if you're going to be spending a lot of time in Turkey. The good news (if ...
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Social Security (Welfare Benefits) in Turkey
In order to benefit from the Turkish Social Security System, residents in Turkey must enrol with the Turkish Social Security ...
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Politics & Voting in Turkey
Turkey is a large nation with a complex political structure ...
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A glass of Bulgarian Rakia on a candle-lit dinner table in a restaurant
Drinking and smoking in Bulgaria is easy. Cigarettes are cheap (though you can't smoke indoors any more), and local beers, ...
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Sofia cathedral
Bulgaria, despite the post-war communists' oppression of religion, is largely a country of faith. Only an estimated one fifth of ...
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Depending on where you are in Bulgaria, the internet can be surprisingly speedy or hair-pullingly slow. The popular expat city ...
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A small, white church in rural America - somewhere in a forest
Freedom of religion is enshrined in the US constitution, and the States - whilst being overwhelmingly Christian - are home ...
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A rainbow flag against a blue sky
While the US is a developed nation, there are still some issues when it comes to sex and gender. As ...
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Getting internet in the US is easy. Getting fast internet is doable. Getting fast, cheap internet is difficult ...
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Religion in Spain
Click where you see  for more information Introduction Whilst you might not see much of the Spanish population in church every ...
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Religious statues on a carved stone building in the Vatican
Italy is predominantly a Christian country. More specifically, it is a Roman Catholic country (hardly surprisingly, with the Pope sitting ...
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