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Bulgaria – Facts & Figures

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…

  • Bulgaria – Facts & Figures
Bulgaria - Facts & Figures

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 culture.

  • Business Culture in Turkey
Business Culture in Turkey

Business Issues in Spain

Every country has special issues when it comes to doing business. Spain is no exception. This guide focused on some of the issues that can…

  • Business Issues in Spain
Business Issues in Spain

Buying a Property (Real Estate) in Spain

Buying a home or other property (real estate) costs a lot of money and so is worrying. It is also something that that has been…

  • Buying a Property (Real Estate) in Spain
Buying a Property (Real Estate) in Spain

Buying a Property in Turkey

A property is always an expensive item, so you do not wish to risk losing your money. This is true whether the house in Turkey…

  • Buying a Property in Turkey
Buying a Property in Turkey

Choosing a Lawyer in Turkey

What do you need to consider when looking for legal advice in Turkey? How do you know if a lawyer is qualified? Which lawyers will…

  • Choosing a Lawyer in Turkey
Choosing a Lawyer in Turkey

Contract Law in Spain

Contracts - written or verbal, large or small - are pretty much central to large parts of our personal and business lives. How do they…

  • Contract Law in Spain
Contract Law in Spain

Contracts in Turkey

Most countries in the world use one of two basic systems when it comes to contracts: the Continental European (Roman Law/Napoleonic Law) system or the…

  • Contracts in Turkey
Contracts in Turkey

Cultural Differences in Spain

The cultural differences between various countries are fascinating and, often, surprising. Understanding them is hugely important if you want to survive - and thrive -…

  • Cultural Differences in Spain
Cultural Differences in Spain

Cultural Differences in Turkey

Moving to or doing business in another country always throws up issues arising from the basic cultural differences between your 'home' country and the 'new'…

  • Cultural Differences in Turkey
Cultural Differences in Turkey

Dealing with a Death in Spain

Every country and culture has its own way of dealing with a death. From the bureaucracy to the ritual and the conventions surrounding bereavement, the…

  • Dealing with a Death in Spain
Dealing with a Death in Spain

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. The stress, time factor, and…

  • Dealing with a Death in Turkey
Dealing with a Death in Turkey

Dealing with an Accident in Spain

Nobody thinks they will suffer an accident but, if you do, you need to act quickly to make sure you are fully compensated and protected.

  • Dealing with an Accident in Spain
Dealing with an Accident in Spain

Dealing with an Accident in Turkey

Unfortunately, accidents happen. When they do you need not only to take the correct action but also to do so swiftly. This guide focuses on…

  • Dealing with an Accident in Turkey
Dealing with an Accident in Turkey

Dealing with an Inheritance in Turkey

Inheritance and dealing with an inheritance are topics where you will find that a little bit of forward planning can save you a great deal…

  • Dealing with an Inheritance in Turkey
Dealing with an Inheritance in Turkey

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 probably worth remembering during the…

  • Dealing with the Administration in Turkey
Dealing with the Administration in Turkey

Disputes & Court Cases in Spain

Disputes occur in any country. Often they are the result of genuine misunderstandings. Even more often they are the result of badly prepared contracts. Occasionally…

  • Disputes & Court Cases in Spain
Disputes & Court Cases in Spain

Disputes & Court Cases in Turkey

Disputes occur in any country. Often, they are the result of genuine misunderstandings. Very often, they are the result of poorly prepared contracts. Occasionally, they…

  • Disputes & Court Cases in Turkey
Disputes & Court Cases in Turkey

Doing Business in Spain

Doing business in Spain is an enticing prospect. It is a large market (46 million people) and a trillion dollar economy. It has a very…

  • Doing Business in Spain
Doing Business in Spain

Doing Business in Turkey – From Outside the Country

Turkey permits foreigners and foreign businesses of any nationality to do business in Turkey. This is true whether they are selling goods or providing services.

  • Doing Business in Turkey – From Outside the Country
Doing Business in Turkey - From Outside the Country

Driving in Spain

Every year, hundreds of thousands of foreigners drive in Spain. Many worry about it before they do it for the first time. Very few worry…

  • Driving in Spain
Driving in Spain

Driving in Turkey

Driving in Turkey is pretty simple - especially if you come from a country where they drive on the right-hand side of the road. Simple,…

  • Driving in Turkey
Driving in Turkey

Financial & Investment Planning in Turkey

For the purposes of this guide, the terms ‘financial planning’ and ‘investment planning’ are used interchangeably.

  • Financial & Investment Planning in Turkey
Financial & Investment Planning in Turkey

Germany – Facts & Figures

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…

  • Germany – Facts & Figures
Germany - Facts & Figures

Healthcare in Spain

This guide is about healthcare in Spain - the quality of the healthcare available and how to find and access medical treatment.

  • Healthcare in Spain
Healthcare in Spain

Healthcare in Turkey

Healthcare is right at the top of people’s concerns when moving to - or even visiting - a new country. Will it be of a…

  • Healthcare in Turkey
Healthcare in Turkey

Immigration & Visas in Turkey

Immigration into Turkey has changed a lot in recent years. Generally, it's easier. We have a more settled system with only one department - the…

  • Immigration & Visas in Turkey
Immigration & Visas in Turkey

Immigration, Visas & Residence in Spain

This guide gives details of the immigration rules in Spain. It covers immigration for settlement when joining relatives, immigration to work or do business, immigration…

  • Immigration, Visas & Residence in Spain
Immigration, Visas & Residence in Spain

Importing Your Car into Spain

Should you import you car into Spain or should you buy one there? If you want to import your car into Spain, how should you…

  • Importing Your Car into Spain
Importing Your Car into Spain

Inheritance in Spain

Nowhere can a bit of forward planning produce such simple and dramatic results as in the area of inheritance. It can save you untold grief…

  • Inheritance in Spain
Inheritance in Spain

Investment Opportunities in Turkey

Nowhere on this website is our oft-repeated disclaimer more important than in this guide. When thinking about your investment plans, everything depends upon your personal…

  • Investment Opportunities in Turkey
Investment Opportunities in Turkey

Learning Spanish

This guide is about learning Spanish in Spain. Should you do it (spoiler: yes)? How should you do it, and where?

  • Learning Spanish
Learning Spanish

Making a Will in Turkey

Making a Will is one of the most important things that you need to do, especially if you own any property in Turkey. It can…

  • Making a Will in Turkey
Making a Will in Turkey

Moving Money Abroad

Should you take your money with you when you go abroad long-term? If so, how should you do it? What should you do with the…

  • Moving Money Abroad
Moving Money Abroad

Notaries (Notarios) in Spain

Notaries are a crucial part of the legal system in Spain. They validate, witness and store all sorts of important documents. They can even marry…

  • Notaries (Notarios) in Spain
Notaries (<em>Notarios</em>) in Spain

Powers of Attorney for Use in Spain

Powers of Attorney are really useful documents allowing somebody else to do things on your behalf. When should you make one? Who should you appoint?…

  • Powers of Attorney for Use in Spain
Powers of Attorney for Use in Spain

Powers of Attorney in Turkey

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that authorises another person to do something such as signing a document, opening a bank account, or…

  • Powers of Attorney in Turkey
Powers of Attorney in Turkey

Residence Permits in Turkey

A person wishing to live in Turkey will, in many cases, need a special visa authorising entry to the country (see our other guides on…

  • Residence Permits in Turkey
Residence Permits in Turkey

Setting Up a Company in Spain

Do you need a company in Spain? If so, which type? What are your options and what are their respective advantages and disadvantages? This guide…

  • Setting Up a Company in Spain
Setting Up a Company in Spain

Setting up a Company in Turkey

Turkey is one of the least complicated places - and one of the quickest - to set up a company.

  • Setting up a Company in Turkey
Setting up a Company in Turkey

Spain – Facts & Figures

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…

  • Spain – Facts & Figures
Spain - Facts & Figures

Starting a Business in Spain

Starting a business in a new country is exciting and it can be very profitable. It will certainly change your life! However, if you get…

  • Starting a Business in Spain
Starting a Business in Spain

Starting a Business in Turkey

Turkey is very welcoming when it comes to people wanting to set up new businesses. They realise that new business boosts the economy and creates…

  • Starting a Business in Turkey
Starting a Business in Turkey

Taxes in Turkey

Turkey is a low-to-mid-tax regime. Tax levels, for individuals and companies, are lower than in many countries.

  • Taxes in Turkey
Taxes in Turkey

Taxes on Companies in Turkey

Some businesses operate as sole traders. These businesses are not taxed separately as businesses (but do have to account for VAT). The profits that they…

  • Taxes on Companies in Turkey
Taxes on Companies in Turkey

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 enjoys warm weather all year…

  • The Climate in Spain
The Climate in Spain

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 enough and varied enough in…

  • The Climate in Turkey
The Climate in Turkey

The Climate of Bulgaria

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…

  • The Climate of Bulgaria
The Climate of Bulgaria

The Climate of Italy

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…

  • The Climate of Italy
The Climate of Italy

The Legal System in Spain

If you are going to live, work or do business in a foreign country one of the most important factors in ensuring a trouble and…

  • The Legal System in Spain
The Legal System in Spain

The Turkish Legal System

Turkey has a very effective legal system: sometimes slow, but fully functioning. Unlike in some countries, you do not need to ‘buy’ the judges, but…

  • The Turkish Legal System
The Turkish Legal System

Turkey – Facts & Figures

Turkey welcomes many newcomers. They come to work, to run a business, to retire or just to enjoy a great holiday.

  • Turkey – Facts & Figures
Turkey - Facts & Figures

Wills for use in Spain

Let's be clear. If you have any assets in Spain - a house, a business, a car, a bank account or pretty much anything else…

  • Wills for use in Spain
Wills for use in Spain

Working for Others (Employment) in Turkey

Finding a job in Turkey can be difficult. In most cases, Turkey doesn’t need foreign nationals to fill a labour shortage.

  • Working for Others (Employment) in Turkey
Working for Others (Employment) in Turkey

World Climate Guide

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…

  • World Climate Guide
World Climate Guide

A quick look at… Vanuatu

Vanuatu’s inclusion in our Property Investor Show programme (via Melanesian Waterfront Real Estate ltd) was a beguiling one – and also quite timely, as we…

  • A quick look at… Vanuatu
A quick look at... Vanuatu

Accidents at Work in Spain

All accidents are bad. Accidents at work are usually surrounded by lots of regulatory and reporting requirements. Spain is no exception. Failure to comply with…

  • Accidents at Work in Spain
Accidents at Work in Spain

Accidents at Work in Turkey

The number of workplace accidents is increasing quite rapidly in Turkey. In 2017, over 2000 people were killed and 200,000 injured.

  • Accidents at Work in Turkey
Accidents at Work in Turkey

Adoption in Turkey

There are many reasons that parents choose to adopt children. Whatever the reason, the ease and security of the process depends massively on the country.…

  • Adoption in Turkey
Adoption in Turkey

Autonomous Communities in Spain

"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…

  • Autonomous Communities in Spain
Autonomous Communities in Spain

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 (usually specific to a certain…

  • Banks & Banking in Turkey
Banks & Banking in Turkey

Books about Bulgaria

Travel guides for Bulgaria Books about Bulgarian culture Books about politics in Bulgaria Books about Bulgarian history

  • Books about Bulgaria
Books about Bulgaria

Books about Nigeria

Travel guides to Nigeria Books about Nigerian Culture Books about politics in Nigeria Books about Nigerian history

  • Books about Nigeria
Books about Nigeria

Books about Portugal

Travel guides for Portugal Books about Portuguese culture Books about politics in Portugal Books about Portuguese history

  • Books about Portugal
Books about Portugal

Books about Turkey

There are some really interesting books about turkey. Here are a few of our favourites.

  • Books about Turkey
Books about Turkey

Bringing Your Boat to Turkey

Many expats keep a boat in Turkey. There are several ways in which they can do so.

  • Bringing Your Boat to Turkey
Bringing Your Boat to Turkey

Bringing Your Car to Turkey

In Turkey, cars and fuel are expensive. The price of a car, both new and second hand, is likely to be much higher than ‘back…

  • Bringing Your Car to Turkey
Bringing Your Car to Turkey

Bringing Your Money to Turkey

When you move to Turkey you will have a major decision to make about what to do with your money. Obviously, your day-to-day expenses will…

  • Bringing Your Money to Turkey
Bringing Your Money to Turkey

Bringing Your Pet to Turkey

Many people worry more about how they're going to take their pet to Turkey than they do about any other aspect of their move. Fortunately,…

  • Bringing Your Pet to Turkey
Bringing Your Pet to Turkey

Bringing Your Possessions to Turkey

When moving - especially when moving to another country - having your personal possessions with you can be comforting. Moreover, it can be less daunting…

  • Bringing Your Possessions to Turkey
Bringing Your Possessions to Turkey

Building or Altering a House in Turkey

To build or alter a house in Turkey, as in any country, there are various requirements that must be satisfied. Many people ignore these regulations,…

  • Building or Altering a House in Turkey
Building or Altering a House in Turkey

Bulgaria’s Currency – the Bulgarian lev

The Bulgarian lev (which comes from the Bulgarian word for 'lion') was first introduced in 1881, and has since gone through several incarnations.

  • Bulgaria’s Currency – the Bulgarian lev
Bulgaria's Currency - the Bulgarian lev

Buying a New Property in Turkey

Many people prefer to buy and own new houses and other property. There are a number of reasons:

  • Buying a New Property in Turkey
Buying a New Property in Turkey

Buying a New Property on the Costa del Sol

For this see our Guide to Buying Off-Plan Property on the Costa del Sol. It describes, in particular, how to buy a new property in…

  • Buying a New Property on the Costa del Sol
Buying a New Property on the Costa del Sol

Buying a Property in Bulgaria

Bulgarian property has long been a popular investment - but the law in Bulgaria can make the process confusing for foreigners. Here, two experts take…

  • Buying a Property in Bulgaria

Buying an Existing Business in Another Country

Many people consider taking over an existing business rather than starting their own, brand new one. There are several advantages to doing this but there…

  • Buying an Existing Business in Another Country
Buying an Existing Business in Another Country

Buying an Off-Plan Property in Turkey

An off-plan property is a property that you agree to buy before it is fully constructed. You might be buying when no work at all…

  • Buying an Off-Plan Property in Turkey
Buying an Off-Plan Property in Turkey

Buying Commercial Property in Spain

There are two group of people who buy commercial property. Those who need it for their own use and those who like it as an…

  • Buying Commercial Property in Spain
Buying Commercial Property in Spain

Buying Commercial Property in Turkey

Buying commercial property can be a little more complicated than buying residential property. Commercial property is, in essence, anything that is not residential or agricultural.…

  • Buying Commercial Property in Turkey
Buying Commercial Property in Turkey

Buying Newly Built Property (Real Estate) in Spain

New property is very popular, especially with investors. What are the special things to look out for when buying a new - previously unoccupied -…

  • Buying Newly Built Property (Real Estate) in Spain
Buying Newly Built Property (Real Estate) in Spain

Car Insurance in Turkey

Every vehicle registered in Turkey or located in Turkey must have insurance complying with Turkish law.

  • Car Insurance in Turkey
Car Insurance in Turkey

Child Abduction to Spain

There is nothing more frightening or distressing than for your child to be abducted: taken away from you. This guides covers what to do if…

  • Child Abduction to Spain
Child Abduction to Spain

Child Abduction to Turkey

The abduction of a child is every parent's worst nightmare. Not only is it extremely distressing but it is also going to be difficult to…

  • Child Abduction to Turkey
Child Abduction to Turkey

Choosing a Lawyer for International Work

If you need to see a lawyer, you need to see a good lawyer: not just someone who's going through the motions and racking up…

  • Choosing a Lawyer for International Work
Choosing a Lawyer for International Work

Choosing Commercial Property

This guide covers… This guide deals with the special things that you will need to take into account when choosing commercial property.  By commercial property,…

  • Choosing Commercial Property
Choosing Commercial Property

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 country.

  • Clubs, Associations & Support Groups in Spain
Clubs, Associations & Support Groups in Spain

Coming to Spain as a Student (Immigration/Visas)

Spanish further (tertiary) education is high-quality and its courses are relatively cheap. Spain has embraced the idea of the international student, so it is fairly…

  • Coming to Spain as a Student (Immigration/Visas)
Coming to Spain as a Student (Immigration/Visas)

Coming to Spain to Retire (Immigration/Visas)

Hundreds of foreigners retire to Spain each year. The weather is warm, the food is good and there are already many thriving communities of expats!…

  • Coming to Spain to Retire (Immigration/Visas)
Coming to Spain to Retire (Immigration/Visas)

Coming to the Costa del Sol – Residence by Investment

Residence by Investment Like many similar countries, Spain has a programme of settlement by investment for: Investors who make a significant investment in Spain in…

  • Coming to the Costa del Sol – Residence by Investment
Coming to the Costa del Sol - Residence by Investment

Coming to the Costa del Sol as a Refugee

The scope of this guide This guide discusses who is entitled to refugee status in Spain and how that status must be claimed. What is…

  • Coming to the Costa del Sol as a Refugee
Coming to the Costa del Sol as a Refugee

Coming to the Costa del Sol as a Student

Spain hosts a lot of international students that come to our country for a wide range of educational approaches – from simple Spanish-language courses, to…

  • Coming to the Costa del Sol as a Student
Coming to the Costa del Sol as a Student

Coming to the Costa del Sol as a Tourist

Tourist visits to the Costa del Sol Citizens of any nationality can visit Spain as a tourist (meaning somebody who is visiting on a short-term…

  • Coming to the Costa del Sol as a Tourist
Coming to the Costa del Sol as a Tourist

Coming to the Costa del Sol for Other Reasons

The scope of this guide This guide deals with the rights of people other than those covered by our other immigration guides (links at the…

  • Coming to the Costa del Sol for Other Reasons
Coming to the Costa del Sol for Other Reasons

Coming to the Costa del Sol to Join your Family

The scope of this guide This guide looks briefly at what’s involved in joining a close family member in Spain. The rules governing this are…

  • Coming to the Costa del Sol to Join your Family
Coming to the Costa del Sol to Join your Family

Coming to the Costa del Sol to Retire

Visas for retirement Strictly speaking, this is settlement for people who are “not economically active” – i.e. people who are not working or running businesses…

  • Coming to the Costa del Sol to Retire
Coming to the Costa del Sol to Retire

Coming to the Costa del Sol to Work

The scope of this guide This guide covers the visas you’ll need to work in the Costa del Sol. It does not cover the visas…

  • Coming to the Costa del Sol to Work
Coming to the Costa del Sol to Work

Coming to Turkey as a Student (Immigration/Visas)

Introduction Turkish schools (primary & secondary education) and its colleges and universities (tertiary education) are of high quality and relatively cheap. Most international students come…

  • Coming to Turkey as a Student (Immigration/Visas)
Coming to Turkey as a Student (Immigration/Visas)

Coming to Turkey as a Tourist (Visas)

In 2015, 41million people visited Turkey. In 2016, largely as a result of the combination of the conflict in Syria, political uncertainty in Turkey and…

  • Coming to Turkey as a Tourist (Visas)
Coming to Turkey as a Tourist (Visas)

Coming to Turkey as an Asylum Seeker/Refugee

Introduction Turkey is the world’s largest host country of registered refugees. Almost all of the refugees in the country come from Syria – there are…

  • Coming to Turkey as an Asylum Seeker/Refugee
Coming to Turkey as an Asylum Seeker/Refugee

Coming to Turkey to Join Your Family (Immigration/Visas)

Foreigners wishing to join their family in Turkey will need to obtain a Family Residence Permit. See our Guide to Residence Permits in Turkey for information about…

  • Coming to Turkey to Join Your Family (Immigration/Visas)
Coming to Turkey to Join Your Family (Immigration/Visas)

Coming to Turkey to Retire (Immigration/Visas)

Retiring to Turkey - or simply living there as an 'economically inactive person' - is pretty easy. It's worth talking to an immigration specialist to…

  • Coming to Turkey to Retire (Immigration/Visas)
Coming to Turkey to Retire (Immigration/Visas)

Coming to Turkey to Work (Immigration/Visas)

Introduction If you’re lucky enough to be skilled in the right field, you might find it relatively simple to get a working permit – if…

  • Coming to Turkey to Work (Immigration/Visas)
Coming to Turkey to Work (Immigration/Visas)

Consumer Protection in Spain

What happens when you buy something and it doesn't work? Or which is dangerous? Or which works for a short time and then breaks? Or…

  • Consumer Protection in Spain
Consumer Protection in Spain

Consumer Protection in Turkey

Most countries have laws intended to protect the consumer. Turkey is no exception. The need for consumer protection arises because of the usual imbalance between…

  • Consumer Protection in Turkey
Consumer Protection in Turkey

Contributor Information – Burak Orkun

Burak is a partner at the Orkun & Orkun law and accountancy firm, which was founded by his father, Süleyman Orkun. The accountancy side of the business provides…

  • Contributor Information – Burak Orkun

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 few businesses - and individuals…

  • Corruption Perception Index – Global List
Corruption Perception Index - Global List

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 sometimes as a simple total,…

  • Countries by GDP & GNI – Global List
Countries by GDP & GNI - Global List

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 – plus four that are…

  • Countries in the EU
Countries in the EU

Crime & Criminal Cases in Turkey

In each country, the criminal system is unique: probably more so than any other part of the law except for family law. In both cases,…

  • Crime & Criminal Cases in Turkey
Crime & Criminal Cases in Turkey

Criminal Law in Spain

Crime and criminal cases in Spain should be of interest to everybody who lives there, however honest you may be. What happens if you are…

  • Criminal Law in Spain
Criminal Law in Spain

Cultural Differences on the Costa del Sol

The scope of this guide This guide is about some of the main cultural differences you’re likely to come up against on the Costa del…

  • Cultural Differences on the Costa del Sol
Cultural Differences on the Costa del Sol

Debt & Bankruptcy in Turkey

In Turkey, debt is no longer treated as seriously as it perhaps was in years gone by.

  • Debt & Bankruptcy in Turkey
Debt & Bankruptcy in Turkey

Debt Collection in Spain

For any business or individual, debt collecting is sometimes a tedious necessity. In Spain, it can be very slow and, all too often, unproductive. You…

  • Debt Collection in Spain
Debt Collection in Spain

Defective Products in Turkey

In Turkey, defective products are dealt with under the general law and, in particular, under the Code of Obligations and the Consumer Code. However, there…

  • Defective Products in Turkey
Defective Products in Turkey

Defective Products Law in Spain

When you buy any product, things can go wrong with it. In Spain, the law deals quite comprehensively with your rights in these circumstances. this…

  • Defective Products Law in Spain
Defective Products Law in Spain

Doctor Numbers – Global List

Would you believe there are countries where there are over 70 doctors per 10,000 people - and many others where there are fewer than one?

  • Doctor Numbers – Global List
Doctor Numbers - Global List

Doing Business Around the World

It is not long ago that most business operated locally or nationally. What they made - or their services - were consumed within a few…

  • Doing Business Around the World
Doing Business Around the World

Doing Business on the Costa del Sol

The scope of this guide This guide offers tips for doing business in Spain. It describes, in particular, how to do business in the area…

  • Doing Business on the Costa del Sol
Doing Business on the Costa del Sol

Double Taxation Treaties in/with Turkey

Most countries recognise that it is essentially unfair to tax people twice on the same piece of income, capital gain, inheritance etc.

  • Double Taxation Treaties in/with Turkey
Double Taxation Treaties in/with Turkey

Drink & Drugs in Bulgaria

Drinking and smoking in Bulgaria is easy. Cigarettes are cheap (though you can't smoke indoors any more), and local beers, wines and spirits are affordable…

  • Drink & Drugs in Bulgaria
Drink & Drugs in Bulgaria

Drink & Drugs in Turkey

Turkey is rather schizophrenic when it comes to its attitude to alcohol and drugs. As a substantial wine producer it is, perhaps, not surprising that…

  • Drink & Drugs in Turkey
Drink & Drugs in Turkey

Drinking & Driving in Spain

A couple of decades ago, drinking and driving in Spain was commonplace. Today it is not. As in many countries, this reflects a change in…

  • Drinking & Driving in Spain
Drinking & Driving in Spain

Driving Licences in Spain

Almost every adult who wants to live or work in Spain will also want to drive in Spain. They need to understand what type of…

  • Driving Licences in Spain
Driving Licences in Spain

Due Diligence for Foreign Property Buyers

I have a lot of experience with due diligence, having worked in international real estate law for well over 30 years. I know how important…

  • Due Diligence for Foreign Property Buyers
Due Diligence for Foreign Property Buyers

Ease of Doing Business – Global List

The World bank has been monitoring how easy it is to do business in countries around the world since 2001 and their evaluations should be…

  • Ease of Doing Business – Global List
Ease of Doing Business - Global List

Education in Spain

Education in Spain is often very good, but can sometimes leave a lot to be desired. Whether your child receives a good education will be,…

  • Education in Spain
Education in Spain

Education in Turkey

Your children will have a great time living in Turkey. Because of the climate and the freedom that children still enjoy in a country largely…

  • Education in Turkey
Education in Turkey

Employment Law in Spain

Some people work for the same employer, without incident or trouble, for years or decades. Others are not so lucky and encounter difficulties from unsafe…

  • Employment Law in Spain
Employment Law in Spain

Employment Law in Turkey

A knowledge of employment law will make your life much easier, whether you're an employer or an employee. Every country's employment law is different and…

  • Employment Law in Turkey
Employment Law in Turkey

Ethnicity Demographics – Global List

With nearly 200 ethnic groups generally recognised in the world (from 1.3 billion Han Chinese to 200,000 Laz, Gaguaz & Abkhaz), we are certainly a…

  • Ethnicity Demographics – Global List
Ethnicity Demographics - Global List

Facebook Groups for Expats in Turkey

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…

  • Facebook Groups for Expats in Turkey
Facebook Groups for Expats in Turkey

Family Law in Spain

Family law is immensely complex because families are immensely complex. It also - together with criminal law - reflects the nature of the historic and…

  • Family Law in Spain
Family Law in Spain

Finding Work (Getting a Job) in Turkey

There are a number of ways of finding a job in Turkey - bearing in mind, of course, the need for you to obtain a…

  • Finding Work (Getting a Job) in Turkey
Finding Work (Getting a Job) in Turkey

Foreign Exchange (Forex or FX)

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…

  • Foreign Exchange (Forex or FX)
Foreign Exchange (Forex or FX)

Fractional Ownership & Timeshare in Spain

Timeshare and fractional ownership are both concepts that strike fear in many people. In some cases, they should! In other cases, they can be a…

  • Fractional Ownership & Timeshare in Spain
Fractional Ownership & Timeshare in Spain

Fractional Ownership & Timeshare in Turkey

There are many things that we use infrequently: a holiday home, a boat, a luxury car or a 4x4. Even expensive jewellery. For some people,…

  • Fractional Ownership & Timeshare in Turkey
Fractional Ownership & Timeshare in Turkey

Francine Carrel

Francine is the Assistant Editor of Law Overseas, which means she does a bit of everything around the place. She has been a journalist for…

  • Francine Carrel

Funding Your International Business

Funding international businesses - especially small international businesses - can be tricky. Some would say nearly impossible. Funding them without falling into the hands of…

  • Funding Your International Business
Funding Your International Business

Getting a Divorce in Spain

Divorce is one of the most common risks associated with living in another country. The reason why is subject to some debate but meeting new…

  • Getting a Divorce in Spain
Getting a Divorce in Spain

Global Crime, Justice & Corruption

Of the great many factors you need to take into account when moving to another country, crime and justice are among the most important.

  • Global Crime, Justice & Corruption
Global Crime, Justice & Corruption

Global Healthcare

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…

  • Global Healthcare
Global Healthcare

Glossary of Legal Terms

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.…

  • Glossary of Legal Terms
Glossary of Legal Terms

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'? How much? How should it…

  • Government (Public) Debt – Global List
Government (Public) Debt - Global List

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 since 1970. However, and not…

  • Health Expenditure Percentage – Global List
Health Expenditure Percentage - Global List

Health Insurance for People Moving Abroad

Health insurance is vital if you are moving to a country with a private healthcare system - and often even if it has a socialised…

  • Health Insurance for People Moving Abroad
Health Insurance for People Moving Abroad

Health Insurance in Turkey

This guide looks at short-term health insurance in Turkey (travel insurance), as well as health insurance for residents – going over options for state insurance…

  • Health Insurance in Turkey
Health Insurance in Turkey

Healthcare in Spain

Click where you see  for more information Emergency numbers Call 112 – the general emergency number or 061 for an ambulance Languages spoken: Spanish, English, French and German.…

  • Healthcare in Spain
Healthcare in Spain

Home & Contents Insurance in Turkey

Your home in Turkey is a very expensive asset that you should think carefully about insuring. Whilst your contents are not as valuable as your…

  • Home & Contents Insurance in Turkey
Home & Contents Insurance in Turkey

Hospital Bed Numbers – Global List

Surprise: Japan has more than twice as many hospital beds (per 1000 people) as France - and nearly 10 times as many as Mexico.

  • Hospital Bed Numbers – Global List
Hospital Bed Numbers - Global List

Housing Options in Turkey

Where you live is one of the largest factors when it comes to how happy you are going to be in Turkey. There are four…

  • Housing Options in Turkey
Housing Options in Turkey

How Things Really Work in Turkey – the Authors

The book Find out about How Things Really Work in Turkey here. Başak Yıldız Orkun Başak is a partner at the Orkun & Orkun law firm. Her legal…

  • How Things Really Work in Turkey – the Authors
How Things Really Work in Turkey - the Authors

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 of seeing how countries are…

  • Human Development Index – Global List
Human Development Index - Global List

Human Development: the Development of Nations

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…

  • Human Development: the Development of Nations
Human Development: the Development of Nations

Immigration Around the World

Immigration, and its sister emigration, have never been of greater interest. As I write this guide (July 2018) we remain in the throes of a…

  • Immigration Around the World
Immigration Around the World

Inflation Rates – Global List

Inflation is a major issue in many countries: so much so that you might think twice about living or doing business there.

  • Inflation Rates – Global List
Inflation Rates - Global List

Inheritance Planning in Spain

Nobody wants to face up to the inevitability of death and so most people never do any inheritance planning. That's a great pity. It could…

  • Inheritance Planning in Spain
Inheritance Planning in Spain

Inheritance Planning in Turkey

Inheritance planning (sometimes known as ‘estate planning’) is a concept that does not have a universally agreed definition. Here, the two terms are used interchangeably.…

  • Inheritance Planning in Turkey
Inheritance Planning in Turkey

Insurance for People Travelling Abroad

Travel insurance is very important. It is human nature to think that everything will be fine, as it has been on every trip you've ever…

  • Insurance for People Travelling Abroad
Insurance for People Travelling Abroad

Insuring a Car in a Foreign Country

Insuring your car is completely necessary. Not only is it illegal not to have car insurance in almost every country, it protects you from some…

  • Insuring a Car in a Foreign Country
Insuring a Car in a Foreign Country

Insuring a Holiday Home in a Foreign Country

Holiday home insurance may not be mandatory in many countries, but it is extremely important that you buy it. If you do not, you are…

  • Insuring a Holiday Home in a Foreign Country
Insuring a Holiday Home in a Foreign Country

Insuring your Car in Spain

Insurance for your car is critical not just because the law requires you to have it but because of the devastating consequences of having an…

  • Insuring your Car in Spain
Insuring your Car in Spain

Interesting Videos About Turkey

This guide is simply a collection of videos that you might find interesting if you're thinking of spending a lot of time in Turkey.

  • Interesting Videos About Turkey
Interesting Videos About Turkey

International Banks & Banking: the Basics

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…

  • International Banks & Banking: the Basics
International Banks & Banking: the Basics

International Property Development – the Worldwide Guide

This guide is an overview of the worldwide possibilities available to small and first-time property developers. It looks at the opportunities and challenges facing property…

  • International Property Development – the Worldwide Guide
International Property Development - the Worldwide Guide

International Wills

This guide deals with international Wills - Wills specifically written to be valid in multiple countries around the world. How do you make one? Where…

  • International Wills
International Wills

Investing in International Property

Real estate has long been a popular option for those wishing to invest their money. It is tangible, you can use it yourself and many…

  • Investing in International Property
Investing in International Property

Investing in Property in Turkey

When you're looking for property in Turkey, the first thing you need to know is what's available: not the specific houses or apartments but the…

  • Investing in Property in Turkey
Investing in Property in Turkey

Investments for the International Person

When you live and work in only one country and just go abroad for the odd short vacation, deciding on your investment strategy is complicated…

  • Investments for the International Person
Investments for the International Person

Italy’s Currency – the Euro

Euro banknotes and coins were introduced to Italy in January 2002. The Banca D'Italia stopped exchanging Italian lira in February 2012.

  • Italy’s Currency – the Euro
Italy's Currency - the Euro

Janie Howell

You won't see Janie Howell's name in the author bar on this website, but she is a massive contributor to this enterprise.

  • Janie Howell

John Howell

John is the Founder & Editor of LawOverseas.com and its parent company Guides.Global. He has decades of experience in international law. He is extremely enthusiastic…

  • John Howell

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)?

  • Land Area of Country – Global List
Land Area of Country - Global List

Lawyers in Turkey

The main source of professional legal help available in Turkey is the lawyer (avukat). There are about 95,000 practising lawyers in Turkey. About 90% are…

  • Lawyers in Turkey
Lawyers in Turkey

Letting (Renting Out) Property in Turkey

It's possible to make a good profit by letting (renting out) a property in Turkey. Just make sure you're aware of the issues. As always,…

  • Letting (Renting Out) Property in Turkey
Letting (Renting Out) Property in Turkey

Letting (Renting Out) Your Property in Spain

Whether you are a professional landlord or somebody who lets their home when they are not using it, there is quite a lot to learn…

  • Letting (Renting Out) Your Property in Spain
Letting (Renting Out) Your Property in Spain

Life Expectancy – Global List

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…

  • Life Expectancy – Global List
Life Expectancy - Global List

Life Insurance (Assurance) in Turkey

What is the difference between life insurance and life assurance? Basically, they're almost the same thing: they pay out when you die.

  • Life Insurance (Assurance) in Turkey
Life Insurance (Assurance) in Turkey

Life Insurance for People Moving Abroad

Life insurance will probably not be at the top of your list of things you must do if you're relocating to a foreign country, but…

  • Life Insurance for People Moving Abroad
Life Insurance for People Moving Abroad

Local Press and Other Turkish Media

Turkish media is varied and competitive on the surface - but much of the media, across all mediums, is owned by large conglomerates with other…

  • Local Press and Other Turkish Media
Local Press and Other Turkish Media

Major Currencies – the Euro

The euro is a relative newcomer to the world stage, having been introduced in 1999. It was rapidly taken up by countries in the EU,…

  • Major Currencies – the Euro
Major Currencies - the Euro

Marriage in Spain

Marriage is still a major part of our culture - and where better to do it than a vibrant country with, generally, good weather. This…

  • Marriage in Spain
Marriage in Spain

Marriage in Turkey

Turkey still has one of the highest rates of marriage in the world: about 7.75 women out of every thousand in the population get married…

  • Marriage in Turkey
Marriage in Turkey

Matrimonial Regimes in Spain: the Law

Whenever you are married, certain rules govern how your finances are going to be treated. These are the rules in Spain. They may be very…

  • Matrimonial Regimes in Spain: the Law
Matrimonial Regimes in Spain: the Law

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 people older as there are…

  • Median Age of Population – Global List
Median Age of Population - Global List

Mediation & Arbitration in Turkey

Mediation and arbitration are both alternatives to going to court if you have a dispute. They're intended to be much cheaper alternatives. They are different…

  • Mediation & Arbitration in Turkey
Mediation & Arbitration in Turkey

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’. This is something that worries…

  • Moving Back Home from Turkey
Moving Back Home from Turkey

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 affairs. Doing so is a…

  • Moving Money & FX in Turkey
Moving Money & FX in Turkey

New book by Guides.Global

Our book about Turkey is an in-depth manual telling you everything that you need to know if you are living, working or doing business in…

  • New book by Guides.Global
New book by Guides.Global

Notaries in Turkey

Notaries play an important role within the Turkish legal system. This will be of no surprise if you come from a mainland European country but…

  • Notaries in Turkey
Notaries in Turkey

Obtaining a Mortgage in Turkey

In the past, many foreign buyers of property in Turkey used to take a mortgage from a bank in Turkey to help with the cost…

  • Obtaining a Mortgage in Turkey
Obtaining a Mortgage in Turkey

Opening a Bar in Another Country

The reality often turns out very differently. Hard work. Crippling losses. No spare time. Descent into alcoholism. Sorry to sound a little grim, but the…

  • Opening a Bar in Another Country
Opening a Bar in Another Country

Peace Index – Global List

The Vision of Humanity "Peace Index" gives you sometimes surprising insights as to how peaceful the country where you want to live really is.

  • Peace Index – Global List
Peace Index - Global List

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 so much from country to…

  • People Below the Poverty Line – Global List
People Below the Poverty Line - Global List

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 countries still growing at nearly…

  • Population of Country – Global List
Population of Country - Global List

Powers of Attorney – a Global Guide

Powers of Attorney are much used in international transactions where somebody who would normally have to attend to sign a document finds it inconvenient or…

  • Powers of Attorney – a Global Guide
Powers of Attorney - a Global Guide

Preparing to Retire to a Foreign Country

Retiring to a foreign country is a dream for many people around the world. If you are going to live that dream, your life will…

  • Preparing to Retire to a Foreign Country
Preparing to Retire to a Foreign Country

Preparing to Work in a Foreign Country

This guide is about the steps you need to take when preparing to work in a foreign country. It covers both people seeking international jobs…

  • Preparing to Work in a Foreign Country
Preparing to Work in a Foreign Country

Press & Media in Spain

Spain is still well served by media, both in Spanish and in other major languages. find out what's available

  • Press & Media in Spain
Press & Media in Spain

Property (Real Estate) Insurance in a Foreign Country

Property (home) insurance is what protects you when things go wrong. Flooding, theft, your building inexplicably sinking three feet into the ground - all of…

  • Property (Real Estate) Insurance in a Foreign Country
Property (Real Estate) Insurance in a Foreign Country

Property Development in Spain

A large part of the economy of Spain is based on construction and property development. In the past, it has proved very profitable. Is it…

  • Property Development in Spain
Property Development in Spain

Property Development in Turkey

Property development is the process of building new property: homes, hotels, factories etc. It can either be the development of land into buildings - in…

  • Property Development in Turkey
Property Development in Turkey

Property Investment in Spain

Many people made a lot of money out of investing in property in Spain. Unfortunately, those who invested just before the 2007 crash lost a…

  • Property Investment in Spain
Property Investment in Spain

Public Holidays in Bulgaria

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…

  • Public Holidays in Bulgaria
Public Holidays in Bulgaria

Public holidays in Spain

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…

  • Public holidays in Spain
Public holidays in Spain

Public Holidays in Turkey

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…

  • Public Holidays in Turkey
Public Holidays in Turkey

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 country. It is, in essence,…

  • Receiving Your Pension in Turkey
Receiving Your Pension in Turkey

Religion in Bulgaria

Bulgaria, despite the post-war communists' oppression of religion, is largely a country of faith. Only an estimated one fifth of the population are atheists.

  • Religion in Bulgaria
Religion in Bulgaria

Religion in Italy

Italy is predominantly a Christian country. More specifically, it is a Roman Catholic country (hardly surprisingly, with the Pope sitting right in the middle of…

  • Religion in Italy
Religion in Italy

Religion in Spain

Click where you see  for more information Introduction Whilst you might not see much of the Spanish population in church every Sunday, you’ll certainly experience some…

  • Religion in Spain
Religion in Spain

Religion in the United States

Freedom of religion is enshrined in the US constitution, and the States - whilst being overwhelmingly Christian - are home to communities of many faiths.…

  • Religion in the United States
Religion in the United States

Religion in Turkey

Religion in Turkey is as old as Turkey itself - which is very old. Islam is still a massively important part of Turkish culture, even…

  • Religion in Turkey
Religion in Turkey

Religious Demographics – Global List

Religious people – by numbers and countries The map below gives a glimpse of which religions dominate in which places. Original image from Wikipedia (we…

  • Religious Demographics – Global List
Religious Demographics - Global List

Renting a House in Turkey

Many people coming to Turkey decide to rent a property here. There are several reasons. They may just prefer renting property. They may be sent…

  • Renting a House in Turkey
Renting a House in Turkey

Renting a Property in Spain

We all need somewhere to live. Find out the rules about renting a property in Spain - and how to do it. Whether it is…

  • Renting a Property in Spain
Renting a Property in Spain

Rescuing Failed Property Developments Abroad

This guide is about what happens when a property development goes wrong: when it fails before the homes are delivered to their buyers and the…

  • Rescuing Failed Property Developments Abroad
Rescuing Failed Property Developments Abroad

Rescuing Failed Property Developments in Spain

In the era from 2007 to 2010-ish, there were lots of failed developments in Spain. Whether you were a buyer in one of those developments…

  • Rescuing Failed Property Developments in Spain
Rescuing Failed Property Developments in Spain

Road Accidents in Spain

Accidents on the road are an all-too-frequent occurrence and, even though the rate of accidents has been significantly reduced by increasing safety regulations and by…

  • Road Accidents in Spain
Road Accidents in Spain

Road Accidents in Turkey

Accidents on the road are a sadly common phenomenon, particularly in Turkey where the combination of badly-maintained roads and a tendency to ignore for the…

  • Road Accidents in Turkey
Road Accidents in Turkey

Rule of Law Index – Global List

The Rule of Law Index - produced by the World Justice Project - is one of the most useful indicators about what it is like…

  • Rule of Law Index – Global List
Rule of Law Index - Global List

Selling a Business in Turkey

Once you have built a successful business it will (hopefully) build up in value and can later be sold.

  • Selling a Business in Turkey
Selling a Business in Turkey

Selling a Property (Real Estate) in Spain

Selling a property (real estate) in Spain is quite a simple process. Yet there are still things that can catch the unwary. This guide explains…

  • Selling a Property (Real Estate) in Spain
Selling a Property (Real Estate) in Spain

Selling a Property in Turkey

The process of selling a property in Turkey is much more straightforward than the process of buying a property in Turkey. So much so that…

  • Selling a Property in Turkey
Selling a Property in Turkey

Sex & Sexuality in Spain

This guide is about sex and sexuality in Spain. It covers issues like the age of consent, and LGBT rights and associations.

  • Sex & Sexuality in Spain
Sex & Sexuality in Spain

Sex & Sexuality in the United States

While the US is a developed nation, there are still some issues when it comes to sex and gender. As with so many things in…

  • Sex & Sexuality in the United States
Sex & Sexuality in the United States

Sex & Sexuality in Turkey

As befits an old country right in the centre of the old Mediterranean civilisation, Turkey is pretty much on the centre-ground of gender politics.

  • Sex & Sexuality in Turkey
Sex & Sexuality in Turkey

Shops & Shopping in Turkey

Shopping - love it or hate it, it's a big part of life. It can be confusing in a new country, but Turkey isn't complicated.

  • Shops & Shopping in Turkey
Shops & Shopping in Turkey

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 Fund (Sosyal Guvenlik Kurumu -…

  • Social Security (Welfare Benefits) in Turkey
Social Security (Welfare Benefits) in Turkey

Social Security in Spain

Social security arrangements in Spain are extensive and expensive. They are also rather complicated and, very likely, different from those to which you are accustomed.…

  • Social Security in Spain
Social Security in Spain

Starting a Business in a Foreign Country

This guide is intended for the person who wants to start up a business based in a foreign country. This might be their only business…

  • Starting a Business in a Foreign Country
Starting a Business in a Foreign Country

Starting a Company in in a Foreign Country

More and more people are doing business internationally - either operating solely within their home country or with additional premises and staff in foreign countries.

  • Starting a Company in in a Foreign Country
Starting a Company in in a Foreign Country

Taking Over (Buying) a Business in Turkey

Many people consider taking over an existing business rather than starting their own, new one. There are advantages to doing this but there can also…

  • Taking Over (Buying) a Business in Turkey
Taking Over (Buying) a Business in Turkey

Tax Inspections in Turkey

The Tax Department has the legal right to inspect any person’s or any company’s tax affairs at any time.

  • Tax Inspections in Turkey
Tax Inspections in Turkey

Tax Planning in Turkey

However, some degree of tax planning is usually a good idea and it can, surprisingly often, allow you to make substantial savings in tax by…

  • Tax Planning in Turkey
Tax Planning in Turkey

Tax: the Taxation of Companies in Spain

In Spain, companies are taxes in a variety of ways. Understanding the system - and how it will work best for you - is essential…

  • Tax: the Taxation of Companies in Spain
Tax: the Taxation of Companies in Spain

Tax: the Taxation of Individuals in Spain

Spain has what looks like a relatively simple tax system, particularly if you are not tax-resident in Spain, but it is still important to understand…

  • Tax: the Taxation of Individuals in Spain
Tax: the Taxation of Individuals in Spain

Taxes Around the World

Tax is a subject that seems to be of endless fascination to those people who live, work or do business in more than one country.…

  • Taxes Around the World
Taxes Around the World

Teaching English in Turkey

There is a constant demand for people to teach English in Turkey. There is also some demand for people to teach other foreign languages such…

  • Teaching English in Turkey
Teaching English in Turkey

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?

  • Terrorism Index – Global List
Terrorism Index - Global List

The Currency in Spain

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…

  • The Currency in Spain
The Currency in Spain

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider. How do you obtain a card? You obtain a card by contacting the health insurance institution where you are insured and…

  • The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

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 living, working or doing business…

  • The Guides Global book about Turkey
The Guides Global book about Turkey

The Internet in Bulgaria

Depending on where you are in Bulgaria, the internet can be surprisingly speedy or hair-pullingly slow. The popular expat city of Varna, for instance, has…

  • The Internet in Bulgaria
The Internet in Bulgaria

The Internet in Spain

Introduction Spain is fairly well served by internet providers, though service can be patchy outside of urban areas. Shopping around is paramount if you want…

  • The Internet in Spain
The Internet in Spain

The internet in Spain and Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol in Spain is fairly well served by internet providers, though service can be patchy outside of urban areas. Shopping around is…

  • The internet in Spain and Costa del Sol
The internet in Spain and Costa del Sol

The Internet in the United States

Getting internet in the US is easy. Getting fast internet is doable. Getting fast, cheap internet is difficult.

  • The Internet in the United States
The Internet in the United States

The Police in Turkey

In Turkey, there are several different types of police officers. Each performs a different task and each has different powers.

  • The Police in Turkey
The Police in Turkey

The World’s Economies

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…

  • The World’s Economies
The World's Economies

Transport Links to and around Italy

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…

  • Transport Links to and around Italy
Transport Links to and around Italy

Transport Links to and around Turkey

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…

  • Transport Links to and around Turkey
Transport Links to and around Turkey

Transport Links to and within Spain

As one of the world's major economies and the world's third largest tourist destination, Spain is well served when it comes to all types of…

  • Transport Links to and within Spain
Transport Links to and within Spain

Trusts for the International Person

For nearly 1,000 years Trusts have offered a useful tool to people who operate internationally. They address some very practical problems in a straightforward and…

  • Trusts for the International Person
Trusts for the International Person

Trusts in Turkey

As in many countries, Trusts can be a very useful tool when managing your affairs in Turkey. They're useful for both foreigners and native Turks.…

  • Trusts in Turkey
Trusts in Turkey

Unemployment Percentages – Global List

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…

  • Unemployment Percentages – Global List
Unemployment Percentages - Global List

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 the people who live in…

  • Urban Population Percentages – Global List
Urban Population Percentages - Global List

Useful Contacts & Websites in Spain

This page has been replaced partly by our directory feature (see the grey menu bar) and partly by our useful guides and contacts pages for…

  • Useful Contacts & Websites in Spain

Utilities in Turkey

Utilities: not the most exciting part of a move, but definitely vital. It's best to learn what to expect before you come to Turkey.

  • Utilities in Turkey
Utilities in Turkey

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 do not know the area…

  • Video Tour of the Costa del Sol
Video Tour of the Costa del Sol

Videos about Cabopino – Costa del Sol Video Tour

Cabopino is a quiet marina town between Marbella and Benalmadena. It is flanked by beautiful beaches (including one nudist beach) and is very popular with…

  • Videos about Cabopino – Costa del Sol Video Tour
Videos about Cabopino - Costa del Sol Video Tour

Videos about Manilva – Costa del Sol Video Tour

This classic white village is becoming increasingly popular with tourists and expats; in fact, the population has almost trebled in the last decade.

  • Videos about Manilva – Costa del Sol Video Tour
Videos about Manilva - Costa del Sol Video Tour

Videos about Sotogrande – Costa del Sol Video Tour

General guides Sotogrande Lifestyle from the Air High-quality drone footage from Noll & Partners Sotogrande Properties. A short video, but one that gives you a good…

  • Videos about Sotogrande – Costa del Sol Video Tour
Videos about Sotogrande - Costa del Sol Video Tour

Visas: Coming to Spain as a Tourist

Thousands of people visit Spain every year. This isn't surprising - it is a beautiful region with beautiful climate and a great range of tourist…

  • Visas: Coming to Spain as a Tourist
Visas: Coming to Spain as a Tourist

Voting & Politics in Spain

Spanish politics is a complex and fractious subject. You'll learn more about the average Spaniard's views by sitting in a bar and chatting than you…

  • Voting & Politics in Spain
Voting & Politics in Spain

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 people 'good', clean drinking water…

  • Water Consumption of Population – Global List
Water Consumption of Population - Global List

What is PPP?

The idea of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) came about as academics were trying to equate results from very different places. The task was very difficult…

  • What is PPP?

Who Should Own Your House?

The issue of who should be the legal owner of any property you buy may not be an obvious one but not asking the question…

  • Who Should Own Your House?
Who Should Own Your House?

Working Illegally in Turkey

Working illegally in Turkey is, as we have said in many of our guides, widespread. As we have also said, it is dangerous as well.

  • Working Illegally in Turkey
Working Illegally in Turkey

Working Within the Expat Community in Turkey

Working within the expat community is a tempting option for foreigners arriving in Turkey. It is, in many ways, simpler and more straight-forward than finding…

  • Working Within the Expat Community in Turkey
Working Within the Expat Community in Turkey