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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Most Welcoming Country for U.S. Expats...

...may be closer than you think. A recent survey reveals U.S. expatriates don't have to travel far to find the friendliest, most welcoming country - just cross the border to Canada.

The survey asked over 2,000 expatriates to rate their successes on making local friends, learning the language, purchasing property, and joining local community groups. Runners-up include Germany and Australia.

The article also quotes our friend Robin Pascoe, the Expat Expert - "I'm not surprised that Germany is a popular choice whether you are going for a short-term cultural experience or a long-term job assignment. Germany has fantastic international schools for the kids of expats." Clements International is a proud sponsor of Robin's site, www.expatexpert.com.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

If your New Year's resolution is to fall in love in 2009...

If you are a global nomad, it can be difficult to find your soulmate in a new country. It's probably not even a priority when you arrive - you typically have to learn the local language first before you can start speaking the language of love. However, if you are looking for a special someone, a recent study on expatriate life names the country where you are most likely to find that person.

Which country do you think it is?

Well, the first country that comes to mind is France - scenic views from the Eiffel Tower, romantic strolls a long the Seine...

Sorry cupid, it's not France.

How about Italy - home of la dolce vita, amazing cuisine...and didn't Italians invent the language of love?!

Guess again. It's Germany! Germany also ranks second to Belgium as the country where the largest number of expatriates have children after relocating there.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Top 10 Most Energy Efficient Countries


A Forbes.com article ranks the top ten most energy-efficient countries by comparing the amount of BTUs required to produce $1 U.S. dollar of gross domestic product.

1. Japan
2. Denmark
3. Switzerland
4. Hong Kong
5. Ireland
6. United Kingdom
7. Israel
8. Italy
9. Germany
10. Austria

Read the complete article.

Friday, December 12, 2008

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

More on Online Social Networking...

Did you happen to see our latest issue of GlobalInsight, which details how to benefit from social networking as an expatriate? If so, you've probably spent the past week creating and updating your profiles on each site, and finding new friends. Go you!

Even though many of these sites have only been around for a few years, users have already developed many unspoken rules of etiquette when it comes to using these sites. Techipedia puts you in the loop with a comprehensive guide laying out the ground rules of social networking.

Feel free to thank them when they save you from making an embarrassing online faux pas. It's only polite.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Gift Ideas for Recipients Around the World

It's difficult to celebrate holidays and share gifts when you are on a assignment thousands of miles away from home. For situations like these, there is a quick and easy way to show your loved ones you care - buy them a llama.

Many global non-profits and charities offer particularly unique gifts around the holidays, and the best part is, these are the gifts that give back. For example, Heifer International offers a wide range of livestock options, so when you purchase the llama, an actual animal will be donated to a community in a third world country... rather than shipped to your loved ones. Save the Children offers gifts of medical care and education to children worldwide.

A simple Google search turns up several organizations offering unique gifts, so you can click, buy, and show you care, and best of all, make a difference in the lives of others.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Winter 2008 GlobalInsight Newsletter

The latest issue of GlobalInsight examines ways expatriates can connect in a digital world and features an interview with Craig Gerard, a Community Liaison Officer at a U.S. Embassy in Cambodia.



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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New York Times: Assignments Abroad are Tough on Entire Family

An interesting article in the New York Times today highlights something that's practically old news to any expatriate families - moving to a new country is incredibly stressful for the entire family.

The article interviews several members of the expatriate community, as well as relocation professionals who say if the family is unable to adapt to their new surroundings, it is even more likely the employee with not succeed at the new assignment. Spouses and children going through feelings of culture shock, depression, and isolation can put a strain on the employee, resulting in underperformance on the job.

At the end of the article, a former expat says the frustration she felt while living abroad could only be understood by fellow expats. To find blogs and sites by expats near you, try our list of resources.


Would you like to meet other expat families? Each March, the Families in Global Transition Conference (FIGT) takes place in Houston, TX, bringing together individuals and families who have spent their lives outside of their home countries. The conference has workshops an panels on everything from helping children transition abroad to understanding the perspective of trailing spouses. Register now to take advantage of early bird savings.

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