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

European Parliament

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 ...
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Useful Contacts & Websites in Spain

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 ...
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2018 Calendar

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 ...
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languages

Learning Spanish – in Spain or ‘back home’

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

Cultural Differences in Spain

The cultural differences between various countries are both fascinating and surprising. Understanding them is hugely important if you want to ...
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Countries in the EU

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

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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Useful Contacts & Websites for the Costa del Sol in Spain

Useful Contacts & Websites for the Costa del Sol in Spain

Anybody moving to or doing business in a country will find they need a lot of local contacts and local ...
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Transport links with the Costa del Sol in Spain

Transport links with 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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Learning Spanish

Learning Spanish

This guide is about learning Spanish in Spain. Should you do it (spoiler: yes)? How should you do it, and ...
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The United States of America - Facts & Figures

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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Global List - Ethnicity

Global List – Ethnicity

With nearly 200 ethnic groups generally recognised in the world (from 1.3 billion Han Chinese to 200,000 Laz, Gaguaz & ...
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Global List - Religion

Global List – Religion

Religious people - by numbers and countries The map gives a glimpse of which religions dominate in which places ...
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Global List - Foreign Born Population

Global List – Foreign Born Population

List of foreign-born residents ...
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Global List - Urban Population

Global List – Urban Population

Around the world, there is a rapid move from country to town. Here are the figures, giving the percentage of ...
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Global list - Life Expectancy

Global list – Life Expectancy

The figures for life expectancy at birth come from a variety of sources and, surprisingly, vary quite a lot. Nonetheless, ...
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Global list - Median Age

Global list – Median Age

For those of us who are mathematically challenged, the median age is the age at which there are as many ...
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Global List - People Below the Poverty Line

Global List – People Below the Poverty Line

The number of people living below the poverty line is difficult to establish: partly because the definition of poverty varies ...
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Global list - Unemployment

Global list – Unemployment

Increasingly, we see two different measurements for unemployment: overall unemployment and youth unemployment. Both are important and will influence you: ...
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Global List - Government (Public) Debt

Global List – Government (Public) Debt

There is a great debate about whether public (government) debt matters. Is it a good idea to 'borrow to invest'? ...
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Global List - Inflation

Global List – Inflation

Inflation is a major issue in many countries: so much so that you might think twice about living or doing ...
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Global List - Countries by GDP & GNI

Global List – Countries by GDP & GNI

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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Global List - Corruption Perception Index

Global List – Corruption Perception Index

For most people living, working or doing business is a foreign country, corruption is a major enemy. Of course, a ...
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scales and court gavel lying on a table

Global List – Rule of Law Index

The Rule of Law Index - produced by the World Justice Project - is one of the most useful indicators ...
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Global List - Global Terrorism Index

Global List – Global Terrorism Index

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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Global List - Peace Index

Global List – Peace Index

The Vision of Humanity "Peace Index" gives you sometimes surprising insights as to how peaceful the country where you want ...
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Global List - Countries by Hospital Beds

Global List – Countries by Hospital Beds

Surprise: Japan has more than twice as many hospital beds (per 1000 people) as France - and nearly 10 times ...
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Global List - Countries by Number of Doctors

Global List – Countries by Number of Doctors

Would you believe there are countries where there are over 70 doctors per 10,000 people - and many others where ...
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Global list - Countries by Health Expenditure

Global list – Countries by Health Expenditure

All over the world, expenditure on health is on the rise. In most developed countries, it had more than doubled ...
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Global List - Human Development Index

Global List – Human Development Index

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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Global List - Countries by Population

Global List – Countries by Population

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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Global List - Countries by Land Area

Global List – Countries by Land Area

Did you know that the world's largest country (Russia) is nearly 8 million times bigger than its smallest (Monaco)? ...
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Global List - Countries by Water Consumption

Global List – Countries by Water Consumption

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 – Facts & Figures

Spain is a hugely popular destination for both expats and tourists. It has been a world power for over 500 ...
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Press & Media in Spain

Press & Media in Spain

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

Nigeria – Facts & Figures

Nigeria is a huge, varied, beautiful and - sadly - very troubled country ...
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The Internet in Spain

The Internet in Spain

Introduction Spain is fairly well served by internet providers, though service can be patchy outside of urban areas. Shopping around ...
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Italian euros fanned out on table

The Currency in Spain

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

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

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

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 ...
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Autonomous Communities in Spain

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.

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 - ...
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A tower on the Reichstag with a German flag flying against the sunset

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 ...
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Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral lit up for Easter night

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 ...
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Small pile of Bulgarian money - notes and coins

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 ...
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A Bulgarian flag on a mast, waving in the wind, against a blue sky

Bulgaria – Facts & Figures

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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A smart phone being held up, reflecting coloured lights

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 ...
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Front pages of various Turkish newspapers (Hurriyet, Tercuman, Milliyet, Cumhuriyet)

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 ...
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Public Holidays in Turkey

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

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

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 – 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

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 ...
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Interesting Videos About Turkey

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 ...
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Zasele, in Bulgaira. High, dark green hills with mist near the summits.

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 ...
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A Spanish flag waving in the wind against a blue sky

Why is the law different in different parts of Spain? – Video Guide

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.

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 ...
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